We are happy to share with you these informative articles written by Maplewood department heads, offering enlightening perspective into The Maplewood Way and how we live it with our residents each and every day.

The single most important factor for getting the best long-term care possible

There’s a common misconception that it costs a lot of money to move into a nursing home. While it’s true that paying for long-term care at a nursing home can be expensive—costs are up about 20% since 2011 and keep climbing—money is not a barrier to receiving care.

Every community has options for people in difficult financial situations. These include not-for-profit facilities that accept Medicaid and state- and county-run institutions that provide long-term care to those with limited financial resources.

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What Does a Person-Centered Approach Look Like at a Long Term Care Facility?

Long Term Care Facility

What comes to mind when you hear someone say, “nursing home”? Most often the terms nursing home and long term care tend to evoke images of hospital-like halls, white walls, and bland food. This institutional approach, far too common among nursing homes, is designed for maximum efficiency – how to get the most work done in the quickest way.

As a long term care facility, The Maplewood has a distinctly different approach to care.

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Dressing with Dignity… An Overview of Adaptive Clothing

As our loved ones age and their mobility decreases, what seems like a simple task of getting dressed every day can actually seem like a chore. Adaptive clothing and footwear can be a true gift.

What is Adaptive Clothing?

Adaptive clothing refers to specialized garments designed for people with physical disabilities, the elderly, and the infirm who may experience difficulty when dressing themselves. This may be due to inability to manipulate closures such as buttons and zippers or due to lack of full range of motion.

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Volunteering Brightens Our Lives

Volunteers Corky and Barb

Volunteering has always played an integral part in my life, well before I started working at The Maplewood as a Volunteer Coordinator. Being a volunteer makes me feel like I am leaving someone else’s life brighter at the end of the day. It is this feeling that keeps pushing me to do more, visit more people, teach more Sunday School, plan more school events… You see, I’m not just helping others, I’m also helping myself along the way.

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Gift Giving Guide for Loved Ones in a Nursing Home

nursing home gift giving

Throughout the year, friends and family bring gifts to residents at The Maplewood for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter and other special occasions. We are often asked by family and friends about appropriate gifts ideas, so we have put together this handy gift-giving guide.

When choosing gifts for residents, please consider factors such as storage space, ease of use, safety, and changing interests and abilities.For Maplewood family members, feel free to contact nursing staff if you have questions,

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Benefitting from a Love for Music

Most people know that music makes us feel good, especially when we hear a favorite song or we sing just for the fun of it. But, did you know that there is actually scientific proof that music improves our overall well-being?

For the elderly, research shows that music offer many benefits including the following*:

Seniors who participate in music activities have higher perceptions about the quality of their lives.
Music therapy can help with recalling memories and can be quite effective with dementia patients. Read more »

Sleep & Exercise

Physical Therapy

Did you know that getting enough sleep may actually improve your exercise performance? And, that not getting enough sleep is shown to negatively impact performance? If you regularly cut sleep short, you may want to reconsider this practice.

Why Sleep Helps

During the night, we cycle through 5 stages of sleep. The stages include non-rapid eye movement (stages 1-4) and rapid eye movement sleep (stage 5). Stages 3 and 4 are the important ones for exercise recovery.

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Exercise Your Brain

Exercise Your Brain

As we age our brain cells start to deteriorate. We can take part in certain activities to try to slow this progression. It’s not only important to exercise our bodies for the physical benefits, it’s equally important to exercise our brains to keep our minds sharp and memories intact.

The latest scientific research shows that your brain performs best when it has its own fitness program. This research has fostered a whole new area of exercises for the brain – Neurobics.

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Practicing Compassion

Practice Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
~Dalai Lama

Compassion is an experience that gives the receiver and the giver great joy! What gives us the intuition to know that others need comfort and kindness? It’s our desire to have interactive relationships with others. Even as young as infancy, we desire interaction and connection with others. A baby laying in his crib will immediately stop crying when the mother approaches.

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Learning The Maplewood Way from the Start: In-House CNA Training Program

CNA long term care training

In 1987 federal legislation was passed that enhanced the framework for nursing homes and long-term care in our country. Referred to as OBRA ’87, this legislation provided guidelines for the Certified Nurse Aide Training program and Nursing Assistants. Other focuses of this legislature were quality care, resident assessment, care planning and the use of physical restraints. Subsequent OBRA legislation in 1989 and 1990 added to the specific training and competency that must be met by every certified nursing assistant (CNA),

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