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.



Medicare Fraud Forum provides access to experts in the field

The 2015 Medicare Fraud Prevention and Consumer Protection Forum will take place at The Maple Knoll Village Auditorium, 11100 Springfield Pike on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 4-6:30pm. This event will feature an audience participation panel discussion at 5pm for seniors and families to learn more about Medicare and Medicaid fraud issues, identity theft and senior scams. Experts will be on hand from Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Department of Insurance (OSHIIP), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Social Security Administration, Office of The Inspector General and Pro Seniors among others. The panel discussion will be recorded by WMKV Public Radio (89.3FM) for later airing on WMKV 89.3FM and WLHS 89.9FM and as a public service on-line at http://www.wmkvfm.org. Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio, Caregiver Assistance Network, and WMKV have partnered with Pro Seniors in the event.

Continuing Education Units will be offered for counselors and social workers who attend. Registration for CEUs is required by March 23rd. The number to call to register for CEUs is 513-458-5505.
There will also be a an information area with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), Pro Seniors, the Better Business Bureau plus numerous other sponsors including Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. a non-profit, continuum of services provider dedicated to supporting older adults in living life the way they want to in retirement. This is an important and informative event for seniors, family members, and caregivers who want to be informed. There is ample free parking on site and the 4-6:30pm time allows caregivers, seniors, and care professionals to attend.

The event offers an opportunity for face-to-face meetings with representatives of the agencies that help battle consumer and Medicare fraud, and to browse resources and vendors at the same time. A goal is to help people maintain their identity, integrity, and to help seniors and families preserve their net worth by avoiding scams and fraud. A complementary light supper is also provided. The entire event is free and open to the public.

WMKV is an independent public radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio and the only station in the country owned by a continuous care retirement community (CCRC), Maple Knoll Village, and serves as a mission-oriented feature of parent Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. The station has carved a niche as a local broadcast and worldwide-streaming audio leader for nostalgia including music (now oldies, standards, and big bands), classic radio comedy and drama, and information programs. The station can be heard at 89.3FM (now also simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS in Butler and Warren Counties) and streams its programs worldwide 24/7 at http://www.wmkvfm.org.



Sycamore Senior Center to offer new, improved computer lab

The Sycamore Senior Center, located in Blue Ash and a focal point in the community for older adults, offers programs and services that can benefit its members and the community. One such service, Computer and technology Education, remains a popular and necessary addition for many members. Starting in February, Sycamore is proud to announce that the computer lab will now be titled The Microsoft Computer Center at Sycamore Senior Center.

With the help of Microsoft’s store in Kenwood Town Center, members will now be able to benefit from introductions to Microsoft products, get help and training from experts, and explore templates, images and apps.

The Microsoft Computer Center at Sycamore Senior Center will continue to offer open computer labs, a weekly help desk and classes that range in experience from beginners to experts. Current classes include: Computer Basics, Internet, Email, Bookmarks and Searches, and topic driven help sessions.

For more information on The Microsoft Computer Center at Sycamore Senior Center, classes or Sycamore Senior Center please call 513.984.1234 or visit our website at http://www.sycamoreseniorcenter.org.

The Sycamore Senior Center is owned and operated by Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. a non-profit, continuum of services provider is dedicated to supporting older adults so they can live happy, healthy and active lives in order to live life the way they want to in retirement. The suggested membership for Sycamore Senior Center is $30.00 annually. However, membership is not required to participate in most of the Center’s activities or to receive any service, but your donation helps to underwrite the mission of the Center.

For more information on Sycamore Senior Center please contact the Center at 513-984-1234 or visit our website at http://www.SycamoreSeniorCenter.org

Sycamore Senior Center is getting help from Microsoft's store in Kenwood Towne Center so that members can benefit from introductions to Microsoft products, get help and training from experts, and explore templates, images and apps.

Sycamore Senior Center is getting help from Microsoft’s store in Kenwood Towne Center so that members can benefit from introductions to Microsoft products, get help and training from experts, and explore templates, images and apps.



Celebrate American Heart Health Month!

February is not only the month for Valentine’s- it’s also American Heart Month! Many of us deal with cardiac issues every day. But did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women?!

The Center for Disease Control shares that every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these 600,000 people die from heart disease each year. The good news is that heart disease is not only controllable, but also preventable!

Maple Knoll Village has its very own experts 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. We talked with Lucie and gathered some tips for a heart healthy diet. They are:

*Watch your portion sizes. For 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.
*Eat more fruits and vegetables- fresh or frozen ones are better.
*Select whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice, high fiber cereal or oatmeal.
*Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol by using skim milk, olive oil, canola oil; and by limiting saturated and transfats in your diet.
*Choose low fat protein sources: lean meats, poultry; egg whites or egg substitutes are good.
*Reduce the amount of sodium (salt) in your food! Use herbs, spices and salt substitutes instead.
*Plan ahead- you will do much better with your overall diet if you plan meals out ahead of time
*Allow yourself an occasional “treat” or “cheat”. It can’t be about limiting yourself all the time!

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!



This Veteran’s Day Maple Knoll Village honors resident, employee veterans

Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, is proud to have dedicated residents and employees who have given precious time to serve this country. Eight years ago the Spiritual Care Department at Maple Knoll decided to have a formal program to thank these individuals who have served in armed services and it will continue again this year.

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Maple Knoll invites the community to join our residents and employees to participate in the Veterans’ Day Service. A Flag Raising will be held at promptly 9am and will be overseen by Chaplain Nancy Vilaboy who was instrumental in starting this program. The Buglers Society of America has once again offered to play during this special moment. After the raising of the flag everyone will proceed to the Maple Knoll Chapel on the Green for a special service honoring our veterans. When the time of reflection and prayer is complete, a video-slide presentation and refreshments will be offered in the Maple Knoll auditorium.

The video-slide presentation will display the pictures of the veterans connected to Maple Knoll Village with pictures during their time of service, years of service and honors received. This year 83 residents, 7 employees and 74 deceased residents will be honored for their commitment and dedication to this country.

For more information, or if you would like to attend this program please call 513.782.8315. Thank you to everyone who has given back to keep our country safe!

A crowd gathered at last year's event

A crowd gathered at last year’s event



Maple Knoll Village Hosting 35th Holiday Bazaar

Are you looking for that unique and thoughtful gift for a loved one that you just can’t find? The Maple Leaf Auxiliary at Maple Knoll Village will be hosting another successful Annual Holiday Bazaar right before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Residents and volunteers of Maple Knoll Village are busy preparing crafts and other treasures for buyers to snatch up.

The Bazaar will take place on Friday, November 14th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 2pm. People return each year to shop for unique gifts including hand-woven items, art, ceramics, floral arrangements, jewelry, and holiday crafts and collectibles.
The Maple Knoll Montessori Child Center will be selling popcorn throughout the event, WMKV will be selling classic radio CDs and more and the Maple Knoll Café is open and will feature specials just for the bazaar. In recent years, The Maple Leaf Auxiliary added raffle baskets, split the pot, scratch offs, employee vendor booths, and even a vintage venue. All of these will be back again this year.
For those also interested in learning more about Maple Knoll Village, campus wide tours will be offered on Friday, November 14th from 1-3pm. Newly renovated and customized villas and apartments will be available to be shown.

This fun filled Holiday Bazaar takes place in the Maple Knoll Auditorium at 11100 Springfield Pike in Springdale. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Kammer at 513.782.2420.

Last year's sale was a success!

Last year’s sale was a success!



Skilled Care Pharmacy Establishes New Partnership with Maple Knoll Communities

Skilled Care Pharmacy, the Midwest’s leading institutional pharmacy that provides caring and expert medication dispensing to healthcare facilities, and Maple Knoll Communities, one of Cincinnati’s largest senior living organizations, have established a new partnership in which Skilled Care will be the main pharmacy provider for all of Maple Knoll Communities.

Through this partnership, Skilled Care Pharmacy will become the pharmacy partner for Maple Knoll Communities,
which 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. Larry Galluzzo, CEO of Skilled Care Pharmacy, noted Maple Knoll is the perfect fit for Skilled Care Pharmacy’s expertise.

“The number one priority of both our organizations is ensuring the health and wellbeing of older adults so they can live happy, healthy and active lives,” Galluzzo explained. “We know we’ll be able to bring value to their organization, just as we know we’ll learn a great deal from their approach to care.”

One of the most valuable assets Skilled Care Pharmacy brings to the partnership is its ability to deliver significant cost savings without compromising resident quality of life or care. For every medication the company recommends adding, it recommends discontinuing eight. Those reductions—coupled with the company’s approach to substituting medications and competitively pricing its products—can save senior living communities up to $1,000 per resident annually.

With multiple sites and hundreds of seniors in its care, the opportunity to operate more efficiently and reduce patient dependency on medication was an attractive business proposition to Maple Knoll Communities. The organization will also take advantage of Skilled Care Pharmacy’s extensive training and ongoing education programs.

“We are excited to start this new venture with Skilled Care Pharmacy. The experience and expertise they bring to the table can only further our commitment to providing the best care possible to those we serve,” said Jim Formal, president and CEO of Maple Knoll Communities.

The partnership is effective as of October 28, 2014.

Skilled Care Pharmacy provides expert medication dispensing and a variety of consultative services to health care organizations across the Midwest in a partnership defined by timeliness, accessibility, and continuous improvement. Skilled Care was founded in 1981 and currently serves more than 10,000 residents every day in 100-plus facilities. Skilled Care pharmacists are among the industry’s best and are available 24-7 to address client needs and provide actionable advice – including how to reduce the medications residents take, making them healthier and saving money. For more information, visit http://www.skilledcare.com/ or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. is 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. Find more information at http://www.mapleknoll.org.



Maple Knoll Communities Recognizes Donors and Volunteers After Successful Annual Fund Campaign

Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. a non-profit, continuum of services provider in Springdale, is dedicated to supporting older adults so they can live happy, healthy and active lives so they can live life the way they want to in retirement.

Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. includes the exceptional retirement communities of Maple Knoll Village and the Knolls of Oxford, Sycamore Senior Center, three affordable HUD Residences, Maple Knoll Home Health Services, WMKV 89.3 FM Radio Station, a Montessori Child Center, and the Hemsworth Wellness Center.

In 1989, Maple Knoll Communities started an Annual Fund Drive to support their Future Care Fund. The Future Care Fund, a benevolent care program, was the solution for some of Maple Knoll’s residents who were experiencing financial worries. No resident has ever been asked to leave if she/he has depleted their financial resources. The Future Care Fund gives residents the security of knowing they will always have a home. Throughout the years fundraising efforts have expanded to include programming support for Sycamore Senior Center, WMKV 89.3 & 89.9FM Radio and The Maple Knoll Montessori Program.

Each year a campaign theme and goal are set to raise money for The Future Care Fund. With a theme of “Soaring to New Heights” the goal was set at $1,100,000 for the 2014 campaign. John Bloomstrom, Maple Knoll Board Member and Annual Fund Chair lead staff and 22 resident, community and board member volunteers in a tireless effort to make the goal. Maple Knoll Communities is proud to announce that over 2,087 donors helped reach $1,728,076 million in contributions.
On September 9th, 2014 Maple Knoll recognized donors and volunteers with an auditorium full of balloons and an ice cream social and program announcing the campaign results. With ice cream sponsored by Cincinnati Eye Institute and music provided by WMKV 89.3 & 89.9 FM, a great evening was had by all. Thank you to all of those who allowed us to “Soar to New Heights” and help make The 2014 Maple Knoll Communities Annual Fund a success!
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For information on Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. or how to support the Maple Knoll Annual Fund please call 513.782.2423 or visit our website at http://www.mapleknoll.org.




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