Introducing Deupree Cottage
Emphasizing Freedom, Choice and Purpose
By Felix Winternitz
“Not a place to go. A way to live.”

That’s the motto of the new Deupree Cottages in Oakley, a “person-centered care” facility for nursing care seniors that opens later this summer on two acres of land at the eastern edge of the Deupree campus.

“‘Person-centered care’ is both a state of mind and a statement of design,” explains Laura Lamb, vice president of residential housing and healthcare for Episcopal Retirement Homes. “It’s a philosophical approach to retirement community care that honors and respects the voice of elders and those working closest with them. It involves a continuing process of listening, trying new things, seeing how they work, and changing things in an effort to individualize care and de-institutionalize the environment.

“We’re extremely excited about the Deupree Cottages because we will be the first person-centered care facility in Cincinnati,” Lamb says. “It’s all about creating a culture that restores freedom, choice and purpose to our elders.”

The cottages, which offer 24-hour nursing care, will create freedom from the culture of “institutionalized” nursing facilities, or nursing facilities with rigid schedules that are too similar to hospitals, Lamb notes. “When schedule takes over, a home becomes an artificial home, an institution,” she adds.

One example, she points out, is that Deupree Cottages will not have medicine carts rolling through the aisles. Instead, all residents will have a medicine cabinet, just like they would have had in their home (nurses, however, will keep the key to the cabinet, in order to observe state law).

“We put a lot of time into the physical design, and stressed that this can’t look like a nursing home,” Lamb says. There’s a cozy fireplace in the hearth room and a community kitchen for entertaining guests. All of the bedrooms are private. A library is stocked with traditional reading materials, as well as health-related and wellness publications. There’s a front door with a doorbell, and the windows actually open.

The cottages will serve two separate households with 10 bedrooms and two suites, each with its own bathroom.

“I don’t define your purpose, and you don’t define mine,” Lamb says of the Deupree Cottages’ philosophy. She hastens to add that residents will dictate the rhythm of life and it’s they who will pursue what’s meaningful to them, choosing from a blank canvas of possibilities. Whether it’s involvement in an organization, practicing a hobby or spending time with a family member, it’s the senior who will choose.

Lamb says ERH built the facility not just to be different, but also to make a difference for seniors and their families. It’s all about nursing care and a caregiver philosophy that puts freedom and choice of the senior before all else — before schedules, before efficiency, before even the perceived limits of practicality. The result is a real, shared household to serve the consumer. The day’s activities reflect the whims and desires of the people; staff professionals are merely committed to facilitating the seniors’ daily rituals and routines, as well as their spontaneous wishes.

In a sense, the Deupree Cottages are all about creating a peaceful environment, or “sanctuary,” Lamb concludes. “They’re not living in our facility, we’re working in their home.”

Highlights of the Deupree Cottages

  1. Located at 3999 Erie Ave. in Oakley, Deupree Cottages sit on 2.1 acres that border the Deupree House.

  2. Deupree Cottages are made up of two households — the Colonial and the Craftsman — each home to 12 seniors. Each cottage includes two suites, perfect for couples or for individuals preferring more personal space.

  3. Services include 24-hour supportive care; short-term rehabilitation and long-term care skilled nursing; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; and wellness initiatives, including access to an indoor therapy pool and fitness equipment at Deupree House.

It Takes a Village
Maple Knoll Has Served Area for 160 Years
By Felix Winternitz

Maple Knoll Village is all about caring. That’s what Rose Denman, an executive at this continuing care retirement community, emphasizes when she discusses the facility.

“Residents that move to Maple Knoll Village are able to have a worry-free lifestyle with the added benefits of health care services, state-of-the-art amenities, active programs and innovative activities,” observes Denman, who is Vice President of Marketing and Development for Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. “As a non-profit organization, our residents can be assured that they always have a home no matter the economic situation.”

With a history of more than 160 years in serving older adults, Maple Knoll is located on a 54-acre campus in northern Cincinnati. The community offers 149 cottages, 89 apartments, 60 assisted living apartments and a 184-bed skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center.

Maple Knoll, which is non-denominational as well as nonprofit, serves its 700 residents by maintaining personal wellness in a setting that promotes fellowship and opportunities for personal growth. For people 60 and older, life at the Village is wellness-centered, with programs that focus on holistic health.

Different neighborhoods that vary by floor plan, service packages, dining options, health care and fees allow residents many options, and residents are encouraged to become involved at whatever level feels right.

The quality of the Village’s healthcare services and programs, as well as its financial stability, are attested to by a long list of accreditations and citations, including the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission.

Residents can enjoy the Village’s Wellness Center with a warm water pool, several libraries and art studios, Manor House restaurant, Montessori Child Center, and WMKV 89.3 FM (a public radio station that plays big band music and more).

Residents also have full access to the Life Enriching Gardens, which include a Memory Garden, Enabling Garden and a Children’s Garden.

Those who stay at Maple Knoll can also have peace of mind knowing that assisted living and skilled nursing care are available.

Here’s a look at specific amenities:

Beecher Dining Room
The newly renovated Beecher Dining Room now offers a fine dining setting, open seating and a new menu that includes a grill allowing residents to order anything their heart desires.

The Manor House Restaurant
Located on the Maple Knoll Village campus, Manor House Restaurant offers a fine dining experience in a beautiful setting. Open six days a week, the Manor House offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Fitness Club
The Hemsworth Wellness Center is serious about its commitment to improving the health and well being of its members. A full fitness center, warm water pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness classes are available. SeniorFITness oversees the wellness center; its programming offers residents and community members every opportunity to stay healthy and active.

Club Room
The Club Room at Maple Knoll Village offers residents a fun pub-style setting. Whether you come for a game of pool, to grab a refreshment, to watch a sporting event on one of the big screens or to participate in bridge, the Club Room offers a little something for everyone.

The Chapel at Maple Knoll Village provides spiritual guidance to all residents, regardless of religion. Come in to admire the beautiful stained glass windows, take part in a service, or just sit and reflect.

Main Street
Main Street is the central hub of life at Maple Knoll Village. There is something for everyone on Main Street, including a gift shop, administrative offices, post office, chapel, WMKV radio station, salon, barber shop, café, US Bank, and a full clinic.

Here’s how the Maple Knoll campus is structured:

Independent Living Cottages
These 149 cottage homes range from 1,100 to 4,000 square feet. If your needs ever change, independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing are all located on the same campus.

Independent Living Apartments
Maple Knoll’s apartments range from one to three bedrooms and feature multiple floor plan selections. They include Beecher Place Apartments and Kensington Place Apartments.

Assisted Living
At Maple Knoll Village, you’ll find 60 apartments located in Breese Manor.

Skilled Nursing
The Bodmann Pavilion Health Care Center works hard to ensure that residents maintain their dignity and pride no matter what level of nursing they may require.

Avalon by Otterbein
Holistic Care with a Community Feel
By Lindsay Kottmann 

Traditional nursing homes, with their hospital-like corridors, nursing stations and rooms, aren’t what today’s seniors have come to expect in a retirement lifestyle. That’s what Otterbein Retirement Living Communities determined when they started their new Avalon by Otterbein neighborhoods.

The first Avalon community, consisting of five houses — each with up to 10 seniors in their own rooms — opened in 2007. Two years later, Avalon by Otterbein already has three more neighborhood locations. “We’re very excited about it, and it’s part of a trend that we’ve seen across the country,” Otterbein CEO Jill Hreben says.

The model has appealed to many seniors and their families. “We’re seeing positive results on all fronts,” Hreben adds. “Many family members feel such a strain when they make a decision with their loved one to move into a nursing home. This seems to have lifted some of that strain. I had a son tell me, ‘I used to feel guilty leaving mom in the nursing home, but since she moved here, I don’t feel guilty anymore.’” The reason that families feel more comfortable with Avalon communities is that they’re similar to the settings the residents were used to when they were living independently. Seniors live in a familiar neighborhood setting within a local community, and they’re given daily freedoms such as choosing when they want to get up in the morning and what time they want to eat. Residents enjoy private rooms and bathrooms, easily accessible outdoor space, and the freedom to host friends or family celebrations within the home.

The relatively small size of the communities allows for closer relationships, less bureaucracy and more decision-making by residents. And a staff of professionals provides skilled nursing care to address physical needs, such as medical services and speech and occupational therapy, as well as social activities and spiritual services.

Otterbein Retirement Communities was established 97 years ago by the United Bretheren and the Evangelical United Bretheren church, which merged to form the United Methodist Church in the ’60s. “Otterbein has always been an organization that is about building community,” Hreben says. “I think our Christian values serve our residents and staff well. People want to be part of something, part of a community. We’re not just selling housing services, we’re selling community and love for each other.”

Because Otterbein is a nonprofit and faith-based organization, it can focus more on advancing the holistic growth of older persons, Hreben says. Otterbein’s Pathways to Wellness program focuses on a person’s quality of life and sense of well-being, not just physical health.

“I think there’s a vibrancy of life at each of our communities that is centered around the residents that live there and their love of life,” Hreben says.