Maple Knoll Village


MAPLE KNOLL MEALS ON WHEELS MORE THAN JUST A MEAL
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Volunteers and local Mayors make their plan to deliver meals to homebound seniors.

March is national March for Meals Month to raise awareness of Meals on Wheels programs.  These programs provide nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks, so that seniors can continue to live independently in their homes.  I am privileged to be a Volunteer with Maple Knoll’s Meals on Wheels program and have witnessed firsthand the joy of connection between volunteers and those served.  Such visits not only relieve the anxiety of meal deprivation; in many cases these regular visits are the sole human contact that relieves the isolation of those who are homebound and alone.  Unfortunately, there are many in our community that are in need of our services – services supported in some measure by their tax dollars in better times – but they may be unaware of their eligibility for such services.  I therefore want to take this opportunity during national March for Meals Month to urge anyone, who does not have everyday access to nutritious meals, because of age, disability, or lack of transportation, to contact Maple Knoll’s Meals on Wheels Manager Helen Dodd at 513-686-1003 or hdodd@mkcommunities.org.

 

About Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors:
Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors is a focal point in the community for services designed for older adults with our mission to provide a stimulating community experience by providing care and support to those we serve throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Our outreach services support homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs, Transportation services, health and wellness education, connections and much more. Not only do we assist seniors in everyday life, we also set a background for new friendships to begin and existing ones to flourish.

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February Heart Health
February 7, 2018, 10:39 pm
Filed under: active aging, caregivers, healthcare, healthy heart, heart disease, Resources, wellness

February is not only the month for Valentine’s- it’s also American Heart Month! Many of us, here at Maple Knoll Village, 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 its website:

  • Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.
  • 600,000 people die from heart disease each year.

Cardiovascular disease costs the United States $312.6 billion each year including the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity in the work place. The good news is this: heart disease is not only controllable but also preventable!

What can you do to improve your heart health?

  1. Watch your portion sizes. Example- a serving of pasta should be the size of a deck of cards.
  2. Select whole grains like whole wheat bread; brown rice, high fiber cereal or Oatmeal.
  3. Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol using skim milk; olive oil, canola oil; and by limiting saturated and trans fats in diet.
  4. Choose low fat protein sources: lean meats, poultry; egg whites or egg substitutes are good!
  5. 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.

Following these tips is one step towards a healthier heart!



Maple Knoll Village Hosts Unique Forum

This past Saturday, Maple Knoll Village hosted the Alzheimer’s Association African-American Caregiver Forum! The event featured an expert panel discussion addressing caregiving issues and provided helpful resources that are available to alleviate the stress on a caregiver. The 140 individuals in attendance had an interactive conversation about caregiving and shared their own very helpful tips with one another.  Did you know,  in 2016, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.2 billion hours of unpaid assistance to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, a contribution to the nation valued at $230.1 billion!



Maple Knoll Village Earns Five Star Nursing Home Rating

Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, is pleased to announce they have been awarded a 5 Star Nursing Home Rating Status from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services created a Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes. This system provides a quality rating system that gives each nursing home a rating of between 1 and 5 stars. Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average. According to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the rating is based off of health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

This prestigious honor was awarded to Maple Knoll Village in January 2017. Maple Knoll Village’s Skilled Nursing Pavilion, Bodmann Pavilion, consists of 145 beds offering both semi private and private rooms. Maple Knoll’s team of professionals develops an individual care plan based on various need levels. Services include long and short-term levels of care, skilled rehabilitation, a dementia/memory support unit, Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy, a Hospice care wing and an on-site Physician clinic. Innovative practices, such as Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds, have allowed Maple Knoll village to reach new levels of proactive nursing care to improve communication, nursing staff satisfaction and self-efficacy, resident satisfaction and improved care.

Tim McGowan, Executive Vice President of Operations for Maple Knoll Village, shared “Our Five Star Status is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff. It is an honor to have the exceptional care we provide for older adults in our community recognized with this coveted status.”

For more information on Maple Knoll Village or The 5 Star Nursing Home Rating please call 513.782.2423.



2017 Consumer Fraud Forum at Maple Knoll Village Provides Access to Experts In The Field

The 2017 Medicare Fraud Prevention and Consumer Protection Forum will take place at The Maple Knoll Village Auditorium, 11100 Springfield Pike on Thursday, March 30, 2017 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 Office of the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Department of Insurance (OSHIIP), Social Security Administration, Federal Trade Commission, 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 all 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 24th. You can register online at http://www.proseniors.org

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.

For additional information please call 513.458.5515 or visit http://www.wmkvfm.org.

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 and 89.9FM WLHS and streams its programs worldwide 24/7 at http://www.wmkvfm.org.



Happy Holidays from the Wellness Center!

We would like to encourage you to keep up your fitness endeavors during the holidays. You might have heard rumors that people gain 5-7 pounds over the holidays. Well, the truth of the matter that is much better: it ends up being only 1 pound on average, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the problem with that is that most people do not lose that 1 pound. Therefore, after 10 years of this consistent behavior going unchecked, you are starting to see a problem trend. So while we don’t recommend you stress out trying to lose weight over the holidays, we do hope you set a goal to not gain!

How to do that? Here are some helpful tips:

Try not to treat Thanksgiving and Christmas as a free for all. They happen every year. If you miss something this year, pick it up next year.

Fill up your plate once, concentrate on protein and clean vegetables (sweet potato casserole is a dessert, not a vegetable)

If you host Thanksgiving, make sure there are healthy options, like a green leafy salad, baked or roasted vegetables, like asparagus, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts or broccoli.

Choose one small piece of dessert of choice – no need to sample 5 types of pie. If you can get by with just a small bite or two, even better.

Drink lots of water, before during and after dinner.

Avoid high calorie drinks like wine, beer and soda.

You can eat to feel satisfied, not to feel stuffed. But if all that flies out the window, just get back on track the next day. And maybe get in an extra walk or two. And be sure to visit us in the Wellness Center, even if you only have 15 minutes.



Maple Knoll Village Hosting 2016 Community 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 18th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, November 19th 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, bake sale, split the pot, scratch offs, employee vendor booths, and even a vintage venue. All of these will be back again this year.

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.