Long-term care resident helps spot caregivers deserving scholarships

When it comes to spotting caregiving talent, few have the eye and the experience a local nonagenarian has. Arlys Benjamin, a resident at Woodbury Senior Living in her nineties, helps identify caregivers who are dedicated to their work and deserve a scholarship to further their education in the field. Originally from Corvuso, Minnesota, Arlys received…

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…

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…

Caregiving: It’s About Compassion

When Staci Beranek was five or six years old, she visited her great-grandmother at an assisted living facility and the experience left a permanent impression. It helped inspire her to pursue a career caring for seniors, and she has now been a caregiver for almost seven years. As a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and TMA…

Caregiving: It’s About the Relationships

How would Lindsey Nelson describe being a caregiver? “The best way I can tell people who don’t work in healthcare is I go to work and have 65 grandmas and grandpas that I get to see Monday through Friday.” Nelson, a Household Coordinator at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, Minnesota, began caregiving at age…

Caregivers: Sharing Sunshine

While I’m still a pretty independent gal, it’s nice to have others check on me. That’s why I’m thankful for aids like Sunshine who regularly drop by to see how I’m doing. As everyone here at my assisted living facility knows, Sunshine lives up to her name with her bright smile and warm nature. She…