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Feeling Safe, in Control, and Independent: How Home Care Supports Patty and Ken’s Goals

Brooke Anderson, RN Case Manager with Lifespark Community Home Care, visits Patty and Ken just once every three weeks, but for this couple, her consistent support and immediate access makes them feel safer and in control of their lives. “I’m so grateful that Brooke takes care of our medications—and there are a lot of them—so […]

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A-Z Medication Management + Family Caregiving = Independence at 99

Jim, age 99, lives independently in a senior living community, thanks to his trio of support—his daughters, MaryAnn and Rosie, and his Lifespark nurse, Brooke Anderson, RN. “Truthfully, Dad has never really been independent—never packed a suitcase, never done a load of laundry or cooked a meal, but considering his age and health challenges, he […]

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Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis with Help from a “Team of Angels”

Before Mary was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), she loved being outdoors, whether taking a six-mile hike or digging in her garden. As her condition progressed, however, walking became increasingly difficult. Finally, after a serious fall landed her in the hospital, and then to transitional care (TCU), Mary realized she couldn’t return home. […]

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Staying Off the ‘Roller Coaster of Health Care Crises’ in her Own Home

Lifespark often refers to the “Roller Coaster of Health Care Crisis®” to describe an all-too-common consequence of traditional, reactive care: in and out of the hospital, back and forth to doctor appointments, on more and more medications, and a gradual loss of independence. That’s exactly what was happening to Marcie, age 80, when she was […]

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Be You: The Secret to Aging Magnificently

“Our culture reinforces the belief that our activities define us,” said Dr. Bill Thomas, renowned geriatrician, author, and Lifespark Independence Officer. No wonder, then, that when we meet someone for the first time, we ask, “What do you do?” which, according to Dr. Thomas, is code for “I want to know your identity.” This isn’t […]

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Ardis’s Journey: Breaking the Cycle of Health Crises to Enjoy Life on Her Terms

Ardis had always cherished her independence, but as her chronic health conditions progressed, her prospects of staying independent were dimming. Life was becoming a cycle of hospitalizations, transitional care stays, and readmissions, yet Ardis continued to resist home health services, fearing she would lose her independence. Ardis’s daughter, Tammy, was trying to stay on top […]

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Rockin’ Out in Senior Living: Antidote to Pandemic-Driven Isolation

When Jeanne, 79, moved into The Legacy of Farmington, a Lifespark Senior Living community, in July 2020, Covid-19 had torn through communities across the country. To contain the spread of infection, all group activities—communal dining, movies, game nights, classes, outings—had to be canceled, in compliance with guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and […]

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Rowing for Hope: One Goal, Two Men, 3,000 Miles in a Boat

“Even if a goal seems impossible, even if you can’t imagine reaching it, even if you don’t see a path, you just tell yourself, ‘Just take it step by step and don’t give up,’” said Mat Steinlin, Lifespark’s Director of Information Security, a guy who’s learned a thing or two about setting seemingly impossible goals. […]

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Bringing the Message of “Age Magnificently” to Life

Lifespark’s philosophy is that there’s no right or wrong way to age. What matters is that you get to live your life according to your goals and your desires. Not those of your adult daughter, your next-door neighbor, or even your doctor. But what if those goals and desires have faded into the background? You’re […]

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The Whole Person. The Big Difference.

“Sherlin has been building a relationship with Bill for two years. She knows what gets him up in the morning—what’s important to him. And because she knows him so well, she’s been able to help him fulfill his goal of staying in his home and out of the hospital,” says Hilary Frank, Lifespark’s Director of […]

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