By Howard Lestrud
ECM Political Editor
Elderly care has changed greatly in recent years and will continue to evolve, with the use of new technology in health care as one example.
Some projections show that by 2020, we will have more people turning 65 or older than we will have children in our school systems. This is a startling revelation. It means that elderly care will be an important part of our community services.
Elderly care is the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements unique to senior citizens. This broad term umbrellas such services as assisted living, adult day care, long-term care, nursing home care, hospice care and home care.
ECM Publishers Inc. is delving into the topic with a five-part series on elderly care in our area communities. Many of our ECM publications will take a local focus for stories on nursing home care and elderly care by providing a comprehensive view of professional care available and facilities located in our communities.
The series will include:
–Part 1 – This first story in the series will give an overview on how the state is involved with nursing home care and elderly care, featuring commentary from Loren Colman, assistant commissioner for continuing care at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
–Part 2 – Legislative perspective will be provided by Rep. Jim Abeler, Anoka, past chairman of the Health and Human Services Finance Committee, and by Rep. Patti Fritz, Faribault, a licensed practical nurse who has served on the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. Other perspectives will be provided by Aging Services of Minnesota and by other lobbying groups. Abeler and Fritz have been very active in crafting nursing home legislation.
–Part 3 – This story will focus on a faith-based nursing home care center, Elim Rehab & Care Center in Princeton, that has adapted its traditional services as needs have increased in elderly care.
–Part 4 – Guardian Angels, in Elk River, has grown and expanded its wings into other communities other than Elk River. It is a faith-based program providing innovative health, housing and support services for seniors and their families through active communities and individualized services.
–Part 5 – This story will look at the Homestead, in Anoka, a 120-bed rehabilitation and living center, along with 59 apartment units providing a mix of independent and assisted living.