Maple Knoll Village


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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Maple Knoll Home Health Care Celebrates 4 Stars with Community Open House

Maple Knoll Home Health Care, owned and operated by Maple Knoll Communities Inc.home health2 is proud to receive a coveted 4 out of 5 Stars from the National Home Health Ranking System by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. To celebrate this grand slam of an accomplishment, they will be hosting a fun-filled baseball themed open house, just in time for Red’s Opening Day!

The community is invited to join the festivities on Monday, April 4th from 12pm-2pm at 11275 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246. Those in attendance can enjoy baseball themed refreshments, get health tips and checks, and have the opportunity to win raffle prizes.

Maple Knoll Home Health Care provides various home health services to clients. Some of these include: skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition assistance, medical social work and home health aid. Although most clients are over the age of 55, Maple Knoll Home Health assists anyone 18 and older who qualifies. To qualify for home health care, one must have had a recent change in health status due to circumstances such as: illness, injury, new medicines, a new diagnosis (such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s or MS), general aging, recent surgery, recent hospitalization, moving to a new living environment, loss of a loved one or various other reasons.

Maple Knoll’s Home Health staff works seven days a week to meet the needs of clients.
Appointments may be made at a client’s home, a client’s family member’s home, independent and assisted living apartments, group homes and other living arrangements. Maple Knoll services are available in areas within Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Preble counties.

For more information on Maple Knoll Home Health’s Open House or their services please call 513.782.2546.



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!!



Sellers Needed For The Maple Knoll Village Monster Rummage Sale

Dust off unused items and clean out your closets, the eighth annual Maple Knoll Village Monster Rummage Sale is looking for sellers! The sale will be held on Saturday, April 30th, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This sale is open to the public with free admission and credit cards are accepted!
There is no cost to be a seller and you do not need to be present the day of. You simply pick up a sellers packet and drop off your gently used items the week of the sale. Items will be priced and ticketed by the seller, with 40% of the price donated to the Maple Knoll Future Care Fund, a benevolent care program helping residents in need, and 60% going back to the seller.

Clothing will not be accepted, but electronics, art work, jewelry, shoes, outerwear, artwork, antiques, accessories, furniture, housewares, toys, books and more can be sold.

New this year, unsold items will not be returned to the seller. All unsold items will be donated to St. Vincent DePaul. Please plan accordingly. Price your items to sell and only submit items that you are comfortable not getting back.

For questions on attending this sale or to sign up as a seller today, please call The Maple Knoll Development Department at 513.782.8629. We hope to see you there!



Maple Knoll Village Hosting 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 13th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, November 14th 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,

Last year's sale was a success!

Last year’s sale was a success!

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 13th 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.



Sycamore Senior Center partners with Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition for Arts and Wellness Day

The Sycamore Senior Center, located in Blue Ash, is dedicated to stimulating the minds of members, staff and guests. One way they are able to do so is through a friendship with The Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition which allows Sycamore to be the site for a fun filled Art Day.

Instructor Amy Dennison will lead those in attendance in a full day of activities which include: Upcycled Instrument Making, Instrument Petting Zoo with CCM, New Horizons Orchestra members, Bhutanese/Nepali Teen Dance Group,Sycamore Senior Center Choir performance and HealthRHYTHMS.

Upcycled Instruments is a particularly interesting program and Amy has been creating instruments out of trash for over 30 years. The process is great for the environment, while encouraging creativity and critical thinking, hallmarks of the 21st century learning framework. Make a rainstick, frame or ocean drum! Build some simple shakers and a wind instrument. You’ll have your own band, or if you lead drum circles, a great addition to your instrument collection!

It is guaranteed to be a fun-filled day to enjoy with friends and family of all ages. Learn a few dance moves from Bhutanese/Nepali dancers, and join in singing with the Sycamore older adult choir. Reservations are required. Lunch will be available for a donation of $3. If you wish to make a frame or ocean drum, or rainstick, please indicate which one in your reservation. Cost to make a drum or rainstick is $5 per instrument. Other instruments are no charge. Payment is due at the workshop.

The event will take place on November 14th, 2015 from 10:30am-3:00pm at the Sycamore Senior Center located at 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. For more information or to reserve your spot today please call 513.315.7393 or email arlenedesilva@gmail.com.

Sycamore Senior Center was able to be a part of this program thanks to a partnership with the Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition. The coalition is the first community-wide recreational music making coalition in the US. The mission of the coalition is to promote a culture of wellness through evidence-based recreational music making.

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. Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. also includes the exceptional retirement communities of Maple Knoll Village and the Knolls of Oxford, 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.arts day



WMKV Radio brings Harry James Orchestra to Music Hall Ballroom

On Tuesday, October 13, from 7-10:00 p.m., the legendary Harry James Orchestra will fill historic Music Hall Ballroom with music from the swing era and beyond. The Harry James Orchestra, led by Fred Radke, performs a one-night only dance and concert as part of WMKV Public Radio’s 20th Anniversary celebration. The three-hour dance and concert will benefit public radio WMKV 89.3FM which is simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS. Tickets are $30 ($35 day of show) and can be purchased at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices, by calling (513)621-2787, or online at http://www.cincinnatiarts.org. Discount parking for $3.00 is also available.

“The Harry James Orchestra is known for being one of the best swing dance bands on tour,” says WMKV station director George Zahn. “Dancers of all ages fill the floor at their concerts, and we plan on Cincinnati’s dancers showing up in force and filling Music Hall Ballroom’s 22,000 square-foot dance floor.”

The Harry James Orchestra is led by trumpeter Fred Radke. A conductor, composer, arranger and recording artist with his own Swingin’ Big Band, Radke played lead trumpet under Harry James himself, a “dream come true” for the then young musician. In 1989, six years after James’ death, the Harry James Estate and Columbia Artists asked Radke to lead the Harry James Orchestra for a 50th anniversary concert. He has been leading the orchestra ever since.

In the words of Harry James, “Band leaders must be like automobile manufacturers before the war. They must be bringing out new models all the time. We have to vary our programs, playing sweet numbers and jump numbers, and we have to play them different ways.” This philosophy still drives today’s Harry James Orchestra, which tours throughout the United States and Canada. Radke also produced and recorded classic Harry James Orchestra hits in a four-volume set entitled Reminiscing, featuring Radke and his Swingin’ Big Band.

The Harry James Orchestra concert for WMKV 89.3FM Public Radio is made possible by the support of Mercedes Benz of Ft. Mitchell, MyMedicareQuestion.com and ArtsWave.