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It's not your mother's nursing home


Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Introductory note from Mr. Samuelson: If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to care for our seniors. This is the first of three articles that talks about how the Harmony and surrounding communities have built, adapted, and continue to support the timeless needs of those with special health concerns. Harmony Community Health Care is changing. Tim Samuelson, the innovative and dedicated administrator of HCHC, tells about the journey from a historical hospital institution to a home-like atmosphere of person-centered care.

No one has a desire to be in a nursing home. Just as no one has a desire to be in a hospital, clinic, rehabilitation center and the like. We simply like being healthy and independent. The need for health care, however, occurs in the lives of everyone.

In all of the health care settings, the desire of the provider is to send the person home as soon as one is able to live independently. As we age, we need more assistance in daily living, and one option is to move to a long-term care setting. A culture change initiative is altering how long-term care services are provided. This change is an effort to move from a culture of institutional and disease management medical services to a culture of home-like and person-first medical services. In other words, culture change in long-term care is a movement from an institutional model of care to a social model of care.

Today we are focused on the culture change towards a person-first, home-like approach to health care. The original philosophy of Harmony Community Health Care was to keep people close to home. That concept has not changed. In January of 1948, a committee chaired by Stanley Todd started to organize the project originated by the Harmony Lions Club. Membership shares for the hospital cost $25 each to people in the community. Soon they had the funds to purchase a building. The first Harmony Community Hospital Association was the Tollef Sanderson home on Center Street and Second Avenue. Local professional care was now available.

In July of 1961, there was a major culture change from home-based physician services to an institutional-based hospital service. Institutional services were funded by new government programs. They consisted of complex, regulatory requirements, no more home visits by the doctor, and new methods of medication administration. To meet these changes, it was necessary to improve the hospital building. A new committee fr .....
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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What: As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect t ..... 
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5K Fun Run/Walk in support of Habitat for Humanity

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Whether you are an exercise enthusiast or someone wanting to support Habitat for Humanity, walkers and runners are invited to Harmony, MN, for the Harmony Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk on July 3rd.

This event is sponsored by local businesses, and t ..... 
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Major new study on PFOS in fish shows only minor change needed in safe eating guidelines

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Most fish tested from lakes outside the metro area have low to undetectable levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), according to a new screening study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the state of ..... 
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5K Run/Walk in support of Habitat for Humanity

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Whether you are an exercise enthusiast or someone wanting to support Habitat for Humanity, walkers and runners are invited to Harmony, MN, for the Harmony Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk on July 3rd, 2010.

This event is sponsored by local businesses, ..... 
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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What: As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect t ..... 
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Parents and caregivers of children with asthma encouraged to have written asthma action plans

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

In recognition of World Asthma Month, Minnesota health officials are encouraging parents and caregivers of children with asthma to ensure that their child has a written asthma action plan (AAP). An AAP helps all asthma patients and medical profession ..... 
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Soccer in Preston

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

A group of adults will begin playing soccer on Wednesday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fillmore Central Middle School football field in Preston, Minn.

Soccer games will begin May 5 and run throughout the summer months, always played at the same ..... 
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Team Bodacious Broads - Relay for Life

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

"Your test results are back and show that you have cancer." Have you been sitting in a doctor's office with a loved one and shared that horrible moment with them while they heard those scary words? Maybe you have waited for months to find out what w ..... 
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