CNA enjoys working with elderly, now pursuing nursing degree

When Ben Kirui trains new caregivers, he tells them the best thing for them to know before they start working is to be understanding, patient, and committed to their work. “I just want them to treat the residents how they want to be treated, the way they want their parents and grandparents treated.” As a…

Test your knowledge: take our quiz!

How much do you know about home and community-based services? Take our quiz and find out. By investing now in reforms to programs that help provide home and community-based services, such as Elderly Waiver, the State of Minnesota could save money over the coming years because it costs less for seniors to stay at home…

Seniors find expression through art

Amanda Price’s passion for art led her to her senior care calling. Price studied art in college with a minor in psychology, and did not expect to be working with seniors after graduation. Now, as Therapeutic Recreation Assistant at Southview Acres Health Care Center in St. Paul, Price says working with older Minnesotans has been…

Young leaders encourage millennials to consider careers in senior living

A group of young professionals have united to raise awareness about careers in the senior living field with the campaign Connect the Ages. Most of these young leaders never intended to make a career in the senior living profession, and they want to encourage millennials to think about what the profession has to offer. The…

So much to learn from each other

Working in senior care is a very rewarding profession. You meet some very interesting people over time. You’re able to learn from the residents that you’re able to be with. You’re able to become more of an extended family. You’re able to learn about residents’ likes and dislikes: favorite foods, clothing, colors, activities and even…

Soon-to-be grads: consider a rewarding career

Graduation from college or high school is fast approaching and if you or someone you know is looking for options for the next phase in life – consider a career in senior care. First, I would strongly recommend paying a visit to your local long term care facility and better yet consider volunteering there. Facilities…

House and Senate Bills Strive to Support Elderly and Disabled

As spending for health and human services continues to grow for Minnesota’s elderly citizens, state lawmakers are faced with a challenging balancing act: how to provide the quality care our aging seniors deserve while delivering essential services in a cost-efficient manner. Home and community based services help to assist in ensuring elderly Minnesotans get the…