CCEC Hand Carving Statue

In one singular sign, the words “I love you” can be expressed by a deaf person. When you enter through the doors at Columbus Colony for Elderly Care (CCEC), this sign is the first thing you see.


Columbus Colony for Elderly Care (CCEC) is a resource for patients seeking short-term rehab, long-term care and outpatient therapy. Additionally, our 150-bed community has a special focus for individuals who are deaf, deaf and blind, or hard of hearing equipped with interpreters on-site.

Q. Do all staff know American Sign Language?

A: All our staff members do not sign; however, we do have a number of deaf staff members and other staff who are fluent in ASL. In addition, we offer quarterly ASL classes to employees at CCEC, so our staff are trained in American Sign Language and understanding of deaf culture.

Q. What are the alternate methods of communication if an interpreter is not available?

A: Alternate methods consist of using a communication board and/or white board or Video Relay Service, a form of Telecommunications Relay Service that enables persons with hearing disabilities who use American Sign Language to communicate with voice telephone users through videophone and an interpreter.

We appreciate everything the staff did to help make my mother’s transition smooth. We spoke with her last night via video call, and you can just tell she is in a better place physically and mentally (especially after the ice cream party night!). Thank you.

Tony and Pam

This is the best place to live. I feel safe here, and the nurses are so good. I really like it here.

Harold C.

I’m 3000% better than when I arrived and I attribute this improvement to the therapy department. They changed my life! The food is great here—comparable to any good restaurant, and I’m gaining weight. I also like the people I’ve met here.

Stanley J.

I like it here; it feels quiet and that’s important to me.

Joyce S.