7377 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129 : 440-845-0200
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Why Choose Legacy Place?

Many of our Legacy Place residents, chose to live here because there is always something fun going on. Each week we have regularly scheduled activities such as book club, trips to the library or bingo. Each month features a special event such as a Halloween party, a visit from our favorite Elvis impersonator, or a Hawaiian luau with all of the trappings. In between are trips to the mall, sight seeing excursions or lunch at a new restaurant.

 
 

Pets are Welcome at Legacy Place Parma

Dogs and cats are welcome at Legacy Place Parma Are you looking for a safe and supportive home where you can live with your beloved pet?

 

At Legacy Place Parma we welcome pets. Take this opportunity to learn more and join our Pet Friendly Family.

Call: Cindy Rudolph, RN 440-845-0200

 

Legacy Place Parma and Pleasantview Care Center strive to make life as normal as possible for all of our residents. That often includes welcoming pets as well as visits and events that involve animals and wildlife.

The following event was planned to honor Dr. James Taylor a veterinarian that lived at Pleasantview Care Center in his later years. The following article was published in the Sun News.

 

I love living at Legacy Place. It's warm and comfy and I have lots and lots of friends that bring me treats and let me snuggle in their laps.

Event in honor of late veterinarian

By Bob Sandrick bsandrick@sunnews.com

Event at Pleasantview Care Center, Parma for Dr James Taylor veterinarianDr. James C. Taylor devoted his life to the care of animals. He was a Cleveland veterinarian from 1953 to 1994. For Dr. Taylor, veterinary medicine was more than a career. It was a calling. "He was very compassionate when it came to animals," said Bob Taylor, Dr. Taylor's son. "He was just very kind to them."

About four years ago, Dr. Taylor was diagnosed with vascular dementia. He moved into Pleasantview Care Center on Ridge Road in Parma. Crossroads Hospice Cleveland was called into Pleasantview to care for Dr. Taylor. He died in Pleasantview on March 31 at age 89.

In honor of Dr. Taylor, Crossroads organized a special event at Pleasantview on April 7. It was called "Dog on a Hog." Bear, a Chihuahua that rides a miniature Harley Davidson motorcycle, cruised into Pleasantview. Bear is a certified therapy dog that promotes animal advocacy. Accompanying Bear was Belle, another Chihuahua, that mingled with Pleasantview residents. Members of Dr. Taylor's family, including Bob Taylor, were also there.

Chihuahua rides miniature Harley Davidson motorcycle, Pleasantview Care ParmaThe visit by Bear and Belle was part of a Crossroads program called "Ultimate Gifts." Through the program, the hospice provides a special day for its patients and closure for their loved ones. One Crossroads patient was a Cavs fan who wanted to attend a game. Thanks to "Ultimate Gifts," he received that chance and even met Cavs players afterward. Crossroads also put together a memory book for the patient's family so that they will never forget that day.

Heather Ligus, Crossroads spokesperson, said it was Crossroads president Perry Farmer who came up with the "Ultimate Gifts" concept after reading a book, "The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall. The book discusses different types of life gifts, including work and family. Stovall also writes about the gift of a perfect day. "He (Perry Farmer) thought this was great beĀ­cause we can incorporate the gift of a perfect day for our patients," Ligus said. "It's about quality, not quantity, at this point of their lives."

Chihuahua visits Pleasantview Care Center in Parma, OhioCrossroads started planning Dr. Taylor's perfect day while he was still alive. The hospice envisioned a therapy dog that would perform tricks. "We did a Google search and `Dog on a Hog' was the first website," Ligus said. "It was almost like it was meant to be." Ruth DeFranco, an Alliance resident, owns Bear the dog on a hog - and Belle.

"He had always been a therapy dog and I dressed him in Harley stuff," DeFranco said. "My son Ryan suggested that I train him to ride a bike." At first DeFranco dismissed her son's idea. About six months later, Ryan, a U.S. Navy diver, died on duty at 25. Then one day, DeFranco was shopping in Walmart and saw a mini-motorcycle. She remembered what Ryan had said and was inspired. De Franco successfully trained Bear to ride the Harley and for eight years they have visited hospitals, libraries and schools.

"Its been the best therapy for me, and it's wonderful for me to bring cheer to people who may have been having a bad day," DeFranco said. Dr. Taylor passed away just days before the "Dog on a Hog" event at Pleasantview. His family still wanted the event to go on forward. "We were thrilled," Bob Taylor said. "It was in memory of my dad".

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