News & Stories
NEWS & STORIES
Sharing all the latest at Knute Nelson
The following news and stories have been compiled to inform you of happenings at Knute Nelson and in aging services. We also feature the stories of individuals who have reached their goals and have an important message to share to inspire others.
Congratulations to our Tree of Excellence recipient, Jen Sibell, wellness instructor at the Nelson Wellness Center. The Tree of Excellence Award is the highest level of recognition through the Knute Nelson Recognition Program. Jen was nominated for this award by her peers for her outstanding performance.
On April 20, 1948, the former home of the late Senator and Governor, Knute Nelson, was opened as a nursing home for elderly area residents.
Roger Schultz, a retired college professor wants to “give back” and has become one of Knute Nelson’s newest volunteers. Roger brings a great amount of fun and joy to the lives of our residents. We are so fortunate to have Roger as a volunteer. Thank you, Roger!
Knute Nelson is celebrating 70 years of service to the Alexandria community and will be expressing their gratitude for the community’s ongoing support by offering a free educational series in partnership with the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS).
By deciding what end-of-life care best suits your needs when you are healthy, you can help those close to you make the right choices when the time comes. This not only respects your values, but also may give your loved ones comfort.
A free educational seminar, “Advance Care Planning & the Hospice Philosophy” will discuss how to communicate your wishes for end-of-life so that decisions made are based on your personal values and preferences. The community is invited to attend the seminar, which begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19. Vivian Heltemes, RN, with Knute Nelson Hospice, will explore this topic in depth. This free seminar is held at Stevens Community Medical Center, 400 East First Street, Morris.
Knute Nelson is expanding their presence by adding hospice services to the Baxter area. Knute Nelson has had a local presence in Baxter for over two years, serving area residents with quality home care services. Knute Nelson Hospice strives to make every day matter, make every day comfortable, and make every day as joyful as possible for our patients who are living with a terminal or life limiting illness. Their primary focus is on managing the patient’s pain and troubling symptoms, while providing the emotional and spiritual support needed to help patients live their life comfortably.
The Tree of Excellence Award is the highest level of recognition through the Knute Nelson Recognition Program. Here are just a few comments from Michelle’s peers that were included on her nomination form: “She is thankful and grateful for her job and role at the facility.” “She feels it is a privilege to care for the Sisters and wants them to have an enriched live.”
The 12th annual Knute Nelson Foundation Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Geneva Golf Club. A significant portion of all proceeds will be directed to the Knute Nelson Chapel and Chapel Lounge renovation. Giving to the Knute Nelson Foundation ensures that we can continue to offer those we serve the highest quality care, while pursuing innovative new ways to meet their ever-changing needs.
Join us at Nelson Gables to celebrate the first day of Spring! Spring is a season of change. You may be exploring a change in your life or the life of a loved one, with the possibility of a move to a senior living community. An important part of making this choice is exploring the many wonderful options available to you. On Tuesday, March 20th, Nelson Gables will be hosting a free event to allow you the opportunity to explore our community.
Congratulations to our Tree of Excellence recipient, Miranda Roggenbuck! The Tree of Excellence award is the highest level of recognition through the Knute Nelson recognition program and Miranda, hospice RN, is a very deserving recipient.
Congratulations to Kayla Roske, District C Caregiver of the Year. Kayla was honored by LeadingAge Minnesota for her dedication to those she serves at the Nelson Wellness Center.
The Caregiver of the Year Award honors individuals in older adult services who demonstrate exceptional commitment to older adults. Kayla has taken personal initiative to provide the Parkinson’s community in the Alexandria area with the best possible care and support.
Congratulations to our graduates from Knute Nelson’s 2017 Leadership Academy! Knute Nelson’s Leadership Academy was designed in 2014 to help strengthen and develop the leadership skills and capacities of leaders within Knute Nelson. This group of 13 individuals has spent the last nine months learning the ins and outs of being a great leader.
We are humbled as we announce our 2017 “Best of the Lakes Area” awards. The “Best of the Lakes Area” is the Echo Press newspaper’s readers’ choice awards. Readers are encouraged to vote for their favorite businesses in the Alexandria area and the winners are determined by the highest number of votes. Grand Arbor was voted as the Lakes Area’s #1 Retirement Community, #1 Memory Care and #1 Assisted Living, and the Knute Nelson Care Center was voted as #1 Rehab, by Alexandria area residents.
The Alexandria Area YMCA and Knute Nelson are joining forces to expand access to quality child care by proceeding with the development of an intergenerational child care center. The expansion of child care at the Knute Nelson site will be the second center that the Alexandria Area YMCA operates at its current location on Karl Drive. In a collaborative agreement, the Alexandria YMCA will operate the child care center using Knute Nelson’s Care Center building and campus to serve approximately 60 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years.