Expanded kidney care services now available

New kidney care services help area residents improve quality of life

People dealing with any stage kidney disease can now receive comprehensive care right here at Winona Health. Thanks to expanded Nephrology Services and a Kidney Care Team, people who have kidney disease have improved access to local care designed to prevent or delay the progression of kidney disease.

Winona Health’s Nephrology Clinic, located within the Internal Medicine department, is overseen by a Nephrologist and staffed by a Kidney Care Team. The interdisciplinary team includes the nephrologist, a registered nurse, a dietitian, and a social worker.

“Our Kidney Care Team provides what we call ‘person-centered care,’ based on what each person needs and wants for themselves,” explained Emilie Volkman, MSW, MA, LISW, CAPSW, LNHA, Winona Health Dialysis department coordinator. “Research shows that this type of care leads to improved outcomes. There are many factors that impact a person’s health outcomes; medical, health, social, financial, housing, dietary, etc., and we can help people make a plan to manage these things and their disease – and possibly prevent it from progressing to the stage that requires dialysis.”

Volkman said that by slowing down the disease and helping people understand their options as the disease advances, they can ultimately improve a person’s quality of life because they’ll be able to do more of what they enjoy.

Those who have any stage kidney disease who are interested in learning more about this service and how it could help them better manage their condition may contact Winona Health’s Kidney Care Team at 507.457.8560.

 

 

The Gift: Advanced Directives, Tuesday, March 13

Advanced Directives upcoming topic for Winona Health’s quarterly series: The Gift

Whether you’re confused about how to prepare an Advanced Directive, wonder why you should bother, or if you know why it’s important, but you just keep putting it off, this “Gift” is for you.

Winona Health presents The Gift: Advanced Directives, Tuesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

As with many things, planning ahead eases stress and makes difficult times go more smoothly. This program will help individuals work through the decisions they need to make, and document, to ensure they receive the care they want if they lose the ability to communicate on their own behalf. Making your wishes know is a gift to your family.

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talk series covering topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. To receive advance notice about The Gift and other Winona Health events, sign up for Winona Health’s free monthly events enewsletter at: winonahealth.org/events.

The Gift series is free and people are welcome to attend any or all of the programs in the series. For planning purposes, RSVP is requested by Monday, March 12.

RSVP for The Gift

Or, call 507.457.4394.

Hospice seeking volunteers and offering training

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Winona Health Hospice provides care to individuals and families within a 25-mile radius of Winona no matter where they receive healthcare services.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, by providing compassionate care and support during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

The training includes an initial meeting on either: Monday, February 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, February 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. There is also independent online education and, once complete, participants will attend one of the final meetings: Monday, March 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, March 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact Kris Walters, Winona Health volunteer manager by email: krwalters@winonahealth.org or call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.457.4342.

Those interested also will be asked to complete an online volunteer application.

Lake Winona Manor’s Namaste program benefits residents, families and staff

The Winona Daily News shared a story about how Lake Winona Manor’s Namaste program is helping residents and families.
In case you missed it in Sunday’s (12/17/17) paper, you can read it here.
Lake Winona Manor received a $25,000 Workforce Grant through LeadingAge Minnesota to help support the Namaste program.
In addition to being a wonderful program for residents and their family members, it improves the day-to-day satisfaction of caregivers by creating a soothing atmosphere and increasing the opportunity for them to spend more meaningful time with residents.
More information about Lake Winona Manor is available here.

Lake Winona Manor replaces mattresses and helps provide comfort to people in need

Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa.

Lake Winona Manor residents are getting a good night’s sleep and enjoying their new mattresses, and we can all sleep a little better knowing that the replaced mattresses are being put to good use at Ngaoundere Protestant Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa.

Winona Health purchased the new mattresses from a local company called Comfortex. As Comfortex places a large volume of new healthcare mattresses into a hospital or residence, whenever possible, the replaced mattresses are shipped to

Replaced mattress in their new home at a hospital in West Africa.

countries in need. Over the years, Comfortex has worked with charitable organizations to ship thousands of mattresses to hospitals in Africa, Haiti and South America. This is made possible with the help of some truly amazing missionaries, charities and generous organizations.

Winona Health, Lake Winona Manor, our residents and staff, can feel good knowing that having new mattresses means others are resting more comfortably, too.

Thank you to Comfortex for making this happen!

Hospice helps patients and families focus on quality of life

Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

It’s about how you live!

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which serves as a time to share information about hospice that may help community members.

Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is designed to:

  • Ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.
  • Provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
  • Combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.

Videos and stories from families showing the many ways hospice and palliative care make special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.

Winona Health Hospice Services provides care in homes and in long-term care residences within a 25-mile radius of Winona. More information about hospice and advance care planning is available from Winona Health Winona Area Hospice Services. Call 507.457.4468.

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Photo: Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

Fireworks at Lake Winona Manor rescheduled

Due to the weather forecast, fireworks at Lake Winona Manor have been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017

 

It’s difficult for some residents to attend a fireworks show. That’s why Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor Therapeutic Recreation staff is bringing the fireworks to the residents! Lake Winona Manor, Adith Miller Manor and Roger Metz Manor residents and their families and friends will enjoy a fireworks show Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Community members are also welcome!

The fireworks display over Lake Winona, which will last about 20 minutes, can be viewed from various areas including Lake Winona Manor’s north parking area.

Parking is available in the Winona Health parking ramp, near Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors, the Winona Clinic parking lot and the Lake Winona Manor south parking lot. The east and west entrance to Parks Avenue will be blocked.

In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held the following evening. Those who have questions may call 507.494.5725.

 

Free Workshop: Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns

Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns is a free, six-week workshop offered by Winona Health to help people who are living with a chronic health condition or an ongoing health concern. The fall program begins Thursday, September 14, 2017, and meets six consecutive Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m. through October 19.

The workshop is designed to help people who have conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic pain and other physical and mental health conditions.

Participants will learn tips and get help with goal setting and making a personalized plan to improve their health. This may include developing action plans for pain control, healthy eating, healthy activities, and ways to communicate with family, friends, and healthcare providers. The program aims to improve quality of life by helping people manage their health and begin doing the things they want and need to do.

The workshop will be in the Parkview Office Building at Winona Health in Winona, Minn.

There is no cost unless participants wish to purchase the program manual for $20. Class size is limited and RSVP is required. To RSVP, call Becca at 507.453.3741.

Improve your balance, strength, flexibility and mobility with Winona Health Tai Ji Quan class

Tai Ji Quan class is a group exercise class designed to help adults improve their balance, strength and flexibility and reduce the likelihood of falling. Tai Ji Quan (pronounced Tie Gee Chwahn) uses slow coordinated movements to help participants enhance balance skills, body alignment, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.

Winona Health’s 12-week Tai Ji Quan class begins Monday, September 11 and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $96 for the 12-week/24 session program.

Classes will be in the Watkins Great Hall at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha (7th) Street in Winona, Minn.

Space is limited and registration is required, call Becca at 507.453.3741.

Program for adult children and their parents – The Gift: Legal Groundwork

Winona Health and area partners present The Gift: Legal Groundwork, Tuesday, July 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

As with many things, planning ahead eases stress and makes things go more smoothly. This program will provide the information parents and their adult children need to make decisions as they age. Caregivers will learn what legal forms are needed in order to care for a parent, and parents will learn about the necessary forms to share with their caregivers. Understanding the options and legal obligations will help families ensure things are handled the way they choose.

Join our panel of legal experts to get answers to pressing questions. Panelists include: Ashley Martin, a social worker from Winona Health; Tony Schmit, from Pluto Legal, PLLC; and Mark W. Breneman from Breneman Law, PLLC

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talk series covering topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. To receive advance notice about The Gift and other Winona Health events, sign up for Winona Health’s free monthly events enewsletter at: winonahealth.org/events.

The Gift series is free and people are welcome to attend any or all of the programs in the series. For planning purposes, RSVP is requested by Monday, July 10.

RSVP here

or call 507.457.4161.