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.

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,…

Understanding Medicare and Medicaid Coverage for a Skilled Nursing Facility

by The Maplewood
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…
Greg Chambery
Greg Chambery

Long Term Care Planning – An Administrator’s Perspective

by Greg Chambery
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…

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

by Gregory Chambery, Administrator
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…

Harmonious Living

by Sarah Hodges
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…