Maple Knoll Village


Survey Says: Deficient Free!

One of the highest confirmations of quality service is for a healthcare facility to receive a deficiency-free survey from the State Department of Public Health. Maple Knoll Village is pleased to have been found deficiency-free on its 2012 annual state survey. This is an unusually outstanding accomplishment. The achievement is made possible by the daily commitment and dedication of an exceptional administration and staff.



WMKV Radio Station to Hold Eighteenth Annual Golf Classic

The radio station at Maple Knoll Village will hold its eighteenth annual golf tournament on Monday August 25, 2014 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati.

With the help of sponsors throughout Cincinnati, all proceeds from the golf outing will go to WMKV at Maple Knoll Village. The cost is $175 per golfer, which covers green fees and cart, boxed lunch, cocktails and a dinner reception with a silent auction. Golfers will play in teams of four.

Lunch will be at noon, with a shotgun start following, at 1 p.m. Cocktails will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner, a reception and awards.

Registration can be completed by invitation, or by calling the Maple Knoll Development Department at 513-782-8629. Spots fill up fast, and registration must be completed by August 15. Individual golfers are welcome and will be placed in a foursome. Those unable to golf may make a donation to WMKV. Options to sponsor the golf outing are also available.
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Maple Knoll Communities Inc. receives 2014 Ohio Excellence Award

Maple Knoll Communities Inc., a non-profit, continuum of care services provider for older adults in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been selected for the 2014 Ohio Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCI).
Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. includes the exceptional retirement communities of Maple Knoll Village and the Knolls of Oxford, Sycamore Senior Center, three affordable HUD Senior Living Residences, Maple Knoll Home Health Services, WMKV 89.3 & 89.9 FM Radio Station, a Montessori Child Center, and the Hemsworth Wellness Center.

Each year the USTCI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that Ohio is renowned for.

Maple Knoll Communities Inc. has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of Ohio.

The USTCI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.
Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

To learn more about The 2014 Ohio Excellence Award or Maple Knoll Village please contact 513.782.2423.



“My Life” Summer Work Experience Successful at Maple Knoll
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ResCare Workforce Services, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency and the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners have developed the My Life Summer Work Experience program and it has been adopted by Maple Knoll Village.

The purpose of My Life is to provide work experience that is meaningful and valuable to young people to assist them in obtaining employment in the future. The way it works is that participating businesses receive employees at no cost to them. In addition, the employees gain skills and experiences to help them succeed in the future.

Maple Knoll adopted this program just this year. This summer they had 13 student interns obtained through the program in work areas such as home health, nursing, human resources, administration, and more.

Daric Freeman, a Maple Knoll intern in the My Life program said, “I have never experienced working in an office before and it is much different than I was used to. I want to be a physical therapist someday so it’s nice to have this opportunity and experience other sides of healthcare.”
All participants in the program must be 14 years or older. Once accepted into the program, employees work with professionals to obtain real work experience, designed to prepare them for future careers.

Maple Knoll will be continuing this program in the fall for a new set of employee interns.

Daric Freeman served as a   student intern with Home Health

Daric Freeman served as a student intern with Home Health



Maple Knoll Village Honored 6 Star Award by The Springdale Board of Health

Each year The City of Springdale Health Department announces the select few food services that were able to achieve the Springdale 6 Star Honor Award. Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, is honored to once again achieve this award in 7 different locations!

This prestigious award honors Excellence in Food Safety by considering several factors including the results of routine health inspections and current food safety training. To earn this award the following criteria must be met: less than 2 Critical violations during routine Health Department inspections per license year, no follow up inspections / license year, no Smoke Free violations / license year, in good standing with other City of Springdale agencies, and have a valid food license according to the requirements of the Ohio Revised Code for one full license year and renewed license by due date. In addition, a few educational requirements must be met. These are that the individuals in charge must show proof of ServSafe Certification or equivalent food safety training.

Maple Knoll was given this coveted award in the following areas: Beecher Place Dining Room, Bodmann Pavilion Skilled Nursing’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors, Breese Manor Dining Room, The Main Street Café and The Manor House Restaurant. The Main Street Café and The Manor House Restaurant are both open to the public while the other areas cater to the dining needs of residents only.

For more information on Maple Knoll Village or how you can dine at one of these locations please call 513.782.2423.



Technology to the Rescue For Aging Populations

A villa on the campus of Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, has been transformed into a learning and test environment for the development of technologies aimed at keeping seniors in their own homes or communities longer.

Known as the Innovation Collaboratory House, the villa is a partnership between several University of Cincinnati (UC) colleges and Maple Knoll Village. It’s home to telehealth robots and patient simulators, and is now the testing ground for innovative student projects aimed at detecting falls, preventing medication errors and making life easier for an aging population.

UC and Maple Knoll Village hosted a public open house and ribbon cutting to showcase this innovative partnership and “smart” villa on Thursday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, on the campus of Maple Knoll Village, 11100 Springfield Pike. Steve Wilson, chairman of the Maple Knoll Communities board, acted as emcee as Maple Knoll Village CEO Jim Formal and UC Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beverly Davenport, PhD held a proclamation signing and formal ribbon cutting. Senators Eric Kearney and Bill Seitz were on hand to voice their support for this necessary project.

“An ever-growing population of older adults need health care,” says Jim Formal, CEO of Maple Knoll Village. “Every month, more than a quarter million Americans turn 65, and Ohio ranks sixth in the nation in the sheer size of this age population.

“It’s imperative that we develop technologies that allow people to age in their homes or communities for longer periods, leaving long-term care placement as a last resort.”

Debi Sampsel, who holds a doctor of nursing practice degree and is chief officer of innovation and entrepreneurship at the UC College of Nursing, has spearheaded the creation of the Innovation Collaboratory House. She says that without innovations like the ones being developed there through collaboration with UC’s colleges of nursing, medicine and engineering and applied science, Ohio Medicaid expenditures will consume half of the state budget by 2020 and continue to increase in subsequent years.

But aside from financial reasons, Sampsel agrees that, for many, aging in place can improve quality of life.

“We’ve all heard stories of family members and friends who believe their loved ones would have been better off if they were able to remain in their own homes or communities to live out their final years,” says Sampsel. “The Innovation Collaboratory House at Maple Knoll Village allows us to work directly with an aging population to find out what kinds of technologies would make aging in place a real possibility.”

But, Sampsel says, because aging in place isn’t a solution that will work for those with more serious health needs, the Innovation Collaboratory House also gives UC and Maple Knoll Village the opportunity to train future health care providers in the care of geriatric populations.

The UC Mascot snaps photos with guests at the event

The UC Mascot snaps photos with guests at the event


Projects currently under development at the Innovation Collaboratory House include:
•A fall detection system that uses technology many already have in their homes—the Microsoft X-Box “Kinect” video game system.
•The use of exoskeleton technology to assist the elderly with sitting and standing.
•Development of systems and sensors that monitor the opening and closing of things like refrigerators and even medication dispensers.

Nursing and medical students and residents are also using the on-site telehealth robots to train for a future of health care interactions that could take place via telehealth technologies.

UC and Maple Knoll Village have a 30-year history of working together in nursing, medicine and pharmacy education and practice.



Maple Knoll Warns of Heat Risks with Older Adults

After the winter that Cincinnati had we all are wanting to enjoy this nice weather! But did you know that summer heat kills more than any other type of weather?

It is also predicted that this summer’s temperatures will be higher than normal for Cincinnati. A federal study found that 40% of heat related deaths were in people aged 65 and older. In fact, the elderly have an increased risk for heat related problems such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. There are many reasons this occurs such as the older body holds far less water than a younger one. The elderly have decreased thirst recognition and ability to sense temperature changes. Medicines can interfere with the ability to sweat which cools and individual off. Medicines also can increase urination which deplete fluids in the body.

Maple Knoll Village, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Springdale, knows how important it is to be informed on heat risks. Maple Knoll Risk Management Director Karen Pendleton even touched base with us to share some tips and things to look for this summer. Some common symptoms of dehydration include headache, dizziness, dry mouth, and sunken eyes. Those experiencing heat exhaustion often have muscle cramps, low blood pressure, rapid pulse and nausea. If someone is having a heat stroke they often have a body temperature of 104 or high, they could be having seizures, or loss of consciousness that could potentially lead to death.

To avoid these issues Karen recommends drinking plenty of water and always having water with you, stay in cool areas (such as your home, local mall, senior center, etc.), sit in front of a fan, mist yourself with water, save chores for later in the day as it is cooler, keep house shades and blinds closed, eat lighter meals and check in with family members regularly. If you are caring for an older loved one please check in with them frequently.
If someone is already experiencing these issues then take them to a cool area immediately. Loosen or remove clothing to help cool them and apply cold compresses to their neck, armpits and groin. Provide plenty of fluids and seek medical attention if necessary.

We encourage everyone to stay cool this summer! If you have questions on additional ways to stay safe during the summer months or on Maple Knoll Village please call 513.782.2423.



Maple Knoll Village celebrates National Nursing Home Week

May 12th-16th is National Nursing Home Week and employees at Maple Knoll Village have been celebrating with a weeklong series of themed events. Maple Knoll Village is a non-profit continuing care retirement community, owned and operated by Maple Knoll Communities Inc., with a history of nearly 165 years of serving older adults. Located on a beautiful 54-acre campus, our community offers 143 villas, 125 apartments, 62 assisted living apartments and a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center.

National Nursing Home Week is an opportunity to thank employees for their dedication and hard work throughout the year. A generous donation by a previous resident’s family as well as a current resident has helped us acknowledge dedication and hard work while still being mindful of economic constraints. In addition local companies we generous enough to provide donations that serve as prizes for employees.

Every day employees are able to participate in an activity or event on their breaks and a meal is served to them. Each event is hosted by a different department at Maple Knoll and also educates employees on what their coworkers in other areas do on a daily basis.

The week kicked off and ended with Maple Knoll employees “giving back”. On Monday employees gave back by assisting residents in skilled nursing with a wheelchair walk through the gardens. Children of the Montessori Child Center cheered skilled nursing residents and employees on as they neared the finish line. The week ended with employees donating canned goods to a food pantry at The Meadows, a Senior HUD Housing Facility. A variety of fun events took place between these days to help celebrate employees’ dedication through the year.

Monday’s theme was “Living The Aloha Spirit” and featured Hawaiian games and food, chances to win prizes, and education on a healthy lifestyle. Tuesday’s theme was “Staying Cool” and employees celebrated with an ice cream social, free health screenings, games and more. Wednesday’s theme of “Pitching In” encouraged employees to help one another. Throughout the day they enjoyed sports games were played, educational sessions on recycling and stretching were given, and a baseball themed buffet featuring nachos, hot dogs and more was enjoyed by all. Thursday’s theme was “Breakfast of Champions” featuring a breakfast buffet, games, prizes, photo opportunities and an egg eating contest! The celebration for National Nursing Home Week ended with “Super Friday” to honor our employees who act as super heros to our residents. Employees brought in additional can goods for the food pantry, partook in games, super hero themed food and educational pieces.

Because of generous supporters in The Maple Knoll community and in surrounding communities Maple Knoll employees are able to feel appreciated for their hard work through the year. By visiting different areas they can also learn what brings Maple Knoll together and how it works as a whole. For more information on National Nursing Home Week or Maple Knoll Village please call 513.782.2423.Ice Cream Social NNHM 006




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