HAND-WASHING AWARENESS WEEK
As winter sets in, a reminder that handwashing is one of the best ways to help yourself and others stay healthy. The CDC offers five steps to washing your hands the right way. Read More.
GROWING OLD AT HOME
The National Institute on Aging provides some excellent suggestions about how to find the help you need to continue to live independently at home. Read More.
OCTOBER IS DEPRESSION AWARENESS MONTH
Depression is a serious mood disorder. Symptoms can include persistent sadness, a feeling of hopelessness, loss of interest in activities, fatigue, insomnia, restlessness, and suicidal thoughts. Find out more about the causes, risk factors, and how it is not a normal part of aging. Read More.
TAKING CARE OF A FRAIL, AGING PARENT
As life spans lengthen, adult children in their 60s and 70s are increasingly caring for frail, older parents. About 17 percent of adult children care for their parents at some point in their lives, and the likelihood of doing so rises with age. These caregiving responsibilities can take a toll emotionally, physically and financially. Read More.
RETURN HOME SAFELY AFTER A HOSPITAL STAY
We continue to be a preferred partner with more Twin Cities area hospital systems, providing additional support for those returning home after a hospital stay. For a free consultation with one of our liaisons to talk with you and your family about hourly, live-in and overnight home care services after a hospital stay call us today.
ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH DISCOVERY
Researchers have identified the properties of the metals in the brain involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s. We applaud all advancements in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Read More. #EndAlz
NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY
Sunday, June 3rd is National Cancer Survivors Day. Whether you’re still in treatment or have finished, there are many ways to continue to take care of yourself as a cancer survivor. The American Cancer Society is a great resource for information about how to stay well after cancer.
Training to Serve Annual Benefit
We’ll once again be a silver sponsor at the Training to Serve Annual Benefit on Thursday, May 17 at the Double Tree Minneapolis – North. TTS conducts fantastic training sessions to help senior care providers better serve older GLBT people.
MINNESOTA GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE
We will be attending the Minnesota Gerontological Society 42nd Annual Conference on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. This year’s theme is: “Wellness Agenda: Healthy Communities. Healthy You.”
SPSWA Spring Conference
We will be attending a number of spring conferences, including the 2018 SPSWA (St. Paul Senior Workers Association) Spring Conference at the North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills on Tuesday, April 3rd. We’re looking forward to getting to see so many of our wonderful industry colleagues.
Legacy Home Care provides a comprehensive array of private pay home care services. We’re also a resource to help our clients find any additional services they may need (e.g., meal delivery, transportation, legal assistance and more). Ask about how our nurse care managers and licensed social workers can help you find the additional services you need. In Minnesota there are so many wonderful service providers. Many families choose to research their options using MinnesotaHelp.Info, a resource developed by the Minnesota Board of Aging and the Department of Human Services.
As a premier Twin Cities agency, we don’t change our prices very often. Some of our current prices have remained the same for years. Our goal is to always remain competitive within the industry. However, after a close analysis, we now feel that we must make a few price increases — specifically to our hourly Home Health Aide and Companion services, and our Sunrise/Sunset Package. Please call us or contact one of our Community Liaisons or members of our Leadership Team if you have questions.
Cold and fly season is upon us. We always encourage our clients to take needed precautions, including getting vaccinated and washing their hands often. We also try to have a supply of Legacy-branded pocket spray hand sanitizer available each year.
LEGACY HOME CARE SERVICES COMPLEMENT HOSPICE SERVICES
We have the privilege of working with many amazing hospice agencies in our 18-county service area. Our private pay home care services allow families to spend quality time together while our compassionate home health aides provide needed care to their loved one — with hourly, live-in and overnight options that can complement hospice services. We offer free same day consultations and admissions 7 days a week.
We enjoy attending many of the terrific Fall Conferences. It’s always nice to share ideas with our many industry colleagues. Some events we’ll be attending this year include, the MNHSWA Fall Conference from October 4-6 in Hinckley, the MSSA Metro District Fall Conference on Thursday, October 5 in St. Paul, and the Fall Aging Conference (hosted by the St. Paul and Minneapolis Senior Workers’ Associations) on Thursday, October 26 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center.
We’re stepping up our efforts to hear from our clients, with client surveys and requests for them to review their experience with us. Our goal is make sure we’re constantly listening and making needed improvements to the quality of care we provide. Recently we received a Google Review that read: “Caring, professional CNAs assisted my mother in her home. They were kind, thoughtful and capable. I would recommend Legacy Home Care highly to others in need of skilled care.” Thank you for your kind words.
HealthEast St. John’s CEU
We were proud to sponsor a CEU event for social workers at HealthEast St. John’s Hospital on Thursday, July 13th. Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS from Twin Cities Physicians discussed methods for treating and working with geriatric depression.
Approved Omnibus Budget Bills Impacting Aging Adults in Minnesota
On May 26th, the Minnesota Legislature passed its final omnibus budget bills. For an overview of the important legislative changes impacting Minnesota’s aging adults community, read the June Senior Advocate FYI newsletter – a periodic legislative update from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Janelle Johnson, LSW, JD of JMJ Consulting and Advocacy led a 2-hour dementia care training for Legacy Home Care’s team members including clinicians and home health aides. The training session covered various techniques and tips about caring for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
2017 Training to Serve Benefit
Legacy Home Care was a proud gold sponsor of the 8th Annual Training to Serve Gala on May 4, 2017. Training to Serve provides education, tools, and resources to Minnesota providers of aging services to help improve the quality of life of LGBT adults as they age.
Thank you to two members of the Legacy Home Care team – Tanya Castillo, RN and Kariss Flies, MSW, LGSW – for their work on the board this year.
Allina Health Hospice Foundation’s 2017 Dragonfly Gala
Allina Health Hospice Foundation’s 2017 Dragonfly Gala was a success – raising roughly $43,000 to support Allina Health Hospice’s patients who can’t afford room and board. As a sponsor of the Dragonfly Gala, Legacy Home Care is proud to have contributed to helping Allina Health Hospice Foundation reach this milestone.
To learn more about the event, please visit Allina Health Hospice Foundation’s website.
Client Corner: Harvey’s Story
At Legacy Home Care, we know that each of our clients has a unique story to share. As a part of our Person-Centered approach to care, we will be highlighting some of our clients and sharing their stories with you! Read a our first full client profile – Harvey’s Story.
Care Providers Convention
Legacy Home Care had a blast at the 2016 Care Providers Convention Monday, November 14 – Wednesday, November 16. Our team members were able to attend some great educational sessions and meet with a variety of healthcare providers that serve our Twin Cities community and beyond. We are already looking forward to next year!
Chardon Court Meet & Greet
Legacy Home Care was honored to join the Complete Care Group at Chardon Court Apartments to meet with residents and ansswer questions about services. Thank you to all the residents that we met with for your excellent questions and giving us the opportunity to bring our services to Chardon Court Apartments.
Speaking Event with Dr. Brose
This month, Legacy Home Care welcomed Dr. John Brose, PhD, LP, LMFT, LADC of Associated Clinic of Psychology to speak with 80 area social workers and nurses over a delicious lunch from Panera Bread.Participants were invited to share real life challenges and hear the expert opinions of one of the Twin Cities’ foremost Geraitric Psychologists. A big thank you to Dr. Brose and all those who attended for making this event a success!
Legacy Home Care is celebrating over 5 years of servicing the Twin Cities Metro Area. We recently received some wonderful feedback from a son about the live-in care Legacy Home Care provided to his mom: “I realize the challenge and flexibility that’s required to provide care 24/7 and you all did it kindly, attentively, patiently, and with loving care. I never had to worry about someone being there for her and you always communicated well with me to let me know of any changes and your staff were always immediately responsive when I called with questions and special requests.” We greatly appreciate hearing what our clients and their loved ones have to say about the quality care we provide.
CEU On Wheels
Legacy Home Care was proud to sponsor several “CEU on Wheels” this month! Social Workers and Nurses from St. Joseph’s Hospital listened to “Health Brain, Healthy Mind: Minimizing the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease” on their way to tour Golden Living Center – Lake Ridge, a local skilled nursing community in Roseville, MN. We also took a group of Social Workers and Nurses from Unity Hospital to tour St. Anthony Care Center, hearing about “Ethical Decisions in Dementia” along the way. Thank you to everyone who came with us and a special thank you to Dr. Clemencia Rasquinha, MD, CMD, and Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, from Twin Cities Physicians for speaking on such pertinent topics at these events.
People on hospice bring a unique set of needs to their care. This past week, our caregivers have undergone additional training specifically focused on those on hospice to ensure that we continue to provide care that offers dignity, respect, and compassion. Thank you to St. Croix Hospice for being with us for this education.
Specialized Dementia Training
We offer our caregivers and clinicians regularly scheduled dementia training sessions to give them the tools they need to positively impact the lives of our clients and their family members. The training is provided by Janelle M. Johnson, of JMJ Consulting and Advocacy, who has a background in law and social work. We look forward to seeing our caregivers and clinicians at our next training on Monday, July 18!
Minnesota Institute Of Art Tour
The team at Legacy Home Care won a tour of the Minnesota Institure of Art during the live auction at the 7th Annual Training to Serve Gala in May 2016. We enjoyed hearing the stories behind some the world’s most historied artists and their work.
Training To Serve Gala
Legacy Home Care was a proud gold sponsor of the 7th Annual Training to Serve benefit. We helped raise funds to further the mission of providing education, tools and resources to improve the life of LGBT people as they age.
Members of our team are excited to be attending the Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference on Saturday, March 19, 2016. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with family caregivers and industry professionals, as we work together to support those with dementia.
Looking back on 2015, Legacy Home Care experienced another fantastic year. We would like to thank all our clients, their families, and referral sources for trusting us with providing the Twin Cities Metro area with home care services.
CARE PROVIDERS CONVENTION
We had a wonderful time networking and attending break-out sessions at the Care Providers of Minnesota Convention & Exposition November 17 – 19. We are always so grateful to be a healthcare agency serving the vibrant Twin Cities Metro area.
SCOTT COUNTY SENIOR EXPO
Legacy Home Care will be a vendor at the Scott County Senior Expo at Shakopee High School on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 8am – 1pm. We are excited to meet with other vendors and attendees who are just as dedicated to serving the Twins Cities Senior community as we are. We hope to see you there!
COMPLETE CARE GROUP
Legacy Home Care is excited to announce that we are now part of the Complete Care Group, a new “one-stop shop” offering healthcare services at Assisted Living communities in the Twin Cities metro area. We will be at The Rivers community in Burnsville Saturday, June 27 from 1-4pm for their Open House!
TRAINING TO SERVE BENEFIT
We had a great time on May 7, 2015 at the Training to Serve Benefit, held at the Gale Mansion in Minneapolis. We enjoyed a night of participating in both a live and silent auction, eating a scrumptious dinner, and watching video testimonials from former and current clients. Training to Serve is a curriculum developed to assist senior service providers with training and resources to ensure LGBT people are able to achieve a full, quality life in later years.
MINNESOTA PRIVATE COLLEGES’ JOB FAIR
February 18-19, 2015 we’ll be at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job Fair. As a growing organization, we’re always looking for great people. So whether you’re a talented new grad or a seasoned pro, join a team that makes a difference in the lives of the clients we serve.
It’s been a busy fall and winter season.
- In November members of our team volunteered their services at Second Harvest Heartland.
- This month we’re sending our holiday cards to clients and business contacts. The cards include a 2015 calendar. Contact Us if you’d like us to mail you a card/calendar.
- In January we are thrilled to have several industry experts with us for training, including representatives from Merwin Home Medical and Heartland Hospice.
We have a busy October schedule and look forward to seeing you at the following events:
- St. Kate’s Career Fair on Thursday, October 9th
- CE Event on “Dementia in the Elderly…What Their Behaviors Tell Us” on Tuesday, October 14th
Speaker Shelley Wagner, RN-BC, with Regina Hospital Grace Unit
- Mayo Clinic Community Resource Fair on Thursday, October 16th
- Scott County Senior Expo on Friday, October 17th
- Fall Aging Conference on Thursday, October 23rd
…..and more! Have a great month, everyone.
We are pleased to have Deb Lane with us on Wednesday, September 10th.
Deb is a community liaison with Our Lady of Peace Hospice and Home Care. She has been a hospice nurse for many years, having received her BSN at Bethel College in St. Paul. Deb’s passion is teaching people about hospice and helping them to make decisions about their future health care needs.
We’re again pleased to have Janelle Johnson with us on Tuesday, August 19th.
Janelle is a Dementia Care Specialist who has been working in the field of Aging Services for many years. Her career has focused primarily on the care of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. She has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the College of St. Catherine, which, combined with her years of experience in this field, make her an outstanding advocate for advancing best practices in Alzheimer’s care. Janelle joins us as part of our efforts to provide ongoing training and education for our nurses and caregivers.
LEGACY NAMED A “TOP 10” WORKPLACE
Each year the Star Tribune names Top Workplaces in Minnesota. This year, Legacy Home Care was named a Top 10 workplace for small companies. Results were based on a survey that asked employees to rate their workplace looking at six factors: connection, direction, execution, their work, their manager, and their pay/benefits. Many thanks to our amazing team of employees!
Spring has arrived, and that means it’s time for some terrific spring conferences.
We had a great time on April 8th at the St. Paul Area Senior Workers Association annual conference. The DS Event Center was a lovely setting. We were a sponsor of this wonderful event.
Next up is the Minnesota Area Senior Workers Association annual conference on May15th. Hope to see you there.