A family-focused long-term care residence
Bluestone Physicians Services: Bluestone is managing the monthly physician visits and coordinating benefits for other services. They are very excited about working with our group and are helping to spread the word of our mission to their contacts within the Twin Cities area. Their 24-hour online portal makes it easy for families to connect.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center, Stillwater: We have met with Aimee Stanton, LSW, who has our brochures and put them and the Support Group flyers on display. Being right in our service area, we hope to maintain a close relationship with them.
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC): We stay connected with HCMC through our friend Carol Ann Smith, who recently retired as the Program Coordinator nurse for their TBI Center. HCMC has families who are interested in housing and support groups that contact them, months or years after their loved one has been to HCMC, and ask for referrals. They have assured us that there are other potential residents are out there to fill the beds and create a pool of support group families. They believe that Granite House will be the beginning of a new type of housing, and are very excited about our work.
Denise Hamp, Capitol Touch Massage, has begun to make on-site visits to Granite House. She provides deep tissue massage and myofascial release for dystonia and spasticity. Massage is a service that is offered to all families who wish to provide this for their loved one.
Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital: From the initial stay at a Level One Trauma Center, most TBI cases will continue their recovery in either the Respiratory or Brain Injury wards at Bethesda. Once stabilized, but if not emerged from low consciousness levels, patients will feed into other traditional nursing homes. Carol to met with a group of eight social workers to inform them of the Granite House program, and offered encouragement and support. The team confirmed the need of our type of housing, and will make referrals to families.
Washington County Social Services: We have a Community Residential Setting license with Washington County in addition to our 245D licensing with the Department of Human Services. They can distribute our support group flyers and endorse Granite House as a residence now that we are licensed and operational. Anyone who receives any kind of medical assistance in Washington County goes through this organization.
Department of Human Services Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee (TAC): Carol Insley served a two-year term from 2015-2017 with this committee, made up of case managers, therapists, and medical professionals from hospitals, agencies, and brain injury specialty groups. It continues to be an opportunity to advocate for people living with severe and permanent brain injury while educating a growing circle of professionals about the existence and the needs of this population.
Department of Human Services (DHS): We worked closely with DHS to clarify licensing, and to make sure our residents are being cared for in the appropriate setting. Alexandra Bartolic, Director of the Disability Services Division, and former Assistant Commissioner Jennifer DeCubellis, Community Supports Administration, visited the Insley home to meet Aaron in 2015 and saw how he was cared for in his own home. We recieved a letter of support from Alex Bartolic, stating that "...we believe this home will meet an unidentified need to support adults living with brain injury in a community based setting." Also, that Granite House "...is an option that isn't currently available to meet the demand."
Singing Heart: Katie Corbett, MT-BC, MAMT, NICU-MT is a board-certified music therapist who specializes in working with people with developmental disabilities and brain injuries. Besides the ability to provide relaxation and sensory stimulation, music therapy is widely used to stimulate the brain functions controlling movement, speech, cognition and emotions. Julie Osmondson at Singing Heart provides group music therapy services to Granite House.
Home Health Care, Inc: Our residents have already been seen, evaluated, and served by professional therapists at Home Health, Inc. Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy was brought in to each of the residents and an individualized plan for passive range of motion was developed. Therapists spent several sessions with the caregivers to train them to perform these tasks in a manner that incorporates gentle stretching with daily cares of dressing and bathing.
Stillwater Medical Group: We are fortunate to have Dr. Donna Koning, Neurology, serving on our initial Board of Directors. Once the residence is complete, Dr. Koning is a member of our admissions team to screen potential candidates through the county intake process. Upon admission of each new resident, Dr. Koning will make an initial Neurological assessment, and on an ongoing basis provides quarterly home visits to Granite House for care of all the residents.
Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance (MN BIA): Distributes Granite House literature and refers families to us for support group services. MN BIA can endorse Granite House as a residence now that we are licensed and operational, provide TBI training for staff, provide guest speakers, and assist with our support group and education efforts in the wider community. Through events hosted by the MN-BIA such as Family & Consumer Conferences and the Citizens Advocacy Academy, new friendships and contacts have been made. Granite House has participated in their annual fundraiser, the Walk for Thought, for five years, raising over $3400 for brain injury programs in Minnesota. Executive Director David King is keeping up with our progress and is always eager to talk with our representatives at events.