Caring for the whole person

Tracy Klenda’s favorite part of being a professional caregiver is spending time with the residents. “The best part of my job is being able to visit with residents and light up their day,” says Tracy, who is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Minimum Data Set (MDS) Coordinator at Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, Minnesota. “I may be the only person that they saw and remembered that day.”

Inspired by her mother and grandmother to become a caregiver, Tracy emphasizes that her job encompasses the whole person, including the physical, mental and spiritual. “Taking time to really listen or just be with residents makes a difference,” says Tracy. “It means the world to them if you spend five to ten minutes of your time visiting with them.”

Minnesota’s aging population is made up of individuals who have helped build and support our families and communities, and they deserve our gratitude and service. “They took care of all of us and we should all care for them,” says Tracy. “They all matter.”

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