United Church HomesColumbus Colony for Elderly Care Inc., a not-for-profit licensed skilled nursing community in Westerville, Ohio, and United Church Homes Inc. (UCH), a national provider of senior living services headquartered in Marion, Ohio, today announced a new affiliation through United Church Homes Management Inc. (UCHM).

The Columbus Colony Elderly Care Board of Directors approved a three-year agreement with UCHM. Beginning Feb. 1, 2020, UHCM will manage all administrative and healthcare operations at the skilled nursing community that can serve up to 150 residents.

Columbus Colony Elderly Care will maintain full ownership and board governance structure and will benefit from United Church Homes’ extensive operational resources and experience as a multi-site senior living provider.

Columbus Colony Elderly Care specializes in short-term rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and long-term care with a special focus on individuals who are deaf, deaf and blind or hard of hearing. The community is one of only five organizations in the nation offering these specialty services to older adults.

“We are excited for the new partnership with United Church Homes,” said Darrell Doudt, president, Board of Columbus Colony Elderly Care and the Ohio School for the Deaf Alumni Association. “Their expertise and reputation as a quality senior living operator will help evolve our long-term care services and provide a better experience for residents and their families.”

“United Church Homes has a long history of providing quality and compassionate senior living and healthcare services to older adults,” said Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes. “We look forward to helping Columbus Colony Elderly Care expand their important mission and build a foundation for a sustainable future.”

United Church Homes is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living and affordable housing for older adults. It owns or manages 75 communities in 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is a faith-inspired organization in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths. United Church Homes Management Inc. is an affiliated LLC within United Church Homes offering a wide array of senior living management services to other organizations.

Columbus Colony Elderly Care provides a full range of short-term rehabilitative and therapy services, as well as long-term skilled nursing care for up to 150 residents. It was established by The Ohio School for the Deaf Alumni Association, which opened the first Ohio Home for the Aged and Deaf in 1896. Today, Columbus Colony Elderly Care and Columbus Colony Housing, an independent living apartment building, form the foundation for a deaf-friendly campus providing housing, healthcare and recreational services to older adults in the Westerville area.