Outdoor Resident Visitation to Begin Next Week

For many of those residing in senior living communities across the country, it has been far too long since their last face to face visit with family, friends and loved ones.  MHCO has established a plan to open in-person outdoor visitation to all campuses beginning next week.  External factors such as case status in the… Read more »

COVID Update for MHCO Residents, Families and Staff

Dear Residents & Families, We are pleased to share that Allen County has been taken off the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Watch List! While Allen Co remains at Level 3 (RED), we are trending in the right direction and are working to go to Level 1 (YELLOW) as quickly as possible. We strongly support… Read more »

Ohio Mask Mandate – What it means for MHCO

Today, Governor DeWine’s order requiring Ohioans to wear masks in public and in businesses goes into effect throughout Ohio.  This announcement also issues a travel advisory for those traveling to and from certain states.  The details of this order can be found in the press release published on the coronavirus.ohio.gov website.   Previously, masks were already… Read more »

MHCO Accepting Admissions at All Campuses

All Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio campuses (Mennonite Memorial Home, Hilty Home, Maple Crest and Willow Ridge) are now accepting COVID-negative admissions directly from the community and local hospitals.  Advancements in access to resident testing and personal protective equipment have allowed us to admit elders directly from the hospital, their home or another long-term care… Read more »

UPDATE: Nursing Home Outdoor Visitation Planning Under Way

UPDATE:  Allen County Ohio has moved to a Level 3 (Red) Public Health Emergency Alert Level as of Thursday, July 16th.  Level 3 (Red) is an indication of increased community spread of COVID-19. Beginning Thursday, July 16 at 5 pm Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio is suspending all outdoor visitation until further notice.  This suspension… Read more »

MHCO Video Address, June 26, 2020

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio’s Acting COO, Elizabeth Kelly, addresses residents, families, volunteers and staff.

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

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 »