These days, we all tend to take technology for granted. Cell phones and home computers are nearly universal symbols of how deeply technology is embedded in our lives – and newer technologies keep coming. Daily we are bombarded by advertising for Bluetooth, Blackberry, iPhone, Kindle, iPad, TiVo, 4G networks, OnDemand, and more. As much as we love and rely on our high-tech devices, aren’t there moments when nearly everyone wonders whether all that technology has really improved the quality of our lives and the lives of our children? Yet, for children with complex medical and developmental needs at Cedarcrest Center, technology is a critical part of daily life – critical to learning, communicating, moving, feeding, and, sometimes, breathing.
What is an endowment fund? Essentially, an endowment fund is one for which a donor stipulates that his or her contribution is to be held in perpetuity or for a term of years. Broadly speaking, Cedarcrest Center would use only income from endowment contributions to support a program designated by the donor (e.g., the Knox Scholarship) or for our general operations if a donor has provided no specific direction for use of the income.
Our admissions process begins with an inquiry from a family, physician, discharge planner, nursing agency, school district, area agency, or state agency representative. An inquiry may be for one or more of a variety of stays: long term, short term, post-operative care, and emergency. In response, director of nursing services will gather information from the family or the referral source about a child’s medical profile, developmental status and care needs. They will ask the child’s family, medical providers and local school staff to share vital information to help them understand the child’s specific needs.
In the summer of 1947, Dorothy “Dot” Sawyer, a retired occupational therapist, and Eleanor “Clemmie” Clement, a retired registered nurse, responded to a call for help from neighbors. Into an old six-room New Hampshire farmhouse at the top of a steep, dusty Westmoreland road, Dot and Clemmie welcomed Judy, a six-year old with significant physical disabilities. Soon, three more local children with special needs joined Judy. What had been the 100-acre “Flying Pig Farm” became Cedarcrest, a home for area children with physical and intellectual handicaps.