Maple Knoll Village


Maple Knoll Village Opens Newly Renovated Health Care Center

Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, opened a newly renovated Health Care Center to better serve older adults in the community.

The Maple Knoll Village Health Center, which provides health care services to residents, has been in operation since 1977. It was created to provide onsite medical services to our residents as well as allow access to health care specialists. While Maple Knoll Communities has undergone vast transformation in its long history, the commitment to provide state-of-the-art care through their services and caring staff has remained constant. They began to see that there was a real need to update the clinic from its original 1970s plans to a newly renovated area that could better serve more than 700 residents living at Maple Knoll Village.

Maple Knoll residents were in need of a more professional and comfortable waiting area as well as larger examination rooms with modern equipment and accessible furniture. Physicians were in dire need of increased working space and more functional training space for the University of Cincinnati students and fellows. Overall, Maple Knoll residents needed to have enhanced access to the University of Cincinnati health services and staff in the clinical area.

Renovations allowed for them to expand exam rooms and integrate electronic charting area, accessible exam tables, a hospitality station, creating handicap accessible restrooms, new training and conference spaces and more. The renovation also includes new aesthetic features throughout.

One thing that has remained consistent over the years is the existence of top notch physicians and caregivers on the campus. The University of Cincinnati Physicians have been present at Maple Knoll for more than 30 years serving residents in numerous capacities. This team was led by Dr. Gregg Warshaw, an internationally recognized physician of gerontology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Recognized by Cincinnati Magazine as one of the best 300 physicians in Cincinnati, Warshaw was an important partner of the Maple Knoll family from 1985 until his retirement in 2014. Through the Geriatric Fellowship program at the University of Cincinnati, his team of professionals is on site five days a week to ensure the best quality of care for our residents.

The naming of The Gregg Warshaw, M.D. Health Center is a fitting tribute to a man who has played such an important part in the history of gerontology for the past 30 years. He is a tremendous example of giving back to the community with unparalleled levels of care and dedication.
More than 140 attendees were in attendance to help mark an exciting new era of health care for the facility and celebrate the generosity of those that made the renovation possible.
For more information on Maple Knoll Village, call 513.782.2423 or visit http://www.mapleknoll.org.

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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 Completes a Deficiency Free State Survey

bodmann pavilionOne 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, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, is pleased to have been found deficiency-free on its 2016 annual State Survey in Skilled Nursing.

According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services annual Nursing Home Data Compendium there are less than 10% of Skilled Nursing Facilities that achieve Deficiency Free State Survey in the United States. The survey evaluates the overall quality of life and quality of care of the facility to ensure it is operating by the Department of Health’s standards.

Bodmann Pavilion, the Skilled Nursing Facility at Maple Knoll Village 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.

Shelley Acus, Director of Nursing for Maple Knoll Village, shared “We have an exceptional team of caregivers at Maple Knoll, the results of our survey are a testament to that. In fact, the survey team congratulated us on the confidence, and compassion of our staff. Because of this dedicated group we are able to provide exceptional care for older adults in our community.”

For more information on Maple Knoll Village or The State Survey please call 513.782.2423.



Maple Knoll Village and Cedar Village Joint Venture Brings Home Health and Hospice to the Community

Officials of Maple Knoll Communities and Cedar Village have formed a joint venture, Village Home Health and Hospice, that combines each organization’s home health and hospice services. This venture seems to be the first of its kind in the region, and creates a new, fully integrated provider of post-acute care services in Southwestern Ohio.

Nationwide, changes in health care reimbursement now incentivize health care providers who can successfully help older Americans move more quickly, and with fewer readmissions, from the hospital to post-acute care to home—or even straight from the hospital to home. Village Home Health and Hospice was created in response to growing demand for skilled nursing and also hospice care that can be delivered directly where consumers live. The venture is rolling out now to residents of Maple Knoll Village and Cedar Village and will soon be available to qualified patients throughout Greater Cincinnati and Oxford, Ohio.

“Patients will benefit from the closely integrated care that we can offer as their health and needs change over time,” said Linton Sharpnack, CEO of Village Home Health and Hospice. “We get to know patients and their families, understand their preferences, and help them live each moment to the fullest.”

Both non-profit continuing care retirement communities have a long history of serving older adults dating back to 1848 for Maple Knoll Communities and 1883 for Cedar Village. Beginning July 1st, Village Home Health and Hospice will bring two organizations together to further their missions. Executive staff from each organization came together to determine how a joint venture could strengthen health care services in our community. Village Home Health and Hospice will blend together Maple Knoll and Cedar Village’s home health and hospice staff and services. The home health and hospice care will be offered at Maple Knoll Village, The Knolls of Oxford, Cedar Village and to individuals living in the Southwestern Ohio community.

Village Home Health and Hospice will provide a complete spectrum of home health and hospice services which will also include nursing services in the home, grief counseling, chaplain services, medication instruction, pain management, wound treatment, caregiver education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social worker services. Staff members will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The venture will allow dedicated and talented staff to provide skilled home health services enabling individuals to recuperate safely in the surroundings where they feel most comfortable–their own homes. Maple Knoll Communities previously offered home health services but not hospice care services. Last year alone, they served nearly 500 clients accounting for 16,813 home health visits.

In addition to its proven model of providing skilled home health services, Cedar Village has a long history of delivering hospice care to people living on its campus. These services will now be able to reach a larger number of older adults under the joint venture. The hospice care is specially designed to comfort patients and family members when patients have reached a point in their lives where the priority of care turns to ensuring the patient is at ease and comfortable, rather than curing the illness. Under the direction of a physician, Village Home Health and Hospice’s interdisciplinary team of clinicians will offer a special kind of caring that encompasses the medical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of treatment.

Medicare, Medicaid, managed plans and most commercial insurances cover skilled home care and hospice care.

“This partnership allows us to provide a higher level of support with specialized programs for the older adults we serve,” says Jim Formal, President and CEO of Maple Knoll Communities. “Not only will our current programs be strengthened, but it will add new services which will help us provide an improved and higher level of care in the community.”

“This venture is an evolution in the way care is delivered and paid for by insurers,” said Cedar Village CEO Dan Fagin. “New technologies, electronic health records and telemedicine are enabling us to provide better, more coordinated care. When we can deliver that care within someone’s home, we are really adding value.”

Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. will continue to provide services and programs to over 34,500 individuals through their retirement communities Maple Knoll Village and The Knolls of Oxford, three affordable HUD Senior Living Residences, WMKV 89.3 & 89.9 FM Radio Station, a Montessori Child Center, the Hemsworth Wellness Center and Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors.

Cedar Village will continue to offer independent and assisted living apartments as well as short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Specialties include inpatient and outpatient therapy, specialized dementia care, home care services, aquatic therapy and hospice care.

For questions please contact Village Home Health and Hospice at 513.782.2423.

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Health Tips from your Maple Knoll Home Health Nurse

Do you know the most important way to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses? Did you know that 80% of all infectious disease are transmitted by touching? What is a easy way that you can keep yourself healthy this flu and cold season? The answer to that simple question is to wash your hands.

Do you remember your mother telling you to wash your hands as a child? Well it turns out our mothers did know best. Exposure to flu can occur by touching a surface that has the flu virus on it. If the individual then touches their mouth, eyes, or nose they can become infected. The flu virus can survive between two and eight hours on surfaces. For example, if you touch an elevator button that has is contaminated with the flu virus and subsequently rub your eye, it’s possible to become infected with the flu.

The CDC recommends a five step process for hand washing. First wet your hands with clean running water. Next, lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap. You don’t want to miss those all important areas of the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your fingernails. Third, scrub for a minimum of twenty seconds. Hum the Happy Birthday song twice from beginning to end for twenty seconds of hand washing. Next, rinse your hands well again under clean running water. Finally, dry your hands using a clean towel. A paper towel is best. A moist cloth hand towel can be a good place for germs to flourish. If you use a cloth hand towel, wash the towel in hot water frequently.

If soap and water are not readily available an alcohol-based sanitizer can be substituted. It is recommended that the sanitizer contain at least 60% alcohol. Don’t use the sanitizer if your hands are visibly soiled as they are not effective. However, simple hand washing is the best way to reduce the percentage of germs and microbes on your hands. If you use bar soap, make sure it is in a holder that is self-draining. Bar soap that sits in a moist environment can cause germs to thrive. Clean the soap holder before you put out a new bar of soap.
Happy Hand Washing. Hope these tips help to keep you happy and healthy this flu and cold season!!



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 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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