Beechwood History

In April 1888, Associated Charities of Cincinnati invited a group of civic leaders to meet and discuss the need for a “home for incurables.”  Within two and half years, a house was rented on the corner of Saunders and Bigelow Streets, and a nurse was hired at the salary of $14 per month.  The opening of the Home for the Incurables was October, 1890.

 

Already needing more room the Home was moved to Walnut Hills in 1893. Community support and gifts increased as admissions to the home became more numerous. Less than 12 years after the home first opened its doors, the cornerstone was laid for a new Home to be built on Pogue Avenue. It would accommodate 40 residents on five acres in Hyde Park. Two more wings were added in later years.  During this time the name of the Home became The Beechwood Home.

 

Through the years, the Board of Trustees and the community have been actively involved. Fundraising events such as bazaars, charity balls, carnivals, luncheons, and lawn fetes became popular. The Home’s endowment fund was made possible by these fund-raisers as well as by generous gifts and bequests. In 1968 when it was decided to build a new Home three feet from the existing one, these funds were sufficient to avoid borrowing.

The building standing today has been continually updated to provide efficient and comfortable living for our residents. It was designed for additional wings to be built as needed. 

One hundred and twenty five years has not changed the work this home has done for those who have been given lives of tremendous challenge.  Beechwood was found as and continues to be a non-profit organization which extends loving arms to those who need care regardless of race, creed, national origin or economic status.  The home enters the next one hundred and twenty five years with the same spirit of selflessness which has provided refuge to its residents over the past century and with the hope that someday the need for such a facility will no longer exist.

Welcome to The Beechwood Home!

March 13, 2020

                                       TO: OUR RESIDENTS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND  FRIENDS                                                                          

PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE IN ITS ENTIRETY.

DUE TO ORDER FROM THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WE ARE NOT PERMITTING ANY VISITORS, EXCEPT THOSE VISITING FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE RECEIVING CONTINUOUS CARE HOSPICE.  FOR THOSE WITH FAMILY MEMBERS RECEIVING CONTINUOUS CARE HOSPICE, NO CHILDREN 13 AND UNDER ARE PERMITTED IN THE BUILDING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.FOR THOSE WITH FAMILY MEMBERS RECEIVING CONTINUOUS CARE HOSPICE, THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA MUST BE MET BEFORE ENTRANCE TO THE FACILITY WILL BE GRANTED:

-Answering “no” to all screener questions administered at the Garden Level Entrance

-Presenting federal/state ID as proof of identity

-Providing name, address and phone number into the log book

-Having a temporal scanning temperature reading under 100.4 F

-For the limited number of individuals who will be permitted entrance into the facility, access within the facility will be significantly restricted to going directly to the resident's room and maintaining social distances (6 ft away from others) while in the hallways.  

-We are working to identify a device that will be devoted to assisting with video communication with family during this time.  We will communicate more information about this service as it becomes available.

-For those who do laundry for a Resident or want to drop off personal items, we will be placing carts on the garden level entrance between the doors where items can be dropped off and brought to the floors by staff.  If you need to pick up dirty laundry, please call and we will arrange to drop off the laundry between the garden level entrance doors on a cart.

-All entry will be through the Garden Level entrance.  There will be no admittance through the front 1st floor door as this entrance will be locked until further notice.

-We will be contacting Resident Physician’s to determine if upcoming medical appointments are determined to be medically necessary.  It will be up to a Resident’s Specialty in the community to determine if an upcoming appointment can be delay or if it needs to be attended.

-If your current cell phone number is not enrolled with our Emergency Communication Platform (group text), we strongly advise that you text BWH to 1-760-670-3130.  If you are uncertain about the status of your enrollment, we recommend that you re-enroll. This platform will be used to communicate information to lots of people quickly if needed. 

-Food delivery will not be permitted until further notice.

-Please direct questions regarding this topic to covid-19@beechwoodhome.com.  Members of the Emergency Preparedness committee will be monitoring this inbox and responding ASAP.

Please share this information with family and friends who visit ASAP.

 

Sincerely,

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM

Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator