News and updates on DHS efforts that support seniors.
“Framework for the Future” is the theme of the 2013 Age & Disabilities Odyssey, which is being held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center June 17 and 18. Issues facing aging Minnesotans, people with disabilities and caregivers and services that support them will be explored at the conference. New features this year include pre-conference intensive sessions, most of which are free and open to the public. More information about the conference is online.
As some areas of the state may face flooding this spring, individuals, families and caregivers of seniors can take steps to prepare for floods and other emergencies. Being prepared can increase your ability to care for yourself and others during a disaster. More information on emergency preparedness for seniors and their families is online.
A more user-friendly Nursing Home Report Card with more detailed information (including daily payment rates) on Minnesota nursing facilities has been introduced by DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Nursing Home Report Card, at nhreportcard.dhs.mn.gov, helps consumers compare the quality of care in nursing homes across the state. More information is in a news release about the report card.
Top state leaders recently heard about efforts in the DHS Continuing Care Administration to measure progress toward such policy goals as helping seniors return to their homes after a nursing home stay and helping people with disabilities move to homes of their own. DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson introduced the team to her colleagues at Gov. Mark Dayton’s senior leadership meeting Oct. 9, calling Continuing Care’s work a model for the rest of the agency. More information is in a story about the performance measurements efforts.