Guardian Angels is growing!

Guardian Angels believes it has a winning Otsego site

by Jim Boyle Editor Elk River Star News Guardian Angels leadership just wrapped up its most recent round of strategic planning, and they burst out of the board room like thoroughbreds coming out of the gate at Churchill Downs for running in the Kentucky Derby. “We’re coming into our second 50-year run as we celebrated our 50th anniversary last year,” Guardian Angels CEO and President Dan Dixon said. “We’re so proud of the communities that have supported us and our staff, the residents, the members and the clients that have come. “We’re committed to being there for the next 50 years as a quality senior care provider. We look forward to the future.” The faith-based nonprofit has provided health care, housing and supportive services to seniors and their families in the spirit of Christ’s love since 1965, Dixon said. The organization’s hub is in Elk River with its 120-bed skilled nursing unit, and it has spokes out to other locations in Elk River, Zimmerman, Becker, Albertville and Coon Rapids with at least one more coming. As part of its strategic planning, its board of directors prioritized its next three building projects, starting first with…
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The Grace Crucifix

Guardian Angels Care Center has been literally “graced” with a marvelous crucifix. Located in the skyway reaching across the resident dining room, the activities room/chapel and the gift shop on the 300 Wing, the crucifix was crafted out of olive wood by German craftsmen from Oberammergau, Bavaria. I refer to it as the Grace Crucifix because of the peace its presence brings and the fact that it was donated to the Care Center by the family of Virginia Grace Heed Wagner, who left this world on November 3, 2015 at the age of 90. Revealing Christ as the ultimate giver of forgiveness, grace and peace, one of the crucifix’s many blessing is its size (53” tall and 37” wide), which requires one to look up.

One of Virginia’s daughters, Margaret Wieker writes, “The crucifix symbolizes our gratitude for the physical and spiritual care our beloved mother received from Guardian Angels staff. We will forever be grateful for the meaningful and spiritually restorative relationship Virginia established through pastoral visits from Chaplain Quill and chapel services, as well as the gracious care she received from Nurse Sandy and her loving aides Debbie and Anna.”

The crucifix shipped to the United States in the 1950s, spent 60-plus years in a private estate in Duluth, Minnesota prior to its new home at the Care Center. “The significance of Duluth was not lost on our family, as Virginia…

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It’s Summertime-drink plenty of fluids!

 Here is an article from our Wellness Director, Kayla Miller M.S.

The Importance of Drinking Enough Water

Did you know…

• 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

• Lack of water is the #1 trigger for day-time fatigue.

• According to a study on dieters by the Univ. of Washington, a glass of water shuts down nighttime hunger pangs almost 100% of the time.

• Research shows that 8-10 glasses of water daily can ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

We all have some idea of the importance water has on our health, after all it does make up 60% of our bodies. With a hot and humid Minnesota summer in full swing, staying hydrated is one way to help our bodies withstand the heat. But aside from keeping away heat stroke and the other medical complications that can arise from dehydration, water has several other important functions that are essential to our health, both short-term and long-term. Read on for four more reasons to drink water.

1. PERK UP. Dehydration not only causes us to feel fatigued and sluggish, but according to Matthew J. Kempton, Ph.D. at King’s College London, it also forces our brains to work harder to complete tasks that would otherwise not be so difficult. Our cells are the basic unit of all of our body’s functions, and they need water…

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