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.

 

 

 

The Gift: Legal Groundwork – free program July 11, 2017

Winona Health and area partners present The Gift: Legal Groundwork, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 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 here.

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 for The Gift

or call 507.457.4161.

Winona Elks Gratitude Grant improves memory-care garden

Mike Curran, Winona Elks Lodge #327 (left) presents a $2,500 Gratitude Grant to Gina Mcrae, Winona Health Memory Care supervisor, Adith Miller and Metz Manors along with Dick Ledebuhr, past state Elks president, and Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health.

Gardens are healing places, but for dementia or Alzheimer’s patients, they can also provide soothing and sensory experiences that improve their overall wellbeing.

With a donation of $2,500, the Winona Elks Lodge #327 will help residents reminisce and relive their gardening and outdoor experiences. The funding, a ‘Gratitude Grant,’ derives from the Elks National Foundation. “We have a special interest in helping people with dementia,” said Mike Curran, Elks Lodge #327 Exulted Ruler. “The Winona Elks members are pleased to provide assistance to this very worthy project.”

According to Cheryl Krage, director of Winona Health Assisted Living and Hospice, a garden space has benefitted residents for many years by giving them a secured area to enjoy the outdoors. However, the staff was seeking new opportunities to update, enhance and improve the shared garden area, making it more resident-centered. The grant will provide financial assistance for raised flower and vegetable beds, safe walking paths, and the development of areas that increase sensory stimulation.

“Offering a safe outdoor space for our memory care residents gives them opportunities to

remain active and engaged outside,” said Krage. “Our renovated garden area will offer an additional space for families to walk and sit with their loved one and reminisce about memories of planting, gardening and nature.”

Additional funding for this project will come from charitable proceeds raised through Winona Health Volunteer fundraising projects in 2017.

For more information about Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors, call Cheryl Krage at 507.494.7496.

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Lake Winona Manor earns 5 stars

Lake Winona Manor staff gather for a 5-star photo.

Lake Winona Manor earned a 5-star rating — the highest possible from Leading Age, an association of community-based, nonprofit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old.

Skilled nursing residences are rigorously reviewed and graded on various metrics around safety, quality of care and service to residents. The 5-star rating system includes every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home nationwide. Ratings are based on three sources of data: health inspections, staffing, and quality measures.

“I’m so proud of our team. The 5-star rating directly reflects on their daily work and sincere care for our residents.” said Molly Jensen, RN, Lake Winona Manor’s director of nursing. “Achieving a 5-star rating is a prime example of how lean management and our continuous system improvement approach, which counts on and respects the expertise of the people closest to the work, ultimately benefits our residents.” Jensen added that the staff had many insightful suggestions for making changes and worked as a team to implement them.

The Leading Age 5-star rating is based on analysis of data from July, August and September 2016, which is predictive of the rating Lake Winona Manor will receive from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is based on same criteria, but the CMS rating reflects data lagging by 12 to 18 months.

To learn more about Lake Winona Manor, visit winonahealth.org and click on Senior Services or call 507. 457.4366.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation gathering to celebrate 25 years

Winona Health’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation team has been building relationships, strengthening hearts and helping people reach their maximum potential for 25 years. To celebrate, they invite current and former clients and their friends and family members to an open house reception on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Rd 17 in Winona, Minn.

“Our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program has grown so much since it began a quarter of a century ago—this is a big milestone,” said Lynn Spain, MS, RCEP, RT, who has been instrumental in building the program and leading a strong clinical team. “We are looking forward to welcoming our current clients and reconnecting with those we’ve helped over the years. We work closely with people and really get to know them, so we miss our clients after they ‘graduate’ from their rehabilitation program.”

The event is an open house with refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a brief program at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP by Tuesday, April 18 to Emily in the community Engagement office at Winona Health: 507.457.4394.

 

 

 

Free six-week Grief Support Group begins Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Winona Health Hospice invites those who are dealing with grief to a free, six-week, Grief Support Group beginning Tuesday, April 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group will meet in the lounge at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona. Meetings will be consecutive Tuesdays through May 9.

This support group offers a small group setting, making it more comfortable for people to talk about their experience, identify with others, and learn strategies to help them in their grief journey.

“This group is open to anyone who is struggling with the loss of a friend or family member,” said Sheila Skeels, licensed social worker with Winona Health Hospice. “We’re here to offer support and to help people cope.”

The Grief Support Group is free, but RSVP is required. Those who have questions or would like to RSVP may call Sheila Skeels, LSW, at 507.457.4549.

“The Gift” spring topic: Navigating Medicare

Winona Health and area partners present The Gift: Navigating Medicare, Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

For most people, turning 65 means becoming eligible for Medicare. And that can mean “graduating” from health insurance as you know it to a new system with its own timelines, rules and terminology.

Understanding your options and making wise choices can be daunting. Fortunately, the route to Medicare success follows a familiar path: Do your homework, don’t rush, follow directions and seek clarification when you have questions.

Guest speakers are Sheila Skeels, a social worker with Winona Health; Stephanie Ayoub, a nurse with Winona County Public Health; Marsha Yancy, senior advocate with the Friendship Center; and Chad Wojchik, a counselor and volunteer coordinator with Southeast Minnesota Agency on Aging.

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talks series that covers topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. To receive advance notice about these and other Winona Health events, sign up for the 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, April 10. RSVP HERE or call 507.457.4161.

Free Class: A Matter of Balance begins February 15, 2017

Winona Health’s Physical and Sports Therapy Department is offering a free program to help improve balance and prevent falls. A Matter of Balance will meet Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning February 15 for four weeks.

A Matter of Balance is designed for people who:

  • are concerned about falling
  • are interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
  • have fallen in the past or
  • have to restrict activities due to falling concerns

Participants will learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program will be at Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 E Sarnia in Winona.

There is no charge for this class, but space is limited so RSVP is required. To RSVP, call 507.457.4329.

A Matter of Balance, Feb. 15, 2017