Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

Mennonite Memorial Home • Maple Crest • Willow Ridge
Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services • Hilty Home

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Ohio nursing home and assisted living residents are generally satisfied with the care they receive, according to the results of the 2013 Long-term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey, released by the Ohio Department of Aging.  Maple Crest Senior Living Village, part of Mennonite Communities of Ohio (MHCO) in Bluffton scored a 97.6 (out of a possible 100) which ranked them in the top 25 in the State of Ohio out of 598 assisted living facilities that participated.  Mennonite Memorial Home and Hilty Home, both also of MHCO, received 96.3 and 94.3 satisfaction scores respectively.  The statewide overall satisfaction score for assisted living facilities was 92.3.  11,013 assisted living residents in Ohio participated in the survey.


Residents were asked to rate their satisfaction with the facility's environment, activities, administration, direct care/nursing assistants, laundry, meals and dining, social services, therapy, laundry and general satisfaction with the facility. Researchers identified two key questions for residents to consider:  "Overall, do you like this facility?" and "Would you recommend this facility to a family member or friend?"  Only 40 facilities in Ohio scored a 100% on both questions and Maple Crest Senior Living Village and Mennonite Memorial Home were two of those facilities.

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) invites the community to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house as it celebrates the opening of its Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. The Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center is located at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Northwest Physical Therapy, Ottawa, is the therapy provider for the Transition to Home Center.


Mennonite Memorial Home has provided excellent short-term rehabilitation services for many years in semi-private rooms. The newly renovated Center will provide 12 private rooms with in-room bathrooms and showers, a spacious dining room and lounge specifically for therapy clients and a well equipped therapy room available to both resident and out-patient therapy clients.


The name Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center may sound familiar as it is the name of the therapy center located at Hilty Home in Pandora as well. Hilty Home became an affiliate of MHCO in 2012. Regarding the name, Laura Voth, CEO stated, “The Transition to Home program at Hilty Home, which opened in 2010, is so successful that it made sense to adopt the name for the program at Mennonite Memorial Home as well. We are pleased to demonstrate our continued integration as we find more ways to serve together with our Hilty Home campus.”


There have been additional renovations throughout Mennonite Memorial Home. The Open House will provide opportunity to see the changes on all three floors. Regarding the purpose for the changes, Voth stated that “the goal was to brighten and open up the living spaces for our elders. Windows were added, brighter lighting was installed, some walls were removed, a fresh coat of paint was given and new carpeting was installed in many areas. We hope the community will come and see the new Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center and the other improvements that have been made.”


The $1.3 million project was made possible by generous contributors to the New Vision; Transforming Elder Living campaign as well as financing through Citizens National Bank. This same campaign made the Willow Ridge Green House homes possible as well. M&W construction, Lima, was the general contractor for the project.


The Bluffton and Pandora communities of MHCO provide independent living, assisted living, nursing care, rehab services, home health, senior services, mobile meals and child care on four campuses. In 2012, MHCO served 742 elders and 110 children throughout the area.

Maple Crest's annual Soup Cook-Off has been rescheduled due to weather for Thursday, March 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited. Come to the Patio room in the lower level of the Maple Crest main building and sample gourmet soups prepared by... different local restaurants and caterers. Enjoy such soups as;

Luke's Bar & Grill (Bluffton) – White Bean & Ham
Swan House Tea Room (Findlay) – Best Ever Minestrone
Jeanne's Kitchen (Bluffton) – Butternut Squash
Bluffton Hospital (Bluffton) – Curried Sweet Potato
Bluffton University – Tomato Basil Parmesan Bisque
The Dough Hook (Bluffton) – Chili
Touches from the Heart (Ottawa) – White Corn Chowder
Henry’s (Ottawa) – Cream of Broccoli
Schnipke Inn (Ottawa) – Loaded Baked Potato

The meal includes soup/s, salad, breadsticks, beverage and dessert. The cost is $7.00 per person or $5.00 with a donation of a canned good or box of cold cereal. Children 5 and under will be $3.00. All donated items will be given to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program. Please check expiration dates to make sure they are current. All monetary proceeds from the event will benefit the Memory Garden & Pier Project at Maple Crest.

Maple Crest Senior Living Village is located at 700 Maple Crest Court, off of Augsburger Road in Bluffton. For more information please call 419-358-1015, ext.100.


Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio is accepting applications for the Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship is meant to promote the career of nursing. Therefore the scholarship money may be used toward a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, a degree as a Registered Nurse, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The scholarship is to be used to pay school related expenses toward any of these degrees.

The scholarship offers a minimum award of $500, and will be paid directly to the vocational school or college where the student is enrolled.

Barbara Fleming, in whose honor the scholarship is made possible, was a resident of Mennonite Memorial Home from 1997-2000, was trained as a nurse and throughout her life exhibited the caring nature that characterizes the profession of nursing.

Applications are available by contacting:

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

410 W. Elm St.

Bluffton, OH 45817



Applications are also available at


A completed application must be returned to the above address by March 31st.




Please direct questions to Scholarship Committee coordinator; 419-358-1015, x263.



When Fran Reese approached Executive Director, Joy Reichenbach, earlier this year about naming Hilty Home as the recipient of memorial gifts in honor of her late husband, Joy was pleased. Fran’s husband, Richard Reese, had lived at Hilty Home since June, 2010 and passed away January 25, 2013. Fran wondered if the memorial gifts could be used to purchase a ceiling lift. A ceiling lift would have been beneficial to Richard and allowed him to stay in the Special Needs Unit where he had become comfortable and familiar. Unfortunately, as his physical strength declined, he had to move to another part of Hilty Home that had a ceiling lift.

Joy was pleased with the family’s suggestion since Hilty Home had wanted a ceiling lift in the Special Needs Unit. But additional funds were not immediately available to complete the project. Joy talked with Doug Luginbill, Director of Resource Development and Church Relations and together they developed the “Give our Residents a Lift” campaign. The goal was to raise $6600 to cover the costs of the equipment and installation. Local businesses were approached and invited to support the project. The response was outstanding! Fourteen local businesses, several individuals and other memorial gifts made it possible to surpass the goal by contributing $7200. But the story doesn’t end there!

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Mennonite Memorial Home Earns 5 Star Rating

Mennonite Memorial Home has been awarded an overall 5-STAR QUALITY RATING! What's the best news? They join Hilty Home and Willow Ridge who also received 5-STAR RATINGS! These recognitions come from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Congratulations to all of MHCO's nursing communities - and thank you to the hard working and dedicated staff that makes these achievements possible!

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