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Tudor Oaks Home Care’s parent company American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Annette Greely as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. Annette is stepping into the role of retiring CEO, Jeff Hongslo. Annette brings more than 20 years progressive leadership to ABHM with extensive experience in home and community-based services, adult day care, senior housing, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. Annette most recently held the position of CEO at Jones Harrison Senior Living, located in Minneapolis, MN.

Annette states, “I look forward to my new role as CEO at ABHM.  Over the next several weeks I plan to visit each community and get to know the staff and residents that make each ABHM community unique.” Ms. Greely also holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Master’s degree in Gerontology.

Eden Prairie, MN based ABHM would like to thank Mr. Jeff Hongslo for his twenty years of service to the organization and recognize his steady leadership as ABHM navigated the global pandemic.

All of ABHM looks forward to Annette’s leadership and as she continues ABHM’s 93-year tradition of providing quality housing and health care services to seniors and families.

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest is a not-for-profit provider of senior living and health care since 1930.

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Your dad got the diagnosis no one wants to hear – Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s heartbreaking to watch him fall victim to confusion and memory loss.

The fear that he will wander off or have an accident is overwhelming.

His mood swings and unpredictable behavior are exhausting.

“Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is a job with no off-time – you’re on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. It can be emotionally, physically and mentally draining,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Burnout is a very real thing. Most caregivers try to do it all, and that can take a heavy toll. It’s important to understand the warning signs and seek out help if you suspect you’re burning out.” Continue reading Avoiding Alzheimer’s Burnout

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Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be challenging.

“Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease. It robs people of so much – including the ability to clearly communicate and understand what friends and loved ones are saying,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “The inability to communicate can be frustrating for everyone, so it’s important to have patience, good listening skills and different strategies.”

The Alzheimer’s Association offers the following advice to aid communication in every stage of the disease. Continue reading Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Tips for Better Communication

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If you’re caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, you know that encouraging them to eat nutritious meals can be a daily challenge – especially during the middle and late stages of the disease.

“We work with many families who are experiencing this challenge,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Refusal to eat can be caused by a number of things – there could be a medical condition, they may not recognize that food is something to eat, they may have lost the sense of hunger and thirst or they might get distracted at mealtime. Whatever the reason, it’s important to find ways to ensure they get the nutrition they need.”

The Alzheimer’s Association offers the following tips to help make mealtimes a little more calm and comfortable:

Continue reading Helping Loved Ones With Dementia Get the Nutrition They Need

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Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease actually begins 20 or more years before memory loss and other symptoms develop?

“Most people know that Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease, but there’s a lot about the disease that people don’t understand,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, so we’re joining other organizations to educate people about Alzheimer’s and share information about available resources and support.” Continue reading Alzheimer’s Disease By The Numbers

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Are aging loved ones traveling with you on this summer’s family vacation?

While it’s a wonderful opportunity for quality family time, traveling with older loved ones can be challenging, especially if they have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

“Lots of great memories are made on summer vacations, so it’s wonderful when grandma and grandpa are able to travel with the rest of the family,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “If your senior has health issues, limited mobility or dementia, travel may be challenging – but it’s not impossible. Taking a few extra steps before you hit the road can help you avoid potential problems”

Continue reading Tips For Traveling With Someone Who Has Dementia

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Did you know that arthritis isn’t a single disease? The term actually refers to joint pain or joint disease, and there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.

May is recognized annually as Arthritis Awareness Month – an opportunity for us to join the Arthritis Foundation and other organizations to share information about arthritis and ways you can treat or manage it.

Here are some fast facts from the Arthritis Foundation: Continue reading Fast Facts About Arthritis

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Whether its tending a large vegetable plot, working in a community garden, or planting a few potted pansies, gardening can do wonders for a seniors overall health and well-being.

More Than A Hobby

For many seniors, gardening is much more than a hobby. Being outdoors and digging in the dirt is a great way for seniors to improve their physical and emotional health,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). With a little help, even seniors with limited space, mobility, or other aging struggles can enjoy the benefits of gardening.”

Here are a few ways your aging loved ones can benefit from gardening:

Continue reading Senior Green Thumbs – The Benefits of Gardening

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Are you thinking about a career in health care?

Would you like to gain valuable experience while completing your education?

If so, professional caregiving might be the job for you.

“Caregiving is the perfect job for busy students – especially those who working toward a career as a nurse, physical therapist or other health care occupations,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “At HCAN, we understand that it’s not possible for students to maintain a 9-5, Monday through Friday work schedule. We offer flexible hours so we can accommodate students’ hectic schedules, while still providing our clients with exceptional care.”

Continue reading Jump-Start Your Health Care Career

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