Caring For You in Your Home or One of Ours.

Offering supportive care you need in an environment you prefer.

Home care services are on the rise now that the 75 million baby boomers are coming of age.

There are 4 million people retiring each year, about 10,000 a day!

After retiring nothing is more appealing than getting to stay in the comfort of your own home that you have worked so hard for and now have the chance to enjoy.

If continuing to live at home gets put in jeopardy due to declining in health and wellbeing we can help. Matrix will do everything possible to keep you or your loved one comfortably in your home for as long as possible with the help of our skilled and compassionate caregivers.

Sometimes things change beyond our control and decisions have to be made quickly regarding living arrangements; this doesn’t have to require rash decisions made in fear and haste. There is the option of moving into one of our residential care homes and continuing to be under the same compassionate care you have grown accustomed to.

What Is A Residential Care Home?

Let me introduce you to Grace Homes our residential care homes for seniors. Regular homes in quiet neighborhoods that offer 24/7 care provided by healthcare professionals and support staff who are specially trained to manage the unique needs of residents living with memory loss and cognitive decline. We focus on providing a safe, familiar and stimulating family home environment. This is not a nursing home.  It is a real home with nursing.

If you dread the thought of a nursing home and would like an alternative…

We invite you to tour one of our residential care homes and see if this is the aging solution that fits you.  With three lovely residential care homes, we offer our clients a more comfortable choice than the average trajectory of care which would usually place them in a nursing home.

“Our residential care homes provide expert, comprehensive care in a home-like environment with assisted living services that allow our residents to enjoy activities and independence, with the comfort of knowing on-site health care and personal assistance is there when they need it through the end of life.”

Grace Homes Residential Care Homes for Seniors Locations:

WALNUT LODGE: 13708 Portland Ave S, Burnsville MN 55337

WILSHIRE WALK:  414 Wilshire Walk, Hopkins MN 55305

OAK RIDGE:  601 Oak Ridge Road, Hopkins MN 55305

 

Hiring The Right Caregivers

The considerate and thoughtful hiring of our caregivers makes all the difference in how the quality of care is given either in the home or at one of our residential care homes.  We pride ourselves on our ability to find caregivers who do have the traits we strive for. The top 5 traits we look for are PATIENCECOMPASSIONATTENTIVENESSDEPENDABILITY, and TRUSTWORTHINESS. Once a caregiver completes our orientation and training they are already on a path to success before stepping into a client’s home.

To ensure we provide the care our clients can count on, all Matrix employees are carefully screened and fully trained to meet or exceed state requirements.

Matrix Home Health Care Specialists is a Minnesota licensed, comprehensive home health care agency.

We provide home health assistance to elderly and disabled adults who live at home or in a supportive care setting.

Our Services Include:

• In-Home Health Care
• Residential Care Homes
• Care Management
• End-Of-Life Care

These Services Are Provided By:

• Health Aides
• Certified Nursing Assistants
• Licensed Practical Nurses
• Registered Nurses

We are not a franchise but a privately owned agency, Matrix and Grace Homes is run by a Nationally Certified Gerontological Nurse and Certified Case Manager. Available care options range from 4 hours once a month to full-time, 24/7 care.

What Makes Our Health Care Agency Special

• Matrix uses a team-oriented approach to foster the best experience for our clients. To do so, we minimize the number of caregivers in the home to focus on personalized care.

• Our RN Care Managers also supervise home caregivers closely and develop individual Plans of Care for our clients.

• Matrix recognizes the importance of a caring, positive workplace. For five years running, we have been recognized as a Star Tribune Top Workplace, voted by our team members in an anonymous survey administered by Energage.

• We also offer opportunities to complete continuing education requirements for our team members. These continuing education credits include online webinars, coaching, personal instruction and annual group in-services and are paid for by our agency.

“We’re there for you”
Matrix Home Health Care Specialists & Grace Homes.

 
 

What Hearing Loss And Dementia Have In Common

Many symptoms of hearing loss in seniors—such as disinterest, personality changes, and general confusion—are also the same symptoms of dementia. For this reason, it’s important to get professional medical attention so the proper issue is being treated.

After arthritis and heart disease, hearing loss is the third most common physical condition experienced by seniors. A third of all people have hearing loss by the age of 65. Statistics show that only one in five seniors who could benefit from hearing treatment seek help. Many put it off until it becomes a constant obstacle to communication—and this hesitation can increase their risk of dementia.

A Connection to Serious Health Conditions

More studies must be done, but most medical experts agree that there is a connection between hearing loss and its impact on dementia or cognitive decline.

One part of this theory is that if the brain is constantly trying to interpret sounds that are difficult to hear, it spends less time and energy on things like memory and thinking. Cognitive load is decreased. Hearing loss may also contribute to faster rates of decline of the parts of the brain that process sound. These are the same areas of the brain that help with memory and the senses. Finally, people with profound hearing loss often withdraw from social activities. Studies show that decreased social engagement can contribute to cognitive decline.

Solutions

First and foremost, it’s crucial to have a medical professional determine if the cause of behavioral changes is because of the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or as a result of hearing loss. If it’s because of hearing loss, it’s time to remedy the situation.

Be prepared. Hearing aids are expensive, and they may not even be affordable for seniors who are on a fixed budget. Medicare will not cover hearing examinations or hearing aids. While they can make an amazing difference, hearing aids can cost as much $2,500 for each ear—or even more.

There are alternatives to hearing aids, and they may be a better solution. These alternatives are called personal sound amplification products. They’re less expensive because unlike hearing aids, they are not regulated by the FDA.

So, while they are not required to meet specific technical or performance standards, it doesn’t mean they can’t be just as effective. It only means that you’ll have to be more careful by doing deeper research into the quality of the device you purchase. The cost savings is well worth the time spent.

Don’t let hearing problems rob a senior you care for of their quality of life. There are relatively inexpensive options to hearing aids, and even these may help to ward off the conditions that may lead to cognitive decline.

Visiting Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease can make strangers out of loved ones as the disease progresses. Even so, they may still appreciate and benefit from visits by family and friends.

Caregivers may be used to the behavior caused by Alzheimer’s disease. For the rest of us, it takes some getting used to. You can prepare your visit for success by following these tips.

Don’t

  • Ask, “Do you remember?” Problems with memory already frustrate seniors with Alzheimer’s throughout the day. A question like this is likely to cause them embarrassment or anger.
  • Take nasty or mean things they say to you personally. This behavior is often caused by confusion, anger, or fear. They don’t mean it.
  • Argue with them. Let it go if they insist something is correct.
  • Assume they can’t remember anything. Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t rob them of all their memories, and many seniors with the disease have many moments of clarity.

Do

  • Keep your body language and tone of voice friendly and positive. It’s not necessary to speak louder than your normal tone of voice—unless you know they struggle with hearing loss. Let them ask you to speak up first.
  • Gently introduce yourself while you make eye contact. You might be certain they know who you are, but this might be an incorrect assumption.
  • Allow for silences in your conversation. A senior with Alzheimer’s may simply enjoy your nearby physical presence.
  • Speak slowly. Converse with short sentences, and stick to a single idea. Be sure to give them some extra time to respond. Go with the flow if they switch the subject—even if it’s not true or doesn’t make sense. In fact, it’s often best to let them direct the conversation.
  • Ask open-ended questions. If Alzheimer’s is impacting their ability to make decisive responses, it’s easier for them when there’s no absolute right or wrong answer.
  • Talk about shared memories from the past. Alzheimer’s is known for its disruption of short-term memory. They’re more likely to be able to remember occurrences from long ago.
  • Come with a photo album or some of their favorite music. Make it an activity that engages them and gives them the opportunity to lead if they choose.
  • Offer a gentle hug if you’re certain they would permit and enjoy it.

Finally, remember that a visit may be just as stressful to a senior with Alzheimer’s disease as it is for family members and friends who are not used to being around someone who has succumbed to dementia. They may be frustrated by their inability to remember who you are. Use that frustration positively. Retell the story of a favorite shared moment. Make it new again.

Understanding dementia before you visit makes it easier for you, and for them.