Author: Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

MHCO Goes 3/3 with Deficiency-Free COVID-19 Surveys

On March 20th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum titled, “Prioritization of Survey Activities” in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  This memo instructed state Health Departments to suspend normal regulatory survey activity in skilled nursing facilities in lieu of new “COVID-19 Focused Surveys” that focused exclusively on infection control.  Specifically,… Read more »

UPDATE: Assisted Living Outdoor Visitation

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The Ohio Department of Health’s Third Amended Director’s Order to Limit Access to Ohio’s Nursing Homes and Similar Facilities, with Exceptions.  allows properly prepared assisted living facilities to begin to allow outdoor visitation on June 8. The lifted restrictions do not yet apply to nursing homes.  Since word of this order was made known, MHCO has… Read more »

Area Seamstresses to the Rescue

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio is thankful for the generous volunteer support from area churches and community members in sewing gowns.  More than 30 people responded to our request for help to sew 100+ gowns. Soon after the announcement a small group of people were able to cut gowns at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church. The… Read more »

CMS Releases Reopening Recommendations

In recent weeks around the country conversations regarding the re-opening of states and communities are taking place as the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic recedes. Discussions include all types of congregant living. Anyone living in “close quarters” is particularly vulnerable to resurgence of COVID-19.  We know all too well the devastating effects of a COVID-19 outbreak. As… Read more »

LeadingAge Ohio Stands by Quality Providers Amid COVID-19 Outbreaks

BLUFFTON – As the voice for mission-driven, values-based providers of long-term services and supports in Ohio, LeadingAge Ohio continues to stand by and support members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is a long-standing member of LeadingAge Ohio with a 65 year history of serving older adults within four communities… Read more »

Surveillance Testing FAQ’s

Since yesterday’s COVID-19 surveillance testing was completed, we’ve been receiving questions about next steps.  Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions; Q: How did testing work? A:   Testing took place from 10 am until 4 pm on May 12th.  120 residents and 181 employees were tested.  Residents and staff that were in the… Read more »

MHCO Community Update

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Since the last update, the Mennonite Memorial Home has experienced continued evidence of COVID-19 spread, including confirmed and presumed positive cases and additional resident deaths as a result.  No staff or residents have tested positive at any other Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio campus at the time of this posting.  With Mother’s Day and Father’s… Read more »

A Thank You Note

Through a difficult situation, Mennonite Memorial Home’s residents and staff are grateful for the help of innumerable community members, organizations and partners as we navigate uncharted territory. According to a statement from Elizabeth Kelly, Board Chair of MHCO, “The Coronavirus is an especially difficult adversary, as the spread is invisible.  As healthcare workers, we are… Read more »