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What to look for in an elder care facility


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As men and women enter their golden years, many decide they can no longer maintain their homes and choose to downgrade to something smaller, be it an apartment or a condominium. For millions of others, health plays a significant role when deciding where to move when it’s time to sell their homes.

According to the AARP, slightly more than five percent of people 65 years and older reside in nursing homes, congregate care, assisted living, and board-and-care homes. Statistics Canada notes that by 2004-05, the most recent year for which statistics are available, one in 30 Canadians over the age of 65 were living in homes for the aged. Though no one plans to live in a nursing home, seniors and their families should at least know what to look for just in case.

Determine Individual Needs

Men and women researching potential living facilities might find it difficult to determine their specific needs. Unforeseen health conditions, for instance, might dictate which option is the best fit. Men and women who have a medical condition that requires routine monitoring will almost certainly want a skilled nursing facility. But those without medical conditions who need help with simpler tasks of everyday life are likely to have those needs met by an intermediate facility. Some facilities provide both types of care, which can make transitioning from one to another much easier if or when that need arises. Facilities typically have intake planners on staff who evaluate each individual and determine which level of care is the best fit.

Research Policies and

Procedures

Each facility should be ready and willing to share and discuss its policies and procedures with regards to residents. What is the procedure when a resident has a medical emergency? What if a resident finds a living situation unpleasant? What is the facility’s philosophy regarding staff and resident interaction? What are the facility’s hiring practices, including certification requirements, for its personnel? What is the ratio of staff to residents? Each facility should be able to answer these questions promptly and adequately. Those who can’t should be checked off the list of residences to consider.

Facility Ratings

According to the AARP, recent research has shown that nonprofit nursing homes offer higher-quality care, better staff-resident ratios, and have fewer health violations than facilities m .....
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Healthy you should avoid the flu!

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it becomes available. It is especially important for you to receive vaccination if you have asthma, ..... 
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FIRST CASES OF NEW INFLUENZA STRAIN REPORTED IN MINNESOTA

Tue, Aug 21st, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Minnesota has recorded its first confirmed case and a second probable case of a new influenza strain that people acquire through contact with pigs. The two cases were reported in a pre-school-age child and an older sibling from a family living in th ..... 
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Nutrition Standards for USDA School Nutrition Programs impacting menus this fall

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Local schools, Fillmore Central, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield will be effected by the following school lunch changes. School meals across the country will take a more healthy approach this fall when new USDA requirements take effect. The National Sc ..... 
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Free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screening offered in Mabel

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

FCPH is partnering with Green Lea Manor and the UCare Fund to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening at the Nursing Home Health Fair scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2012, from 7:00 to 10:00 AM. Green Lea Manor is located a ..... 
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Raw Treats

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

I have a serious weakness for cookies, as I have probably mentioned before. I have found so many delicious recipes the past few years that I love to make and share with other people. But I really do not want to turn my oven on in this weather. And ..... 
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Carver creates art from nature

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By: Wendy Wilson Wood chips scatter across the table like droplets of water skipping from a fountain, spilling onto the floor. Tom Severson looks at a piece of wood, envisioning it in another form. Severson, 56, an IBM retiree living in Rochester, ..... 
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An active senior, an active citizen

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Muriel Hanson of Preston, Minn. is a woman on the go. She is involved in many activities, both socially and through volunteering. When asked her age, Muriel said she is 79, and then added, “Can I be that old?!” Looking at her schedule, you would ..... 
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Health officials urge Minnesotans to take steps to prevent illness from swimming this summer

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

odies can make people sick; action steps can prevent illness As temperatures rise and Minnesotans flock to swim at their favorite beaches and pools, state health officials are reminding residents of steps they can take to help prevent recreational ..... 
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