Health Care Professionals

 
 

Pre-admission Screening (PAS)

A pre-admission screening (PAS) is required for anyone seeking admission to a MN Medicaid nursing facility regardless of length of stay or payer source. The Senior LinkAge Line® (SLL) securely receives the form that health care providers complete on-line at www.mnaging.org, and review this to determine if the individual meets the level of care criteria, and if further face to face screening is needed by county social workers, public health nurses, or health plans. SLL offers follow-up support services to individuals discharging back to the community. 

 


Falls Prevention

The number ONE thing anyone can do to prevent falls is to keep active. Inactivity is harmful. By not being active, muscles lose their strength and flexibility, two things needed to prevent falls. One should exercise to the ability they have. This doesn’t mean running or aerobics, this means walking around, doing things one enjoys. The generally accepted guidelines are 2.5 hours / week of moderate physical activity, activity that slightly increases one’s heart rate is different. You must determine what being active means for you and what activities you enjoy and will do. 

Visit Physical Activity Guidelines for more information. Or, for a brief description, go to Factsheet.

 
 

 
 
 

Disease Management

About 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 68% have at least two. Many adults with conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and others struggle to find ways to manage their condition. 

CDSMP workshops are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. Small-group, highly interactive workshops are six weeks long, meeting once a week for 2 ½ hours, and are facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves.

The workshop topics include the following:

  • How to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
  • Ways to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Managing medications
  • How to communicate more effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Healthy eating