A Good Choice When You Need Support
on the Journey of Aging or Serious Illness
A Palliative Care Program
in collaboration with the North Shore Health Care Foundation,
Cook County North Shore Hospital, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
and other community service organizations.
“We envision healthcare capable of promising dignity, comfort, companionship, and spiritual support to patients and families facing advanced illness or at the end of life, bringing together all of the resources that community, friends, and family have to share.”
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This program is funded by generous donations from the community, the North Shore Health Care Foundation, the Cook County Community Fund, Operation Round-up, Minnesota Power, the Stratis Health Rural Palliative Care Initiative and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation and through a Community Service/Community Services Development Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
About Care Partners
After years of community work to build an end-of-life care program for Cook County, Care Partners was established in 2010 as a collaborative of the Cook County North Shore Hospital, North Shore Health Care Foundation and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Care Partners provides comfort care (palliative care) for those with advanced illness as well as those at end of life.
Care Partner’s RN, Jeannette Lindgren meets with clients with advanced illness and their caregivers. She coordinates support for a whole range of concerns they might face. Examples include medical concerns, managing uncomfortable symptoms, health care planning, the practical issues of staying in the home—even emotional, social or spiritual issues. Care Partners’ goal is to support clients in living the best quality of life possible according to their goals.
To provide this range of support in our rural setting, Care Partners uses a community approach. The Care Partners Nurse works closely with the client’s physician and helps coordinate with other community resources such as those provided by the Cook County Health & Human Services. Local clergy work with the Care Partners team to provide spiritual support and understanding. Care Partners volunteers can provide excellent support just by visiting the client. The client may want to talk or get help writing letters or be read to, or they may just want someone to be there so they are not alone.
Care Partners volunteers provide companionship services to individuals in their home, in the hospital and Care Center. They also provide respite for caregivers and presence at end of life.
LIGHT UP A LIFE 2012
The 4th Annual “Light up a Life” Event offers community members the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one during the holiday season. Each donation lights one bulb in memory of one person on our memory tree. Donation forms are available at area churches, businesses. The event helps fund palliative care and end of life services in Cook County.
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| A Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the main clinic/hospital entrance on Thursday, November 29th at 6 pm. Rev. Mary Ellen Ashcroft of Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church will assist with a short ceremony of reflection and connection. Music will also be provided. Refreshments will follow. For more information contact Kay Grindland, Care Partners Program Director at 387-3788 or email her at email@example.com.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Nov. 18 and 23 and Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are invited to Magnetic North Farm to choose and cut your own Christmas trees, enjoy cookies and cider and visit the critters of Magnetic North Farm. Voluntary donations will support Care Partners, a free program for county caregivers and their loved ones. Plenty of help on hand to cut and load onto cars. 122 Caspers Hill Road (take East 14 and turn right on Caspers Hill).
Care Partners Volunteer Training!
Are you interested in sharing the gift of your presence? Care Partners Volunteers provide companionship in the client’s home, at the Care Center, or the Hospital. Volunteers provide a compassionate presence at end-of-life, on-going friendly visits, phone check-ins, or caregiver respite.
Volunteer trainings consist of four evenings of training in palliative care, caregiving, end-of-life issues, psycho-social and spiritual dynamics and procedures. They are offered once or twice a year. Contact Kay Grindland at 387-3788 for more information.
Care Partners of Cook County Receives Major Grant
As Care Partners is weaving this web of support for clients with advanced illness, our own funding support is coming together. This fall, Care Partners received a substantial grant through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Community Service/Community Services Development Grants (CS/SD). We were one of twelve programs funded by the state. Those funds were matched dollar for dollar by local donations and in-kind contributions from Care Partner collaborators and volunteers. CS/SD Grants provide seed money to community organizations to help rebalance Minnesota’s long-term care support service delivery system and increase its ability to help people age 65 and older stay in their own homes and communities. The Stratis Health Rural Palliative Care Initiative Grant which Care Partners also received continues to provide valuable technical assistance with building a community team and starting a rural palliative care program.
“We’re very excited,” says Kay Grindland, Care Partners Program Director. “The DHS grant gives us funding to thoroughly develop the services we want to provide in the home, hospital and care center. But I am just as pleased about the $1,370 we raised through the Light Up a Life event, or other donations we’ve received from local organizations and individuals. This is the kind of community funding that will sustain us over the long haul, when the Community Service and Community Services Development Grant is completed.”
WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE?
The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. It expands the traditional disease-model medical treatments to include the goals of enhancing quality of life for patient and family, optimizing function, helping with decision-making and providing opportunities for personal growth. Palliative care extends the principles of hospice care to a broader population of patients who could benefit from receiving this type of care earlier in their illness. Palliative care is patient-centered, confidential and uses a team approach to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to indiviuals and their families.
For more information on palliative care visit: http://www.getpalliativecare.org/
HOW TO CONTACT CARE PARTNERS
Care Partners can be contacted at 387-3788 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Donations and correspondence can be sent to
North Shore Health Care Foundation
PO Box 454, Grand Marais, MN 55604
The Care Partners office is in the lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Office hours are Monday - Friday, 11 am to 3 pm.
Kay Grindland (on the right below) is our Program Director.
Jeannette Lindgren (on the left) is our RN Clinical Care Coordinator.