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.

Telemedicine Series Part 1: What is Telemedicine?

by Greg Chambery, Administrator
If you’re watching the news these days—and who isn’t—you’re hearing a lot about telemedicine. It’s become a popular term, but for most people it’s not clear what exactly telemedicine, and its companion telehealth, actually are. In this three-part series, I’ll explain what telemedicine is, how it’s being used right now, and how it fits into life here at Maplewood. Telemedicine…

New York Nursing Homes: Update from Greg Chambery

by Gregory Chambery, Administrator
I want to provide some information about the unfortunate situation facing nursing homes in New York right now. This has been a difficult week for nursing homes and assisted living facilities in our state. There are a number of facilities, mainly located in the New York City area, that have suffered large numbers of resident deaths. Seeing the numbers on…

Medicare Waiver Streamlines Path to Rehabilitation Care

by The Maplewood
Does your loved one require a nursing home stay for rehabilitation? They may qualify for a special waiver, allowing them to avoid a hospital stay first. Medicare typically requires a three-day inpatient hospital stay before covering the costs of rehabilitation at a skilled nursing facility (SNF). For example, if your spouse needed rehab after being seen in a hospital emergency room, he/she…

Staying Connected with Elderly Loved Ones

by Gregory Chambery, Administrator
Staying connected with elderly loved ones is difficult right now, but I’m proud to share one particular way the team at The Maplewood is helping families feel close to one another. We know our residents value family time a lot. Because it’s not currently safe for nursing homes to receive visitors, we’ve invested in a number of Chromebook laptops for…

Thoughts from Greg Chambery

by Gregory Chambery, Administrator
My in-laws celebrated their wedding anniversary last week. They have been together more than 60 years. I have not seen them for more than a month. They are seniors and I figured it just was not worth the risk. My wife, Sue, and I decided that we needed to go to their house on this occasion and carefully hang out…

Maplewood Achieves Pinnacle Customer Experience Award

by The Maplewood
Throughout 2019, Pinnacle Quality Insight, a nationally recognized customer satisfaction firm, interviewed The Maplewood’s customers and family members regarding their experiences and satisfaction levels with several aspects of services received. Based on the results of these interviews, Pinnacle has determined that The Maplewood has qualified for a Pinnacle Customer Experience Award all of the 16 Skilled Nursing Service Areas. The…

Maplewood Earns 5 Star CMS Rating

by The Maplewood
The Maplewood is pleased to announce that we’ve earned the achievement of the highest possible rating of Five Stars from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). “We are extremely proud of this achievement and thank all of our wonderful staff for their hard work and dedication in ensuring that our residents are receiving such high-quality care,” says Greg Chambery,…

Maplewood Donates Holiday Bazaar Proceeds to Lap Robes for Veterans

by Gary Sacco, Director of Recreation
Our Annual Holiday Bazaar took place on November 21st and 22nd. This event is very dear to our hearts – it was started over 15 years ago by a group of residents who wanted to give back to their community. It’s a wonderful event where Maplewood residents, families, friends, staff, volunteers and neighbors come together for some holiday shopping while…

The Maplewood Receives National Recognition for Quality

by The Maplewood
The Maplewood has been nationally recognized for achieving documented outcomes as part of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) Quality Initiative Program. This program challenges long term and post-acute care centers to meet specific measurable targets in key areas. Since the launch of these national quality goals in 2012, fewer residents are returning to the hospital and use of antipsychotic…

Protecting Residents, Families & Staff During Flu Season

by Dr. Diane Kane, M.D.
The flu season has started early this year with many confirmed cases in Monroe County. While it’s not possible to completely prevent someone from catching the flu, we take proactive measures to protect Maplewood residents, visitors and staff. Assistant Director of Nursing, JeanAnn Kubishin, oversees our flu vaccination program. “All staff receives the flu vaccine and we provide staff with…

Stay Strong Therapy Program Benefits Residents with Parkinson’s

by Liz Benedict, M.S.P.T., Director of Therapy
Like everything we do at The Maplewood, our Therapy Department continually looks for ways to improve the quality of life for our residents. Some of our long term care residents have  Parkinson’s disease. Typically those with Parkinson’s see a progressive decline in both physical and cognitive abilities. This can result in safety risks such as an increase in falling down.…
The Maplewood Handy Club
The Maplewood Handy Club

Handy Club Makes & Donates Activity Boards

by The Maplewood
The Maplewood Handy Club was created to provide a new recreation offering to residents who enjoy working with tools. The club has really taken off and we now have several handymen and women who attend every week and work with volunteers to build activity boards. Pictured here is one of our handy club volunteers showing Ivy her new busy board.…

Maplewood Farms – Our Veggie Garden Bounty

by Gary Sacco, Director of Recreation
From a gardening perspective, my thumb is not green – it is blackish. So, when one of our volunteers suggested a potted patio garden, and our volunteer coordinator, Lori, endorsed the idea, I wondered how it would all turn out. One of our volunteers offered to lend his considerable expertise and a group of residents voiced their interest in participating.…

Meet Alaia Gross – Maplewood’s Awesome Summer Intern

by The Maplewood
Long time Maplewood volunteer, Alaia, is back from college for the summer and working as an intern in our Occupational Therapy (OT) Department. We are thrilled to have her at The Maplewood! Alaia’s connection with The Maplewood began 6 years ago when she often visited a family member who was living here. She soon became a volunteer and spent over…

Maplewood Volunteer Receives Volunteer of the Year Award

by The Maplewood
Maplewood volunteer, Dick Tompkins, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the NYS Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) and The NYS Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL). The award recognizes an outstanding volunteer serving in a skilled nursing facility. Dick has been volunteering at The Maplewood for nearly 18 years, primarily in the Maintenance Department. A Kodak retiree, he has an…

Maplewood Named a Winner of the Rochester 2019 Top Workplaces Award Posted: 3/27/2019 12:33:50 PM by The Maplewood

by The Maplewood
The Maplewood is proud to announce that for the fourth year in a row, we’ve been awarded a 2019 Top Workplaces honor by The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. This confirms what The Maplewood already knows; we value our amazing staff and appreciate all they do to deliver the best quality care to our residents. The Top Workplace list is based…

A Unique Way to Compare Nursing Homes in Rochester

by The Maplewood
Are you currently researching nursing homes in Rochester, NY? If so, you’re probably finding that we have a lot of options in our community and that long term care facilities in Rochester run the gamut from big multi-location health care systems to small independent nursing homes. With so many options, how do you choose which one is right for you…

Building Bridges: Recreation and Therapy Join Forces!

by Gary Sacco, Director of Recreation
I have always respected the work, and at times, miracles, that our therapists have accomplished over the years. In my opinion, PT/OT has never been stronger, far-reaching and influential in our residents’ lives. Our goal at The Maplewood is to help residents live to their maximum potential. Our departments, working together, can achieve even more results! Led by Director of…

Reflection: Life’s Lessons for Taking On the Future

by Gregory Chambery, Administrator
As I walked into the house a few weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to the sound I heard coming from the TV. I looked over and saw a military band playing as the flag-draped coffin of George HW Bush was removed from the coach and taken up the stairs of the capital. Having walked by that exact spot so…

Aging Boomers and Expectations for Care

by Gregory Chambery, Administrator
Maturitus Journal, a widely read publication in the United Kingdom, recently published an article on aging baby boomers. The piece explored what people in their late 60s expected when it came to their future care needs. The researchers chose this group because the participants were right on the cusp of moving from caregiver to care receiver. An interesting pattern emerged as…

Why Nursing Homes Don’t Innovate and What To Do About It

by Gregory Chambery, Administrator
My wife Sue and I recently took a trip to the mall. I don’t do very well shopping and we decided a long time ago that if she allows me to go to the mall with her, we’d split up and then meet up after most of her shopping is finished. On this particular trip, I went on my way…

Mary Jane Cooks Blueberry Cobbler

by The Maplewood
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,…
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