For the past several years, We’ve been writing about what we are thankful for. I’ve asked our Executive Directors to participate, and I’ve asked other staff members to participate in writing this blog.

This year, it’s just me.

I want to express our sincere gratitude to our team that work with us every day. Our communities provide care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think about how lucky we are to work with such fantastic, and dedicated people. Thank you for all that you do!

To our families who have entrusted their most prized possession to our care, we say thank you. Thank you for believing in our vision and in our team’s ability to take care of your loved one. I hear so many wonderful comments about what you love most about our communities – I wish I could share them all. We may have nice looking buildings, but it always comes back to our staff and how they care for your loved one – and that makes us proud.

Bottom line, we are incredibly fortunate to be in this business and to care for others. We love the people who work with us and we absolutely adore our residents and their families.

We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Roman Bloemke, Dir of Operations.

Welcome to the team!

It has been a tremendously busy last couple of months here at Welcome Home.

There are so many fabulous things going on in our communities, we can hardly keep up with them all.  Hopefully, you’ve gotten a chance to visit our Facebook pages to see all the stuff we are up to.

This week, we welcomed several new faces to our organization, and a couple of familiar faces making a new change.

We’ll start with the familiar faces first.

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Jacob Work, Executive Director/RN

First, we’d like to congratulate Jacob Work on his recent move to become the Executive Director/RN at Prairie View of Hector.  For the past 7 and a half years, Jacob has been a Regional Director with Welcome Home.  Jacob was born and raised in the small town of Swea City, Iowa.  He’s been an LPN since 2001, and went back to get his RN license in 2013.  Jacob has been working with Prairie View of Hector as the Regional Director since Welcome Home took over in April of 2013, so he is a familiar face to the staff, residents and their families.  “I feel like the luckiest person alive because I get to work with so many amazing people; residents, staff and their families, every day.” he recently stated.

“This is the type of position Jacob has dreamed of being in since he came to work at Welcome Home seven and a half years ago.  He’s a strong advocate for our residents and the people who care for them.  I’m really excited for him to live out his dream of running his own community!” states Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations at Welcome Home.

Our next move is also a familiar face within Woodstone Senior Living, a property Welcome Home operates in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Darcy Berle, Executive Director

Darcy Berle, Executive Director

Darcy Berle was recently promoted to Executive Director at Woodstone Senior Living of New Ulm.  Darcy is a New Ulm native and is excited to bring her passion for seniors to the next level.  “I want everyone to feel that when they walk in our door, they feel like part of our family!  I just love living and am so blessed to be part of our Woodstone family.” said Ms. Berle.

“Darcy is the exact type of person I love having in this role in our communities.  She is energetic and that attitude rubs off on people in a positive way.  She is one of the most caring people I’ve met, and I know she will do a wonderful job.”  stated Mr. Bloemke.

The new team members

Our next position move was to announce Dale Armitage as the new Executive Director of The Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell, Minnesota.

Dale Armitage, Executive Director

Dale Armitage, Executive Director

Dale has been working with seniors for over 20 years and brings an extensive background and knowledge to the table.  He has worked in Assisted Living, Acute Care, and Skilled Nursing facilities over those 20 years and he’s most excited about this new opportunity.

“I am very excited to be part of the team and look forward to meeting the Legends team!”

“After meeting Dale, I knew he was the perfect person to be our next Executive Director at the Legends at Heritage Place.  He is compassionate and has a long history of taking care of seniors.  I know our team is going to like working with him.” stated Mr. Bloemke

With Jacob moving on from the Regional Director role, that opened up the Regional Director position at Welcome Home.

Shannon Van Ort, Regional Director

Shannon Van Ort, Regional Director

Shannon Van Ort is our new Regional Director.  Shannon is a Hutchinson native and is a 2007 graduate of North Dakota State University.  Her experience working in specialty care has had her striving to enhance the daily lives of her residents.  “Shannon brings a great deal to the table for us at Welcome Home.  Her past experiences has led her to a true passion and caring for vulnerable adults.  I believe she is going to be a strong asset to our team.” stated Mr. Bloemke.

Ms. Van Ort stated: “I am very excited to be joining the Welcome Home team.  I look forward to meeting everyone and being able to enhance our teams”

We are really excited to bring on such talented people to our team.  We look forward to having them out on site to meet everyone very soon.  Be sure to give them a big welcome as they begin their next journey.

Welcome to the team!

Welcome Home Management company is proud to announce a new addition to our team.

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Patricia Issacson – Regional Director, Welcome Home Management Company

Today we welcomed Patricia Issacson to our Regional Director team.  Mrs. Issacson will be overseeing our communities in Red Wing, Sartell, Baxter, Moorhead and Breckenridge.

Patricia has worked in senior living since 1999, most recently as the Executive Director at Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe, Minnesota.  She also has an extensive background working in memory care communities prior to her time at Grand Meadows.

“I am very excited to work with everyone at Welcome Home Management and getting to know the communities we serve.  I am very passionate about older adults and making sure they have a place to call their own.” Patricia said.

Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations at Welcome Home states, “We are very happy to have found someone with a great background and someone who is so committed to her work.  She brings knowledge and a history of working with seniors that she is very proud of.  We know she is going to do a fabulous job and we are glad to have her on board.”

Patricia lives in Dassel, Minnesota with her husband Jason, and their five children.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be transitioning her in to the communities she will be working with.  If you see her out and about, be sure to give her a warm welcome!

Welcome Home Management Company operates eleven communities in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  For more information about Welcome Home Management or for any of their communities, please visit us on our website at

Eva is turning 100!

If you’ve been following any of our senior living communities, you know that we believe that age is just a number.  In the grand scheme of things, we only believe we are as old as we allow ourselves to feel.

However, we have a really big birthday coming up at Prairie View of Hector, a community managed by Welcome Home.

On August 28th, Eva K. turns 100 year’s old.  As you can see in the photo below, Eva lives up to the “age is just a number” motto!

photo credit: Country Gallery, Lisa Crayford

photo credit: Country Gallery, Lisa Crayford

If you’d like to send Eva a card, you can send it to:

Prairie View of Hector, Attention Eva K. 1010 East Elm Avenue, Hector, Minnesota 55342.

If you are in the area, come out and help her celebrate!

Minnesota Ranks Healthiest for Seniors; Southern State Comes in Last

From: Assisted Living Federation of America

Minnesota tops the list of healthiest states for older adults for the second consecutive year, according to data compiled by UnitedHealth Foundation for its second America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.

Hawaii is ranked second, followed by New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Mississippi ranks 50th as the least healthy state while Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas fill out the bottom five slots.

Minnesota cleaned up thanks to ranking first for all health determinants combined, including ranking in the top five states for a high rate of annual dental visits, quality nursing home beds, prescription drug coverage, low percentage of marginal food insecurity and ready availability of home health care workers. Minnesota also ranks second for all health outcomes combined including low hospitalization rate for hip fractures, high percentage of able-bodied seniors, low premature death rate, low prevalence of full-mouth tooth extractions and few poor mental health days per month.

Similar to the top ranked states, the states that rank in the bottom five states for overall health also rank in the bottom five for all health determinants.

Nationally, the 2014 edition said several metrics improved since last year’s inaugural report, including that more seniors are active, pursuing preferred options for end-of-life care, avoiding preventable hospitalizations and having access to improved quality nursing home care. A few measures show challenges to overall health including a decrease in flu vaccination coverage and an increase in food insecurity.

Welcome to the family!

We are proud to announce the upcoming addition of Temperance Lake Ridge Senior Living to the family of communities managed by Welcome Home Management Company. During the first week of July 2014, Welcome Home Management will take over the overall management of the community.

Temperance Lake Ridge is a 48 unit senior living community located in Sherburn, Minnesota that offers, Assisted Living and Memory Care services to area seniors.

Temperance Lake Ridge recently completed an expansion of their community that includes an expansion of their memory care community; the addition of a outpatient physical therapy department, and a wellness center.

“We are really excited to be working with the team at Temperance Lake Ridge.  Their team is a solid one. Temperance Lake Ridge really is a great place for area residents to call home.  They have a great Executive Director in Lisa Lange and she has assembled a group of caring people.  We couldn’t be more excited to work with Lisa and her team!” states Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations at Welcome Home Management.

Welcome Home Management Company currently operates ten senior living communities throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and is based out of Hutchinson, Minnesota. Temperance Lake Ridge will be their eleventh community.  Welcome Home Management currently has 300+ team members company-wide and manages a total of 538 individual apartments.

Welcome Home Management, is dedicated to providing consistent and compassionate care in our senior living communities.  Welcome Home offers various communities for their residents, each based on their needs which include independent living, assisted living, memory care and care suites.

For more information on Welcome Home Management, you can visit them on their website at  If you’d like to learn more about Temperance Lake Ridge, give them a call at (507) 764-4977.


Training begins at Woodstone-Hutchinson

This week, our team has begun their initial orientation for Woodstone of Hutchinson.

We’ve heard from both internal and external experts and our team has been really involved, which has been great.

Today we’ve heard from Mike Schumann from the Hutchinson Fire Department about fire safety. Currently, we are hearing from Jenna Herbig from the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota/North Dakota.




We are really excited for this team to get on site and start working with our residents!!