July Fishing Trip

Some of our residents took a trip to Detroit Lakes to fish with the Let’s Go Fishing organization in July. The fish were biting and it was a perfect day to be out on the water!

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Let’s Go Fishing is an amazing program which gives seniors, veterans, youth and the physically challenged the opportunity to go fishing. Please visit the Detroit Lakes area chapter’s website if you’d like more information or want to support this wonderful organization. We are very grateful our residents are given the chance to get out on the water, cruise the lake, and go fishing with this group every year.

Clay County Fair 2018

Valley Care and Rehab's residents had the opportunity to visit the Clay County Fair in July. Three of our residents sent entries to the fair and they all walked away with ribbons! We are very thankful to the board, staff, and volunteers of the Clay County Fair for their kindness in providing Valley Care and Rehab's residents with a private tour and a wonderful experience every year at the fair.

Valley Care and Rehab residents were given the VIP treatment with a private tour of the fairgrounds.

Valley Care and Rehab residents were given the VIP treatment with a private tour of the fairgrounds.

Valley Care and Rehab's residents were introduced to many of the animals and livestock on display at the fair.

Valley Care and Rehab's residents were introduced to many of the animals and livestock on display at the fair.

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Shirley's beautiful embroidery earned a blue ribbon!

Shirley's beautiful embroidery earned a blue ribbon!

Judy's gorgeous embroidery project also earned a blue ribbon!

Judy's gorgeous embroidery project also earned a blue ribbon!

Ray's amazing project earned not only a blue ribbon, but Grand Champion!

Ray's amazing project earned not only a blue ribbon, but Grand Champion!

We'll see you again next year at the fair, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact our Activities department if you are interested in learning a new skill from our talented residents, or just drop on in for a visit. Our residents have a lot of wisdom and experience to share!

Now Hiring for Our Nursing Team

We are currently looking to add to our nursing team! Full and part-time openings are available for all shifts. Interested applicants must be compassionate, patient, reliable and self-motivated. New graduates are welcome. 

As a Valley Care and Rehab employee, you may enjoy:

  • Tuition Reimbursement while advancing your nursing degree
  • Loan Forgiveness Program for those who have graduated with nursing degree within the last 12 months upon hire
  • Overnight shift differential of $1.00
  • Competitive wages to FM area WITHOUT THE COMMUTE!
  • Annual wage reviews
  • Flexible scheduling

Full-time benefits include:

  • Single employer paid health premium
  • Employer contribution to health savings account
  • Employer paid $15,000 life insurance policy

Other benefits available for eligible staff include:

  • 401(k) plan with up to 4% company match that is 100% vested immediately
  • PTO accrual for FT and PT – may use after probationary period
  • Voluntary dental and other supplemental insurance policies

For more information about our current employment opportunities, please visit our Employment page, contact Mark Rustad via phone at (218) 354-2254, or stop by at 600 5th Street SE, Barnesville, MN 56514.

Relay for Life of Clay County

Valley Care and Rehab is proud to announce that we are participating in the 2017 Relay for Life of Clay County in support of the American Cancer Society! Cancer has touched all of us in some way, and we want to stop this disease in its tracks. Please join our team, Valley's Voice, and others from our community and the region to honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others. We hope to see you there!

Where: Clay County Fairgrounds in Barnesville, MN [map]

When: Friday, June 9th. The opening ceremony starts at 6 pm and the closing ceremony will be held at midnight.

May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

The National Institutes of Health states that "approximately 46 million Americans experience some form of communication disorder. Communication disorders can compromise physical and emotional health and affect the social, educational, vocational, and recreational aspects of life."

Better Hearing and Speech Month was organized to raise awareness about communication disorders. This year's theme is "Communication. The Key to Connection." Visit the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders website for information, publications, and interactive resources on many health conditions that affect communication. 

Nursing Home Week

May 14th – 19th is National Nursing Home Week!

Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967 and always beginning on Mother’s Day, National Nursing Home Week provides an opportunity for residents and their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

This year’s theme is the “Spirit of America”. We are celebrating each day of Nursing Home Week with unique activities for our residents, and inviting the public to join us on Thursday, May 18th at 3:15 pm for a Dream Bar Social. We hope you will stop in for a visit!

National Healthcare Decisions Day Starts April 16th!

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for 2017 is "It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late."

For 2017, NHDD will be a week long event, from April 16 to 22. Please visit nhdd.org for more information and learn how you can start the advance care planning process for yourself and your loved ones. You will find a wealth of information on the website, including a conversation starter kit, how to choose or be a health care proxy, and a helpful guide on how to talk to your doctor

Being Mortal: Documentary Screening and Discussion

Hospice of the Red River Valley and other sponsors are presenting a free screening and discussion of the Emmy-nominated PBS Frontline film, “Being Mortal.” Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

The free film screening and discussion events are being held at various locations between April 27 and May 11, 2017. If you are interested in attending the film screening and taking part in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences, please visit Hospice of the RRV's website or call (800) 237-4629, ext. 1525 to register. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

Resident Holiday Party

Valley Care and Rehab's annual resident holiday party was held on December 10, 2016. Our home was full of the holiday spirit and a great time was had by all.

Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by with gifts for all of our residents!

Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped to take a photo

Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped to take a photo

It was fun to open the gifts from Santa!

It was fun to open the gifts from Santa!

Our home was blessed with visits from many families and friends.

Our home was blessed with visits from many families and friends.

Delicious holiday treats and smiles were abound!

Delicious holiday treats and smiles were abound!

Our party was made possible by our amazing group of Auxiliary volunteers, who not only made and donated delicious treats, but also served them. Thank you so much for making this party extra special. We appreciate all that you do!

Auxiliary volunteers donated their time and talent to make our holiday party extra special.

Auxiliary volunteers donated their time and talent to make our holiday party extra special.

November Stars of the Month

Valley Care and Rehab’s Activities department began a “Stars of the Month” program in November. Each month, residents will draw one resident and one staff name to be the Stars of the Month. The selectees will have photos and write-up posted on our Stars board in the common area and will be awarded prizes. This is a fun way to learn a bit more about our residents and our staff.

Congratulations to our lovely Stars of the Month for November 2016, Deb and Lenora! 

November Stars of the Month, Deb and Lenora

November Stars of the Month, Deb and Lenora