Sunnyside Health Care Center at the Cloquet Hospital

Quality care in a relaxing north woods setting

Sunnyside Health Care Center

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.


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.

Admission requirements

  • 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.

SHCC Licensed Social Worker

Sunnyside’s Licensed Social Worker can help residents with any concerns 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, attends all care conferences, and assists with discharge planning, securing any needed equipment and services to ensure a smooth transition back to the community.

Nutrition and dining services

Meals are served in the Centennial Square dining room at these approximate times:

Breakfast — 7:15 am
Lunch — 12:15 pm
Dinner — 5:15 pm

Resident nutritional care is monitored by a staff of registered dietitians. Meals are planned utilizing fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods. Resident preferences are very important and substitutions are offered upon request. Dietary restrictions are liberalized to encourage enjoyment at meals and good nutrition. For a modest charge, guest trays are available for family and friends during regular mealtimes.

The Riverside Café is also available for dining and located on the ground floor. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7am to 6:30pm. Café is closed on holidays and features reduced hours during the summer.

Life Engagement Department

The Life Engagement Department is crucial to our residents’ quality of life. We design hundreds of unique activities, at various levels, to support our residents’ interests and cultural preferences. This, we believe, is integral to their physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.

The Minnesota Department of Health calls Sunnyside’s Life Engagement Program “excellent and outstanding”—well beyond what is offered in many facilities. Our licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA/L) view each resident as an individual with many needs aside from their physical care, and adapt to each person’s unique abilities.

Our aim is to encourage residents to live meaningful, engaged lives. We promote both independence and interaction in the community through opportunities in Centennial Square, the Hauskaa Room, Riverside Cafe, individual resident rooms, the outdoors, and the community.

Resident Library. Sunnyside residents can immerse themselves in novels, educational books, magazines, movies, and more. Our Life Engagement professionals promote individualized person-centered care, and can help residents get to the library if needed.

Hauskaa Activity Room. This room honors our local Finnish culture, and translates to “fun and merry” in English. It is available for residents and their families to enjoy when the space is not being used for group activities.

Certified Music and Memory program. We are the only Certified Music and Memory nursing home in Northeastern Minnesota. Our caregivers recognize the therapeutic benefits of music, are trained in the program, and will help residents listen to their favorite songs at any time of day or night.

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 provide a television for every resident in their room.
  • We have a telephone in the lobby for residents and their families 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 fee. Other personal services are offered by our volunteers and include letter writing, companionship, sewing, shopping, and reading.
  • Large family gathering rooms are available for use free of charge.
  • The Community Memorial Hospital Gift Shop is located on the first floor. The gift shop offers a wide range of gifts and personal items.

For our residents’ care and safety

  • Each resident’s health care is 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. Our staff will continually re-evaluate each resident’s condition and adjust their 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.

Resident Council

SHCC Resident Council is an organized group of residents who meet monthly for the purpose of voicing needs and concerns, stating preferences, planning projects, and making decisions. Co-facilitated by the social worker and Director of Life Engagement, our residents are encouraged to have a say as to what happens in their lives.


Sunnyside Health Care Center maintains an in-house pharmacy to provide physician-ordered medications for our residents. The pharmacy has unit-dose services by which residents will be charged only for those medications they receive.

The pharmacy offers the convenience of availability on a daily, 24-hour basis, and medications are delivered routinely. However, if a resident chooses not to use our pharmacy services, they will need to use a pharmacy that provides our unit-dose system.

Floor telephones

Family members can directly dial 218-878-7039 to speak to the staff. Specific department contacts:

Sunnyside Health Care Center — 218-878-7039
Senior VP of Long Term Care — 218-878-7618
Director of Nursing — 218-878-7037
Assistant Director of Nursing — 218-878-7042
Director of Life Engagement — 218-878-7634
Social Services — 218-878-7074

Chaplain services

There is a full-time chaplain for Sunnyside Health Care Center and Community Memorial Hospital. The chaplain is available for the spiritual needs of our residents. Spiritual care is offered in a variety of ways: personal visits, offering Holy Communion to those who so desire, conducting memorial services, offering a listening ear, and friendship. The chaplain is available Monday through Friday and is available on call.

End of Life Program

The End of Life Program is implemented when a resident comes toward the end of their life. This includes offering quiet, soothing music to the resident and their family, a soft light on the bed stand, and a basket of personal articles (toothpaste, mouthwash, tooth brush, hand cream, etc.) which a family member may use as they spend time near the loved one’s bedside. A chair is provided which folds out into a bed when a family member spends the night. When a resident reaches the end of their life, if the family so desires, our chaplain will conduct a bedside memorial service for the family and available staff. A Sunnyside Health Care Center/Community Memorial Hospital Memorial Service is conducted by the chaplain every other month in the hospital chapel.

Rehabilitation services

A full spectrum of rehabilitation services are available at Sunnyside Health Care Center, including on-site occupational, physical, and speech-language pathology. Residents are monitored by interdisciplinary team members to ensure that every resident receives appropriate and beneficial treatment.

Occupational Therapy practitioners are important members of the health care team. They work with people who hope to increase their independence.

Our skilled and caring professionals provide specialized training, helping residents to learn or re-learn strategies that will increase their independence and general satisfaction. This may involve:

  • Managing daily tasks such as self-feeding, dressing, and bathing.
  • Increasing endurance and physical strength via therapeutic exercises.
  • Compensating for loss of sensation or vision.
  • Implementing techniques to decrease pain and improve mobility.
  • Suggesting environmental adaptations to make functioning easier.
  • Referring the resident to devices or aids so they can ease back into activities that have become difficult.
  • Assessing the potential for discharge to home, and addressing potential home hazards that could compromise the resident’s safety.

The Occupational Therapy Department is open Monday through Friday.

Physical Therapy. Our goal is to help residents obtain their highest functional mobility level possible. Upon a physician’s referral, a resident can receive an evaluation with follow-up treatment as appropriate from the Physical Therapy Department. Physical therapy services include therapeutic 
exercise, mobilization, transfer, and gait training following injury or surgery, stroke rehabilitation, muscle/joint pain therapy, balance training, and vestibular rehabilitation.

Physical therapy services are available up to seven days per week, depending on the rehab plan of care.

The Speech-Language Pathology Department helps residents at Sunnyside Health Care Center maximize their communication, cognition, and swallowing skills for an improved quality of life and independence. Our therapists assess the resident’s communication and update the caregiving team about appropriate communication strategies that will help the resident. If the resident is staying at Sunnyside Health Care Center for rehabilitation, we provide therapeutic activities and compensatory strategies such as memory journals or visual aids to improve their cognitive linguistic skills.

The Speech-Language Pathology Department also assesses and rehabilitates the muscles involved in swallowing to enhance intake and reduce the risk of choking. In some cases, a modified-texture diet or thickened liquids may be recommended to make chewing and swallowing safer and more efficient.

Our speech-language pathologists regularly screen residents to make sure their communication, cognition, and swallowing needs are met. A physician referral is needed before a full speech-language pathology evaluation and rehabilitation course can be completed.

Speech-language pathology services are available Monday through Friday.

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Community Memorial Hospital
512 Skyline Boulevard
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

CMH Urgent Care hours: Monday-Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; closed on holidays
Hospital & Emergency Room 218-879-4641

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