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…

Preparing for unprecedented senior population growth

Minnesota is aging, and quickly. Between 2015 and 2030, the North Star state is expected to see just under 9 percent population growth. However, in that same timeframe the senior population is expected to grow 56 percent! Roughly 85 percent of Minnesota counties will see an increase in their senior population while also seeing a…

Have you taken our quiz yet?

Nearly 200 people have taken our Home and Community-Based Services Quiz, with an average score of 3 out of 5 questions right. Based on quiz responses so far, here is what we’ve discovered about how much Minnesotans know about home and community-based care for Minnesota seniors. So far, the quiz shows that Minnesotans realize many…

Working with seniors, she found her dream job

Kris Swanson worked in management at Dayton’s and then Office Depot for a cumulative period of over three decades, but it wasn’t until five years before retirement that she found the job she calls her lifelong dream. Swanson started at Birchwood Arbors in Forest Lake as a volunteer, and after six months was hired as…

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…