Maple Knoll Village


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!

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Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors, Let’s Do Lunch: Volunteer with Meals on Wheels

More than 10 million seniors in the United States (that’s 1 in 6) currently face the threat of hunger and 15 million seniors are living alone in isolation. And, each and every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver one million meals to those who need them the most.

Many people know Meals on Wheels as a food delivery service for the homebound. However, what they don’t know is how impactful the moments of contact between the volunteer and the recipient can be. For many seniors, the volunteer who drops off their meal is the only person they will see that day. The delivery isn’t just about nourishment; it’s about a valuable moment of human connection. And in turn, it’s those moments of human connection that make volunteering so rewarding.

We know firsthand that Meals on Wheels clients are some of the country’s most inspirational and interesting people, full of wisdom and stories. Our volunteers have noted time and again that these experiences are what keeps them coming back to Meals on Wheels, and deepens their connection beyond food delivery.

With the senior population projected to double by 2050, Meals on Wheels needs to recruit a whole new wave of volunteers to serve the growing need. Meals on Wheels, which consists of more than 5,000 local programs in virtually every community in America, relies on an army of two million volunteers who deliver meals to seniors in need every day between 11am-1pm. These volunteers are crucial to the well-being of seniors across the country. With the majority of the current volunteer base over the age of 55, there is a real need to encourage and recruit people of all ages to get involved, donate their lunch break and volunteer.

What can you do? You can experience these special moments of human connection right here in Cincinnati by volunteering with Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors. If you can’t stray too far from the office, donate your lunch break and participate in meal delivery close to your work. We have opportunities for volunteers to help by driving a meal to a deserving member of the community. Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors delivers meals on 20 routes a day so drivers are always welcome to join our mission of providing meals to the elderly in our area.

Sign up to volunteer with Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors and start making a difference right here in our local community today. Feel free to visit our website or Facebook page as well as contact Joshua Howard with Maple Knoll Communities at 513-984-1234 with any questions or concerns.

A Maple Knoll Outreach Services volunteer delivers a meal to a client.

A Maple Knoll Outreach Services volunteer delivers a meal to a client.



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 Warns of Heat Risks with Older Adults

After the winter that Cincinnati had we all are wanting to enjoy this nice weather! But did you know that summer heat kills more than any other type of weather?

It is also predicted that this summer’s temperatures will be higher than normal for Cincinnati. A federal study found that 40% of heat related deaths were in people aged 65 and older. In fact, the elderly have an increased risk for heat related problems such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. There are many reasons this occurs such as the older body holds far less water than a younger one. The elderly have decreased thirst recognition and ability to sense temperature changes. Medicines can interfere with the ability to sweat which cools and individual off. Medicines also can increase urination which deplete fluids in the body.

Maple Knoll Village, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Springdale, knows how important it is to be informed on heat risks. Maple Knoll Risk Management Director Karen Pendleton even touched base with us to share some tips and things to look for this summer. Some common symptoms of dehydration include headache, dizziness, dry mouth, and sunken eyes. Those experiencing heat exhaustion often have muscle cramps, low blood pressure, rapid pulse and nausea. If someone is having a heat stroke they often have a body temperature of 104 or high, they could be having seizures, or loss of consciousness that could potentially lead to death.

To avoid these issues Karen recommends drinking plenty of water and always having water with you, stay in cool areas (such as your home, local mall, senior center, etc.), sit in front of a fan, mist yourself with water, save chores for later in the day as it is cooler, keep house shades and blinds closed, eat lighter meals and check in with family members regularly. If you are caring for an older loved one please check in with them frequently.
If someone is already experiencing these issues then take them to a cool area immediately. Loosen or remove clothing to help cool them and apply cold compresses to their neck, armpits and groin. Provide plenty of fluids and seek medical attention if necessary.

We encourage everyone to stay cool this summer! If you have questions on additional ways to stay safe during the summer months or on Maple Knoll Village please call 513.782.2423.



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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Celebrate Active Aging Week at The Hemsworth Wellness Center

The Hemsworth Wellness Center, on the campus of Maple Knoll Village, encourages active aging not only this week but every week of the year. The Hemsworth Wellness Center is a Wellness Center that prides itself on enhancing the quality of life for older adults by increasing independence and the ability to perform activities of daily living. For years many people in the community believed that The Hemsworth Wellness Center was only open to Maple Knoll employees and residents. With the expansion and addition of recent programs it is becoming more and more evident that one of Maple Knoll’s best kept secrets is out!
Now over 400 members come to The Hemsworth Wellness Center daily to utilize the warm water pool, one-on-one training with a staff member, exercise classes or to simply use the numerous equipment options available to them. The warm water aquatics program with a 20×60 pool at Maple Knoll is a focal point of the Wellness Center. The personally guided warm water exercises give you the option of swimming or walking laps, floating or exercising on your own, or even participating in a guided class. Which ever you decided do not forget to save time for the whirlpool or sauna afterwards!

Another important part of the Wellness Center is the offering of various classes, both on land and water, which will help with improvement in range of motion, muscular strengthening, cardiovascular conditioning and endurance. The Hemsworth Wellness Center is also proud to now offer SilverSneakers to its members and those in the community! SilverSneakers is a program that works with your healthcare provider to provide a free membership to The Hemsworth Wellness Center. This is offered to certain individuals who are eligible for Medicare or to group retirees.
The Hemsworth Wellness Center differs from other gyms because as soon you join a staff member will work with you to ensure that your individual goals and interests are met at a safe and healthy level at no additional cost. The staff members at The Wellness Center include: Exercise Physiologists and Fitness Specialists, Personal Trainers, Aquatic Instructors, Aquatic Massage Facilitators, Massage Therapists, Yoga Instructors, and Guest Presenters. The staff, facilities and programs are all geared to help you make positive changes within your life.

To learn more about SilverSneakers or The Hemsworth Wellness Center please call (513)782-4340. It won’t take long for you to have fun, get strong and live the life you want to live!silver sneakers