Eva is turning 100!

If you’ve been following any of our senior living communities, you know that we believe that age is just a number.  In the grand scheme of things, we only believe we are as old as we allow ourselves to feel.

However, we have a really big birthday coming up at Prairie View of Hector, a community managed by Welcome Home.

On August 28th, Eva K. turns 100 year’s old.  As you can see in the photo below, Eva lives up to the “age is just a number” motto!

photo credit: Country Gallery, Lisa Crayford

photo credit: Country Gallery, Lisa Crayford

If you’d like to send Eva a card, you can send it to:

Prairie View of Hector, Attention Eva K. 1010 East Elm Avenue, Hector, Minnesota 55342.

If you are in the area, come out and help her celebrate!

Minnesota Ranks Healthiest for Seniors; Southern State Comes in Last

From: Assisted Living Federation of America

Minnesota tops the list of healthiest states for older adults for the second consecutive year, according to data compiled by UnitedHealth Foundation for its second America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.

Hawaii is ranked second, followed by New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Mississippi ranks 50th as the least healthy state while Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas fill out the bottom five slots.

Minnesota cleaned up thanks to ranking first for all health determinants combined, including ranking in the top five states for a high rate of annual dental visits, quality nursing home beds, prescription drug coverage, low percentage of marginal food insecurity and ready availability of home health care workers. Minnesota also ranks second for all health outcomes combined including low hospitalization rate for hip fractures, high percentage of able-bodied seniors, low premature death rate, low prevalence of full-mouth tooth extractions and few poor mental health days per month.

Similar to the top ranked states, the states that rank in the bottom five states for overall health also rank in the bottom five for all health determinants.

Nationally, the 2014 edition said several metrics improved since last year’s inaugural report, including that more seniors are active, pursuing preferred options for end-of-life care, avoiding preventable hospitalizations and having access to improved quality nursing home care. A few measures show challenges to overall health including a decrease in flu vaccination coverage and an increase in food insecurity.

Welcome to the family!

We are proud to announce the upcoming addition of Temperance Lake Ridge Senior Living to the family of communities managed by Welcome Home Management Company. During the first week of July 2014, Welcome Home Management will take over the overall management of the community.

Temperance Lake Ridge is a 48 unit senior living community located in Sherburn, Minnesota that offers, Assisted Living and Memory Care services to area seniors.

Temperance Lake Ridge recently completed an expansion of their community that includes an expansion of their memory care community; the addition of a outpatient physical therapy department, and a wellness center.

“We are really excited to be working with the team at Temperance Lake Ridge.  Their team is a solid one. Temperance Lake Ridge really is a great place for area residents to call home.  They have a great Executive Director in Lisa Lange and she has assembled a group of caring people.  We couldn’t be more excited to work with Lisa and her team!” states Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations at Welcome Home Management.

Welcome Home Management Company currently operates ten senior living communities throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and is based out of Hutchinson, Minnesota. Temperance Lake Ridge will be their eleventh community.  Welcome Home Management currently has 300+ team members company-wide and manages a total of 538 individual apartments.

Welcome Home Management, is dedicated to providing consistent and compassionate care in our senior living communities.  Welcome Home offers various communities for their residents, each based on their needs which include independent living, assisted living, memory care and care suites.

For more information on Welcome Home Management, you can visit them on their website at www.wtohdevelopment.com.  If you’d like to learn more about Temperance Lake Ridge, give them a call at (507) 764-4977.

 

Training begins at Woodstone-Hutchinson

This week, our team has begun their initial orientation for Woodstone of Hutchinson.

We’ve heard from both internal and external experts and our team has been really involved, which has been great.

Today we’ve heard from Mike Schumann from the Hutchinson Fire Department about fire safety. Currently, we are hearing from Jenna Herbig from the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota/North Dakota.

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We are really excited for this team to get on site and start working with our residents!!

Legends at Heritage Place celebrates award

We are extremely proud of our team at The Legends at Heritage Place this morning. We learned they were awarded the Champion of Caring Award for 2014 from Heartland Hospice!

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Heidi and Leanne from Heartland Hospice presented the award with a plaque and delicious cake to celebrate this achievement. A wonderful Alzheimer’s Poem and Caregivers Poem were read during the presentation.

Only 5 campuses in the St Cloud area who are receiving this award from Heartland Hospice.

The plaque read
“Heartland Hospice presents
The Legends at Heritage Place
Champion of Caring Award 2014
Through partnership, dedication, excellence in care practices and service to your residents and their families you have been selected as a Heartland Hospice Champions of Caring Facility Congratulations from the Heartland Team”

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We can’t express how proud we are of our team! Thank you Heartland Hospice for recognizing our amazing team!

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The Legends at Heritage Place is managed by Welcome Home Management Company.  Welcome Home Management is based out of Hutchinson, Minnesota and operates ten senior living communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

For more information on The Legends at Heritage Place, contact Wendy Lang, Marketing Director at 320-281-3343.

Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveals impact of the disease on the workplace

On March 19, the Alzheimer’s Association® 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures was released. This annual report reveals the burden Alzheimer’s and dementia places on individuals, caregivers, government and our nation’s health care system, and includes data on the impact of the disease in every state across the nation.

According to the report, the rate at which Americans acquire Alzheimer’s has increased. Every 67 seconds, someone develops this deadly and costly disease, which has devastating effects for the person living with the disease, their family and friends. The publication also highlights the impact the disease has on caregivers in the workplace. In 2013, 75 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers reported being employed full or part time at any time since assuming caregiving responsibilities. Many of these individuals had to make major changes to their work schedules to accommodate these duties. Fifty-four percent said they had to go in late, leave early or take time off, and 15 percent had to take a leave of absence.

Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures also includes a special report, Women & Alzheimer’s, which offers new data on how Alzheimer’s disease impacts women proportionally to men. The report reveals that 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women, and demonstrates how this role affects their time in the workplace. Twenty percent of women as compared to 3 percent of men went from working full time to part time while serving as a caregiver, and 11 percent of women versus 5 percent of men gave up work entirely.

Other data show the growing financial burden Alzheimer’s is placing on our nation. According to Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures, the total national cost of caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will reach $214 billion in 2014, not including unpaid caregiving provided by family and friends valued at more than $220 billion. Visit alz.org/facts to read the full report and watch a video highlighting the key findings.

Community Service Project gets underway at River Pointe of Moorhead

River Pointe will be doing a community service project this May. We will be hosting a shoe cutting party for solehope.com.

We will be cutting out patterns for shoes for those in need in Uganda, Africa. Adults and children in Uganda work and play all day in harsh conditions with no shoes on their feet. These damaged feet are an entrance for many diseases and the home of many parasites.

To make this project successful River Pointe staff are collecting  old jeans, and quilters cotton fabric. Watch soon for more information.

You can check out sole hope on facebook or look upwww.solehope.com for more information.

Family is also welcome to help with this project.

River Pointe of Moorhead is a senior living community located in Moorhead, Minnesota.  If you’d like more information on this project, or would like to help, contact them at (218) 287-6900 or online at http://riverpointemoorhead.com/