Our Blog

Heart to Home works hard to create an enriching activity program. Our blog captures the essence of day-to-day activities and happenings at our residential care homes. You will notice a larger emphasis on outdoor activities during the summer months and more in-house events (music therapy, pet therapy etc.) during the winter months. Given our smaller size you will also notice that our staff have frequent times where they can enjoy one-on-one activities with our residents.

COVID-19 Indoor Visitation Open

January 4th
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued guidance on how we our can safely re-open to visitors and continue to protect the health of our residents and staff. This guidance is data driven and is the framework to our Visitation Policy
 
Visitation Reminders:
- Mask and eye protection must be worn at all times
- Maintain 6 foot social distancing
- No eating or drinking with our residents during the visit
- Only 2 visitors at a time (you plus 1 guest)
- Visits are non-transferable
- Visits are for 2 hours at a time
- Sanitize your hands when you come and go
- Remain in the residents room with the door closed during the visit
- After being screened in go directly to the residents room you are visiting; do not visit with other residents in the home
 
Please sign up for indoor visits via the links below:
 
We deeply appreciate the sacrifices you made to limit the impact of COVID-19 in Heart to Home. Our entire team looks forward to seeing you again—families, friends and volunteers are a core fabric of what makes our community so special.
 
Please reach out with any questions.
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COVID-19 Indoor Visitation Closed

November 20th

Due to increased COVID case positivity rates in our community (greater than 10%) we are currently CLOSED to indoor visitation per the Minnesota Department of Health. However we can still continue window visits, phone calls, video calls and compassionate care visits when appropriate. Thank you for understanding!

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COVID-19 Indoor Visit Policy

October 20th
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued guidance on how we our can safely re-open to visitors and continue to protect the health of our residents and staff. This guidance is data driven and is the framework to our Visitation Policy
 
Visitation Reminders:
- Mask and eye protection must be worn at all times
- Maintain 6 foot social distancing
- No eating or drinking with our residents during the visit
- Only 2 visitors at a time (you plus 1 guest)
- Visits are non-transferable
- Visits are for 2 hours at a time
- Sanitize your hands when you come and go
- Remain in the residents room with the door closed during the visit
- After being screened in go directly to the residents room you are visiting; do not visit with other residents in the home
 
Please sign up for indoor visits via the links below:
 
We deeply appreciate the sacrifices you made to limit the impact of COVID-19 in Heart to Home. Our entire team looks forward to seeing you again—families, friends and volunteers are a core fabric of what makes our community so special.
 
Please reach out with any questions.
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September 4th

State Fair @ Heart to Home!

If you live in Minnesota you understand the importance of the annual Great Minnesota Get Together - The Minnesota State Fair. Since this years fair was cancelled due to COVID-19 we decided to have our own State Fair Themed day here at Heart to Home. Our fun day included the Minnesota State Fair food box complete with Sweet Martha's cookies, corn on the cob, corn dogs / pronto pups, etc. We also setup 1:1 activities (following all COVID-19 precautions) where our residents could win fun fair themed prizes. The smiles were priceless!  

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June 5th

#H2HStrong #Essential2020

If you see one of our amazing team members out in the community make sure to give them a big "shout out"! We are lucky to have some remarkable hero's working at Heart to Home ensuring our residents are well cared for, safe, and loved. Despite the on-going visitor restrictions and lock-downs due to COVID-19 we have been able to enjoy the outdoors and some fun window visitors (see Secondhand Hounds pics). We are hopeful and look forward to brighter days ahead! 

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January 24th

Yoga and Charity Projects

Happy New Year! To kick off the new year we worked on some fun charity projects with the residents and staff.  The first project we worked on was for Open Arms of Minnesota. We helped decorate bags that will be used for Open Arms to deliver meals around the Twin Cities. Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Learn more @ https://www.openarmsmn.org/

Aside from our volunteer project we also began bringing in Chair Yoga to our homes a few times per month. This should be a fun opportunity for our residents (and staff) to stay active, mobile and flexible. The benefits of Yoga are many so it should be fun to see how it benefits our residents' overall well-being. 

Here are a few photos from activities at our homes this month... Enjoy!

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December 3rd

Secondhand Hounds Volunteers

We are so thankful to our Secondhand Hounds Volunteers! We are blessed to have these wonderful fur-friends visit our homes several times per month. The smiles on our residents' faces is second to none. The joy that animals bring to the homes is truly magical. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Learn more about these special friends @ https://secondhandhounds.org/

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October 1st

Gardens & Homemade Ice Cream

We love to garden here at Heart to Home, and we love giving back to nature. Our residents love spending time outdoors, and to have beautiful gardens to enjoy is an important part of that experience. We have residents who tend to flower pots and enjoy watching fresh tomato's ripen on the vine. We also enjoy our critter visitors which include turkey, eagles, song-birds, butterflies and so much more. Part of our commitment to being "green" is being good stewards of our properties. The next time you visit one of our homes make sure to "stop and smell the roses"!!

Besides our love of gardening we also love ice cream! It is by far the most popular treat here at Heart to Home. Our residents love plain vanilla, and of course a DQ ice cream cake for those special birthday parties. So in honor of all things ice cream... we decided to make our own ice cream for a resident activity! Fun and Yum!!

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August 13th

Rogers Lake Outing

We had a wonderful time at our Rogers Lake outing this summer.  This year we really kicked it up a notch and had a hired musical performer, pizza party and ice cream truck all stop by to entertain our residents and their guests. The weather was perfect and the lake backdrop had everyone relaxed, smiling and enjoying life! 

We also had a fun partnership with our local school district 197.  Students came and helped plant flowers in our gardens and worked on arts and crafts. A fun time was had by all. 

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May 30th

May Day Baskets & House of Memories App

We had a nice May here at Heart to Home. The weather has warmed up enough for us to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. We've taken many walks around the neighborhoods, made and delivered May Day baskets, enjoyed lunch outside and even took a few walks to the local ice cream shop. We are excited for a fun summer here at Heart to Home and especially the return of our favorite ice cream truck visitors; Pink Cow Ice Cream! Stay tuned and check back for more photos here and on our Facebook Page!

Besides fun May Day celebrations we've also been enjoying using the House of Memories App. This app has been developed to support caregivers in the sharing of memories with people living with dementia, improving communication and focusing on the person rather than the condition. Learn more about this app @ House of Memories App - Minnesota Historical Society

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