After months of filming and editing, a new campaign has been launched by Aging Services of MN – Faces and Places of Care — a creative, statewide grassroots effort developed with partners in the Long-Term Care Imperative.

VIEWFaces and Places of Care: Getting Ready for a Crisis

The goal of this campaign is simple: to share the real faces and places of senior care across the state. Through the stories of real Minnesota caregivers, residents and families, we will urge lawmakers to make senior care their number one priority during the 2012 campaign season and 2013 legislative session.

Click here to read the full news release about the Faces and Places of Care sent to media statewide this morning. The campaign will feature a series of six videos, each focused on an important theme.

“Every day, thousands of seniors receive care and support from their own family members and professional caregivers alike. This campaign offers a snapshot of their reality,” said Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO of Aging Services of Minnesota. “It’s time to make seniors and caregivers a top priority in Minnesota.” 

Walker Art Museum

July 9, 2012

A frequent outing that our residents go on is to the Walker Art Museum.  Recently Twin Cities Metro Magazine went along and captured the spirit of the visit to the Contemporary Journeys program which is designed to keep dementia patients engaged in the present.
 

Outing Fun

June 22, 2012

At Rakhma we love our weekly outings! Each week our Assistant Director Carol Kuhlmann brings our residents out and about within the community. Some of our resident’s summer extravaganzas include going out for lunch and ice cream, boat rides, fishing, creative fun at the Walker Art Museum, and rides around the beautiful area lakes. We love hearing about our resident’s stories of their outings and figured you would too! Here are some photos of a recent outing with our Joy residents and staff. Also check our Facebook page for more images http://www.facebook.com/rakhma.homes.

Joan and Jievy painting together!

Joan and Jievy painting together!

Painting sunsets at the Walker

Painting sunsets at the Walker

Betty & her sunset painting!

Betty & her sunset painting!

Chandra & Jim at Walker

Chandra & Jim at Walker

The Alzheimer’s Reading Room (http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/) is a great platform of blog sharing for families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia.  It has a plethora of information ranging from articles to educate about Alzheimer’s and dementia to entertaining stories and testimonals from and about people with Alzheimer’s to ways to empower and advocate for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.  Their goal is to Educate, sometimes Entertain, and Empower Alzheimer’s caregivers and their families worldwide.

We would encourage you to join this room and get support from other families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

At Rakhma Homes, we have three spectacular nurses taking care of our residents.

This week we honor Ruth, Jackie, and Amy.

 

Ruth, our on-call RN, has been an incredible blessing to Rakhma, and has been with us over 12 years. She exudes compassion for our residents and is willing to help out wherever is necessary.

Jackie joined Rakhma as Director of Nursing in June of 2010. She is very dedicated to providing our residents with the quality of care that each one deserves. She is a wonderful leader and teacher to our other Rakhma nurses and to all of our care-staff.

Amy, recently joined Rakhma as the Training Nurse. She has jumped in and already has implemented valuable trainings for our care staff’s monthly trainings.

 

           Rare                                                       Nurturing

           Astonishing                                        Unique

           Kind                                                        Realistic

           Humorous                                           Sympathetic

           Magnificent                                        Engaging

           Amazing                                                Smart

 

We thank our nurses for all of their hard work and dedication to our residents.

Life Care Planning

May 4, 2012

Life Care Planning

 

Thinking about preparing for the future for you and your family can be scary and overwhelming, especially when you aren’t prepared. Mary Frances Price, Elder Law Attorney with Maser, Amundson & Price, PA will be sharing how to prepare for your future in a FREE two-part education series called Life Care Planning.

 Learn about what documents and resources you will need to have in place to protect, maintain, and finance your independence and quality of life.

 Dates and topics are:

 ESTATE PLANNING: Wills and Powers of Attorney: Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

 What you need to know about estate planning, including why you may need a will and assigning a power of attorney. No matter your net worth, it’s important to have a basic estate plan in place. Such a plan ensures that your family and financial goals are met after you die.

 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE & VETERANS BENEFITS: Wednesday, June 13, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

 Learn if you or your parents are qualified for MA or Veteran’s benefit. Medical Assistance (MA) is the largest of Minnesota’s publicly funded health care programs, providing coverage for an average of more than 600,000 people. In addition to the pensions and benefits to which you may be entitled because of both public and private employment, you may also be eligible for certain benefits based on your military service.

 Both educational series are located at:

Ridgedale Library

12601 Ridgedale Drive

Minnetonka, MN 55305

 

RSVP (appreciated) 952-856-7529

*light dinner provided

 Sponsored by Lake Minnetonka Area Senior Providers Network

Please feel free to download and share this flyer with anyone you know who might be interested in this series.  2 part series 

WELCOME

April 25, 2012

Welcome to our Blog!

We are excited that you stopped by!

Here you will experience a glimpse of life at Rakhma. “Rakhma” means “unconditional love” and this is our philosophy of care. We ardently believe that while the brain withers, the soul continues to thrive when placed in an environment of love. Our residents may be living with the confusion and losses inherent to Alzheimer’s, but they always recognize, remember and respond to love!

In this blog you will find information relevant to Alzheimer’s-Dementia, stories from family members that will inspire, insights from caregiver journals, and more.  We will bring you along on our weekly outings into the community through photos and journaling.

The Rakhma story is one that will bring you laughter and tears and hope for the quality of life of our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The site is new and still under development so please be patient with us.  But we wanted to start bringing you this wonderful information immediately. If you have any suggestions about or for this site, please contact us.
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