OSLH Cohen Memorial Home (Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing Cohen Memorial Home)
Cohen Memorial Home is an assisted living facility providing extended-stay nursing care to seniors 55 years of age and over with varying levels of disabilities in Pine Ridge, SD. An apartment-style habitat designed to focus on providing assistance with daily living activities. Services provided include preparing meals, housekeeping, medication assistance, laundry, and also do regular check-ins on the residents. Activities generally allow residents to maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging movement and socializing with their peers and are designed to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing home facilities. The building consists of 22 units and is managed by Brandy Maxcy. They provide 24 hours a day staffing.
Currently, there are 21 tenants. All tenants must be able to take care of themselves. The Cohen Home is often mistaken for a nursing home, but do not have any medical staff on board. A field health nurse fixes their medicine boxes bi-weekly and checks and monitors their medications and vitals.
All units are similar to a dorm room, each having their own bathroom. Residents are provided a twin bed, a TV stand, a night stand and a dresser. Residents do share a common dining room, chapel, recreation room, and laundry facilities. A telephone is available in the chapel for the tenants to use. Residents are responsible for their own television cable and telephones in their rooms.
Meals are provided 3 times a day, every day of the week for all our tenants. Many of the tenants do not have relatives or any other place to go during the holidays, so holiday meals are also provided. One Spirit is currently helping with supplying food on a monthly basis.
The Cohen Home offers safety for the elders by providing security guards for the home, fire protection, meals, laundry services, weekly prayer services, personal mail delivery, housekeeping services and transportation to and from medical appointments on and off the reservation.
Vincent and Catherine DelPizzo are the Service Coordinators for Cohen Memorial House and are seeking individual sponsors for the 21 residents, as most of them have few if any visitors. The greatest need by the residents is to get mail. Cards and small inexpensive gifts would also be appreciated greatly. Some suggested items are a coffee grinder, cooking utensils, roasters, crock pot and soup pots.
In addition, Okini has a "Blessing Box" suggested by one of our donors. Basically, we provide a list of identical items to put in each Blessing Box for each elder. The Donor must provide those exact items. What items would the elders like? Below are some suggestions:
- Stationary with pen and stamps
- Dried soups
- Hat, gloves, scarf