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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — 218-878-7649
Social Services — 218-878-7074
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.
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.
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:
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.