Growing demand for CNAs makes the profession a promising career path

June 15-22 is the 40th annual National Nursing Assistants Week, a great time to find out more about this growing and rewarding career option. As the senior population rapidly grows, so will the demand for certified nursing assistants (CNAs). CNAs rank in the top 50 fastest-growing professions in Minnesota. According to the U.S. Bureau of…

Local CNA inspires high schoolers to consider a caregiving career

You may remember local CNA Sunshine from an earlier blog post from Helen. As a six-year caregiving veteran at Woodbury Senior Living in Woodbury, Minnesota and passionate advocate for the profession, Sunshine recently joined Margaret Wachholz, Woodbury Senior Living’s community relations manager, to deliver a presentation to high schoolers about life in assisted living facilities…

The joy of volunteering in retirement

As a middle school music director for 33 years, Dick Schirmacher learned to be energetic and have a sense of humor. “When you teach junior high, you have to know how to survive,” jokes Schirmacher. “In teaching you have to be complimentary and encouraging. I was more of an encourager than a director.” Now in…

Thank you, MN lawmakers, for making a down payment on reforms to help us all face aging.

The Minnesota Legislature has passed a bill that includes important measures to help ensure all Minnesota seniors receive the care and services they need in a place they can call home. Now, that bill is with Governor Dayton, awaiting his signature. The measures are steps forward as our senior population rapidly grows: 60,000 Minnesotans are…

Honoring the memory of residents with bed memorials

There are two quotes on Lynn Petersen’s office door. One is from Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The other is from Vincent van Gogh: “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession…

A big part of being a caregiver is listening and being there for residents

Caregivers and residents can have a very strong bond between them as time goes on. After being able to learn about a new resident from staff and family we are able to move forward to help the resident feel they are more at home. Talking with the resident you may find out that you know…

Not Over Yet…

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders announced overnight that they’ve reached an overall budget agreement, but that they need a special session to finish up work. At 12:01 Tuesday morning right after the adjournment of the regular session, the Governor called the Legislature into special session. Leaders will decide critically important measures to…

Celebrate 51st National Nursing Home Week, May 14-20

What better time to face aging than National Nursing Home Week? Established by the American Health Care Association in 1967, National Nursing Home Week provides a special time to show appreciation for nursing home staff and volunteers who provide essential care in communities throughout the country and here in Minnesota. For family members and friends…