About Us

About

How it all started

For many seniors in West Central Minnesota, the name "Knute Nelson" is synonymous with quality care provided with compassion. A few might think of the former Minnesota senator and governor of same name. But the tie between the two isn’t just in name. All of the senior living residences, programs and Knute Nelson.JPG services currently offered started with Senator Nelson. 

He was a philanthropist and renaissance man. In his day, many older adults were cared for at home by their families. He wanted to ensure that all seniors were looked after. When he died, he left his family home and 23 acres in Alexandria, "for the construction and equipment and maintenance of a suitable 'Old People's Home.'" 

Our mission, to enrich the lives of everyone we serve, grew out of his vision. It affects all of our decision making – from strategic planning and which services we offer to what Care Center residents eat at dinner (and everything between). 

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Our mission is to enrich the lives of everyone we serve. For our residents and patients, that means a laser-like focus on finding meaning in every day. 

What that means may vary – a lunch bunch in our senior apartments, chair yoga in assisted living, baking day in memory care or ten steps farther in short-term rehab (to name a few). 

The lifestyle options and services we offer include:

Mission & Values

Mission

To enrich the lives of everyone we serve.

Values

Christian Heritage

We believe that our Christian heritage is an integral part of the care we provide.

Valuing People

We believe that our success depends on an engaged workforce that is able to carry out meaningful work, has a clear organizational direction and the opportunity to learn in order to achieve a high standard of performance.

Customer-Focused Excellence

We will seek to understand our customer’s desires, respond to their voice and deliver a valuable experience. 

Community Engagement

We believe we are an integral part of the communities we serve and will invest time and resources to benefit the communities, which will benefit those we serve.

Stewardship

We believe we must be good stewards of our financial resources to ensure adequate funds are available to fulfill our mission.

Awards

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    Confident Choices for Senior LIving

    Leading Age Minnesota

    This highly respected award has recognized Nelson Gables and Grand Arbor for their achievements in providing quality care and service that exceed basic compliance with federal and state law.

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    AWARD OF MERIT

    Performance Excellence in Aging Services

    Knute Nelson received the Award of Merit for Performance Excellence in Aging Services from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and advancing performance excellence.

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    Best of the Lakes Area

    Echo Press Readers Choice

    This local award recognizes Grand Arbor as the best Retirement Community, Assisted Living and Memory Care in the Alexandria Area, as well as the Care Center as the best Rehab Center. 

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    Best of the Lakes Area

    Echo Press Readers Choice

    This local award recognizes Grand Arbor as the best Retirement Community, Assisted Living and Memory Care in the Alexandria Area.