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Published Date: 01 - 26 - 2018
Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care to Host CEU in Waconia
Our next FREE CEU event will be held on Thursday, February 22nd from 11:30am - 1pm at our community in Waconia. Our presenter will be Karissa Flies, MSW, LGSW, Director of Clinical Operations, Complete Care Group. Area social workers and nurses will learn about "Identifying & Preventing Substance Abuse in Seniors". Lunch is included. This is part of our on-going series of educational offerings for area clinicians.

Published Date: 12 - 01 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living & Memory Care to Host CEU in Owatonna on Self-Care for Social Workers & Nurses
Our next FREE CEU event will be held on Wednesday, December 13th from 11:45am - 1pm at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Owatonna. Our presenter will be Roxann Keyes, CMT, Therapeutic Massage Therapist & Owner, Center for Life Design, LLC. Area social workers and nurses will learn strategies to reduce their stress and improve their well-being. This is part of our on-going series of educational offerings for area clinicians.

Published Date: 11 - 03 - 2017
Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care to Host CEU on Preventing & Responding to Elder Abuse
The Nagel Assisted Living team is hosting a free CEU event on Wednesday, November 8th from 8 - 9:30am. Marit Anne Peterson, JD, Program Director, Minnesota Elder Justice Center, will speak about Preventing & Responding to Elder Abuse. Breakfast and tours included. This is part of our on-going series of educational offerings for area social workers/case managers.

Published Date: 10 - 06 - 2017
Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care to Host Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28
The Nagel Assisted Living team is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit the Waconia United Food Shelf on Saturday, October 28th from 9-11am. For $5 ($3 for children 5-12; Free for kids under 5) you'll enjoy buttermilk pancakes, sausage links, fresh fruit, a variety of breakfast syrups, orange juice, coffee and tea!

Published Date: 09 - 08 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living & Memory Care to Host CEU on Excellence in Dementia Care
We are excited to have Janelle Johnson, LSW, JD, with us at the Courtyard by Marriott Mankato on Thursday, September 21st from 4:00 - 5:15pm. This is part of our on-going series of educational offerings for area social workers/case Managers. We hope to see you there.

Published Date: 07 - 30 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living & Memory Care to Partner with Elmore Community Committee for National Night Out
We’re excited to be a part of another community event in Elmore, MN! On Tuesday, August 1 at 6pm, we’ll be at the city park celebrating National Night Out with the Elmore Community Committee! Stop by and visit us for Carnival Games as well as free food, root beer floats, and other festivities! We hope to see you there!

Published Date: 07 - 20 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living & Memory Care to Host CEU on Person-Centered Thinking in Mankato, MN
We are thrilled to bring our next complimentary CEU event to senior care professionals throughout the greater Mankato area next Thursday, July 27 from 7:45– 9:00am. Megan Hickenbottom, MSW, LGSW, Housing Director for Sunflower Communities, will join us to speak on “How to Utilize Person-Centered Thinking to Transform Results with the Individuals You Serve.” Interested in attending? There are just a few seats left - RSVP today at 2017 Senior Care Insights CEU Events - Elmore Assisted Living - We look forward to seeing you there!

Published Date: 07 - 11 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living & Memory Care to Sponsor the Horse and Buggy Day in Elmore, MN!
We are thrilled to be a part of this year’s Horse and Buggy Day in Elmore, MN! If you’re in the Elmore area, be sure to come down and visit us on Saturday, July 15 at the park for a day of fun activities sponsored by local Elmore organizations. From 12:00 – 3:00pm, we will be sponsoring the Kiddie Carnival and our staff and residents will be assisting with games for all! We are excited about this great opportunity to give back to the greater Elmore community and to provide a chance for our residents to participate in leading this exciting event for the children and families of the area.

Published Date: 07 - 07 - 2017
Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care to Sponsor 3rd Hole of Waconia’s 11th Annual Chamber Golf Scramble
Next Monday, July 10 Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care will be participating in and sponsoring the 3rd hole of Waconia’s 11th Annual Chamber Golf Scramble! Make sure to stop by and guess the amount of tees we have displayed for a chance to win our grand prize $100 Gift Card from Lola’s Lakehouse in Waconia. We are proud of the strong relationship we have with the Waconia Chamber of Commerce and are excited about our future work together!

Published Date: 06 - 22 - 2017
Sunflower Communities Nagel Assisted Living – NOW OPEN!
We are happy to announce the grand opening of Sunflower Communities SECOND assisted living - Nagel Assisted Living and Memory Care! Located in the historic Nagel Hospital of downtown Waconia, MN, the renovations and amenities of this location still preserve its historic qualities while giving it a fresh new look for all to enjoy. Not able to make it to the grand opening ceremony? Not to worry, visit us online at: Schedule a Tour!

Published Date: 06 - 19 - 2017
Sunflower Communities to Exhibit at 2017 Minnesota Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference
We are excited to join over 1,000 industry professionals at the 2017 Odyssey Conference this Wednesday and Thursday, June 21-22. Our Sunflower Communities Housing Director Megan Hickenbottom and Nagel Assisted Living Director of Admissions Theresa Nygaard will join hundreds of other exhibitors for this engaging two day event designed to equip and inspire case managers from across the state. We are excited to see everyone and connect with so many wonderful people that we’ve now been working with for months! Want more info on the next Odyssey Conference? Visit 2019 Odyssey Conference

Published Date: 06 - 16 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living to Partner with Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS of Twin Cities Physicians to Host FREE CEU in Albert Lea, MN
Representatives from Elmore Assisted Living are preparing for the sixth of twelve FREE CEU events as a part of our 2017 Senior Care Insights Series! Administrator and Lead Provider Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS from Twin Cities Physicians will join us to speak on “Understanding & Ethically Managing Challenging Geriatric Behaviors.” We’re excited to spend some time with the many case managers, social workers, and nurses who will be joining us for this important event. Need to register? RSVP for this event by Monday, June 19 – call 507.943.3333 or email us at:

Published Date: 06 - 08 - 2017
Nagel Assisted Living to Host Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Celebration in One Week!
We hope that you’re just as excited for the Grand Opening of Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care as we are! Preserving the historic building that was once Nagel Hospital, built in 1933, while building a state-of-the-art memory care addition were our major goals. Visitors at next week’s event will have the opportunity to see our beautiful finished product for themselves! Join us on June 15 from 3:30pm – 6:00pm for delicious refreshments from our executive chef, Jason White, as we host city leaders, chamber of commerce members, and community residents for this important event. Can’t make it to the Grand Opening? Set up a private tour at: Tour Our Communities

Published Date: 05 - 31 - 2017
Nagel Assisted Living Prepares for June CEU on Harnessing the Power of Reminiscence
We look forward to hosting our next FREE CEU for area case managers, social workers, and nurses at our new community of Nagel Assisted Living in Waconia, MN next Wednesday, June 7 for a fabulous breakfast presentation from 8-9:30am. Participants will enjoy a presentation about practical strategies for integrating reminiscence activities and interactions in their work with their clients provided by Jessica Melcher, MSW, LISW – Reminiscence Expert and Social Worker with Home Health Care, Inc. RSVP for this event by Monday, June 5 – call 763.267.6658 or email us at: 2017 Senior Care Insights CEU Events - Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care

Published Date: 05 - 19 - 2017
CEU Event on Substance Abuse in Seniors to Be Held in Mankato for Elmore Assisted Living
We are thrilled to partner with the Complete Care Group next week for our next FREE CEU in our 2017 Senior Care Insights series designed for area case managers and social workers. The Complete Care Group’s Director of Clinical Operations, Karissa Flies, MSW, LGSW, will join us to speak on ‘Substance Abuse in Seniors’. Learn more at: 2017 Senior Care Insights CEU Events - Elmore Assisted Living

Published Date: 04 - 19 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living to Host FREE CEU Event on Advanced Care Planning
St. Croix Hospice will join us next Wednesday, April 26 at Elmore Assisted Living for another FREE CEU event as a part of our monthly Senior Care Insights CEU program for area case managers and social workers. Amber Raveling and Kristen Sjolie from St. Croix Hospice will speak to several case managers, social workers, and nurses from around the community for this event. We hope to see you all there! 2017 Senior Care Insights CEU Events - Elmore Assisted Living

Published Date: 04 - 03 - 2017
Nagel to Host FREE CEU Event for 40+ Case Managers & Social Workers
We are excited to welcome dozens of senior care professionals and county case managers to another upcoming FREE CEU next week. Janelle Johnson, LSW, JD, Sunflower’s memory care program consultant, will present on caring for clients with Dementia. Attendees will be provided a FREE CEU credit, lunch, and a tour of our new community in Downtown Waconia, MN. We look forward to seeing you there! 2017 Senior Care Insights CEU Events - Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care

Published Date: 03 - 20 - 2017
Sunflower Communities to Exhibit at the 124th Annual MSSA Conference
We are thrilled to be able to be a part of the Minnesota Social Service Association’s annual event. Theresa Nygaard, Director of Admissions for Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care and Sunflower communities’ Housing Director Megan Hickenbottom are excited to meet with hundreds of social workers and case managers interested in our communities for their clients. Make sure you stop by and see us at our booth!

Published Date: 03 - 14 - 2017
Nagel Assisted Living Memory Care Building Addition Continues to Progress
Everyday we’re getting closer to the grand opening of our new Assisted Living & Memory Care Community in downtown Waconia! Weekly transformations are taking place as our partners at Bauer Design Build, LLC continue their work. See the transformation for yourself at: Nagel Assisted Living Transformations

Published Date: 01 - 31 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living to Kick Off 2017 Senior Care Insights Series with CEU on Dementia
Janelle Johnson LSW, JD, dementia care specialist and consultant for Sunflower’s SEEDS OF SUCCESS™ Memory Care Program will share new strategies to become a more empowered caregiver when working with those who have various forms of dementia. We’re excited to welcome case managers, social workers, and nurses for our first of many FREE monthly CEU events at Elmore Assisted Living! We hope to see you there! 2017 Senior Care Insights CEU Events - Elmore Assisted Living

Published Date: 01 - 17 - 2017
Elmore Assisted Living Announces CEU Series
Each month in 2017, Case Managers, Social Workers and Nurses can join us on-site for fresh insights from local and regional experts in geriatric healthcare -- and earn 1 Hour FREE Continuing Education credits! First up, on Thursday, January 26th from 7:45 - 9am we will be joined by Janelle Johnson, LSW, JD. A dementia care specialist, Janelle will be speaking on "Excellence in Dementia Care". Join us for this presentation and breakfast. RSVP by phone to 507.943.3333 or email us at:

Published Date: 12 - 01 - 2016
Elmore Assisted Living to Host Holiday Pie & Cookie Social Dec. 20
Our team at Elmore Assisted Living is excited to welcome families, community members, case managers, and other senior care workers to our Holiday Pie & Cookie Social event on Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 3-6pm at the Elmore Assisted Living community. Guest will enjoy delicious treats baked by our culinary team, see our festive holiday décor, and go on a tour. For more information about this event or to set up an alternative date for a tour, call Theresa at 507.943.3333.

Published Date: 11 - 22 - 2016
We're Thankful for YOU!
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, we would like to extend a special thank you to all of those who have supported our communities in both Elmore and Waconia, MN this past year. Thanks to the countless local leaders, businesses, case managers, families, and residents who have each played an important role in helping us establish these warm and caring communities. We look forward to a wonderful holiday season and an exciting new year full of growth and opportunities!

Published Date: 10 - 21 - 2016
Sunflower Communities Announces November CEU Events for Social Workers & Nurses
This November, we are offering two exciting CEU opportunities for area social workers and nurses in the greater Elmore and Waconia, MN areas. Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, Administrator for Twin Cities Physicians, the on-site primary care providers offering services at both Sunflower locations, will be presenting “Keys to Understanding & Ethically Treating Geriatric Depression & Anxiety” – a presentation worth 1 Hour FREE CEU Credit for social workers and nurses. His presentation at Elmore Assisted Living will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 from Noon – 1:30pm featuring a catered lunch by Panera. His presentation for Nagel Assisted Living will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 8-9:30am and will feature a full catered breakfast at Island View Dining & Banquet Center – 7795 Laketown Parkway – Waconia, MN 55387. RSVP for either event by calling 763.267.6658 or emailing us at: – seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Published Date: 10 - 14 - 2016
Sunflower Communities Announces Promotion of Megan Hickenbottom to Housing Director
We’re proud to announce that Nagel Assisted Living admissions team member Megan Hickenbottom, MSW, LGSW has recently been promoted to the position of Housing Director for Sunflower Communities. In this capacity, she will be working with our communities in Elmore and Waconia, MN to lead all functions of resident admissions and oversee our on-site admissions staff. Additionally, she will be partnering with our dietary, health services, and maintenance teams to ensure that we are continually offering the best service and experience for our residents.

Published Date: 09 - 23 - 2016
Nagel Assisted Living Opens for Preview Tours on Oct. 3
After extensive renovations and decorating, Nagel Assisted Living in downtown Waconia, MN is proud to announce that on-site preview tours will be made available to the general public, interested residents, and case managers starting Monday, Oct. 3. Tour participants will get a sneak preview of the upper floor Meadow View assisted living neighborhood and see both a single and companion bedroom, spa room, community room, bathroom and shower options, and the front lobby and administrative areas. On tour, prospective residents and case managers will be given the option to reserve rooms for early 2017 move-in dates. Preview Tours are scheduled to run several times per week through the end of this year. For more information or to set up a tour, call 763.267.6658 or stop by whenever you see the Tours Available sign posted out front of the building.

Published Date: 09 - 19 - 2016
Elmore Assisted Living Hosts Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for 1st Responders on Sept. 17
The Elmore Assisted Living team was proud to host a very successful pancake breakfast fundraiser for the local 1st Responders on Saturday, Sept. 17. When the event concluded over 100 people had been served and $616 was raised to go to basic supplies and equipment to assist the 1st Responders in their on-going, life-saving work. The Elmore Assisted Living team looks forward to hosting many additional events in the coming year as a part of their overall commitment to strengthening their local community and giving back in a tangible way.

Published Date: 09 - 02 - 2016
Nagel Assisted Living Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Memory Care Addition
Dozens of local business, community, and governmental leaders joined the Sunflower Communities leadership team to celebrate the Official Groundbreaking for the Memory Care Addition to Nagel Assisted Living in Waconia, MN. Joined by key members of the Bauer Construction team, the general contractors heading up the project, eight individuals turned the first shovels of dirt as a ceremonial gesture signifying the first ground breaking on the site of the historic Nagel Hospital in over 70 years. This final project will complete the entire renovation and building process that has been ongoing on the site in downtown Waconia since 2015. Sunflower Leaders hope to see the project finished by the end of December 2016 and are anticipating the first residents moving in and a formal Grand Opening Ceremony in January 2017.

Published Date: 08 - 15 - 2016
Nagel Assisted Living Plans for Final Inspection Before Construction Begins on Memory Care Addition
Final preparations are being made this week for the final walk-through inspection of the existing building on the site of our Nagel Assisted Living Community in Waconia. This is the first step toward commencing construction on Sunflower Court, our new Memory Care addition that will be built this fall. During construction, tours with select case managers, senior care workers, and interested residents and families will begin to take place so they may select and reserve rooms within both the existing building and the new addition. Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care is expected to officially open its doors to residents late 2016 / early 2017.

Published Date: 08 - 10 - 2016
Elmore Assisted Living to Host Booth at the Martin County Fair on Aug. 15 - 23
The Elmore Assisted Living Team is excited to be at the Martin County Fair for nine fun-filled days. If you’re in the area, stop by to meet Elmore’s staff, learn more about our community, and play our Elmore Assisted Living Trivia & Duck Pond Game-complete with fabulous prizes. Our team will also be handing out free ice-cold bottled water wrapped in our new Elmore Assisted Living can koozies!

Published Date: 07 - 25 - 2016
Elmore Assisted Living Team Meets Over 300 People at Faribault County Fair
It was exciting to meet so many families, residents, and senior care workers interested in our new Elmore Assisted Living & Memory Care community at the Faribault County Fair. When the event wrapped up, we had scheduled several tours with prospective residents and family members, and had conversations with over 300 people!

Published Date: 07 - 22 - 2016
Nagel Assisted Living Monument Sign & Historic Markers Now Installed & Lit
Published Date: 07 - 22 - 2016 Several residents in downtown Waconia stepped out of their homes last night to witness a truly spectacular site, Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care was lit up with new lighting for the first time. Beautiful globe lights mounted on top of the original marble columns of the 1930’s era Nagel Hospital adorned the corners of the property while our new monument was illuminated for all to see. The outdoor lighting adds to the historic charm of the property. Many neighbors mentioned their excitement over how our new community is a welcome addition to the downtown Waconia neighborhood.

Published Date: 07 - 18 - 2016
Elmore Assisted Living’s Homemade Cookies Featured at Horse & Buggy Days
Elmore area community members enjoyed fresh baked cookies and lemonade provided by our own Chef Diane at Elmore’s Annual Horse & Buggy Days Celebration. Many community members shared their well wishes and thanks for opening Elmore Assisted Living. And we had a chance to have many conversations with potential residents and their family members about the opportunities that are currently available to live in our community. It was a great event for our team and the greater Elmore community.

Published Date: 07 - 05 - 2016
Nagel Assisted Living Announces Memory Care Expansion Plans
We are excited to announce plans to establish a beautiful memory care neighborhood within our Nagel Assisted Living community in Waconia, MN. Sunflower Court Memory Care Neighborhood will be housed on the upper level of the new addition to Nagel Assisted Living scheduled to be built this fall. This memory care neighborhood will feature 18 beds, a Sensory Lounge, and dining/activity room specially designed for our memory care residents.

Published Date: 06 - 20 - 2016
Chef Diane of Elmore Assisted Living Introduces New Dining Menu Offerings
The kitchen at our Elmore Assisted Living is filled with the aroma of new dishes being prepared by our resident Chef Diane. From Marinated Chicken Kabobs perfect for grilling to a diverse variety of sweet treats, Chef Diane has modified the community dining menu to please the palates of our current residents while continually introducing new dishes. Her new menus are now displayed in our community and can be seen by prospective residents, families, and case managers on tour or online.

Published Date: 06 - 05 - 2016
Pets Now Welcome at Elmore Assisted Living!
We’re excited to announce that we are now accepting both cats and dogs into our Elmore Assisted Living community. We heard from several prospective residents how important it was for them to be able to keep their pet, and we agree! With the addition of a pet play area in the outside courtyard and ample space both inside and out, residents and their four legged friends may now move in together. We will assess every pet on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they meet the behavior and temperament standards that are critical to maintaining a safe community, but are excited about opening the doors to pets at our Elmore community. For more information about our pet policies, call 507.943.3333.

Published Date: 05 - 19 - 2016
Elmore Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Draws Over 100 Attendees!
On Wednesday, May 18th we celebrated the official grand opening of Elmore Assisted Living Community & Memory Care in Elmore, MN. Special thanks to the over 100 people who joined us throughout the celebration, including special guests: - Cindy Lyon, Executive Director, Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce - Rick Ash, CEO, United Hospital District, Inc. - Mary Ellen Rigby, United Hands Hospice - John Roper, County Commissioner & District Representative - Beth Moss, Assistant Director, Faribault County Development Corporation - Carla Prokup, Mayor of Elmore. The event also featured the musical talents of the Blue Earth Area High School Chamber Singers who shared four musical numbers with the audience in a special post-ribbon-cutting concert performance. This event was a great celebration for the city of Elmore and all of the area business and community members involved.

Published Date: 05 - 02 - 2016
Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale Films Video Greeting
When he heard about Elmore Assisted Living & Memory Care opening to the public, Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale happily agreed to film a video greeting for our Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Drawing from the happy memories of his childhood spent in Elmore, Mondale shared his well wishes and insights on the community including the truth that while many senior communities in rural areas are shutting down, Elmore is opening for business and excited about the future. We are thrilled and fortunate to have a strong supporter of our community in Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale.

Published Date: 04 - 18 - 2016
Elmore Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Announced for May 18
Excitement will fill the air on Wednesday, May 18th from 3-6pm as the long-awaited Elmore Assisted Living Community celebrates their Official Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The Ceremony will take place at 3:30pm with many local business leaders and dignitaries in attendance. This official program will be followed by tours, refreshments, and more. The event is open to the entire community of Elmore and surrounding areas. For more information on this event, call 507-943-3333 or email us at:

Published Date: 04 - 11 - 2016
Nagel Assisted Living Starts Planning Construction of New Addition
The leadership team at Nagel Assisted Living recently announced that plans to add a 5,000 square foot addition to the current and original structure are currently moving through the approval process with the City of Waconia, MN. This new construction will house additional room for resident life and activities. It will complement the now beautifully remodeled interior of the existing building. The team is currently working with architects and contractors to make final plans before breaking ground to prepare for the opening of this community later this year.

Published Date: 03 - 31 - 2016
First Resident Moves into Elmore Assisted Living March 30
Our Elmore Assisted Living team celebrated a major milestone yesterday when they welcomed their very first resident. After completing the admissions and intake process earlier in the day with family, the resident moved comfortably in and made themselves at home. We look forward to welcoming many more residents to Elmore Assisted Living in the coming weeks and months!

Published Date: 03 - 23 - 2016
90+ Community Members Tour Elmore During First Open House March 22
The team at Elmore Assisted Living anticipated a well-attended event, but were surprised to see almost 100 people tour through the building during the first official open house. Community members, prospective residents, and families all checked out the new living, dining, and recreation spaces while catching a vision for what this community will offer its residents. Several individuals who visited were surprised to see the transformation and excited about the ways in which Elmore Assisted Living will become an important part of the greater southern Minnesota and northern Iowa community.

Published Date: 03 - 22 - 2016
KEYC News 12 Mankato Features Elmore Assisted Living on 6pm News
Makenzie Kramer, reporter for KEYC News 12 based out of Mankato, came down to see what all of the buzz was about at the new Elmore Assisted Living Community. She and her team put together a great piece highlighting some of our key team members in Elmore sharing what makes this community truly special for the older adults and families that it will soon serve. Check out the story:

Published Date: 03 - 20 - 2016
Elmore Assisted Living Makes the Front Page of the Faribault County Register
With the headline “READY TO OPEN” emblazoned on the front page of every copy of the Faribault County Register this past Saturday, news of our new assisted living and memory care community in Elmore, MN is spreading quickly around the entire southern Minnesota & northern Iowa area. Want to learn more? Read the article: