Joel Theisen, Lifespark CEO and guest, Anne Tumlinson suggest that we have not embraced the opportunity within value-based care to produce meaningful outcomes – the payment model is not the core problem, value-based is not the enemy. We need accountability, leadership, creativity, and commitment to transform health care – and Anne and Joel cover a lot of that ground in this podcast.
Putting all of that discussion aside, they take a step back and look at who we are really trying to serve. For Lifespark and Anne’s work with ATI and Daughterhood, that’s seniors and their families. Are we morally failing them? There’s good intent by many in health care to try to serve seniors better and lower long-term costs but both and Anne and Joel question if we are doing it the right way and they discuss this in the podcast. Anne looks at this through the lens of both a daughter and a policy maker and believes there’s an unbelievable amount of suffering that’s happening as a result of the disconnected experience people face. Families are creating their own completely unique and separate system of care delivery on its own, without any help, and managing it. “It’s ridiculously inefficient,” says Anne. “And it makes me uncomfortable morally.”
Joel and Anne get serious in this podcast about what we need to accomplish, specifically, to create better systems of care. Having full actual risk, not just parts of the ‘value-based’ craze of caring for populations but going at-risk to serve them fully and produce measurable results is the only way to move the needle. It’s more than a monthly allocation per plan per member but total global risk for the individual. When you do that, you look at who you serve a little differently – you see them as a person beyond their diagnosis or episode to what will help them long-term and use their health plan to give them wellness, not sickness, to keep them thriving.
PACE and Medicare Advantage plans have pieces of what people need but they aren’t accessible by all seniors. Anne and Joel get candid about how there are a lot of pathways today that exist to put together all of these models and funding streams to make it available for every senior – not just the rich, poor, healthiest or sickest, but all. The good news that should perk the ears of health care execs listening – there are financial rewards for being human in health care.
This podcast was full of interesting nuggets and takeaways. Regardless of what you believe or how you think health care delivery should be solved, the message by Anne and Joel was loud and clear: we have only a few years to figure this out and make the investments we need right now to serve the senior population. And if we don’t, we will continue to fail our seniors. Even the biggest organizations like Amazon and CVS will soon find, there’s no value in that.
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I began my career in senior living in 1996. I had just graduated with my bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation. My first job was working in a nursing home as an activity assistant in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. For the next ten years, I devoted my work week to providing seniors with meaningful activities. It was a joy to bring smiles to people. The programming that is now offered in senior housing has evolved. While some assisted living communities still offer bingo and bible study there is so much more to look forward to.Social EventsParties and Themed Get TogethersSocial events serve the purpose of bringing people together for the fun of it. Birthday parties, monthly themed get-togethers and holiday celebrations are other fun ways to bring people together. Some senior living communities will plan theme parties and design the menu to include a special meal related to the party. This gives everyone an opportunity to participate.Music is a MustLive music is one activity that almost everyone enjoys. You can sing along, clap, dance or just listen to the tunes. Music feeds the soul. It also helps to bring forgotten memories forward for people that have dementia.Happy HourHappy hour is not just for people who enjoy adult libations. Non-alcoholic options are almost always served too. Many assisted living homes include a generous snack to go along with the beverages.Community TripsShoppping and OutingsSenior living almost always offers transportation for scheduled community outings. First off, most people like to go out to eat. Even when the senior living offers meals three times a day, getting out allows for a change of scenery.Secondly, seniors like to go to the store and shop. In this case, the bus will take you from home and drop you off at the store. Sometimes, a staff member is available to assist you with shopping. Seasonal trips to the theater, casino, and other places around town offer entertainment outside of facility.When I was an activity director, the residents of the senior living wanted to go sledding during the winter. One resident had never done this before, and it was something she always hoped to do. We loaded up the van and took the residents to Buck Hill in Burnsville.Ill never forget the smile on Claras face as she rode down the hill. As I helped her out of the inner tube she said to me, you made my dream come true. It is a highlight of my career.Intellectual ProgramsLifelong LearningKeeping your mind engaged in stimulating programs is important as a person ages. Senior living homes are now offering a wide range of programs to do just that, keep your brain active.Lifelong learning is one of the cornerstones at Ebenezer communities. They combine educational programs with a collection of coordinated arts to keep the mind active. The Waters Senior Living offers a program called The Great Courses. This award-winning program allows you to learn from experts and professors from institutions all around the world.Online OptionsTechnology now offers many ways for seniors to stay engaged in educational programming. Whether its Solitaire or Soduko, games like these help engage the mind. Online courses are a benefit today. We can learn about events and history all over the world in the comforts of our own home.Creative ArtsArt gives everyone the opportunity to explore and tap into their creative selves. Whether it is a guided painting class, drawing or journaling, we all have an artist within us.It is amazing to watch something beautiful emerge from a blank page. There are some senior living communities that have designated space such as an art studio or a woodworking shop. At times, these classes are taught by the residents living there. This is a great way to share a talent and give leadership opportunities to the people living there.Dementia Specific ProgrammingWhen it comes to serving people with memory loss, senior living communities create targeted programs that are designed to give purpose and meaning for those living in memory care.For several years, I worked in an assisted living community that served as a primary residence to more than 70 people living with dementia. What made this community special was the programming and the people who carried out the services daily. Great care was taken in planning activities that would be meaningful to the people living there.Music always played a big role in bringing forward memories. Faith based programming was also incorporated into each month. Sensory programs like baking and special meals were also intertwined throughout the month. Reminiscing about the past was incorporated into sing along programs and trivia.In memory care, it is essential to know the interests of each resident to design a program that gives everyone an opportunity to participate.Celebrate Activity ProfessionalsJanuary 24th, 2024 is National Activity Professionals day. It is a day to recognize and thank the creative teams that bring so much joy to the people they serve in senior housing and beyond. Take a moment to say Thank You or write a note of encouragement.Planning creative programs month after month is challenging. The professionals that chose this career do it because they love making other people happy.Thank you, activity professionals for making a difference in the lives of seniors! Call us for more information at 651-261-5379. Written by Janelle Meyers, CSA (R), LALD
One of the most important aspects of maintaining good health as you age is taking care of your kidneys. As you get older, your kidneys may not work as well as they used to, so its important to take steps to keep them healthy. There are several things you can do to protect your kidneys and keep them functioning at their best. Read on to learn more about the important role of kidneys and how to help preserve these vital organs. By the Numbers According to a study posted by the National Kidney Foundation, kidney disease is on the rise in seniors in the US. More than 59 percent of older adults are at risk for developing kidney disease, with many currently unknowingly suffering from the disease. Whats the answer to this rise? Prevention, testing, and treatment. Early diagnosis of kidney disease is key to preventing or slow the progression. Screenings for protein in the urine help doctors ascertain early onset of kidney disease so that a treatment plan can be put in place. The Power of Your Kidneys Kidneys are some of the most important organs in the human body. They do a lot of work, including filtering blood, balancing fluids, and minerals, and producing urine. Without functioning kidneys, the body would not be able to survive. Here's a closer look at what kidneys do: Kidneys filter the blood, removing waste products and excess fluid. This helps to keep the body healthy by getting rid of toxins and ensuring that the right balance of minerals is maintained. Kidneys also produce urine, which is how the body gets rid of extra fluid and waste products. Urine is made up of water, urea (a by-product of protein digestion), electrolytes, and other dissolved substances. Kidneys are important for maintaining blood pressure and keeping the body's fluid levels in balance. The Danger of Failing Kidneys When kidneys don't function properly, it can lead to a number of health problems. For example, high blood pressure, fluid retention, and an imbalance of minerals can all occur when the kidneys are not working correctly. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor and get your kidneys checked. Untreated kidney problems can lead to serious health complications. Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic kidney disease is a long-term condition that results in gradual loss of kidney function. It can lead to various health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and anemia. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to help prevent further damage to the kidneys and maintain good health. Treatment for chronic kidney disease typically includes medications and lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise. For some people with end stage kidney disease, dialysis or a kidney transplant may also be needed. Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease There are many symptoms of chronic kidney disease that people may not be aware of. Some of these symptoms include: Feeling tired and weak all the time Having trouble sleeping Experiencing nausea and vomiting Having a poor appetite and losing weight without trying Itching, especially over the entire body Persistent thirst and drinking lots of fluids. Difficulty concentrating or feeling confused. Tips for Safeguarding Your Kidney Health as You Age No one wants to think about the possibility of health problems as they age, but its important to be proactive about taking care of your health so you can enjoy a long and healthy life. If you have concerns about your kidney health, here are some tips to help safeguard your kidneys: Staying hydrated. The more fluids you drink, the easier it is for your kidneys to do their job. Make sure to drink plenty of water and other hydrating beverages throughout the day. Eating a healthy diet. A balanced diet is key to maintaining kidney health. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and stay away from processed foods and sugary drinks. Limiting your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine can be hard on the kidneys, so try to limit your daily intake to no more than 300 mg. Exercising regularly. Exercise is good for overall health, and its also good for the kidneys. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are both risk factors for kidney disease. If you have either of these conditions, be sure to monitor them closely and talk to your doctor about ways to manage them. Managing diabetes. If not taken care of properly, diabetes can also lead to kidney disease or failure. High sugar levels overwork the delicate structures of the kidney.Maintaining a healthy weight. Losing excess weight unburdens your kidneys from the amount of waste filtering they must do. Being overweight increases your risk for high blood pressure and diabetes which have both been shown to cause kidney disease. Quiting smoking. Since smoking slows blood flow to vital organs Reducing your intake of salt and sugar. Elderly people have a high prevalence of salt-sensitivity which can alter how the body excretes it and can raise blood pressure as can sugar. Taking medication as prescribed. If youre taking medication for kidney problems, make sure to take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. See your doctor regularly. Regular checkups with your doctor are a good way to catch any potential health problems early on. If you have any concerns about your kidney health, be sure to talk to your doctor. Maintaining kidney health is important for everyone, but its especially important for seniors. By following these tips, you can protect your kidneys and stay healthy well into old age. 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While other home health providers focus mainly on your physical health issues, Lifesparks complete senior health approach helps you remain more independent, significantly reduces ER visits and hospitalizations, and lowers your long-term health care costs. Our Skilled Home Health team delivers services covered by Medicare and other insurers to help you get back on track following an illness or an injury, or whenever your doctor orders them.
What Can We Do For You?We want you to live a sparked and independent life. For that to happen, our passionate team works to understand your needs, wishes, and goals. We are your life-long advocates, ready to connect you to the right team at the right time. That is why we start with a free, no obligation consultation along with a start of care discovery by an RN Case Manager. From there we offer:Ongoing Free Access to Lifespark's 24/7 Everyday Support ServicesCompanionship and Meaningful ActivitiesHomemakingTransportationSafety and SupervisionFall PreventionLive-In CaregivingMobilityMedication Assistance and RemindersSupport for clients with memory loss or dementiaSpecialty CarePersonal CareCall us today at 952-345-8770 or visit us at lifespark.com
The Difference is Whole Person Senior Care Only from Lifespark!We all want a fulfilling life with the people and passions that bring us the most joy. Discovering those opportunities and helping them come alive for seniors and their families is what we do at Lifespark.Our approachisprovento help seniors live healthy and independent longer.The Ultimate In Home Care for Living Healthier and Happier