Kathleen Fitzgerald, Director
Kathleen is the Director and owner of Prairie Adult Care Inc. She received her education in nursing, optics, and business administration. She has a diverse background, working in the administration of local clinics, nursing homes, home care, and the school district. Through her work in the community, along with being a family caregiver, Kathleen has identified a need for supportive services to families caring for adults in their homes. She is passionate about maintaining the quality and integrity of the day program as it exists today.
Natalie Olive, Adult Day Supervisor
Natalie received her education in gerontology and Health Care Administration. She spent the first ten years in Administration in nursing homes, hospitals, home care, and group homes. The past 18 years she has enjoyed working with our support groups and of course our clients. She calls it her fun job! She is also a notary public and is available upon request free of charge.
Joy Hanson, RN
Joy has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years, practicing in a variety of settings. She has 18 years experience in acute care, 8 years in Parkinson’s Disease research, and has owned and operated Aging Joyfully for 5 1/2 years. Joy completed her Advanced Practice degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Care in 2004. Aging Joyfully is a residential care home in Eden Prairie, licensed to care for up to 10 residents requiring 24-hour care due to cognitive impairment and/or physical needs. Caring for the elderly in their second half of life has been very rewarding for her.
Merita Steinbrueck, RN
Merita provides foot care at Prairie Adult Care Inc. She is available to talk with participants or caregivers concerning any footcare care questions. She worked at the University Hospitals specializing in adult medical-surgical care prior to coming to Prairie Adult Care Inc. Merita has been Prairie Adult Care’s Registered Nurse for over the last 24 years caring for our senior participants.
John Armstrong, Massage Therapist
Having practiced massage for 20 years, John saw a need for adding massage as a part of his senior care-giving business. Going back to school in 2005, he completed his massage certification and developed a technique he calls “Senior Touch Therapy” for his clients. He discovered that massage had many benefits for seniors relating both to their emotionaly and physical well-being. He is currently working with seniors with various chronic conditions and in a variety of settings. He has also had a wide range of articles published in the Care Options Network Newsletter relating to how massage can help these chronic conditions. For more information on other services, please visit John’s website.
Lynne Farrell, Physical Therapist
Lynne has past experience in acute hospital care, hospital rehab, in- and out-patient cardiac rehab, home health, out-patient orthopedics, school and early intervention settings and most recently in Transitional Care for older adults. A good share of her experience has been in consultation with staff and families in setting up exercise programs for clients, brain-storming mobility problems and determining accommodations as needed, training staff in body mechanics, transfers and equipment use as it pertains to individual clients, and exploring individual’s equipment needs and acquisition as those needs arise. She has taken many Continuing Education courses over the years with the most recent being about Parkinson’s exercise and she has started the process of becoming a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults.
Adult Program Coordinators
Our enthusiastic proram coordinators plan therapeutic activities and assist participants in reaching their goals. All program coordinators are trained in development and implementation of adapted recreational activities, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and medication administration. Our staff to participant ratio is 1:6.
All staff have completed at least an additional two hours of annual training which includes current practices endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association and updates in research and treatment approaches for persons with dementia. Topics include:
- Explanation of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
- How to assist with activities of daily living
- How to problem solve challenging behaviors
- Communication skills
- Recognition of common caregiver emotions and coping skills
- Current research and medication
- Review of Prairie Adult Care Inc resource and referral information.