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‘They’re very good to us here’

Edenbrook of St. Cloud provides safe, nurturing senior living options

By Scott Thoma

An Edenbrook resident checks out the frozen treats offered by a staff member driving a makeshift ice cream truck. Contributed photo

Edenbrook of St. Cloud, formerly Talahi Nursing and Rehab, is under new ownership and has a vision to provide a safe, nurturing environment and the best quality care to its residents.

Edenbrook is a modern and warm care center that offers assisted/independent living, memory care, transitional care, short-term rehabilitation and post-acute services.

Edenbrook preserve resident rights, individuality and dignity with compassion and excellent nursing care.

“We have three nurses on the day shift, three on the evening shift, and two overnight,” said Michele Halvorson, the Administrator of Edenbrook. “There are also seven certified nursing assistants working the day shift, seven on the evening shift and three overnight.”

The Edenbrook team consists of a dedicated and compassionate staff that creates a family atmosphere.

“I really enjoy my job,” said Linda O., a Registered Nurse Case Manager who has been employed at the care center for the past six years. “There is nothing better than seeing the smiles on the faces of the people we help every day. And when they tell us thank you for helping them, it means we come to work for a reason.”

“They’re very good to us here,” said Mary M., a two-year resident in the Care Center. “They treat you like family. I’m very glad to be here with such nice people.”

Residents of Edenbrook have a variety of activities they can participate in if they choose.

“I really enjoy having things to do here,” said Mary M. “We can go to church service, play Bingo or other games and a lot of other activities.”

Staff members gather Valentine’s Day balloons to present to each of the residents. Contributed photo

Having its own therapy team helps build relationships and trust between the therapist and residents. It also enhances communication between team members, keeping everyone connected with the plan of care and changes in condition the resident may have.

One of Edenbrook’s short-term rehabilitation residents recently was involved in a automobile accident and underwent neck surgery in St. Cloud. She came to Edenbrook in order to get the necessary occupational and physical therapy needed to return to a normal life.

“I’ve been here two weeks now,” said Marie M. of St. Cloud. “They help me so much with my therapy. I’m exercising every day. One of the gals even helps me with my shower.

“I would much rather be here than in the hospital. This is definitely the place to be. I’m very satisfied. The food is very good here, too. It’s nutritious, and when you eat good food, you feel better.”

Edenbrook is nestled in a wooded area in central Minneota. The single-story care center is located only a few blocks from the popular Munsinger and Clemens Gardens, which people from all over come to enjoy. It is also conveniently located within several shopping places, restaurants, medical facilities and much more.

Rosewood Memory Care

The 27-bed Rosewood Memory Care, which is attached to the Edenbrook Care Center, is a safe and secure facility with a 4-1 ratio of nursing care per resident. It includes a comforting environment for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. The activity programs offered build on a resident’s remaining strengths while engaging them in meaningful activities. Aromatherapy, music and reminiscence are utilized by the Edenbrook staff to create a calming environment that residents and their families enjoy.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, families are currently unable to visit the residents. But they are able to have “window” visits with their loved ones.

“The families of all our residents are very supportive of what we do here,” said Halvorson. “We look forward to meeting the families and connect with them. They can still bring their loved one a special treat or gift to have that connection during this (pandemic) time.”

The Snoezelen Room within Rosewood Memory Care is a multi-sensory room designed specifically for individuals with middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This sensory environment provides a creative stimulating and relaxing environment.

Adult Day Services

Adult Day Services offers an adult respite day program that is designed to relieve a caregiver of his/her stress or workload. This program is for those who wish to remain in a community that offers a home environment, while also offering socialization.

Front entrance at Edenbrook, located at 1717 University Drive SE in St. Cloud. Contributed photo

“I was very reluctant to have my dad go to the day program. I felt guilty asking for help. So he started attending one day a week to give me a break. Now we are up to four days a week and he really looks forward to seeing his friends, while I look forward to having some ‘me’ time,” said Jennifer, in a testimonial.

Transportation, bathing and overall health monitoring are just a few things that make this program so unique.

“We are limited on our transportation now with the coronavirus,” said Halvorson. “But normally we have vans available for our residents if they need to go to an appointment, attend an activity or just to get their hair done.”

Nature’s Point Assisted/Independent Living

Nature’s Point Assisted/Independent Living is a 40-bed facility that features studio or deluxe two-bedroom units. This is a a safe and secure area that provides health care.

Residents can enjoy activities, restaurant-style dining, controlled entry system, medication management, transportation, and a private club room for entertaining guests.

Short/long-term rehab

Having its own in-house therapy team allows residents to build relationships and trust with the therapists. It also enhances communication between Edenbrook team members, which allows everyone involved to keep focused and connected in the therapy plans and care for a particular resident.

“Our short-term rehab residents get a private room with phone and a TV while they are here,” said Halvorson. “They get physical, occupational and speech therapy twice a day Monday through Friday. They can get some therapy in their room or use our gym that has state-of-the-art equipment. And during this COVID period, we maintain social distancing.”

Residents enjoy a beautiful day outside the Edenbrook facility. Contributed photo

Psychology Services

Edenbrook’s in-house psychology services offered through Associated Clinic of Psychology can help ease the transition from home to the facility. An in-house psychologist can shed light on anxiety, or personalities, or other issues that might be contributing to out of character behaviors that residents may be experiencing.

Individualized Care Plans

Edenbrook’s medical director focuses on a resident’s medical needs and ensures a quick response. Specializing in Geriatrics, the medical director will personally speak with families and residents within the first week of admission.

Therapeutic Recreation

With assistance from Edenbrook activity assistants, residents create a monthly activity calendar that allow them to continue hobbies and interests that they enjoy.

Spiritual Care

Pastoral Spiritual Care is non-denominational, allowing every resident the same compassionate listening presence no matter what faith they profess.

Edenbrook is located at 1717 University Drive SE in St. Cloud. To schedule a tour or for more information, call 320-251-9120 or visit their website at or follow them on Facebook.

Everyone is also welcome to cruise over to Edenbrook on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 4-6 p.m. for a special drive-by visit of the campus, including goodies for all those driving through.

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