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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.



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 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.
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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 (www.cincinnatilibrary.org) 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.