Most Americans would prefer having dreaded “sex talk” with kids to “senior care talk” with parents

Just over half (54 percent) of visitors to Care.com recruited for a recent survey say they would rather have the “the sex talk” with their children than engage in a conversation with their aging parents about when they need to start planning for more care and support as they grow older. In fact, more than…

The Truth About Senior Living

When you think of senior living, do you envision quiet, lonely people just sitting around talking about the good old days? We’re actually a bit rowdier than that. We still love having fun, and still know how to have a good time. There’s always a new hobby to be tried, a game of poker to…

Take seniors seriously

It may seem like us older folks have always been “old,” but we’re growing and figuring out life day by day just like everyone else. We may be a bit slower, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t take us seriously. I learned the reality of being seen as “old” a few years ago. When I…

Reform Means Good News for Seniors and Caregivers in Sauk Rapids

More good news keeps coming out of the historic senior care reform enacted by the Minnesota State Legislature in 2015. One senior care facility using the reform to make meaningful changes that benefit seniors, families and caregivers is Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. We are grateful to Bruce Glanzer, President/CEO of Good Shepherd Community,…

Annual survey ensures nursing home meet standards for quality of care

Katie Davis, Campus Administrator at Good Samaritan Society – Albert Lea, recently wrote about nursing home regulations and the high standards of care for which nursing homes are held. Federal law requires nursing home participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to undergo an annual survey and certification process by its state’s health department. Good…

Mariah is Pursuing Nursing Degree, Thanks to Scholarship Made Possible by Senior Care Reform

We recently posted a story from Perham Living about Emma, a certified nursing assistant and trained medical assistant, who was awarded a full scholarship to attend school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The scholarship is made available through the Minnesota Long Term Care Nursing Facility Scholarship Program. Changes made by senior care reform adopted…

What a Difference a Year Makes, Thanks to MN Policymakers Who Support Senior Care Reform

By Krista Siddiqui I hesitantly took my first administrator position one year ago at Zumbrota Health Services. I was sure I was in over my head and overwhelmed with all the things I had to learn about long-term care. In graduate school we learned about healthcare finance, regulation, leadership and many other facets of long-term…