Age and Disability Odyssey Special Recognition Award from MBA

June 16, 2015

The Minnesota Board on Aging recognized partners, Madonna Towers and Inter-Faith Care Center at the 2015 Age and Disability Odyssey conference, held in Duluth, MN.

Madonna Towers and Inter-Faith Care Center received special recognition awards from the MN Board on Aging due to their partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging and the fact that from the Senior LinkAge Line® Return to Community Initiative, built comprehensive care plans to ensure successful discharge back to a community setting for 116 consumers from the two facilities since the initial launch in 2010.

The Minnesota Board on Aging would like to thank Madonna Towers and Inter-Faith Care Center for their ongoing support for the Return to Community Initiative as well as to other nursing home facilities in Minnesota. As of March 10, 2015 the 2,000th person went home and since then almost 2,300 consumers have been directly assisted through Return to Community.

More about the Award recipients.

Madonna Towers-Rochester, MN
Accepting the Award: Peggy Bruns and Beth Redalen.

Madonna Towers, affiliated with the Benedictine Health System, is a 62 bed nursing facility in Rochester, MN and offers a complete continuum of senior living services including short term rehab, long term care, independent living, assisted living, memory care and home health care. Madonna Towers’ commitment to restoring independence, strength and activity to individuals has made them an exemplary partner for the Return to Community Initiative.

Over the past five years, Madonna Towers has maintained a successful working relationship with the Return to Community service of Senior Linkage Line® and as a result have assisted 62 consumers back to a community setting. The social workers at Madonna Towers believe in the follow up provided as part of the initiative and appreciate the partnership Senior LinkAge Line offers while setting up discharge plans and suggesting additional resources once the consumer returns home. In addition to supporting the Community Living Specialists when they are coming to speak to residents who have been identified, Madonna Towers has also chosen to make their own referrals to Senior LinkAge Line for additional assistance.

Inter-Faith Care Center-Carlton, MN
Accepting the Award: Jeff Gookins, Val Luttrel and Joan Eastman.

Inter-Faith Care Center is a 96 bed nursing facility in Carlton, MN. The facility has been receptive to and supportive of the Return to Community initiative (RTCI) since the Community Living Specialist first met with the social worker in early 2011. Over the past five years, Inter-Faith Care Center has maintained a successful working relationship with the Return to Community service of Senior Linkage Line® and as a result have assisted 54 consumers back to a community setting. Inter-Faith understands and supports the value of the Community Living Specialist and RTCI as a whole and thus has been an outstanding partner.

Consumer/resident care is held in the highest regard at Inter-Faith thus the longstanding partnership/relationship with the Senior LinkAge Line® and the Community Living Specialist. This facility truly understands the value and worth of an added resource (in Community Living Specialist(s)) during discharge/long term care planning as well as the ongoing follow-up in the community once the consumer discharges.

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