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The Excitement is Building! PHS Project Updates

August 2012

Founders Ridge, Bloomington, MN is now open and its first residents moved in during June and July. The community offers senior apartments, assisted living and enhanced assisted living apartments, and memory care suites.

Johanna Shores, Arden Hills, MN is nearing completion of phase one senior and assisted living apartments. When the first phase is complete this fall and current residents have moved in, all but McKnight Care Center will be demolished to make room for additional assisted living apartments and memory care suites. Future plans include brownstone apartments.

The Deerfield, New Richmond, WI is nearly ready to relocate The Gables care center to its new home on the main Campus. The new Gables features private and shared care suites in neighborhood settings. Phase 2 of the project includes a Town Center connecting the existing buildings with the Gables.

Folkestone, Wayzata, MN brings urban-style senior livingjust a short walk from the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Construction is underway on the site of the now demolished Wayzata Bay Shopping Center. The 254 apartments and suites will offer a full continuum of care located within The Promenade of Wayzata, a mixed-use development with an additional 32,000 square feet of upscale retail and office space, a public park and walkways.

Valley Ridge, Burnsville, MN, a joint venture with Dakota County Community Development Agency, will provide 140 senior independent, assisted living and memory care apartments for income qualified older adults. The project won a 2012 Best in Real Estate Award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for affordable senior housing and successfully handling the site’s environmental challenges.

Maranatha, Brooklyn Center, MN,began construction this summer for a new skilled nursing care center with 97 private suites to replace the current shared rooms. Upon completion of the new center, the current 1959-built structure will be demolished to make room for phase two of the project, which will include 38 senior apartments.

Considering home care? Optage is a good choice
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July 2012

If you’re recovering from surgery, need care for a health condition or hospice care, or you have a loved one facing a similar situation, you and your health care professional may be considering what is available in the comfort of your home. Choosing the right provider is your next big step. We appreciate the trust you may have in your health care provider, but remember, the choice of qualified provider is yours to make, even if you subscribe to a health plan or qualify for Medicare.

Optage™ home and community services is an option to consider. Optage is part of the continuum of care provided Presbyterian Homes & Services and shares the Christian spirit of compassion and service.

Optage In-home Care offers medical or non-medical assistance by highly-trained and licensed caregivers.

Optage Senior Dining Choices offers over 80 nutritious and delicious meals delivered weekly and ready to eat with little to no preparation.

Optage House Calls provides primary care including physicians and nurse practitioners, with experience in geriatric care. (Available at select PHS communities.)

Optage Hospice extends compassionate care that focuses on comfort, quality and support for individuals, and their families so that clients may live as fully and comfortably as possible.

For more information visit www.optage.org. If you would like to schedule service or speak with a community service counselor, please call 651-746-8200. Or ask your physician or nurse practitioner for a referral to Optage.

Remember, the choice of health care provider is yours. We hope you will choose Optage.

Meet the Optage House Calls Team
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June 2012

Remember the days of doctor “home visits”? OptageTM House Calls, a bridging option of OptageTM home and community services, provides the same level of customized service to older adults at their place of residence. House Calls is Medicare certified and offers primarily care visits, vaccinations, health assessments and health care referrals and scheduling.

John W. Mielke, MD, Chief Medical Officer
, oversees all Optage clinical programs including House Calls. Dr. Mielke received his MD from the University of Minnesota. He brings a unique blend of experience in geriatric health care, clinical management and medical direction in long-term and sub-acute care. Dr Mielke has significant depth in healthcare quality, physician/patient and family relationships, geriatric health management, innovation and patient safety.

Mary Bullock, Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), brings direct care to older adults in the comfort of their own home. Mary provides examinations and assessments, and other services. She received her M.S.C. in Nursing/Family Nursing Practice from Metro State University and graduated Bethel University with a B.S. in Nursing. She is currently licensed in Minnesota as a registered professional nurse. Mary is certified as a family nurse practitioner and cardiographic technician.

Lori Kelly, RN, CNP, also provides care to older adults in their place of residence. Lori serves as a resource to families, nurses, therapists and other health care providers. She holds a M.A., Adult/Geriatric Practitioner degree from St. Catherine University and received B.S. in Nursing at College of St. Benedict. She is certified as a geriatric and adult nurse practitioner and in basic cardiac life support.

House Calls is available now at select PHS locations to older adults living in The Terrace and Commons who are considered “home limited”. Over time, the service will be expanded to PHS communities across the Twin Cities metro area. For more information call 651-746-8200 or go to www.optagehousecalls.org.

The Power of Volunteers: Love in Action

May 2012

Let us love, not in words or speech,
but in truth and actions. - I John 3:18 (NRSV)

Volunteers who serve PHS help build a better world for older adults each day, one act of kindness at a time. They know the spiritual truth that the giving of oneself in service to another empowers the giver and the recipient.

PHS volunteers offer companionship to residents, kindness to families, and support to staff. They organize events, answer telephones, greet newcomers, play music, make public presentations, and create art. They are teachers, drivers, advocates, mentors, writers, cooks, carpenters, gardeners, fundraisers, board members and - perhaps most important of all – they have become our friends. Volunteers are the heart and soul of PHS, strengthening our Christian culture of service through their stewardship of time and talent offered in gifts of compassion, dedication and love. We have documented over 200 thousand volunteer hours across PHS communities in the past year; many more hours go undocumented.

Presbyterian Homes & Services would like to say thank you to all who lend their time, talent and support, whether it be just for one afternoon or year-round. We celebrate the ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things through service. PHS volunteers bring the energy and power of love and service on a daily basis as they lead by example—not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well.

Our mission, to enrich the lives of older adults through services and communities that reflect the love of God, is made possible in part by the support of such volunteers. If you would like to put love into action, contact your site leader or go to www.preshomes.org and click on Get to Know Us - Volunteers to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Optage Hospice: Considering life in face of death

April 2012

The Rev. Chris Wheatley, Hospice Chaplain

Hospice is a benefit available to people with an illness that limits life expectancy to six months or less.

From a medical standpoint, this requirement is a matter of diagnosis and verification. It is why our nurses are continually gathering evidence that the condition in question progresses as expected. It is why our doctors are careful to update their prognoses in each new certification period. It provides a framework for all of the comfort care that we provide, whether medicine, massage, or medical equipment.

From a spiritual standpoint, this requirement means something even more important. It means that people who select hospice know that they are going to die. Now on some level, we all know that. Intellectually, we understand that we are all mortals, and mortals will stop living someday. But on an existential level, in the way that we behave every day, most of us act as if we are the exception. Very few of us plan for a world in which we are not around. Do we begin projects by admitting, “I might not see this to the end?”

The gift of providing spiritual care for those on hospice is that they have an understanding of their mortality. They have been given a timeframe, one that makes the end seem more real than it normally does. They are ready to ask the questions that we all should: First, what do I want to accomplish in this world before I leave it? Second, what will happen to me when I close these eyes forever?

In this Easter season, as we remember the new life that Our Lord Christ offers us by his Cross and Resurrection, I invite you to consider the wisdom available to those who keep their deaths in mind, and the new perspective that can only be seen by those who are already living eternally.

Restorative Sleep Vitality Program: A Better Night’s Sleep

March 2012

The average person will spend about 1/3 of their lives asleep. When we are sleeping, our body is regenerating to keep us healthy. Along with the physical changes that occur as we get older, changes to sleep patterns are a part of the normal aging process   However, when we do not get adequate sleep it can lead to serious problems.

Studies report that adults who got fewer than six hours of quality sleep at night have an increased risk of viral infections and chronic disease. Sleep deprivation decreases reaction time and poses a safety risk, especially for falls and serious accidents. Poor sleep has also been associated with increased moodiness and irritability, decreased motivation, reduced problem solving skills, decreased ability to cope with everyday stressors, and causing concentration problems. We all know how it feels to function without a good night’s rest.

In October 2011 PHS, along with several other skilled nursing facilities in Minnesota, started the Restorative Sleep Vitality Program (RSVP), funded by a grant from the Department of Health. This 3-year initiative is dedicated to improving the length and quality of our residents’ sleep patterns. Sleep is a critical factor in the overall quality of an older adult’s life, impacting memory, healing, mood and safety. Our goal is to identify and eliminate any barriers hindering residents from having a full night’s sleep. As residents’ sleep patterns improve, so will their ability to participate and find enjoyment in their daily lives.

We are excited to be participating in this quality assurance program that will improve the lives of the older adults we serve. We will keep you up to date on findings and progress towards our goals. In the meantime - sleep well!

OptageTM In-home Care & Services: Your Bridge to Optimum Aging

February 2012

Your home is your haven where you feel secure. It offers stability, freedom and solace. That’s why OptageTM In-home care and services exists: to provide services, care and support to those whose needs are changing, but want to stay in the place of familiarity and comfort. In-home care and services, one of the bridging options offered by OptageTM, is a full service home care provider offering continuity of care should your needs change over time.

The choice of qualified provider is yours to make. At such a time, Optage In-home care is just outside your door. Optage In-home care brings all the assurance you need that you have chosen a trustworthy and effective home care service to provide whatever support you may need. Your service team consists of Optage staff that is trained to provide what you need to achieve your optimal well-being. They are specially selected and undergo a thorough background check and competency testing to show they possess the unwavering commitment your trust deserves.

Optage In-home care and services gives you personalized choices. You select from an extensive range of services, the ones that will benefit you most on an as-needed basis including:

·        Nursing Services

·        Home Heath Aide Services

·        Homemaker/Companion Services

·        Rehabilitation Services

All Optage services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, HMO, private insurance, and self-pay.

OptageTMis the service division of Presbyterian Homes & Services, offering innovative programs and products to help you confidently and successfully live each day to the optimum. Optage emerges from a rich history, spanning more than a half-century, of housing and health care choices for older adults, provided in a spirit of Christian ministry. For more information go to www.optage.com or call us at 651-746-8200. We would love to talk with you about how Optage can help you build a “bridge to optimum aging.”

The Strategic Plan - Year 2: Staying the Course

January 2012

One year ago, our Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) Board of Directors adopted a 5-year Plan to navigate our future. Now in its second year, the plan sets priorities to carry out effective service and faithful stewardship. Highlights include:

Structure and Leadership:
Recruit and develop high capacity leaders who are focused on the future and demonstrate our core Christian beliefs and values. Align our management structure to fulfill our strategic direction.

Operational and Clinical Excellence:
Achieve, measure and sustain the highest-quality of care and operations within all areas of service.

Home and Community Services:
Expand the number and type of Homes and Community Services offered and increase the number of people served.

Traditional Services:
Develop new campuses on a modest scale and at a more measured pace.

Financial Position:
Improve efficiency, increase liquidity, reduce long-term debt and grow the endowment.

Fundraising:
Increase philanthropy in order to grow endowment funds available for Benevolence, Chaplaincy and Growth.  

Low-Income Older Adults:
Provide more services for very low-income older adults. Integrate those services with existing communities and partner with other governmental agencies to optimize effectiveness.  

Organizational Effectiveness:
Allocate resources for long-term impact. Establish a Research & Development Center to implement innovations that meet increasing needs.

This plan is driven by an enduring commitment to live out our mission and to enrich the lives of older adults through services and communities that reflect the love of God.

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