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reetings from West Wind Village. This cold snap has made me feel right at home after spending most of my life in Northern Minnesota. The cold weather isn’t stopping the Vikings or West Wind Village from undergoing a few changes this year! As many of you know, West Wind Village is owned and operated by St. Francis Health Services (SFHS) which is located here in Morris. SFHS owns several nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and group homes (Prairie Community Services) across Minnesota. Effective January 1, 2018, St. Francis Health Services restructured its long-term care services in Morris. We have created a new organization, “Morris Health Services”, which encompasses all the long-term care services owned by SFHS in Morris.  West Wind Village (WWV) will continue to do business as WWV, but as part of Morris Health Services.  WWV will continue to contract with Morris Area Child Care, Head Start and provide laundry services in the community, but these contracts will be with Morris Health Services

instead of WWV. I will oversee Morris Health Services and continue as the administrator of West Wind Village. St. Francis Health Services has managed Skyview Court and Skyview Plaza, assisted living facilities in Morris, for several years. Skyview Court and Plaza are owned by Service Options for Seniors which is a non-profit organization with its own governing board, that has not changed. Service Options for Seniors has contracted with SFHS to operate Skyview Court and Skyview Plaza, but now contracts with Morris Health Services to provide services to the tenants at Skyview. Therefore, the staff who work at Skyview Court & Plaza are now employed by Morris Health Services. Crystal Holloway will continue as the housing director there, but now reports to me. This change also includes Walnut Court in Hancock and Caring Suites of Elbow Lake which will soon open. Big Stone Therapies will now contractwith“RuralRehabilitation Services” to provide outpatient therapy in Skyview Plaza instead of at West Wind Village.  Big Stone

Therapies will continue to provide therapy to the residents at West Wind Village. Glenda Feist will manage this clinic and continue to report to me. Therefore, Rural Rehabilitation Services will also fall under Morris Health Services’ umbrella.  This move to Skyview Plaza has been delayed due to the name change and Medicare certification; therefore, we do not have a “move-in” date at this time. West Wind Village has a few new faces since the last newsletter. Renee Noyes, who was the administrative assistant, was promoted to Social Services Designee and helps with admissions and human resources. Katlyn Hilbrand is the new administrative assistant and was promoted from laundry. As far as updates go, West Wind Village was surveyed in January last year, so we are patiently waiting for the survey team to show up. It will be interesting since there are new nursing home regulations, new fire codes and a new survey process. Our CMS 5 Star Rating has not changed and we are still a 5 Star facility. The State of Minnesota also measures quality in nursing homes through a similar system;

West Wind Village’s overall quality indicator score is a 91.88 (the state average is 63.17). We are striving to continually improve and currently working on bladder programs, reducing infections and falls, restorative nursing, food, as well as staff recruitment and retention. West Wind Village was awarded a grant through Leading Age Minnesota this past year for $25,000 to tackle workforce challenges. This was a competitive process and will be used to improve recruitment and retention by providing staff training in the areas of leadership development, empowerment, coaching, teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution over a two year period. We are looking forward to this learning opportunity! If you have any questions or concerns, please know that my door is always open. My email is and my number is (320)589-7900. Stay warm and safe this winter! Many blessings in 2018!

Paula Viker Administrator

EMPLOYEE PROFILE Jeanne Gimberlin I was born: August 21, 1955 My family: My mom, dad and older sister passed away. I have two sisters, a brother, a son, and a lot of nieces and nephews. I am an aunt to twins that will be 50 this year! My interests: Playing cards, watching football and going to McDonald’s My favorite food: Mac-n-cheese Some of my favorite movies are: Blue Hawaii (I enjoy Elvis movies!) The most disagreeable thing I have ever eaten is: Onions

A favorite show is: Dancing with the Stars My favorite season is: Spring, that’s when all the flowers decide to come out A perfect day for me would be: When the sun is shining My first car was: I don’t drive! A favorite place I have traveled to is: St. Paul The person who had the greatest infulence on me was: My mom One of my favorite childhood memories is: Learning how to roller skate Where I see myself in 10 years: Hopefully retired, enjoying life at home

PASTORAL CARE I don’t know about the rest of you, but January, to me, seems to be at least six weeks long. I know this isn’t true, but after the joy and excitement of the holiday season, everything seems to drag a bit. Then there are the seemingly inevitable colds and flus that invade our households that cause us to retreat from contact with others. I do admit that really cold days also cause this. But there are blessings to this time of year also. It allows us to step back and reflect on our lives

as to where we have been and to where we are going. It is a good time to read a bit more serious subject matter and take stock of where we are in life. At a retreat last fall, one of the suggested readings was a book by Ronald Rolheiser called The Passion and the Cross. Not only does Jesus face his Passion and the cross but we all will have to do the same. That is something not many of us want to think about facing. I see it in the faces of our residents every day. Rolheiser explores the mystery

at the heart of the Christian faith. The Passion and the Cross challenges us to enter more deeply into the questions of faith, life, love and suffering we will all experience and then offers the spiritual tools needed for the journey. One of the more thought provoking points learned about Jesus, God and faith, and an answer to why do bad things happen to good people, is the fact that we have a redeeming God, not a rescuing God. God didn’t spare his Son from suffering, humiliation and

death. Nor will Jesus spare us from this. But having a genuine faith in Jesus will bring prosperity your way. Believe in the resurrection and rainbows will come your way. God is always there long after this earthly life. Just a thought to ponder as we try to find out how all the pieces fit together during a more reflective period amongst the busyness of our daily lives.

Deacon Stan Hennen


Hello! Big Stone Therapies continues to plan to move to Skyview Plaza to expand our services, but at this time, a date has not been determined. We continue to provide services at West Wind Village for both outpatients and nursing home residents as both short and long-term stay patients. We also contract with local home health agencies, including New Dimensions and Appleton Area Home Health, to allow for continuity

of care and successful transition home. Big Stone Therapies therapy staff have been busy continuing with their education. Chelsea McKinney (left), an occupational therapist, recently became a Certified Hand Therapists (CHT). A CHT is a therapist who has completed over 4,000 hours of direct patient care for the upper extremity and also passed a comprehensive examination of the upper extremity. The upper extremity is critical to one’s function and any loss of ability will greatly impact one’s life. She will be able to provide the latest treatment techniques and interventions to allow

patients to improve their quality of life. Glenda Feist (physical therapist), Stefanie Fragodt (physical therapist), and Branden Schultz (physical therapy assistant) are taking a continuing education class this spring on balance and falls to reduce the risk of injury in patients of all ages with an emphasis on geriatrics. Let us know if you are experiencing any joint pain, recovering from a surgery or have any difficulty with swallowing, speaking or memory tasks. We accept many insurances. Our staff would be happy to help you improve your health! Call us to make an appointment today! 320-585-5395

We wish you a safe and warm winter from all the staff at Big Stone Therapies! Glenda Feist – Physical Therapist, Clinic Manager, Orthopedic Certified Specialist (PT, CM, OCS) Stefanie Fragodt- Physical Therapist (PT), Branden Schulz – Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Brooke Tellinghuisen–PhysicalTherapist Assistant(PTA),ChelseaMcKinney – Occupational Therapist (OT), CourtneyRittenour–Occupational Therapist (OT), Nicole Fennell, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Shayanne Roth– Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) , Jessica Bruns – Administrative Assistant.

DIRECTOR OF NURSING We are in the heart of flu season. There has been much new coverage on how Minnesota has had many confirmed influenza cases this year. Influenza can be very serious, so here at West Wind Village we take prevention of the flu very seriously and it has been effective. We have had very few flu cases in our facility. West Wind Village follows

the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommendations to prevent an outbreak of the flu. Some of these recommendations include: vaccinating our facility staff against influenza, vaccinating our residents against influenza, discourage ill persons from visiting the facility, encourage frequent visitors, such as family to be vaccinated. Begin isolation

Residents and family help Wes Bratton celebrate his Pay It Forward Stevens County Award.

precautions for residents with suspected or confirmed influenza. Promote cough etiquette, (cover your cough), and the most important prevention strategy wash your hands often or use hand sanitizing gel. If you are having any signs or symptoms of illness when you visit please take our complimentary prevention supplies located at the main entrance

and use them while visiting, so the risk of influenza from outside visitors can be decreased. As we strive to prevent the flu here we encourage you to follow the same recommendations and have a healthy 2018.

Jody Cunningham RN/DON

At the Resident Christmas Party, Santa and Mrs. Claus waving “Good-bye, see you next year!”

RESIDENT PROFILE John DeLong I was born: 1/31/1923 in Worthington, MN. I have a big birthday this year. My occupation was: A little of everything. I farmed and I worked for farmers. I picked eggs. John worked as a custodian for the Wheaton school for 17 years and for Fingerhut for 3 years. Length of stay at WWV: John has lived at West Wind Village since March of 2015. My family: I had 12 children. My two boys are gone. I was 35 when I got married. My wife, Hazel, had three that were just babies. They’re mine. I raised them all. John has 40 grand-children and “too many to count” greatgrandchildren. Pets I have enjoyed: I had a good hunting dog, Chip. I got him as a pup. I did a lot of pheasant hunting with him. My interests include: Feeding the squirrels and the birds. I watch them outside my window. John also enjoys sports, woodworking and playing cards. Favorite movies: Oh, I would rather watch sports, like baseball or basketball.

My favorite stars: Joe DiMaggio. He was a good baseball player. That’s been a while ago. My favorite food is: Anything my mom or wife cooked. Mom’s vegetable soup. My wife made cooked rice, with butter and brown sugar on it. The most disagreeable thing I’ve eaten is: Lutefisk. I didn’t like that. A favorite book: A sports book. My favorite kind of music: The old time music that you can dance to. Like a waltz. My favorite season: Spring. Everything is A silent auction was part of the Family/Community picnic. green again. A perfect day for me would be: When we would go to Alberta or Glenwood. To go to a dance with my wife. My first car was: A Plymouth. The one I liked the best was my 1982 Chrysler. A funny or unusual event in my life: I should have won the contest in Wheaton for the best beard. John has a picture in his room of the beard. He was also the longest member of the Herman Kensington Bank. He started as a customer there in 1947. A word or phrase I’d use to describe myself is: Easy-going. A favorite place I’ve traveled to: Arizona, I had kids there.

A July birthday party.

Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Barbara McGinnis retired from Volunteer Ombudsman in November of 2017.

Ingredients: •1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast •Salt and pepper to taste •6 cups of chicken broth •1 cup uncooked wild rice (I have used Uncle Bens wild rice mix also)

•3 cloves minced garlic •1 small diced onion •3 large carrots, peeled and diced (or 1/2 bag baby carrots)

•1 cup diced celery (more if desired) •½ tsp dried thyme •½ tsp dried rosemary •2 bay leaves •¼ cup butter •3 tbls flour •1 cup milk •1 cup half and half •Chopped parsley as desired

Directions: •Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Place into a 6 qt. crockpot. •Stir in chicken broth, wild rice, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, and spices. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. •Remove chicken from crockpot and shred. •Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until light brown, about 30 seconds. Whisk in milk and half and half, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened. About 5 minutes. •Stir chicken and milk mixture into crockpot, if the soup is too thick, add more milk as needed. Serve warm garnish with parsley if desired. Patty Hanson, Cara Smith, Luella Peterson, Shelly Heck, Sherry Grieger, and Katlyn Hilbrand all participated in the costume parade.

Village News Jan. 27, 2018  

A recap of activities at the West Wind Village in Morris, MN

Village News Jan. 27, 2018  

A recap of activities at the West Wind Village in Morris, MN