Sharing Our Story

Life at The Maplewood is a rich tapestry woven with moments of inpirational human interaction. We're pleased to share with you a portion of our story of daily life at The Maplewood, as well as some of the philisophy and knowledge that helps make The Maplewood distinctly different.

Understanding Medicare and Medicaid Coverage for a Skilled Nursing Facility

Most people agree that trying to understand the difference between Medicare and Medicaid is complicated on its own. But when an unexpected life event forces the immediate need for long-term care for a loved one, making sense of coverage options can be even more confusing. 
If you have found yourself in this position, keep reading because this explanation can help you make sense of a confusing system. You’ll understand the differences between these government programs and whether a private pay skilled nursing facility may be the better fit for your aged parent.

Medicare Basics

Most seniors have some form of Medicare coverage. This federal program does offer coverage for skilled nursing facilities, but it requires both a doctor’s order as well as a three-day inpatient stay before coverage can begin. It is also not intended to be a solution for long-term care because it only covers up to one hundred days of care in a stretch.
 

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Maplewood Donates Proceeds from Holiday Bazaar to Local Charities

Our Annual Holiday Bazaar raised over $1,300, which was donated to the Webster Community Chest and Lap Robes for Veterans on May 11, 2017. Maplewood residents who help head the Bazaar, along with Director of Recreation, Gary Sacco, selected the charities and checks were presented to representatives from each charity: Joyce Tompkins, of the Webster Community Chest and Nancy Van Apeldoorn of Lap Robes for Veterans (pictured to the right with Gary Sacco).
 
The Holiday Bazaar was started by Maplewood residents who wanted to make a difference in their community. Each year proceeds from the two-day event are donated to local charities, which are selected by the residents who are on Bazaar Committee. 
 

What is Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Long-Term Care?

Understand the Differences to Find the Right Care Center for Your Elderly Loved One

If you’re the primary caregiver to an aging parent, you may be overwhelmed by the responsibility it takes to make care decisions. Perhaps your parent has had an accident, fallen, or has other health issues. You’re not sure how best to care for them AND simultaneously keep up with your own responsibilities with work, family life, and home. Perhaps it’s time to find a caring, friendly, safe senior living home for Mom or Dad.
 
In this article we’ll cover the five main options for senior living and give you some key factors to consider for each one as you determine the best option for your loved one.
 

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The Maplewood Wins 2017 Top Workplace Award!

Making it a Good Place to Work

We’ve all had experiences while shopping, dining or receiving a service when someone goes above and beyond for us. It makes an impact we appreciate and remember. 
 
Recently, I had no idea of how I was going to solve the problem of my sofa moving around on the hard shiny floor when someone went to sit down on it. I tried a couple of quick fixes that never really worked and it drove me crazy. I knew I had to find a solution. As I aimlessly wandered through the big box home improvement store, a young man tapped me on the shoulder and asked if he could help. I described my problem and the man took great interest in trying to solve my issue. You could tell he loved his job and enjoyed solving problems. 
 
 

Cornbread Recipe

Our volunteer, Mary Jane, arrived today for her popular "Cooking With Mary Jane" series. The Activities Room is always packed when she comes to visit. Everyone loves to talk to Mary Jane as she demonstrates how to make a special dish. 
 
Today she made delicious homemade cornbread. It was such a big hit that we thought we'd share the recipe.
 

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Volunteers Enrich Our Lives

Program Coordinator, Stacey Snyder, shares her insights on volunteering at the Maplewood:

We are very fortunate. The Maplewood has an amazing support system of volunteers who help us meet the ever changing needs of our residents. These incredible people give of themselves freely to enhance our residents’ quality of life. They help with everything and anything - assisting with the many activities we run, sitting and visiting with residents who benefit from one-on-one support, transporting a number of our residents to and from hair appointments and so much more! Whatever the act might be, they help each and every day as they provide friendship and support for all of our amazing residents.
 

Happy New Year - Recreation 2.017!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s holiday season has been especially nice. I’ve been reflecting on our Recreation Department - how much has changed in two decades and how we continue to expand!

The Maplewood was quite different when I started here over 20 years ago. While we’ve always focused on providing the best quality of life for our residents, we didn’t start out with all of the amenities and capabilities that we have today. As a forward thinking nursing home, we continually evolve, offering more and more possibilities for our residents to live life to the fullest.

Charitable Warm Front Moves Through Our 2016 Holiday Bazaar!


Our 11th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be remembered as a success for numerous reasons. Maplewood customers were abundant and the outside community was well represented. Foot traffic was brisk, pocketbooks kept opening and raffle tickets were selling fast.

We raised $1,319.75 for our two charities, Webster Community Chest and Lab Robes for Veterans, about $75 more than last year. They will each receive $659 and change!
 

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Willink Middle School Select Choir stuns in "Holiday Goodwill Tour"

Maplewood Nursing Home had the pleasure of a lovely performance by the Willink Middle School Select Choir on December 2nd.. We truly enjoyed these very talented young singers and really appreciate their visiting us.

We wanted to share the following article about the event, which was published in the Webster Herald on December 7, 2016, by Anna Hubbel, Herald Editor. 

Willink Middle School's 7th and 8th grade select choir graced the halls of Maplewood Nursing Home and CDS Monarch with Christmas melodies last Friday. 

Every year, the select choir takes a field trip to perform for nursing home residents. Mrs. Tiffany Polino serves as the Master of Ceremonies of the "Holiday Goodwill Tour", with Katherine Thompson as director and Miss Alexandra Barbato as piano accompanist.

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Making Apple Brownies

Volunteer, Mary Jane, comes in every month to do cooking demonstrations and tastings. She recently made apple brownies. They were such a big hit we decided we had to share the recipe:

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups diced apples

Preheat over to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until fluffy and pale. 
Add oil and vanilla. Mix well.
Sift dry ingredients and mix into wet mixture.
Stir in apples.
Coat pan with non-stick spray and spread batter evenly into the pan.
Bake 45-50 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool and serve.

Note that this is Katie Brown's recipe.

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