Category: MHCO News

Lewandoskis Benefit from Family Volunteer Experience

According to the website for Kids Giving Back, volunteering is a two-way street, giving children and their families an opportunity to change lives, including their own.  Because of the Mennonite Home Community of Ohio’s volunteer program, Bluffton’s Lewandowski family has been given a new view of aging and nursing homes. Ginna Lewandoski and her two… Read more »

Making Someone Smile Every Day

Woman sitting on stool, surrounded by artwork.

Talking with Della Salter is like getting a card from an old friend, or eating an ice cream sundae.  It just makes you feel good! If there is a word to describe this Mennonite Memorial Home villa resident, it’s “positive.” “I’m positive because I’ve had a very positive life,” she emphasized.  Salter has lived in… Read more »

Maple Crest Couple Loves the Outdoor Life!

Maple Crest residents Sandy and Jim Benner can’t say enough about Bluffton as a place to enjoy outdoor activities. “You can walk or ride the bike path almost to downtown, where there’s a great bike shop, too.  The country roads are flat and not heavily-traveled.  We can ride our bikes to Pandora or use the… 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 »

Volunteer Opportunities Lead to Career Choice for Scholarship Winner

A mission trip to Peru changed Karis Wilson’s mind about her choice of careers. “I had always wanted to be a lawyer, since I love to read,” said Wilson.  “After volunteering in a medical clinic in Peru, I realized how much I like to help people and how much they rely on and appreciate health… 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 »

A View of the World from Two Feet High

intergenerational program at hilty home

You’re having a bad day. You’re feeling not so great and a little bit lonely. Suddenly, a 4-year-old walks up, grabs your hand and talks non-stop about the truck he saw on the way to daycare. Maybe it’s the touch, but for a moment, you see that truck through his eyes. . . that great… Read more »