• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Homeplace at Midway receives 5-star rating

JULIA MAUPIN, right, was one of the first residents of The Homeplace at Midway. The 93-year-old lives in the center's assisted living cottage in a spacious apartment, and said The Homeplace "was just what I needed." (Photo by John McGary)

The Homeplace at Midway recently received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - and one of the first people to move in wasn't a bit surprised. "I feel very blessed and very fortunate that I was accepted here, because I thought, with it being a small place, you know, that people in Midway would probably fill it up," said Julia Maupin, 93. Maupin said she heard about The Homeplace shortly after she moved to Versailles in 2002. Asked what she liked about the assisted living "cottage" she lives in, a spacious apartment with her own furniture, she replied, "Everything." Executive Director Tonya Cox said state inspectors visited the site last August, using federal guidelines to analyze 11 measures of quality ranging from staffing levels to health-related outcome measures. She also acknowledged that with all four cottages full, the immediate effects of letting folks know about the top rating they received won't immediately lead to new residents. "Part of it is that we're super-proud of the work we're doing, and taking care of folks. And we do want folks to know that we do have openings that come up ... we are full, but that's ever-changing for us," Cox said. The Homeplace's four cottages, each with 12 residents, include one for assisted living, one for memory care, and two more traditional nursing home buildings. Long before it opened in June of 2015, organizers touted its mission of serving as a place for Midway residents. "We always take a look at our Midway residents, and try to give them as much priority as possible. And we have a number of Midway residents, and also Midway families, who are bringing loved ones here. So maybe the folks who are living with us are not Midway residents, but their families are ..." said Cox. "Not 100 percent of our population is 'Midwegians,' but we do give the priority to that ..." Cox said payment sources include private funds, long-term care insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Affairs. Maupin, a Franklin County native, said after she retired from her job at the Federal Medical Center prison in Lexington, she moved to Florida. One of her sons was living in Versailles, and by the time she moved here, she'd already begun thinking about where to live when she needed a little help. "I don't remember how long it was, that I heard again (about The Homeplace), but by that time I thought, 'Well, by the time they get it built, I won't be living,'" Maupin said. Maupin said she donated a little money from time to time to Homeplace organizers, but was pleasantly surprised when she learned her application had been accepted. Today, she's not only alive, but doesn't seem to need much of the assistance her cottage can provide if need be. Her apartment not only has her own furniture and a large television, but also a treadmill she walks on for 15 minutes at a time. "Everybody's just wonderful here. Especially ..." At that point, Cox joked, "I paid her to say that." "She is so great," Maupin said, speaking of Cox. Maupin said she usually calls the twice-weekly Bingo games, but wishes she could take part in the regular cornhole competitions. "I can't participate in that. I've got an implant in here, my arm ..." Maupin said, pointing to her right arm. Asked whether she couldn't use her left hand, she laughed and replied, "I tried that." Maupin needs less help than many at The Homeplace, mostly with cooking and cleaning. "They do everything here," she said, sitting on her own couch. "It makes you feel a little more at home. If it wasn't your furniture, you'd probably feel more like you're in a motel, I think. I don't think you could name anything they don't furnish, that they don't give us and do for us." Cox said one of the advantages of The Homeplace's different care levels is that if patients in the assisted living cottage need more care, they can be moved - if space is available - to a nursing home cottage. With her 94th birthday just three months away, the sprightly Maupin doesn't seem likely to be moving anytime soon. "This was just what I needed. I still feel fortunate," Maupin said.

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