Miami students make impact at Maple Knoll Village
Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale has been developing its partnership with Miami University and one group of students in particular are making a big impact. Students from Miami University’s Gerontological Nursing Program, donate time every week to put a smile on the faces of those in skilled nursing.
Students make the long drive from Miami to Maple Knoll every Monday to socialize with residents and assist staff. These students include: Vicki Cheng, Amanda Lowry, Angela Wolf, Alyssa Logan, Christine Ture, Rachel Clark, Tonja Fangman, Hailey Holman. As these students prepare to be nurses, this program is designed to help them see the whole person they are caring for, not just their medical needs.
During their weekly visits the students visit with residents, plan and facilitate activities and help activity coordinator Vickie Hitchcock as needed. Some of their recent activities include a Mardi Gras celebration complete with decorations, a parade and karaoke! They also planned a St. Patrick’s Day party and celebrated Cincinnati’s favorite holiday, Opening Day. The students’ activities aren’t just limited to the holidays. With the residents, they have participated in “Laugh Aerobics”, played bingo and gone on walks in the beautiful garden at Maple Knoll Village.
Both the residents and the students can benefit from the relationships they build throughout the school semester. Vickie Hitchcock, activity coordinator says “The program has had an amazing effect on the residents by allowing them to partake in new experiences and people”.
Resident Mary Renneker confirms that statement by sharing, “These kids are really making it feel like home around here, I wish we could do this everyday.”
For more information on The Miami Nursing students, volunteering at Maple Knoll or simply Maple Knoll Village in general, please call 513.782.2423.