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.

Bodmann Pavilion at Maple Knoll to have Easter Egg Hunt for Skilled Nursing family, employees

Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, has a long history of providing services such as residential accommodations, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. Maple Knoll makes it their mission to provide joyous experiences to all residents and their family members, including ones in The Bodmann Skilled Nursing Pavilion. One way they are able to do so is through events such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt for those who work, live or have a loved one living in skilled nursing.

On April 12th, 2014 from 3-4:30pm Bodmann Pavilion Activities will host and Easter Egg Hunt and party that is open to Bodmann residents with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also invited are Bodmann employees children. The Easter Egg Hunt will be broken into three age groups: ages 1-3, ages 4-6, and ages 7-10.

Snacks and prizes for the children will be held in the Maple Knoll Village auditorium after the event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is only open to those with a loved one living in Bodmann Pavilion or to those who work in Bodmann Pavilion. For questions please contact Debbie Cattran at 513-782-2434.

Maple Knoll Residents and Staff to Showcase at Annual Art Show

Maple Knoll Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Springdale, is dedicated to stimulating the minds of our residents, staff and visitors. One way they are able to do so is through the creative works shown in The Main Street Gallery.

Centrally located on the campus of Maple Knoll Village the Main Street Gallery features different art shows every 6-8 weeks. These shows range from single artists to groups and range from oil paintings, watercolor, photography, woodworking and more. All works are for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Maple Knoll Future Care Fund, a benevolent care program for residents in need.
Once a year, The Main Street Gallery is opened up for residents and staff to showcase their works. The works that will be featured vary between watercolor, photography, quilting and more. While many of our residents and staff remain involved in the art industry through clubs such as The Cincinnati Art Club, Hilltop Artists and Cincinnati Watercolor Association, some see this exhibit as their only way to showcase their talented work. Maple Knoll also has an art committee comprised of four residents artists and two development staff members who work together to select upcoming shows.

Jim Hoeh, Director of Corporate and Referral Development, shares that “it is incredible to see the talent and creativity of those living and working on our campus. I have already seen the pieces for this show and the professionalism and beauty of them is outstanding.”
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The Main Street Gallery will feature resident and staff work starting February 21st through April 2nd, 2014. This exhibit is open to the public and free to view from 7am-8pm seven days a week. For questions please call The Maple Knoll Development Department at 513.782.2462.

Heart Healthy Tips From Maple Knoll

for newsletterFebruary is not only the month for Valentine’s- it’s also American Heart Month!

Many of us take care of residents with cardiac issues every day. Perhaps we have cardiac issues of our own.

But did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women?!
The CDC lists the following statistics on it’s website:
• Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.
• 600,000 people die from heart disease each year
The good news is this: heart disease is not only controllable, but also preventable!

We have our very own expert here at MKV regarding heart healthy diets! Lucie Ashton, RD,N,LD has been a Dietitian for 20 years- 15 of those years have been as an employee at Maple Knoll. She is certified in Adult Weight Management and she was excited to hare her knowledge for this article.
Here are Lucie’s tips on a heart healthy diet:
1. Watch your portion sizes. Example- a serving of pasta should only be the size of a hockey puck; meat portions should be the size of a deck of cards.
2. eat more fruits and vegetables- fresh or frozen ones are better.
3. Select whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice, high fiber cereal or oatmeal.
4. Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol by using skim milk, olive oil, canola oil; and by limiting saturated and transfats in your diet.
5. Choose low fat protein sources: lean meats, poultry; egg whites or egg substitutes are good.
6. Reduce the amount of sodium (salt) in your food! Use herbs, spices and salt substitutes instead.
7. Plan ahead- you will do much better with your overall diet if you plan meals out ahead of time, versus making decisions at the last minute
8. Allow yourself an occasional “treat” or “cheat”. It can’t be about limiting yourself all the time!

So what food items should we try to avoid?
Lucie states that we should avoid eating at buffets/smorgasbords as they typically result in a person overeating to “get their money’s worth”. Also, she recommends limiting donuts, muffins, frozen waffles, biscuits, cakes or items in vending machines. One should also avoid hot dogs and sausages; egg yolks, liver, fried foods and breaded meats as those are counterproductive to a heart-healthy diet. Following these tips is one step towards a healthier heart!

Another option to help us improve our hearth health is our on-site Wellness Center. Jon Williamson is the manager of the Wellness Center and has Bachelor’s degrees in both Physical Education and recreation Management. According to Jon, the Wellness Center is open to employees 24 hours a day for a small fee of $8.32 per pay period. Are you aware that the Center offers circuit training, Nu Step, Ellipitical and treadmill equipment? They also have the new addition of a Spin Bike! Another offering at the Wellness Center is the Active Trax which, according to Jon is is like having a “trainer in a box”. The employee can plug in their personal training goals and track their progress. We currently have about 18 employees using the Wellness Center. So if you’re looking for a new option for getting healthy in 2014- come on over and see Jon.

Look for more information in next month’s newsletter from these MKV experts on nutrition and weight loss!

Maple Knoll Village Retirement Community Selects Meru Uninterrupted Care Network to Enhance the Care, Safety and Satisfaction of Older Adults

Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, has taken once step further to provide up to date care and resources for those they serve. Maple Knoll has deployed a Meru Uninterrupted Care Network to support more than 700 residents. With a highly reliable, pervasive Wi-Fi network that spans the 54-acre campus, Maple Knoll Village has enhanced the care and safety of its residents, improved staff productivity, and increased resident satisfaction.

“Our caregiving staff has so much more mobility now,” said Andrew Craig, IT director at Maple Knolls Village. “Staff can use their laptops or tablets at the patients’ bedsides in the skilled nursing care facility, in residents’ homes in the independent living and assisted living community, or do follow-up visits with residents who were recently ill. Our staff has access to medical information and resources to care for our residents and patients wherever and whenever they need it.”

The Meru Wi-Fi network blankets Maple Knoll’s campus, which includes independent living villas and apartments, assisted living facilities, a skilled nursing facility, a wellness center, a rehabilitation center Montessori child center, and hospice center. The wireless LAN supports Maple Knoll’s electronic medical records, nurse call systems, patient location tracking system, IP phone systems and business operations. Wi-Fi is a valued amenity for the residents, too. Residents can use their tablets and laptops anywhere from the gardens to their living rooms to stay in touch with friends and family, check social media sites, watch movies and stay informed.

Meru’s Uninterrupted Care Network (UCN™) enables IT departments to create separate Wi-Fi channel layers. This allows hospitals to offer the benefits of mobility for Wi-Fi enabled “Life Critical” devices such as telemetry and to help ensure reliable connectivity for those devices on their own dedicated wireless channel layers.
Three Layers of UCN
• Life Critical: One set of wireless channels can be dedicated for life critical applications and devices like smart infusion pumps and Wi-Fi enabled telemetry devices and for carrying wireless traffic only associated with these applications. Centralized monitoring conducted by Wi-Fi enabled devices is not only designed to improve clinician productivity, but may also help hospital in improving patient safety.
• Mission Critical: A second channel layer can be dedicated for “Mission Critical” applications and devices to provide reliable connectivity and QoS for mobile enterprise applications such as EMR, VoIP, Citrix based CPOE and barcode medicine administration. This is designed to improve clinician productivity and increase patient satisfaction (HCAHPS).
• Consumer Critical: UCN can also provide a “Consumer-Critical” layer, to enable patients to connect with friends and family using the Internet. Such family interaction has been shown to positively impact patient mood and treatment outcome, thus improving patient satisfaction scores.

“The Meru Uninterrupted Care Network empowers healthcare providers to improve patient safety, increase staff productivity, and ensure resident satisfaction,” said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president and general manager of Meru’s healthcare business unit. “With Meru’s channel layering technology, Maple Knoll has been able to create separate, dedicated channels for life-critical, mission-critical, and consumer-critical applications and ensure optimal performance for all applications.”

For more information on Maple Knoll Village or the Meru Care Network at Maple Knoll please call 513.782.2423.

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Maple Knoll Village Receives Funding for Skilled Nursing

The Robert and Christine Steinmann Family Foundation has awarded Maple Knoll Village $21,000 to purchase equipment that will help improve the lives of those living in skilled nursing at Maple Knoll Village.

The Robert and Christine Steinmann Family Foundation has a mission to help those in need help themselves through knowledge and resources that improve the quality of their lives and the lives of future generations. One particular focus of theirs is aid and medical care for the elderly and needy. The Robert and Christine Steinmann Family Foundation has a long history of supporting Maple Knoll Communities and were more generous than ever this year.

Maple Knoll staff reached out to the foundation to receive support for necessary items that help improve care for the elderly we serve. In particular, Maple Knoll was desperately in need of iPads for electronic medical records and new equipment in the Rehabilitation Center in skilled nursing. This center offered occupational, physical and speech therapy and new updates would allow for a smoother recovery for some.

In addition to the iPads these funds will be used to purchase wheelchairs and to create home like settings such as a kitchen and laundry room in the center. This will allow individuals to practice real life tasks in order for them to recover and live on their own once again. Without the generosity of The Robert and Christine Steinmann Family Foundation these additions would not be available to the clients at Maple Knoll.

Maple Knoll Communities is a non-profit home providing services including residential accommodations, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. As a nationally recognized leader in the care and support of older adults since 1848, Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. has offered innovative, holistic residential and community-based programs that improve the quality of life and respond to individuals’ changing needs as they age.

Estate and Income Tax Planning – Gift Tax Exclusions

If you’re like most people, you don’t like to think about planning your estate. But it’s an important part of ensuring the financial security of your loved ones. One of the most common tools used in estate planning – and one that everyone should at least give careful consideration to – is a program of giving gifts. A carefully planned gift-giving program can reduce the amount of your estate that is subject to tax while still passing on wealth. Our friends over at Mowry, Marty and Bain have shared this article with us to help all of us prepare.

Congress has not made estate planning easy over the past several years. There has been a general indecisiveness among legislators over the minimum amounts that should be excluded from gift and estate taxes and the tax rates that should apply to amounts not excluded. As a result, taxpayers have only temporary amounts with which to plan, making long-range strategies more difficult.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama the next day, brings some much-needed certainty. ATRA sets the unified gift and estate tax exclusion at $5 million (indexed for inflation) for 2013 and subsequent years. The inflation adjusted exclusion for 2014 is $5,340,000. The maximum estate and gift tax rate is 40 percent for 2013 and subsequent years.

Absent the immediate financial needs of a gift recipient, the main motivation for making large gifts during your lifetime rather than waiting to pass on your wealth at death is to remove the future appreciation from your eventual taxable estate. There is a certain degree of risk in this strategy since your donee receives a tax basis equal to what you paid for the asset while your heirs will receive a stepped-up tax basis equal to the assets value at death, As a result, the loss of stepped up basis and higher future tax rates on capital gains may diminish the benefits of current gift giving. Nevertheless, the consensus planning purposes is that getting future appreciation out of a taxable estate still trumps worries about any more remote tax issues for your donees if and when they eventually were to sell the gifted assets.

While large gifts can be subject to rules with a multitude of variable, you can give away up to an “annual exclusion amount” per recipient per year free of gift tax and free of any future offset against any exemption amount used to lower future gift or estate taxes. For 2014, that annual exclusion amount is $14,000 (unchanged from 2013).

There is a great deal of flexibility in the types of property that can be transferred. Gifts that qualify for the $14,000 annual exclusion can be made in money, property such as stocks or bonds, or even a life insurance policy, as long as the recipient gets the present right to possess or use the property. The gift may be in trust if the terms of the trust give the recipient the immediate right to the property or income from the property.

You can give up to $28,000 in 2014 per recipient per year if you are married and your spouse consents to “split” your gifts. This is useful for spouses who do not own an equal amount of property. The spouse with less property can consent to gifts made by the wealthier spouse, thereby effectively doubling the amount that the wealthier spouse can give away tax-free. To take advantage of “gift splitting,” both spouses must be U.S. citizens or residents. The consent must be given on a gift tax return, so a return must be filed even if no gift tax is due. However, a short form gift tax return is available. Don’t underestimate how an annual gift-giving plan using the $28,000 split gift exclusion per donee alone can facilitate the tax-efficient transfer of family wealth.

As emphasized in discussing large gifts, above, but equally applicable to smaller gifts, it is important to remember when you make a gift that the recipient must take your basis in the property. This means that if the recipient sells the property, any gain on the sale will be measured using what you paid for the property, not what the property was worth when he or she received it. In contrast, if property is transferred to another through your estate and whether or not estate tax is owed, the recipient can use the value of the property at that time in measuring any gain on the sale of the property. Consequently, choosing the right property to achieve your goals is an important aspect of any gift-giving program.

Another way to further the financial security of others without incurring gift tax is by payment of medical and educational expenses. You can pay an unlimited amount for these expenses tax-free as long as the payments are made directly to the medical services provider or educational institution. The person you benefit does not need to qualify as a dependent for tax purposes. Any medical expenses, however, must not be reimbursed by insurance, to either you or to the beneficiary.

If used properly, a program of gift-giving can benefit everyone involved. Passage of ATRA makes it all the more important for you to consider how a gift giving plan can be advantageous now. If you have any questions about the best way of using gifts as part of your overall financial plan, please call us.

Maple Knoll Village Residents Becoming Tech Savy With The Help of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The residents of Maple Knoll Village, a non-profit continuing care retirement community in Springdale, pride themselves on being technologically up to date in a world that is constantly changing. A new program with The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will now help them continue on this path and change their way of receiving information.
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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has loaned iPads to residents living at Maple Knoll Village for the purpose of downloading electronic books from the Library’s website ( and using other resources both on the iPad itself and on the internet.

Not only will residents be able to use all programs currently on the iPad, but The Library will have access to the iPad through remote software. This will allow the Library to load and update apps and software on the iPad, and to troubleshoot problems. This will ensure that the residents are in touch with the latest technology and will help The Library determine how older adults are using and accessing technology today.

Megan Gresham, Director of Communications for Maple Knoll Communities, shares that “there are many ways that using an iPad can improve the lives of our seniors. As eyesight fades and it becomes harder and harder to see the printed page but iPads offer the ability to adjust the type to a size that is easy for you to read. This also allows quick and easy access to the internet and to apps they may otherwise never see.”

It is becoming more and more evident that this technology revolution is not just for kids and with the help of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Maple Knoll residents will learn this firsthand.


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