The Home and Community Based Services of North Dakota’s Department of Human Service announced in January that Northland Care Coordination, based out of Bismarck, would receive a grant of $105,000 to expand their home care services into rural southwest communities of North Dakota.

Northland Care Coordination Services provides support to in-home care, specifically senior care.Their services fit a wide variety of situations that include meal preparations, minimal housekeeping, transportation, respite care and more — even providing private care nursing.

“We have wonderful North Dakotans that are very independent and work really hard their whole lives to stay that way, so when it comes to accepting care needed before going to a nursing home is sometimes difficult for people,” Tiffany Krumm, program director of Northland, said. “Educating the community on getting help before it's an emergency and so they can stay in their homes longer is important.”

Krumm continued, “The other part we are working to combat is the shortage of the workforce in the west, but I think we have the upper hand on that because we are able to hire, train and create our own service providers.”

According to Krumm, applicants don't have to be Certified Nurse Aids or Registered Nurses to begin the process.

“I think it might be a challenge at first, but once people realize what they can do with the training, we are going to create the workforce we need in these rural areas,” she said.

According Jake Reuter, grant program administrator with Human Services, there were 24 applications for the grant which ultimately was awarded to Northland.

“Northland had a well prepared proposal that addressed a significant rural need to provide information to individuals about services as well as the provisions of support services,” Reuter said. “That is an important thing for the department to think about in providing these grants, we really had to identify an expanded capacity to support people in their home and that was really the critical issue.”

According to Krumm, the grant usage will be to pay for the cost of the administration staff, scheduling softwares and training for the nursing staff. With these advancements into the southwest, Dickinson will be one of the first stops.

“The places we are starting are members of the Northland Healthcare Alliance and Northland PACE,” she said. “St. Benedict is part of the alliance so we have the support we need to get started in Dickinson.”

For more information about the program, contact Northland by calling their offices at 701-204-0418. They are also looking for kind, honest, and reliable individuals for caregiving positions. Application can be found at: https://northland.ersp.biz/employment