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.…

Include elderly loved ones in your travels this summer

The summer season can be hard on some of our residents with families who travel. Residents would love to be able to go on vacation with their families and spend quality time with them and not feel left out. If you can pick up grandma or grandpa or a friend at the nursing home, stop…

Caring for aging parents becomes part-time job for many adults

As our nation’s senior population grows, the demand for long-term care continues to increase, and for many adult children, long-term care becomes a part-time job. According to a new study published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, about half of informal care is provided by an adult child. In fact, 17 percent…

Going the extra mile for residents

My role as a care manager is a very important part of the health care team. I work with direct patient care on a daily basis. I may see changes in a resident’s condition sooner than a nurse, because I work at times closer to the resident than the nurse. The resident may feel more…

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…

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…

The Journey of Being a Caregiver

I have often found the words “life is a journey, not a destination” very comforting. As a caregiver these are words to live by. Earlier on in my career, I often found myself consumed with a goal and a “destination” for the ones I was caring for. With the best intentions, my hopes would inspire…

Caregiving: It’s a Calling

Missy Keenan found her calling as a caregiver thirteen and a half years ago. Keenan, a CNA (certified nursing assistant), TMA (trained medical aid), Health Support Specialist, and Household Manager at Good Shepherd Lutheran Services in Rushford, Minnesota, says helping others is in her blood. “It’s I guess a calling. My dad was a nurse…