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Dakota Home Care Launches Two New CQL-Accredited Programs

Dakota Home Care is expanding our service offerings to include two new programs: the Residential Habilitation program and the Community Support Services program. Erica Muchow, RN, BSN, Program Director at Dakota Home Care, stated, “The Residential Habilitation and Community Support Services programs will allow Dakota Home Care to serve more people in our community, allowing individuals with physical disabilities to remain in their own home with help.” Each of these programs have been awarded the three-year Quality Assurances Accreditation from CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. This designation confirms Dakota Home Care’s commitment to person-centered solutions and to improving quality of life for individuals and families receiving supports and services throughout North Dakota. “CQL will help our agency improve the quality of support we provide to our clients,” according to Nikki Joersz, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing at Dakota Home Care, “and will allow our agency to offer services to a wider range of people in our community.” Residential Habilitation The Residential Habilitation program is offered in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Human Services, and provides Medicaid-eligible individuals with nursing facility level care in the comfort of their own home. Residential Habilitation is an all-inclusive 24-hour care service for individuals who may be able to benefit from one or more of the following: care coordination, community integration and inclusion, adaptive skill development, assistance with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, social and leisure skill development, medication administration, homemaking, protective oversight supervision, and transportation. Eligible participants can live alone or with individuals who are not capable of or obligated to provide care. Residential Habilitation is a great option for cognitively impaired individuals, as well as those seeking assistance with socialization and self-help skills. The training and skills maintenance component will allow program participants

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Caring for Elderly Loved Ones Who Don’t Live Near You

If you live an hour or more away from your aging loved one who needs help, you can probably consider yourself a long-distance caregiver. Even though distance makes it more difficult for you to participate in your loved one’s care, there are resources and tips that can help to make it easier. Even if there is a family member or other caregiver nearby, or your loved one lives in a care facility, there are many things you can do to provide emotional support and even help with care needs via the phone, email or during infrequent visits. What can I do? Too often, family members who live out-of-town assume there is nothing they can do to help, leaving a close-by caregiver to feel overburdened and alone. Because this person might not know what they could delegate to you, taking the initiative yourself and volunteering to do things you know you could do can be a big relief. For example, I have a not-so-nearby sister-in-law who volunteered to make regular visits to Dad in his assisted living apartment, assess his needs for personal products, favorite snacks, medical supplies, comfortable pants and other things she could shop for and bring to him. Not having to worry about whether or not he had enough incontinence products, as well as these other things on hand was a huge help to me. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you could do to help, even from a distance:  Ask How You Can Be Most Helpful Be sensitive to the feelings of any caregivers already on the job. Compliment them on what they are already doing, and then ask them and the care recipient how you can be most helpful. Talk to friends and neighbors who know your loved one to see if

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