Sharing Our Stories

We’re pleased to share stories of daily life at The Maplewood, as well as some of the philosophy and knowledge that helps make The Maplewood distinctly different.

Mary Jane Cooks Blueberry Cobbler

Much to our delight, our volunteer, Mary Jane, came in today for her monthly series “Cooking with Mary Jane”. As usual, her dish featured a fresh local ingredient: blueberries that she picked herself at a local farm! She cooked up a blueberry cobbler that was so delicious, we thought we should share the recipe. This recipe is from the cookbook, Motherhood and Apple Pie and it makes 6 to 8

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Volunteering Brightens Our Lives

When you volunteer, you leave someone else’s life brighter at the end of the day. And, our volunteers tell us that helping others makes their lives brighter too. Volunteering should be this way. You should love what you are doing when you are volunteering and you should get something out of each visit. This is why at The Maplewood we cater to our volunteers’ personal preferences and unique abilities. We let you

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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

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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

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Greg Chambery

Long Term Care Planning – An Administrator’s Perspective

It was March of 1984 when the envelope arrived in the mail from the New York State Department of Health. I stared at it for five minutes before opening it to find the results of my Administrators exam. Upon opening it, I learned that I had become the latest person to be licensed as a nursing home administrator in the State of New York. Like most things in life, it

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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 the inability

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How Accurate and Helpful is the CMS 5 Star Rating System When Choosing a Nursing Home?

When a family is considering the need to partner with a nursing home for the care of a loved one it can be a frustrating and difficult process. One of the tools that has recently come on the scene is called the Five Star Quality Rating System. The Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) describes the rating system as follows: CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families

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Harmonious Living

Walking down the halls of The Maplewood, the familiar vocal melodies of favorite tunes start to drift into the peaceful air. Approaching the entrance of the Elmgrove Café, the sound of warm applause completes the final sustain of the opening number. Entering the spacious and inviting community gathering area and seeing the size of the assembled crowd, it’s clear that the space has been transformed into a concert hall. The

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