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Sep 27, 2024 08:00 AM - 12:30 PM

2024 Reimagine Aging Conference

This annual conference highlights current technology trends, products, and information to support older adults and their caregivers in making technology work for them. Our audience of approximately 200 includes older adults, caregivers, aging services professionals, health care providers, senior living representatives, nonprofits, foundations, government agencies and corporations.

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May 14, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SENIORS BLUE BOOK UNIVERSITY-A Free Event to Learn About All Things Aging!

A FREE event to learn about all things aging from the professionals!  Refreshments will be served.  Topics are:  *Veterans - Learn how to get a home care referral and receive all your benefits*Are You Looking for Senior Housing - Professionals will give you free help in navigating the confusion of senior housing options*Do You Know the Differences between all Levels of Senior Housing - learn from the Saint Therese professionals about the benefits and differences of each level of care*Do You Live with Pain?  - Nura Pain Clinics can help you manage and relieve the pain!PLEASE RSVP AS SPACE IS LIMITED BY CALLING 612-619-9934.  

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May 07, 2024 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Sorting Out the Three D's - Delirium, Depression & Dementia

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care will present two lunchtime webinars led by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR with over 40 years of clinical and academic experience.  Her positive approach to care provides education/products to support those living with brain change.  Use the QR codes or the links below to register.  

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Mar 28, 2024 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Washburn-McReavy Pre-Planning Seminar

Pre-planning is determining the details of your funeral and cemetery services in advance. To some, this may sound like a difficult conversation. But putting a plan in place is actually a smart and caring thing to do. With a plan, you'll reduce stress for grieving loved ones - and simply let them honor and celebrate your life, knowing things are happening just as you wanted. All your wishes. All with ease.

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The Estates at Bloomington

Rehabilitation Facilities 9200 Nicollet Ave S, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55420

A Holistic Approach to Short Term Rehab and Long Term CareAt our skilled nursing facility, you are more than your medical diagnosisThe Estates at Bloomington is a cozy campus located just a few miles from the Mall of America in Bloomington. Our top-notch Therapeutic Recreation team provides fun programming to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of every individual under our care. If you are looking for short-term rehabilitation, wound care, or long-term care for yourself or a loved one stop in today and let us show you what we mean when we say, "The Estates at Bloomington is where Care and Customer Service come together."More About Us

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Washburn-McReavy Over 160 Years of commitment. The legacy continues. Throughout the years, our family has been here for yours. Its a tradition were honored to carry forward, serving the community with compassionate, affordable burial and cremation services. With each new generation, Washburn-McReavy remains driven by a single goal: to make sure the people you love are remembered just as you wish. Today and tomorrow, year-in and year-out, know that you can trust our experienced professionals to partner with you, planning each step of your funeral or cremation service and exacting care. It is our privilege to be here for you and those you love.-The McReavy Family-16 Metro locations-Learn More Today | 612.377.2203

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Elder Care Planning & Consulting 2300 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55431

Washburn-McReavy Over 160 Years of commitment. The legacy continues. Throughout the years, our family has been here for yours. Its a tradition were honored to carry forward, serving the community with compassionate, affordable burial and cremation services. With each new generation, Washburn-McReavy remains driven by a single goal: to make sure the people you love are remembered just as you wish. Today and tomorrow, year-in and year-out, know that you can trust our experienced professionals to partner with you, planning each step of your funeral or cremation service and exacting care. It is our privilege to be here for you and those you love.- The McReavy Family-16 Metro locations-Learn More Today | 612.377.2203

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The Importance of a Pain Management Plan

Treating patients with chronic pain is often complicated and labor intensive. Managing chronic pain with long-term opioids is a controversial practice as the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of opioid-induced morbidity and mortality. According to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the overdose death rate from prescription opioids more than tripled from 1990 to 2013 and opioid overdose is now the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. Doctors who prescribe long-term opioids to treat chronic pain are increasingly being held liable for patient overdoses, patient traffic accidents, and drug-related patient injuries. As a physician prescribing opioids, you could be sued for causing addiction, wrongful death, and patient injury; you could be investigated by the medical board and lose your medical license; you could even be prosecuted for murder. Reimbursement for managing opioids is low and does not adequately compensate the physician for the time, effort, and liability risks involved. Why prescribe opioids? Why should any sane primary care physician manage opioids in chronic pain patients? The following reasons come to mind: As physicians, we want to help our patients. Uncontrolled pain can have harmful physical effects such as elevated blood pressure and elevation of stress hormone levels. Chronic pain can imprison the patient in a sedentary lifestyle and lead to suicide from chronic anxiety and depression. Opioids allow some patients to get out of bed and lead a more normal life. Opioids, even at high dose, do not harm the bodys organs, unlike NSAIDs and acetaminophen, which, according to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, cause thousands of American deaths each year from bleeding or liver damage respectively. Some chronic pain patients achieve excellent pain relief, better physical functioning, and life-changing improvement with minimal side effects on long-term opioids and never become addicted. Opioids have been the standard of care for pain management for over 100 years. If you weigh the pros and cons and make an informed decision to manage your chronic pain patients, with or without opioids, a pain management plan will help to keep your patients safe and you out of trouble. The importance of a plan A pain management plan is important in part because it lends structure and thoughtful logic to the management of a complex, controversial, and high-risk disease state. According to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and one quarter of them have pain that is severe enough to reduce their quality of life. Recent NIH data suggests that 9.4 million Americans take opioids for long-term pain management and approximately 2.1 million may be considered addicted. There is little scientific evidence to prove that opioids are effective after six months of continuous use. In 2014, the American Academy of Neurology concluded that the risks of long-term opioid treatment for headaches and chronic low back pain likely outweigh the benefits. In 2015, an NIH Panel on Opioids concluded, There is insufficient evidence for every clinical decision that a provider needs to make regarding use of opioids for chronic pain. Nonetheless, most experienced physicians agree that a substantial number of chronic pain patients benefit from long-term opioids and use them responsibly. A comprehensive pain management plan will facilitate safe opioid prescribing, help legitimate patients achieve pain relief, and reduce abuse and diversion of prescription opioids. The plan should consider the following. 1.  Identify and document the pain diagnosis you are treating. Chronic radiculopathy, complex regional pain syndrome, failed back surgery syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis are well-defined pain diagnoses that have been historically treated with opioids. Fibromyalgia and chronic headache are more ephemeral diagnoses for which opioid management would be more controversial 2.  Determine the relative abuse and diversion risk for. each patient. It is possible to assess pre-treatment addiction risk by using screening questionnaires such as OTORI, ORT, SOAPP-R, and DIRE while screening questionnaires such as PMQ, COMM, and PDRQ may identify abuse once treatment has started. According to a 2013 VA study by Zedler et. al., the 14 item OTORI screening questionnaire may be the best tool to predict opioid overdose prior to starting treatment. The most important medical history items associated with opioid abuse include personal or family history of addiction and comorbid psychiatric conditions. 3. Identify specific, achievable patient goals for chronic pain therapy before beginning opioids. For example: The patient will go shopping for groceries without assistance once per week. The patient will attend their childs school functions twice per week. The patient will stay out of bed for at least 14 hours per day.  4. Define your opioid philosophy and rules for opioid prescribing in writing. For example: Chronic opioids will be provided to you at the lowest possible dose that relieves pain and improves function in conjunction with multidisciplinary physical and psychological therapies and referral for interventional procedure as appropriate. You agree to obtain opioids only from this medical practice. If you obtain controlled substances from any other source, you must inform us immediately. Lost and/or early prescriptions will not be refilled. Random urine drug screens will be performed. We will involve family members in the evaluation and treatment process whenever possible. Functional improvement is as important as pain relief and we will regularly measure physical function. Your patient should sign a formal Opioid Agreement, which describes your requirements and expectations for the patient. Sample opioid agreements are available online and should be reviewed and customized to your medical practice and your prescribing philosophy. 5.  Define a ceiling dose for opioids. Death rates are increased in patients who take high doses of opioids so consider a ceiling dose for the opioids you prescribe. Data from Washington State suggests that capping a maximum opioid dose at 100200 morphine mg equivalents per day can reduce overdose mortality. Combining appropriate non-addicting medications such as anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen, nerve stabilizing medications, and antidepressants will help to keep the opioid dose as low as possible. 6.  Facilitate multidisciplinary management. Chronic pain is most effectively treated when multidisciplinary resources are utilized so consider referring your patient to a physical therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist and/or an interventional pain clinic as appropriate. Regular physical therapy combined with a home exercise program will help maximize physical function. Treating anxiety, depression, and comorbid psychiatric conditions with psychological or psychiatric evaluation and therapy is equally important to the success of any pain management plan. Referral to an interventional pain clinic is appropriate for patients who may benefit from interventional procedures such as: Epidural steroid injections for disc herniation Sympathetic blocks for complex regional pain syndrome Medial branch radiofrequency ablation for axial spine pain of facet origin Spinal cord stimulation for intractable neuropathic pain Implant of an intrathecal infusion pump for targeted drug delivery in patients who are refractory to or experience unacceptable side effects from oral opioids 7.  Emphasize Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database checks and urine drug screening. It is important to check the PMP database before dispensing any opioid prescription and to perform urine drug screening (UDS) at baseline and randomly during opioid therapy. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), PMPs have resulted in improved prescribing patterns, decreased use of multiple providers and multiple pharmacies, and a reduction in substance abuse hospital admissions. Studies from Washington state and Canada have shown that PMPs in combination with UDS, patient education, pill counts, and written opioid agreements can reduce prescription opioid abuse by 50 percent. Low-risk patients may be appropriate for urine drug screening every six months whereas higher risk patients should be screened more frequently. Conclusion Finally, be sure to follow your written plan and protocols. If you continue to prescribe opioids in the face of positive urine drug screens and multiprovider prescriptions evident in the PMP, you put your patients safety and your medical license at risk. If pain is not relieved and function not improved, consider weaning opioids. Weaning protocols are available and typically include reduction of opioid dose by 10 percent to 30 percent per week depending on circumstances. If a patient is actively abusing opioids, inpatient detoxification may be appropriate. David Schultz, MD, is founder and medical director of MAPS Medical Pain Clinics and MAPS Applied Research Center. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. 

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Chronic Pain 101: The Importance of Multimodal Therapy

Chronic pain is a major health issue affecting millions of people globally. It can have a debilitating impact on lives, preventing people from enjoying activities they love and limiting the quality of their day-today life. Recent surveys indicate that approximately 50 million adults in the U.S.more than one in fivereport experiencing pain every day or most days, most commonly in their back, hips, knees, or feet. People with chronic pain say it limits their functioning, including social activities and activities of daily living.   Chronic pain is generally defined as pain persisting for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment.  Clinicians may use various determinations, but a general rule of thumb is that the pain has lasted beyond the expected duration after an acute injury or illness or is present without any history of an injury or insult. Taking a Multimodal Approach to Treatment Treating chronic pain is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. To optimize outcomes, it is critical to form a multimodal treatment strategy. A multidisciplinary approach has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to manage chronic pain. A combination of medications, physical and behavioral therapies, injections, neuromodulation and in rare cases, implantable pain pumps should be considered in order to provide patients with the best possible results. Physicians who specialize in interventional pain management typically offer a full range of such options and work with their patients to develop a course of treatment aimed at helping them manage their chronic pain to the best extent possible.Classifying PainFor all physicians considering the challenge of chronic pain management, it may be helpful to review the different types of pain classification: Somatic pain is felt in the muscles, bones or soft tissues. It is typically localized and can be intermittent or constant. It is often described as anaching, gnawing, throbbing, or cramping type of pain. Visceral pain comes from the internal organs and blood vessels and is typically more diffuse than localized. Visceral pain tends to be referred to other locations, and can be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or tension in lower back muscles. It can be intermittent or constant, and is typically described as being dull, squeezing, or aching. Neuropathic pain occurs when the nervous system is damaged or not working properly. It can be experienced at the various levels of the nervous The Importance of Multimodal Therapy Tools for treating chronic pain system, from the peripheral nerves to the spinal cord and the brain. Nerve pain can be described as shooting, sharp, stabbing, lancinating, or burning.Tools in the Pain Management ToolboxA multimodal approach to managing chronic pain often involves layering options that range from conservative to highly interventional. Conservative management-The least invasive options for many patients include first-line therapies such as topical analgesics, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy and massage therapy. For some patients experiencing mild or temporary pain states, these interventions can be enough to manage the problem. For individuals who experience ongoing pain, these interventions can be helpful adjunctive therapies alongside other more intensive approaches.Medication management- Depending on the type of pain and its severity, doctors may opt for either short- or long term use of over-the-counter medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, neuropathic agents and in severe cases, opioids. While these medications can provide short-term relief, they may not be sufficient to manage chronic pain.  Regarding the use of narcotic pain relievers (such as fentanyl, buprenorphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine and methadone), and practitioner education in the last few years has been extensive.  Education has reduced the number of opioid prescriptions and underscored their use as a tool for management of acute pain, which is their primary indication. There is considerable research showing that the use of opioids for chronic pain does not provide substantial benefit beyond the acute care period. Most providers are increasingly aware of this, and educating their patients about opioid risks and benefits is an ongoing responsibility of all physicians.  There are several non-narcotic prescriptions which can be used to manage chronic pain. The group of gabapentinoids (gabapentin and pregabalin) can be particularly effective, especially for neuropathic pain. Another commonly used medication is duloxetine, a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, often used for neuropathic pain in combination with gabapentin. For myofascial pain, muscle relaxers such as tizanidine, baclofen, and cyclobenzaprine can be helpful for certain patients.  Medical cannabis is increasingly understood to be useful for select patients, with about a 5060% reported success rate in reducing pain. Anecdotally, people who have previously used marijuana recreationally seem to respond well to it in a pain management context, because they understand what having cannabis in their system feels like. Other patients who have not used cannabis previously may not care for the side effects and therefore not report such positive results. In general, though, many physicians and patients agree that cannabis can be helpful to try in low doses and safely ingested in oral form. A comprehensive, multidisciplinary pain practice typically has physicians who can certify patients for medical cannabis.Interventional TherapiesThere are several interventional procedures that can be effective in addressing chronic pain, starting with local injections in the joint, spine or nerves. These can be trialed as part of a treatment plan for certain types of chronic pain, particularly in cases where the specific sources of pain have been identified. For example, injections can treat arthritis, nerve blocks can relieve neuropathic pain and epidural steroid injections can assuage radicular back and neck pain. When combined with physical therapy, these targeted treatments may help reduce inflammation and improve mobility. In cases where injection therapy does not prove adequate for ongoing pain relief, other advanced interventional  50 million adults in the U.S. more than one in five report experiencing pain every day or most days.  Therapies may be utilized. The technology and practice of implantable pain control devices is advancing rapidly, with life-changing outcomes for many more patients than ever before. These devices deliver very low doses of specifically targeted pain relief around the clock and present less risk of addiction and fewer side effects, removing concerns around either forgetting to take or taking too much medication. Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) therapy delivers an ongoing series of electrical pulses to a targeted area of a peripheral nerve, reducing the pain signals that are sent from the body to the brain.  For other cases, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) can be an effective solution. SCS therapy also uses electricity to modulate the way pain signals are sent from the body to the brain, with the modulation being done at the level of the spinal cord. One of the most common indications for SCS is failed back syndrome: people who have had surgery on their back but continue to have low back pain and possibly leg pain. SCS therapy can also be used for other indications, such as painful neuropathies including diabetic neuropathy and alcohol-induced neuropathy, as well as complex regional pain syndrome involving chronic arm or leg pain that develops after injury or illness. The data supporting use of spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain is favorable. The technology of today has greatly improved compared to even five or ten years ago, and results are getting better. Neuromodulation does not work for every patient, however, and we dont ever promise or expect 100% pain relief; the goal is typically a 5075% reduction in pain, enough to improve comfort, mobility and quality of life. In some cases where systemic medications, surgeries, interventional procedures and neuro-stimulation implants have failed, pain specialists may recommend an intrathecal drug delivery system, also known as a pain pump. The pain pump is surgically implanted in the abdomen or upper buttock and delivers a steady supply of medications directly into the intrathecal space where the spinal cord is located. The medicationstypically a combination of an opioid and a local anestheticcan be provided in very low doses, directly at the site of where those medications work on the spinal cord. Intrathecal drug delivery is sometimes referred to as a targeted drug delivery because it primarily targets spinal binding sites for pain relief, bypassing the blood brain barrier by infusing the therapeutic agents into the cerebrospinal fluid. Because of the targeted delivery, it reduces the mental side effects associated with systemic opioid management. Intrathecal drug delivery has flourished since its inception because it is uniquely effective. Many experienced pain physicians consider it to be the best therapy for the worst pain.Physical and Behavioral TherapyIn conjunction with other interventions, it is paramount for pain management physicians to utilize physical and behavioral therapy as part of the treatment plan for chronic pain patients when indicated. Physical therapists can teach patients exercises that focus on posture, mobility, balance and strength-building that can provide long-term relief from chronic conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain. Behavioral therapy can also help patients address underlying mental health issues that commonly go hand in hand with chronic pain. When patients have depression or anxiety that is not well controlled, their chronic pain is often quite challenging to treat effectively.Referring to a Pain SpecialistGaining control over a patients chronic pain can present a real challenge to primary care physicians and other general practitioners. Faced with a patient that proves refractory to usual treatments, doctors may consider referring the patient to a specialist in pain management. Primary care clinicians should be aware of their options for referring a patient suffering from chronic pain in order to provide them with the best hope for achieving long-term relief. An experienced specialist may be able to tailor treatments specifically targeted for their patients condition, which can be invaluable when handling complex cases such as chronic pain conditions.  Chronic pain is challenging to treat.  As opposed to acute pain, wherein physicians often know the etiology of a patients pain, chronic pain often requires a more extensive workup to identify the source or sources of a patients painful condition. This can be especially true when it comes to spinally mediated pain, which is the most common complaint chronic pain physicians encounter.  The spine is a complex anatomic structure. The task a pain specialist undertakes is to find out what may be causing the pain, utilizing advanced imaging, tests and interventional therapies, which are often diagnostic as well as therapeutic.  When a patient is initially seen by a pain specialist, the physician takes a full history, reviews the referring providers notes and any diagnostic results to date. As previously mentioned, physical therapy is often a first line intervention for patients. If psycho-social stressors are present, behavioral health consultation is warranted. Additional workup such as diagnostic tests and imaging will then be considered if indicated. Once this workup has been initiated, the pain physician can hopefully find the source of the chronic pain and begin interventions and allied therapies in a more targeted approach. This all happens concurrently with the patient working with physical therapy, seeing a behavioral health therapist, and optimizing a medication regimen along the way as indicated. A comprehensive pain clinic often has physical therapy and behavioral health specialists on site as a part of their practice and can offer a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain under one roof. A Focused, Intensive ApproachMany pain specialty practices offer a chronic pain program an intensive, focused initiative designed for patients who may have exhausted their therapeutic options, are no longer seeking a specific diagnosis or additional interventions, and are simply living with chronic pain they are likely to have for the rest of their lives. Our program, and programs like it around the country, combine education with physical and behavioral therapy. Patients learn principles for self-management: quality nutrition, good sleep hygiene, smoking cessation, benefits of exercise in improving mental and physical healthbasically how all the components of their own behaviors are going to help them manage their pain better and improve their quality of life. These programs are usually quite intensive, with patients coming every day or several days a week for the duration of the program, which may be four to eight weeks in length. Educating Patients and Setting Expectations When we think of patients achieving relief from their chronic pain, we typically mean their pain has become minimal enough that it doesnt unduly affect their daily life. Chronic pain is challenging to treat; the longer the body experiences a hyper-excitable state while in pain, the more the brain remodels and adapts to the chronic pain state. This phenomenon is known as central sensitization and can present as a vicious cycle which can be hard to break. Breaking this cycle is what a pain specialists care team works toward. A key part of chronic pain management is educating patients about their health and their options, making sure they understand time to therapeutic effects, setting realistic expectations for each modality and helping them play a positive role in their pain relief journey.Today more than ever before, there are options that can help nearly every patient. Taking a multimodal, multidisciplinary approach gives us the greatest chance of achieving significant pain management and improved quality of life.Cody Foster, MD, practices at Nura Pain Management and is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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Maintaining Kidney Health in Older Adults

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. How BrightStar Care Can Help  Enlist the to support your loved ones in the comfort of their own home with our professional home care services(Opens in a new window), and let our nurses help them stay on track with their prescribed kidney-care routine. Contact BrightStar Care(Opens in a new window) today to learn more about our professional care teamsyour family is our family! 

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Bridge Care-Transitioning from Home to Community Living

Transitional In-Home CareSometimes individuals need to transition from home to community living. Until the time is right for the move, professional home care services can keep potential residents safe in their current home. At Homewatch CareGivers, we will customize a plan of care to include a safety and fall consultation to identify any risks or concerns.Keeping Individuals EngagedGradually introducing the person to their new community makes the transition into a full-time resident more comfortable. Caregivers are dedicated to developing engaging relationships while the future resident is waiting for the move.Bridging care from home to community involves:Establishing relationships and developing trust with community and staffEstablishing friendships with existing residentsEngaging in activities, meals, and outingsBecoming familiar and comfortable with life at the communityIn-home care between settings consists of:A fall risk assessmentMedication remindersHealthy meal planning and preparationTransportation services to appointments and social outingsAssistance shopping for groceries and other itemsLight housekeepingLaundry and linen changesCustomized companionshipCaregivers receive ongoing specialized training, are insured, and are screened annually with extensive national background checks. Ensuring the safety and overall well-being of potential residents before and during the transition is the goal.Learn more about bridge care by contacting us today at 952-260-6223

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Feelings of loneliness can have physical and emotional impacts on people. Home care can be part of restoring meaningful connections to others and reducing loneliness. Contact us today to learn more about how Homewatch Care Givers can help!

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20 years of compassionate care. Thousands of hugs. Millions of smiles. And countless tears shed in quiet moments of both joy and sorrow. The role of a caregiver or nurse isnt defined just by the services they provide. Of course, supporting a clients personal or medical needs with quality care is vital. But its also about the touch of a hand, the laughter between friends and the joy that spreads across a clients face that truly reflect what our team does every single day. Its about those moments when a caregiver or nurse goes above and beyond, when a client becomes a friend and when your loved one reaches a medical milestone that matter to everyone we have the honor to serve. The women and men of BrightStar Care weave a beautiful tapestry of compassion, joy and hope that make this an organization were proud to be a part of. One of our caregivers sums it up well, I enjoy doing what I do and BrightStar helps me do that to the best of my ability every single day. Please enjoy this video capturing just a few of the special relationships weve built. And if your loved one needs Companion Care, Personal Care or Skilled Nursing Care, you can find a BrightStar Care location near you we serve clients of all ages, from infants to seniors. If you were touched by these stories and would like to learn about serving as a nurse or caregiver, learn more about making a career transition to BrightStar Care.

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With Lifespark COMPLETE, you get complete senior health services designed to keep you healthy at home, living a happy, sparked life all on your terms. This proactive approach is proven to keep you off the health care roller coaster, helping you live a fuller, more independent life as you age.

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Senior Helpers Roseville Field Day 22'

Getting all our office staff, caregivers, and families out of the house to enjoy a nice spring day!__Senior Helpers Roseville__

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Regency HHC Full-Time RN/LPN

SUMMARY:Regency Home Healthcare has opportunities for compassionate people to join our team! We have a need for nurses to cover days, evenings, and overnights at our 3 group sites located in Roseville, Vadnais Heights, and Maplewood as well as private cases around the metro. Flexible scheduling and supportive, small team atmosphere. The RN or LPN is responsible for caring for clients with high medical needs in either a group or private home setting. We can accommodate many types of availability. We have part time, full time, and casual positions available.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:Role and tasks may include (but are not limited to):1. Work hands-on with medically complex clients.2. Provide social support to clients.3. Advocate for clients physical and mental well-being.4. Perform assessments and monitoring, provide assessment details and information to supervisor and doctors.5. Perform medical treatments under the direction of doctors.6. Schedule, attend, and follow up on medical appointments.7. Maintain/order supplies, equipment, and medication for clients.8. Help maintain a positive and professional environment.9. Assist coworkers and promote teamworkSHIFT AVAILABILITY:-NOC shifts: 12AM-8AM-AM shifts: 8AM-4PM-PM shifts: 4PM-12AMRN/LPN QUALIFICATIONS:1. Have a current license as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the State of Minnesota and other states as indicated by agency growth.2. Home health care/public health & ventilator experience preferable.3. Demonstrate integrity, good judgment, and initiative.4. Ability to be a team player and work with other staff.5. Current CPR certification.PAY & BENEFITS: Competitive Compensation Flexible Scheduling Paid Training Holiday Pay 401K Yearly Continuing Education approved by MN Board of Nursing Paid Time Off Day, evening, or overnight shifts availableABOUT US:Regency Home HealthCare provides services to all ages - pediatric to geriatric. We specialize in medically complex cases including ventilator-dependent clients. This allows the nurses to experience ICU level care in clients' homes. Our nurses enjoy the benefit of full or part-time schedules. We have an excellent office staff that provides respectable customer service. Regency provides extensive training working with our veteran staff. Come join our team and gain invaluable experience while making a difference in our clients' lives.If you meet the above requirements for our Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position, please apply today!Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, CasualSalary: $22.00 - $33.00 per hour

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