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Wendy Reuer, Published February 01 2013

Trade Talk: Kind-er Care offers alternative senior living

A new 10-unit assisted-living facility has opened in West Fargo.

After three years of offering in-home services to elderly clients, Melanie Klinkhammer decided to open a place where seniors could live together like a family and receive the best care possible.

The idea of Kind-er Care was born, and on Thursday the facility celebrated a grand opening at 2235 Shiloh St.

“Most of our clients are already in assisted-living or memory care,” Klinkhammer said. “I just think they deserve better care than they are getting.”

Residents live “family style” at the facility, which sits on nearly two acres of land and includes a garden and screened porch. This means residents will eat and play together like a family would.

“It’s very homey, comfortable. Families come in and they feel at home,” Klinkhammer said.

About 15 employees, including registered nurses, work at Kind-er Care, and a day service for seniors who do not need to live at the facility will be offered.

Five rooms are still available at Kind-er Care.

Klinkhammer said while most facilities charge a la carte prices, a major difference at Kind-er Care is the all-inclusive, flat fee.

For more information visit www.kind-ercare.com.

Too good to be true?

It might sound too good to be true: a machine that can get rid of that stubborn fat pocket that won’t go away no matter how many crunches or lifts you’ve put in.

But Image Medi-Spa owner Veseda Hoff promises her CoolSculpting machine can do just that. Hoff recently acquired the CoolSculpting machine that works by freezing fat cells and getting rid of them permanently.

“We do a lot of back bra fat, inner thighs, above the knee; those areas that are resistant to exercise,” Hoff said.

She said the procedure can be done on people who are at, or close to their ideal body weight. The machine freezes the cells in a specific stubborn area, with treatment followed by a deep-tissue massage that helps eventually dissolve the fat cells.

“It’s the only machine that is FDA-approved on the market that actually gets rid of the fat cells,” Hoff said.

The non-invasive procedure is about an hour (two hours on love handles) with the only side effects being a possible tingling feeling.

Because some of Hoff’s clients interested in the Coolsculpting machine are still working on their weight loss goals – therefore, they do not qualify to use it – her business is now offering a medical weight loss program.

Five nurses, a nurse practitioner and one physician are on staff at Image Medi-Spa.

For more information about medical weight loss, the CoolSculpting machine or other services offered at Image Medi-Spa, visit www.imagemedi-spa.com.

Goodwill sale goes well

A shopper’s favorite, the Herberger’s Goodwill Sale, collected 1.2 million pounds of clothing and textiles during its first-ever holiday promotion, Dec. 6-12.

Herberger’s stores in Moorhead and Fargo participated in the national event that took place in all Bon-Ton stores. Bon-Ton is Herberger’s parent company. Shoppers were asked to bring in items of clothing in exchange for coupons that could be used on nearly everything in the stores

The donations are valued at nearly $5 million. Goodwill will sell the donations in its stores to fund job training programs and community-based services.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530