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

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…

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…
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