Maple Knoll Village


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.



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



Miami students make impact at Maple Knoll Village

Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale has been developing its partnership with Miami University and one group of students in particular are making a big impact. Students from Miami University’s Gerontological Nursing Program, donate time every week to put a smile on the faces of those in skilled nursing.

Students make the long drive from Miami to Maple Knoll every Monday to socialize with residents and assist staff. These students include: Vicki Cheng, Amanda Lowry, Angela Wolf, Alyssa Logan, Christine Ture, Rachel Clark, Tonja Fangman, Hailey Holman. As these students prepare to be nurses, this program is designed to help them see the whole person they are caring for, not just their medical needs.

During their weekly visits the students visit with residents, plan and facilitate activities and help activity coordinator Vickie Hitchcock as needed. Some of their recent activities include a Mardi Gras celebration complete with decorations, a parade and karaoke! They also planned a St. Patrick’s Day party and celebrated Cincinnati’s favorite holiday, Opening Day. The students’ activities aren’t just limited to the holidays. With the residents, they have participated in “Laugh Aerobics”, played bingo and gone on walks in the beautiful garden at Maple Knoll Village.

Both the residents and the students can benefit from the relationships they build throughout the school semester. Vickie Hitchcock, activity coordinator says “The program has had an amazing effect on the residents by allowing them to partake in new experiences and people”.

Resident Mary Renneker confirms that statement by sharing, “These kids are really making it feel like home around here, I wish we could do this everyday.”

For more information on The Miami Nursing students, volunteering at Maple Knoll or simply Maple Knoll Village in general, please call 513.782.2423.



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.



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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Spiritual care brings comfort to Maple Knoll residents and staff

Chaplain Nancy Vilaboy and resident Juanita Theile

Chaplain Nancy Vilaboy and resident Juanita Theile

Spiritual care is a necessary service for the complete well-being of Maple Knoll residents and staff.

Since Maple Knoll’s early beginnings in 1848, when a group of Christian women formed an association for the care of aged indigent women in Cincinnati, spiritual care has been a top priority. In 1996 a non-denominational spiritual care department was formally established.
“The spiritual care department has a unique relationship with our residents and staff,” full-time Chaplain Steve Copeland said. “Our mission is to assist them in reaching their highest potential as individuals in giving glory to God and in seeking independence, good health, personal fulfillment, and a deeper knowledge of God. Maple Knoll’s ministry is holistic, engaging body, mind, and spirit.” The department is responsible for pastoral care, worship services, and educational programs for elders and staff. The spiritual care staff includes a full-time and a part-time chaplain, as well as many volunteers made up of residents, employees, and community members.
According to Copeland, there is a great need for volunteer programs in spiritual care service for elders.

“In the spiritual care service, there’s a need, more and more, to raise the bar in providing quality care, with volunteer programs we’re adding another level of spiritual care-giving.”
Copeland said the volunteer work is complimentary and of great assistance to the work of the Chaplains who serve about 700 Maple Knoll residents and 450 employees.

Several volunteer opportunities are available including volunteer chaplains who operate the Chapel and visit residents, Bible studies, often hosted by local churches or ministers, and an ethics committee that advises family and residents in making difficult life and health-care decisions. Another popular and very important program is the Compassionate Companions, where volunteers provide care for residents and their families in the last 72 hours of life.

“These final moments before death are a sacred time in life,” Copeland said. “I know in all my work with the dying, by and large they have two fears: dying in pain and dying alone. People want their end to count, to have someone there to share their journey brings a sense of comfort.”

Copeland said those who volunteer as Compassionate Companions receive a sense of comfort as well, knowing they’ve been able to connect with and help someone in their final hour.

All spiritual care volunteers go through an application, interview, and evaluation process and must commit to on-going training. According to Chaplain Copeland “It takes a very patient and caring individual to help with an elder’s spiritual care, the care of the elderly and their caretakers is of the utmost importance. For many, the chaplains and volunteers are the only source from which spiritual care is provided.”

“Taking care of one’s emotional and spiritual needs is crucial to the wrapping up of life,” Copeland said. “This gives elders a sense of meaning, a purpose, a sense of satisfaction and the chance to celebrate their wisdom years.”