North Dakota Aging Services

Calendar of Events

Memory Cafe

Memory Cafe is a free event  occuring the second Tuesday of every month, where anyone living with Alzheimer's or other Dementia, thier spouse, family members, friends and caregivers may come to socialize, enjoy refreshments and learn from experts on the disease.  

It is offered at:

Calvary Lutheran Church

1405 S 9th St 

Grand Forks, ND

701-772-4897

1:00 - 3:30 pm

 

Programs begin at 1:30

September 13th, 2016 - The Basic's of Alzheimer's and other types of Dementia

October 11th, 2016 - Understanding Dementia Related Behavior

November 8th, 2016 - Effective Communication Strategies

December 13th, 2016 - The Doctor is in (Come wth your questions!) *Holiday Luncheon starts at noon and program begins at 1:00 pm*

January 10th, 2017 - After the Diagnosis, Enhancing Emotional Wellness

February 14th, 2017 - Caregivers Tips and Tools

March 14th, 2017 - How Do We Know When It Is Time for a New Home

April 11th 2017 - Advanced Care Planning

May 9th, 2017 - Legal Planning

Alzheimer's Association - Caregiver Support Group

The Alzheimer's Association is offering 

Caregiver Support

Caregiver support meetings are a safe place where people can feel free to share in confidence their ideas, struggles and hopes - an excellent place to find information, education and friendship. 

Meets Monthly on the 3rd Tuesday

1:30-3:00 p.m.

St. Alexius Tech Ed Building

1310 E Main Ave

Bismarck, ND 58501

 

Meets Monthly on the 3rd Tuesday

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

St. Alexius Medical Center Meeting Room #3 (rear of cafeteria)

900 E Broadway

Bismarck, ND 58501

 

 

For questions please contact Nikki Wegner at 701-258-4933 or nwegner@alz.org. 

Alzheimer's Association - Caregiver Connections

The Alzheimer's Association is offering 

Caregiver Connections

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Connection Groups are made up of care partners, family members and loved ones of those with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Group facilitators may be a community member and/or healthcare progessional. 

Meets Monthly on the last Wednesday

11:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

Bone Shaker Coffee Company

1501 Mapleton Ace

Bismarck, ND 58503

 

For questions please contact Nikki Wegner at 701-258-4933 or nwegner@alz.org. 

Parkinson's Support Group

Parkinson's Support Group

 

Second Thursday every month

St. Gabriel's Community

   4580 Coleman St 

Bismarck , ND 58503

3:00 p.m.

For more information or questions, please contact Garry & Linda Wagner at 701-663-2177 or 701-426-1665. 

Agency wants nursing home residents to know about new federal safeguards and rights

Agency wants nursing home residents to know about new federal safeguards and rights

 

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program would like residents of the 81 nursing homes in North Dakota and their families to know about revised federal regulations strengthening residents’ rights and protections.

This is the first comprehensive update since regulations were issued in 1991. Most of the changes in the residents’ rights section had to be implemented by facilities by Nov. 28, 2016.

State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Karla Backman said significant changes include involving residents more in the care planning process; giving residents more choice in their daily schedules; and requiring nursing homes to have a grievance policy and a designated grievance official who must respond to complaints in writing. The new regulations also provide additional protections for residents in involuntary transfer and discharge situations, and require facilities to send a copy of the transfer/discharge notice to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

“Receiving the notice will allow the ombudsman assigned to the facility to check whether discharges and transfers comply with requirements and whether options to keep a resident in his or her current home (facility) were explored before a transfer/discharge,” said Backman.

Moving to a new home can be stressful and affect a resident’s physical and mental well-being. The ombudsmen can also provide education and support to residents and their families during a transfer or discharge.

Backman said the goal is always to allow the resident as much choice as possible, and to provide as much preparation information as possible to meet the requirement for a safe and orderly discharge.

The North Dakota Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has six staff assigned to provide resident-directed advocacy services to the residents of all the assisted living homes, basic care homes, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The staff members are based at the department’s regional human service centers in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo and Minot. 

Backman encourages people to learn more about residents’ rights by visiting the department’s website at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/adultsaging/ombudsman.html or by contacting the local long-term care ombudsmen. Facilities must have contact information posted on site.

To report a concern about health, safety, welfare or rights of a resident of a long-term care facility, people can complete and submit the online complaint form (SFN 1829) at https://apps.nd.gov/itd/recmgmt/rm/stFrm/eforms/Doc/sfn01829.pdf, or they can contact the Aging and Disability Resource Link toll-free at 855-462-5465 and press option 1, or send a secure, encrypted email to dhsagingombud@nd.gov.

Fair Housing - Are you experiencing discrimination?

Fair Housing is a set of federal and state laws which protect our right to equal housing opportunity by prohibiting housing discrimination. The United States Congress passed the Fair Housing Act to address discrimination in all housing transactions based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status (having children under 18 in the household), and physical or mental disability. In addition to the federal protections, the State of North Dakota has laws that protect against discrimination based on marital status, age and public assistance.

If you or someone that you work with is experiencing housing discrimination, please contact our office we can help you identify your rights and advocate on your behalf. High Plains Fair Housing center is a Fair Housing resource to North Dakota communities.  If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at (701) 792-2878 or to file a complaint with HPFHC at (701) 203-1077.

If you want to file a complaint on your own, we have created a complaint packet containing information on how to file a complaint  and the forms needed.

To access our complaint packet please click on the links below:

http://highplainsfhc.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3fb5671c80d5395600149415b&id=fc0f3a460b&e=b1183a84f3

http://highplainsfhc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3fb5671c80d5395600149415b&id=96175fa283&e=b1183a84f3

Wednesday, June 28, 2017