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A Day in the Life of a Lifespark Physical Therapist

Even before completing his doctorate in physical therapy, David Orman, DPT, knew he wanted to work in home health. “In outpatient settings, you tend to get bogged down treating one body part, like you’re the shoulder guy, or you’re the spine guy, whereas in home health, you see such a variety of clients and conditions. The work never becomes a monotonous […]

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Reducing the Risk of Falls—and the Fear of Falling

For older adults, applications for physical therapy go far beyond knee replacements and weak rotator cuffs to include everything from breathing problems to neurological injury, such as stroke or dementia, and with all a desire for fall prevention. In her role as Physical Therapist – Case Manager with Lifespark Home Health, Julie Varno evaluates newly […]

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Fostering An Engaged Culture within Lifespark Skilled Home Health

When Jill Arvidson, MST, CCC-SLP, Lifespark Skilled Home Health Administrator, pivoted her career from the clinical setting to home health in 2007, she realized that home is where the majority of older clients want to get care. “They don’t want to go to the hospital, TCU [transitional care unit], or skilled nursing facility—they want to […]

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Partnering with Consonus Geriatric Pharmacy to Build Lifespark’s In-house Expertise

The vision for Lifespark’s model of complete senior health has always included geriatric pharmacology expertise, but as Dr. Nick Schneeman, MD, Chief Medical Officer explained, the company first wanted to focus on the foundational elements of that model—the Life Manager role as the trusted, single point of contact, and the in-home medical expert trained in […]

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The Cost of Listening in Health Care

Nurses are in high demand. Everywhere. Yet, in the industry today there’s not enough staying power to keep them rooted where they are. Gone are the days of nurses staying with a company for years, investing in the culture and growth, and being part of the change for those they serve. In a world of […]

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Geriatric Consult: A Missed Opportunity to Serve Your Senior Patients Fully?

When we think about a geriatric consult there’s an assumption that it’s already part of what primary care delivers when you work with seniors. It’s not —traditional primary care is missing the geriatrics part. The play on this question — Geriatric Consult Anyone? — was meant to create intrigue. The reality is no one asks […]

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Lifespark Named a 2023 Top Minnesota Workplace—For The 12th Time!

Each year, the StarTribune showcases the best places to work in Minnesota. As in years past, the 2023 survey invited employees from around the state to weigh in on mission, values, culture, leadership, pay and benefits, career development opportunities, and other factors. We’re delighted to announce that for the 12th time, Lifespark has been named […]

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Geriatrics Isn’t Old, but Your Perspective May Be: Surprising Truths about Working with Seniors

There’s this misconception that working with seniors isn’t exciting, it’s ‘old.’ It carries with it outdated imagery of what aging is like. How can you impact a person’s life when they are 80, 90, or older? Working with younger ‘patients’ seemingly provides greater opportunity to be part of changing their health trajectory, making a difference, […]

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“Playing to Win,” a Global Symposium: Dr. Bill Thomas on Ageism, Aging Literacy, and Using Gamification to Change the Aging Experience

“Aging is a team sport, and we at Lifespark want to help people play to win,” said Dr. Bill Thomas, nationally renowned author, geriatrician, and Lifespark Chief Independence Officer. As part of Lifespark’s commitment to making life better for older people everywhere, he was asked to write a series of four books, called the Spark […]

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Lifespark Earns Top USA Workplaces Recognition – Again!

We’re delighted to announce that Lifespark has landed on the list of 2023 Top USA Workplaces—the second time we’ve made the list! To earn this coveted designation, employees at Lifespark, along with thousands of other companies across the country, had the opportunity last November to participate in an anonymous, third-party survey focused on company culture, […]

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