“Alexa, Keep Me Independent!”

One evening a few months ago, Alexa was the hit of the party at Willow Ridge.  Elder Richard Wiechart brought the “smart speaker” out into the dining room and others gathered around asking Alexa to play favorite songs. “She really livened things up,” Wiechart laughed.  “Sometimes it can get pretty quiet around here.” Alexa is… Read more »

Monarchs Thrive at Maple Crest

The elders at Maple Crest Senior Living Village have been enamored with monarch butterflies since 2007.  That’s when administrator Lynn Thompson brought in a few caterpillars for observation and residents and staff alike watched in wonder as they became monarch butterflies and were released to begin their 3,000 mile migration route to Mexico. Eventually, elder… Read more »

MHCO Hosting Social Work CEU Presentation

hospice, palliative care, death, dying, social work

Niki Sidle, MSW, LISW-S, will present “Dying with Dignity: An Ethical and Holistic Approach,” at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, on Thursday, July 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  The presentation is approved for 3 social work contact hours in ethics.  Pre-registration is required. Goals for the presentation are: 1. Explore the meaning of holistic care and… Read more »

Maple Crest Men’s Banquet and OSU…Both Winners!

Even though there was a small University of Michigan contingent, the gentlemen of Maple Crest Senior Living Village, overwhelmingly showed their Buckeye Pride at the recent Men’s Banquet.  Nearly 60 residents and guests attended the event, aptly named “Buckeye Night,” and dined on ribs, mashed potatoes, baked beans and deviled eggs with football-shaped brownies for… Read more »

MHCO Residents Show Their Artistic Side

Residents of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, won several awards at the LeadingAge Ohio District 3 Art and Writing Show.  The show was held at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, on June 6. Winners – Art Division Patricia Althaus – Large Quilted Works, “Windblown Square,” 1st place and Small Quilted Works, “Hope of Hartford,”… Read more »

Willow Ridge Survey Shows Zero Deficiencies

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has notified Willow Ridge that no deficiencies were listed on its April 5, 2018 inspection. Willow Ridge, a skilled nursing facility located in Bluffton, consists of two homes designed on the Green House model. Owned and operated by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), the facility opened in 2012…. Read more »

Prime Timers Luncheon is May 1

Prime Timers, a monthly lunch gathering open to everyone 55 and over, will meet on Tuesday, May 1 at noon at St. John Mennonite Church. The church is located at 15988 Road 4, Pandora. Lunch, prepared by Maple Crest Retirement Village, will include pasta salad, shredded chicken sandwiches, hash brown casserole, carrots, peanut butter brownies… Read more »