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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.

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A Safe Way to See Nursing Home Residents

Have you ever wished you could check on your mom or dad without driving all the way to their nursing home? Plenty of people have had the same thought, and installing a video camera in the nursing home has allowed some families to do just that. These cameras, which people sometimes refer to as “granny cams,” can be a convenient tool, especially during the COVID crisis. They give families an

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How to Plan for Long Term Care

How to Plan for Long-Term Care

Have you planned for long-term care yet? Are you familiar with the process and the types of care options available? These are the questions many people face when considering long-term care options for their loved ones. No one ever knows if long-term care is needed for a family member, but an unexpected accident, illness, or injury can suddenly change things. It typically happens naturally as people get older and more

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Telemedicine Post #3: Telemedicine and Your Loved One

Nursing homes have doubled down on their safety procedures. Every surface is cleaned more often. Every member of the staff is tested and checked for infections. Visitors, unfortunately, are not allowed in the building. With all those precautions, there was one remaining flaw in the defense plan: what if a doctor showed up to care for a resident and had COVID-19 without knowing it? Doctors are at increased risk of

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Telemedicine Part 2: Providing Safer Patient Care

As I shared in the first post in this series, telemedicine has been around for a while but is suddenly in the spotlight now. It is the perfect solution for situations where someone needs medical care but doesn’t require an in-person meeting—it gives doctors a risk-free way to speak with their patients. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are doing all they can to maintain social distancing. This has made

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Telemedicine Series Part 1: What is Telemedicine?

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 and telehealth both sound complicated, but they describe a simple

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Medicare Waiver Streamlines Path to Rehabilitation Care

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 would be required to stay in the hospital for at least

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