Prairie Senior Cottages of Isanti opens its doors

Prairie Senior Cottages of Isanti opened its doors to the first residents in January 2012.

Prairie Senior Cottages is at 706 6th Ave. N. behind Landmark Community Bank off Hwy. 65. Photos by Elizabeth Sias

A memory care assisted living home, Prairie Senior Cottages will be home for up to 20 residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and require 24-hour care and supervision.

The residential alternative at Prairie Senior Cottages is the first project of its kind in Isanti. Although other options are available in the area for people with memory loss, Prairie Senior Cottages’ approach focuses on a residential model of care and service delivery. It’s a place that smells like home, tastes like home, looks like home, and becomes home.

The community room is a very warm and inviting place for their residents and family members.

The concept of residential housing for those with memory loss has received widespread national recognition from dementia experts as a welcomed care alternative for families seeking supportive services for their loved ones. Prairie Senior Cottages has proven this residential care model since 1998 in other Minnesota communities including Willmar, Hutchinson, Alexandria and New Ulm.

Including residents of Prairie Senior Cottages in every activity is part of their philosophy. Prairie Senior Cottages focuses on creating normal daily experiences for people where they feel a sense of purpose and value.

Beyond programs that include residents in routine daily activities, Prairie Senior Cottages has specially trained staff onsite 24-hours a day ready to meet the moment by moment needs of the residents. From assisting with laundry, housekeeping, medications, bathing, and mobility to preparing all meals and snacks and providing one-on-one transportation for appointments and errands, the staff at Prairie Senior Cottages does it all. Whatever the client needs or wants, the staff is available to assist.

The community kitchen is very spacious to accommodate all the resident’s needs.

During the peak hours of the day, there can be as many as five staff working including caregivers, nurses and management.

Prairie Senior Cottages is equipped with special design features including a delayed egress security system to monitor elopement, an enclosed courtyard area with strolling paths, a remote monitoring system, handicap-accessible therapeutic tub, private rooms with bathrooms and engaging living areas and niches. Prairie Senior Cottages uses themes, distinct colors and antiques to assist residents in way finding while enhancing the cozy atmosphere.

Much of the decision to choose Prairie Senior Cottages comes from the family of the potential resident. The professional team at the cottage (Director and Registered Nurse) work closely with the family to understand their loved ones needs to make sure that this style of living would be beneficial.  Making a decision to move a loved one is difficult and Prairie Senior Cottages wants families to have peace of mind knowing that their loved one is in place that preserves their dignity and enhances self-esteem. Through involvement in programming and care planning, families are at the nucleus of the service delivery at Prairie Senior Cottages.

Nycole Cordell is Prairie Senior Cottages’ Director and is enthusiastic about serving Isanti and the surrounding communities.

“As I meet families in need of our services, I’m convinced that the decision to come to Isanti was a good one,” Cordell said. “We have hired an excellent team to make a difference in the lives of our residents and alleviate the demands that direct care giving on family members.”

For more information about Prairie Senior Cottages contact Cottage Director Nycole Cordell at 763-444-4626.