Caregiving

    “Danielle provided excellent care and companionship to our father consistently and was available to help and support him as things came up. We knew he was always well taken care of when she was with him. Her excellent care and companionship was often the only thing that allowed me to maintain my own job over the last two years. I truly do not know what we would have done without her. When I hear others talk about their experiences with care for the elderly, I realize how fortunate we were to have someone of Danielle’s caring and capability to care for my dad over the entire time.”

    Robin, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Sparking Lives

    “Thank you so much to the Lifesprk Team – Kari Schwartz, Lorraine Brumskine, and Ameila Nama for providing excellent care for our client. We appreciate partnering with you and are grateful for your exceptional service.”

    Health Partners Hospice Care Team
    Caregiving

    “My father moved into Village Shores in September 2014 and he has used the services of Lifesprk throughout the time he has lived there. He is now 90 years old, in relatively good health but diabetic, and needs some prompting to do daily cares. The home health aides visit him twice a day to help him take his meds, help him check his blood sugar, make sure he is eating well, and prompt him to take care of dental hygiene. Dad has gotten to know his HHAs and he likes them very much. I have, as well, and they are kind, patient, and respectful of my dad. They are also observant and bring issues to my attention or to Kristin Cramer’s attention, so they can be handled. They know my dad and they like him. Their presence has given me and the rest of our family peace of mind in so many ways.

    Deb Kraus, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Life Care Management

    “My mother is using the weekly cleaning services provided through Lifesprk, re-assurance checks, and assistance with a daily shower. When my mom is having a difficult day or week, we are able to adjust the amount of re-assurance checks that are needed. On occasion, my mother has missed a meal and the Lifesprk staff has had a sandwich sent up to her after supper. We have appreciated so much the times that nurse Kristin Cramer has taken a urine sample to the clinic for my mom. This has saved her trips to the doctor when she has been very weak. The staff has always been patient with my mom and has given her the help she needs for her health and safety.”

    Anonymous, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Life Care Management

    “Thank you to our Life Care Manager/nurse for all you are doing for Mom. It is great to have you and your incredible staff at Village Shores taking care of my mom. It is difficult for me to be dealing with all of this several thousand miles away but reassuring to know the professionalism and sincerity of you, personally and the rest of the amazing employees at Village Shores. I am truly thankful that mom is there and receiving such great care.”

    Don Olson, son of Lifesprk client
    Sparking Lives

    “Lifesprk-Village Shores program has allowed my mother to live independently in her apartment with assistance from Lifesprk. We are so grateful that the Lifesprk staff is the first responder when my mother activates her alert that she needs help. Before Lifesprk, 911 would be called and she would be transported to the emergency room at the hospital. Now, a Lifesprk staff accesses each alert call that she makes to decide if she needs to be transported to a hospital. This service has saved many hospitalizations for my mother, and we are so grateful.”

    Anonymous, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Life Care Management

    “Linda Brixius and the Lifesprk team have been nothing short of fabulous in taking care of my elderly mother with Alzheimer’s. Incredibly responsive, no matter the request or need.”

    Jeffry Reiher, son of Lifesprk client
    Lifesprk

    “Lifesprk helped us make decisions. I always get email and phone calls. It is nice to contact someone and get answers – not fragmented. Have a conversation early with parents. You want to take care of them, but better to plan and have the conversation. Lifesprk is a wonderful addition, though we didn’t think about that when my parents moved in. It is a nice surprise.”

    Tara Waters, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Sparking Lives

    “Dad cared for Mom who had Alzheimer’s for years on his own in IL, but he provided no activities so Mom didn’t get as much socialization. Once she moved to memory care, I felt she actually got better. My mom came to Summit because of the backyard, but now it’s because of Lifesprk. The quality of care here and environment – Lifesprk and Summit Place together – just incredible.”

    Laura, daughter of a client in memory care at Summit Place
    Caregiving

    “My family and I would like to give a big ‘thank you’ to the Lifesprk team at Parkwood Assisted Living in St. Louis Park. Thanks to the caregivers and staff in the Memory Care unit, our mom was comfortable, safe and happy during her final years. We are so grateful and appreciative of all they did for her.”

    Susan Busch Nehring, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Sparking Lives

    “My unending thanks and love to each of you for all the love and sincere gentle care you provided for my mother over these past years while she lived at Parkshore. YOU gave her life quality and meaning and I am forever grateful. I thank you for all you’ve done over these past years from the very bottom of my heart. Parkshore and Lifesprk are blessed and privileged to have you there.”

    Marilyn Anderson, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Sparking Lives

    “I just wanted to thank you (Lifesprk team) for your care for Mom. You both and your staff were always the best. Mom had a great ending to a sometimes difficult life, but she was always happy at Parkshore. (I should be so lucky to find someone like you when I am in my final years!)”

    Bob Millier, son of Lifesprk client
    Partners

    “We so appreciated Toby Mullenger’s help and ideas, especially as we don’t have that (housing) background. Toby was great and I’m glad he reached out to us when he did. He’s a great resource and has access to so much more than we thought. He shared ideas we hadn’t thought of. He gave us a few suggestions – which we toured but my mom didn’t like – and we’ve ended up with a place right here in Cambridge. In fact, my mom is being assessed there today. Thank you again – it is a great resource.”

    Leslie Losey, EFS Advisors
    Housing Solutions

    “It’s been a little over a year since you forwarded suggestions for a home for my aunt. We ended up selecting Cecilia’s Place and we couldn’t be happier. In fact, we are so pleased that my mother moved in there early this year. I’m writing to thank you Toby Mullenger again for the great lead.”

    Al Solyntjes, son and nephew of housing client
    Life Care Management

    “My husband Roger was a resident at Brightondale. I visited Roger there 2-3 times a week. I wanted to express my appreciation for the care Roger received. I have been so impressed with the evident fine training of Lifesprk employees in the Reflections area. Their kindness and concern for residents as well as their families is so clearly a day-to-day way of being. I have seen the cheerful willingness to help beyond ordinary courtesy. I have so enjoyed the sparkle, wisdom, and kindness of our Life Care Manager. I will never forget her. I have recommended Brightondale to many people in my church and I will continue to do so.”

    JoAnne Kaye, spouse of Lifesprk client
    Lifesprk

    “I just wanted to thank Lifesprk’s staff for all the help in getting Dale through this tough time. It was a difficult decision moving Dale, keep him near home or move him closer to me so I could be there more often, we picked keeping him close to home. And you’ve done a great job making that the right choice. Your work is greatly appreciated.”

    Bill Houle
    Sparking Lives

    I am always impressed with the kind of people Lifesprk hire all the time.

    Wayne T., Lifesprk Client
    Housing Solutions

    We came in to meet with Toby Mullenger to learn about senior housing options in the Twin Cities. My mother-in-law has been reluctant (to say the least) to start this conversation, but within a few minutes of meeting Toby she was sitting up straighter and engaged, feeling pleased with herself for – as he deftly pointed out – being smart enough to start this process now, before it’s medically necessary. Toby just knew all the right things to say to get her feeling confident and involved in the discussion, as opposed to fearing we were trying to push her into a situation she didn’t want. His attitude, tone of voice, and of course the wealth of knowledge he shared – everything together made the meeting go so much better than we (her children) ever anticipated!

    We all had been dreading (and avoiding) this topic for several years, for various reasons. One hour with Toby changed everything. He empowered us to recognize the value of starting early, he encouraged us to have fun with the process, and he gave us the gift of remembering this is truly an act of love. THANK YOU for having Toby available to families like ours. What we gained was immeasurable and invaluable.

    Karen Peterson, BSN, Executive Director Honoring Choices Minnesota
    Sparking Lives

    While I am a huge Lifesprk supporter and believe adamantly in their philosophy and mission, it was remarkable to see it (the Lifesprk mission and philosophy) actualized in the lives of the clients. Lifesprk is indeed providing them exactly what they seem to want and need to live fulfilling lives in their own homes, in spite of the challenges they confront with aging.

    Kathy Bakkenist, CEO Bakkenist Consulting
    Life Care Management

    Our Life Care Manager works with me and together, we decide what’s best.

    Carol, Lifesprk client
    Lifesprk

    Lifesprk honors my wishes and helps me be who I am, right where I want to be – at home.

    Marguerite, Lifesprk client
    Sparking Lives

    I’ve never seen my wife smile so much!

    Robert, Lifesprk client
    Lifesprk

    At that moment I knew this is where he belonged. Lifesprk gets it; they let my Dad be himself. They encourage him to keep moving when so many others were afraid of him hurting himself or thinking it was easier if they did it for him. Others overlooked the key point that my father was still alive inside, his faculties were all intact, and he needed and wanted to remain in control. Lifesprk gave him that back.

    Wendy Levine, MA-based daughter of Lifesprk client living in Minnesota
    Life Care Management

    Our Life Care Manager is a life spark in and of herself. My mom and I are so grateful for their help – and all the Lifesprk people at SilverCrest – for keeping the music alive in my mom’s life.

    Karen, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Life Care Management

    I don’t know where to begin or if I can think of the many ways our Lifesprk Life Care Manager/nurse cared for mom and supported our family. I really never worried about mom during the last months of her life knowing you were around to watch over her. I think you went above and beyond your responsibilities and please know how very much our family appreciates you!

    Debbie Monchamp, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Partners

    We really appreciate Lifesprk’s excellent customer service. It really does stand out! In particular, Lifesprk has a real ability to take on an issue and follow it through and communicate it back. Also, the staff is VERY professional…the Life Care Managers, the office staff, etc. Thanks for all you do!!

    Jennifer Myhre, ALS Minnesota
    Life Care Management

    We are so blessed to have the Lifesprk team caring for our Mom. The team is made up of kind, respectful and compassionate professionals. They are good communicators for our geographically dispersed family about Mom’s ups and downs and provide suggestions about how we can further enhance her life. The Lifesprk team keeps her healthy and safe — and most important, happy. So grateful!!

    Susan Busch Nehring, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Life Care Management

    I think Lifesprk’s excellence comes partly from the way the company is structured. An RN is in charge . . . and works with a group of aides. It is obvious the aides have been carefully selected and are well trained. The best part, from the patient’s point of view, is that all, from the RN to the aides, are so warm and caring, making each of us feel their caring for us.

    Ruth Halverson, client
    Life Care Management

    Our Life Care Manager spends a lot of time explaining and talking things over with me. She just understands what the situation is. She listens and gives me feedback. In a very short period of time, she has given me trust and confidence. I know she’ll call me when I need to be called.

    Mary Larsen, daughter of Lifesprk client
    Lifesprk

    “I’m constantly giving Lifesprk a good word and referring people to Brightondale due to the great nursing services. I go to so many assisted living buildings and most newer ones are really nice looking but do not have the care that you guys have!”

    Jenna Eldstrom, Lifesprk Client
    Life Care Management

    “I could never have cared for my wife alone. Ethel went above and beyond talking with physicians on our behalf so that we could have a better knowledge for what was happening with Sue’s progress. This level of care enhanced our relationship.”

    Walter Seidlitz, Lifesprk Client
    Innovation

    Our community and family structures are changing. Yet the health care industry has not kept pace. There’s a strong need for an innovative approach to care for older Americans. This Lifesprk approach gives families the satisfaction they’ve done it right. It’s a solution that works in everyone’s best interests.

    Dave Moen, MD
    Lifesprk

    The future of aging and care is going to revolve around the precepts of person-centered approaches to care. Lifesprk’s model is a ground-breaking approach and poised to spread across America and then far beyond our country’s shores.

    Bill Thomas, MD, founder of The Eden Alternative / creator of the Green House Project
    Lifesprk

    The Lifesprk model is positively disrupting the senior and aging industry . . . Lifesprk helps people gain a sense of ‘purpose’ – a reason to get up in the morning to live an engaged life, in spite of their medical or life circumstance.

    Richard Leider, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company
    Technology

    I got one for my mother-in-law who kept saying she didn’t want a tablet or iPad. But she was missing out on all the emails and photos the family was sharing. Now I can’t get the grandPad out of her hands – and my father-in-law would rather use the grandPad than his laptop!

    Karen Carney