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 outings with our residents.

December 4th

Arts, Crafts and Volunteers

We had a filling Thanksgiving at Heart to Home. For the residents who didn't go out with family we had a hearty meal including all the staples; turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, etc. A fun time was had by all. We also enjoyed our volunteers from Visitation over the last month. Several students from the local high school came to play bingo, complete arts / crafts and lead chair exercises with our residents. We can't thank you enough for volunteering your time and talents! 

"We just wanted to say thank you! What an amazing home you have provided to these residents! I so wish I knew about your organization when my dad was alive! We had a great experience and we are so so so thankful she found you!! Well done on creating an amazing home and environment and we are so impressed by the staff as well! " ~ From the mom of one of the student volunteers

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November 5th

Halloween Fun at Heart to Home

We had a spooktacular time on Halloween this year! Several of our homes had neighborhood trick-or-treater's which is always fun for our residents. We also invited our staff and their children (and fur-babies) over to visit the homes. A good time was had by all! 

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October 15th

Fall Leaf Tour & Pumpkin Decorating

"Everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

What a beautiful time of year here in Minnesota. The leaves have remained quite green for this late into the season due to the abundant rain, but that didn't stop us from going out and enjoying a "fall leaf drive" courtesy of DARTS. It was a refreshing trip with our residents and one we truly enjoyed.

This week we also worked on decorating pumpkins for Halloween. We will put those outside soon and look forward to having a few neighborhood trick-or-treaters! 

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August 2nd

Summertime Happenings

Summertime fun has been in full swing at Heart to Home. We've celebrated birthdays, taken outings to Rogers Lake and enjoyed monthly visits from Pink Cow Ice Cream Truck. Sometimes we find ourselves enjoying the events so much that we forgot to snap photos. Here are a few moments that we've captured along the way...

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May 23rd

Como Zoo Outing

We had quite the adventure the past two weeks at the Como Zoo and Conservatory. We took the residents from Mendota Manor, Mendakota Manor, Lake Manor and Hilltop Manor on a big outing to the Como Zoo. We enjoyed seeing all of the children and the animals at the zoo. It was also a fun time for staff to enjoy 1:1 time with a resident in a different setting. A bonding experience and new memories that we will all cherish! More photos on our Facebook page!

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April 2nd

Easter Celebrations

We had so much fun celebrating Easter this year at Heart to Home. The highlight was a special visit from the Easter bunny. We were able to hold our little bunny friend and had plenty of snuggles. We also had visits from Lily the dog and were engaged in several different Easter themed activities throughout the month. 

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February 27th

Love is in the air...

The month of February was a month filled with love at Heart to Home. We painted pictures, worked on arts / crafts and enjoyed a variety of love songs from our music therapist. On Valentine's day we celebrated with a heart shaped pizza for lunch and a Valentine's themed BINGO game!

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January 15th

Puppy Snuggles & Tunes

We had a fun afternoon at Heart to Home. We enjoyed puppy snuggles with our furry friend Lily and some rocking good tunes with Joanne. Joanne's music program took us on a tour to New Orleans and back in honor of the Minnesota Vikings big football game against the New Orleans Saints. It was so much fun, she had many of the residents tapping their toes and signing along!

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November 9th

Halloween at Heart to Home

Halloween is always a fun time of year at Heart to Home. We painted pumpkins, had fun holiday themed music programs and enjoyed visits from our staff's children and pets - all of course in full costume! We had a few visitors from the neighborhood on Halloween night, but is was a cold one... Brrr. We are looking forward to a fun holiday season filled with family, friends and loved ones...

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October 12th

Crafts & Puppy Snuggles

We had fun with our little visitor this week. She was happily snuggling our residents and at times sat calmly with them for over an hour - Such a good dog! It's amazing to see the effects of pets on older adults. They are so calming and comforting in our times of need. After our snuggles we worked on a few fun Halloween themed treats. 

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