Sunnyside Health Care Center is the perfect size for friendly, personalized care
Sunnyside’s 44-bed long-term care facility is nestled in a relaxing north woods setting, conveniently located next to Community Memorial Hospital. We encourage our residents to bring personal items from home for their comfort and enjoyment, and we strive to create a warm, home-like atmosphere in our facility and in everything we do. Our residents and their families appreciate the consistent, personalized care provided by our experienced team of health care professionals. In fact, one of our best-kept secrets is that Sunnyside is better staffed than many other long-term care facilities in the region, ensuring that your loved one will receive the tender-loving care they deserve.
- A prospective resident may be referred by his/her physician, family or other interested party.
- Residents are admitted to the facility only upon the recommendation of a physician. The physician will provide resident information including current medical findings, diagnoses, and orders for the resident’s health care. Each resident will be able to choose one of the physicians who conduct all resident rounding as his or her primary care physician while residing at Sunnyside Health Care Center. Each resident is seen by their doctor every 30 days for the first three months, then every 60 days and as needed.
- Medicare/Medicaid guidelines are used to establish the level of care needed and the daily cost.
- A resident and/or family will participate with a series of assessments to be completed on admission and throughout the resident’s stay. The information obtained will be used to establish an individualized plan of care. The plan of care is directed toward assisting each resident to achieve and maintain an optimal level of self care and independence. The assessments include, but are not limited to: nursing care, nutritional, psychosocial, activities and rehabilitation.
- If the scope of care needed is beyond our abilities, a resident will be transferred to a more appropriate care setting.
The daily room and board rate is established by the State of Minnesota. The State will notify each resident regarding their care classification. Current rates are posted in the facility. Questions should be directed to the Business Office at 218-878-7069. Extra services which are ordered by a resident’s doctor will be provided at an additional cost. These services include: physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, radiology, specialized equipment, emergency room, laboratory and pharmacy.
Meals and dining
Meals are served in the Sunnyside dining room at the following approximate times:
Breakfast — 7 am
Lunch — 12 noon
Dinner — 5 pm
Snacks are available depending on dietary restrictions. Substitute entrees are available if a resident does not like what is served. Guest trays are available for family and friends during the regular meal time for a modest charge. Food items brought in for residents must be in appropriate containers and labeled with the date.
Sunnyside Activities Program
Our Activities Program is a key component in a resident’s quality of life. Our activity professionals are a team-oriented group with an individual focus on each resident as a “whole” person with many needs aside from the physical care. Our activity professionals are Licensed and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who specialize in therapeutic activities for the elderly.
The Minnesota Department of Health calls Sunnyside Health Care Center’s Activities Program “excellent and outstanding”—well beyond what is offered in many facilities.
Each month hundreds of activites are scheduled to encourage the physical, mental, spiritual and psychological well-being of our residents. The activity calendar is developed each month with in put from, and based on, the life-long interests and preferences of each resident. A link to the community is provided through outings such as local sporting events, shopping, movies, dining and more. In the warmth of our home we offer a variety of entertainment, spiritual opportunities, exercise, adaptive gardening, intergenerational events, games and much, much more.
Our activity professionals know that a person’s leisure pursuit and lifestyle doesn’t and shouldn’t change just because they enter a health care facility. Above all else, our focus is on ensuring a meaningful quality to the life of our residents.
Visitors to SHCC
Visitors are welcome at any time. For the health of all our residents, we ask that anyone with signs or symptoms of a communicable illness not visit our facility.
For our residents’ care and safety
- Each resident’s health care will be individually planned based on the nature of their illness or disability, the treatment prescribed by the resident’s doctor, and the resident’s needs and interests. We also want family members to have a part in planning their relative’s care. SHCC will continually re-evaluate each resident’s condition and adjust care needs.
- TVs, radios, and other electronics are given a maintenance check by our engineering department prior to use.
- Medications, including over-the-counter medications, must be ordered by the resident’s physician.
- Residents can open an account for funds for their personal needs. Quarterly statements are provided to all residents with personal accounts. Funds from these accounts can be accessed 7 days a week between 7 am to 8 pm through the business office located in the hospital. Residents are advised not to keep large sums of money or valuables in their rooms.
- Sunnyside is a no-smoking facility.
- Lethal weapons, including firearms, knives and other instruments that could be used as a weapon are prohibited on these premises.
For our residents’ comfort
- We encourage our residents to make their rooms as homelike as possible. Residents are invited to bring and keep personal items such as pictures, toiletry articles, books, sheets, blankets and comforters in their room. If you aren’t sure about a certain item, please ask.
- We have a television (in the dayroom) or residents may choose to bring a television or radio for their room.
- We have a telephone in the lobby for residents and family to use, and a cordless phone is available so residents can accept personal calls. Residents may have a telephone in their room; this cost will be billed directly to each resident by the telephone company.
- Rooms may be decorated, but residents are asked to see staff if they would like to put anything on the walls. We provide a bulletin board in each room to display cards, photos and other items.
- Beauty and barber services are available to all residents for a nominal feel. Other services are available by our volunteers. These services include: letter writing, companionship, sewing, shopping and reading.
- The Community Memorial Hospital Gift Shop is located on the first floor. The gift shop offers a wide range of gifts and personal items.
SHCC Licensed Social Worker
Sunnyside’s Licensed Social Worker can help residents with any problem they may have of a social, emotional, or financial nature.
Upon admission, the social worker meets with the resident and/or the family to review the admission packet. Included in this information is the Resident Bill of Rights and the Sunnyside Health Care Center Handbook.
The social worker is a part of the Interdisciplinary Team and attends all care conferences and assists with discharge planning, securing any needed equipment and services to ensure a smooth transition back to the community.