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Providing Care for Your Loved Ones - Long Term Care Center

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When physical or health needs necessitate care outside the home, we are able to provide loving and supportive 24-hour nursing care. Our professional staff includes RNs Certified in Gerontology, RN’s, LPNs and Nursing Assistants who are all dedicated to excellent care and service. Our interdisciplinary team, including resident and family members, will develop an individualized care plan that includes social, spiritual and health care services needed to maximize our residents' comfort, security and well-being. 

5-Star Rating Earned

For the 7th year in a row, the Long Term Care Center received a 5-star rating - the most possible - from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS scores nursing homes on health inspection; staffing; and quality of resident care (based on 11 physical and clinical care measures.)

Social Services

Medical social workers are part of the interdisciplinary care team in the Long Term Care Center.  Social work services include, but are not limited to:

  • Referrals and admissions to our care facility
  • Resident and family support
  • Assessment of residents’ emotional and social needs
  • Coordination of resident care conferences
  • Assistance in planning for a return to the community
  • Resource information and referrals
  • Leadership of resident council and family council meetings
  • Assistance with completion of advance care planning documents

LTCC Staff Dementia Training

Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center is committed to providing excellent care to all our residents. All direct care staff (nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, Life Enrichment, dietary and housekeeping staff) and their supervisors receive comprehensive training in dementia care annually to ensure your loved one’s needs are met with compassion, dignity and respect.

Training is based on the “Hand in Hand” training series for nursing homes developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and “The Open Dementia Program,” developed by the Alzheimer’s Society and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Topics covered include:

  • Foundational overview of dementia
  • Communicating with persons with dementia
  • Understanding the actions and reactions of persons with dementia
  • Seeing the world through the perspective of the person with dementia
  • Preventing and recognizing abuse
  • Assisting with activities of daily living throughout the progression of dementia
  • Recognizing and focusing on strengths and abilities
  • Meeting persons with dementia in their world

Rehabilitation Services

We have a highly dedicated team of physical, occupational and speech therapists onsite to promote optimal health and a successful recovery. We recognize that each individual has specific needs and goals. Therapy is therefore customized to each individual to help achieve maximum independence for a safe return to home. Therapy may help you regain mobility after surgery, reduce pain, evaluate your cognition, or improve balance and safety.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may help you regain the ability to walk after surgery, reduce pain, improve strength or balance and provide safety training. Therapists use a combination of manual techniques, exercise, stretching and walking to help you achieve the highest possible level of independence with mobility. Your physical therapist will examine you and talk to you about your symptoms, current level of activity, and your treatment goals and plan.

Occupational Therapy

 As a result of injury or illness, you may have difficulty completing everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, cooking or housekeeping. Occupational therapists work with you on activities of daily living. Your occupational therapist will examine you and talk to you about your symptoms, current level of activity, cognitive function and your treatment goals and plan. Sometimes an assessment of your own home is completed to help make the transition to home safe and successful. 

Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists use therapy techniques to help individuals who have difficulty producing speech sounds, problems understanding or expressing themselves or cognitive impairment. Speech therapists also work with people who have difficulty swallowing. Your therapy team will work with you and your health care team for maximum success in your recovery.

Life Enrichment Program

The life enrichment staff members work hard to customize activities to enhance the quality of life for our residents. Group and individual activities are offered daily in addition to music therapy and music programs. Family members are always welcome to join activities with their loved one. In the summer, residents and guests can relax on the beautiful patio with our raised gardens, water feature and bonfires. This is also the perfect spot for family picnics!

Please contact Life Enrichment Coordinator with any question or concerns at 507-646-1312 or patrickt@northfieldhospital.org.


Good nutrition is important throughout the lifecycle and can help to improve quality of life overall. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) work to ensure that each resident is getting adequate nutrition. We do this by assessing each resident when they are admitted and as needed. This process allows the RDN to create a personalized nutrition plan and make recommendations for you no matter what nutrition challenges you  may have. The RDN also provides nutrition education on therapeutic diets (such as diabetic, low sodium, etc.) as needed. For questions, contact us at 507-646-1410.

Meals and Menus 

Nutrition Services provides nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks as desired. Our four week cycle menu changes twice a year for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Residents are offered a choice of entrees at each meal. In addition, residents may order grill, salad and pizza choices from our Ala Carte Menu for lunch and dinner. Resident council meets monthly to offer suggestions for resident choice meals. We welcome guest and family members to make a reservation to have a meal in the dining room by purchasing a meal ticket from the nurse’s station.

4 Week Menu List

Spiritual Care

We have a commitment to creating a strong community through a focus on holistic care – the health of the mind, body and spirit. Residents will find a variety of spiritual opportunities, respecting their beliefs and practices, to enhance their daily lives. Spiritual care provides the following:

  • Spiritual and emotional support for  all faith traditions 
  • Regular worship services
  • Administration of sacraments
  • Spiritual growth activities such as bible study, Catholic fellowship, and Rosary
  • Visits by a chaplain 
  • Spiritual comfort and support in times of crisis
  • Confidential counsel 
  • Assistance  with serious illness, grief and loss, end-of-life concerns and ethical decision making
  • Creation and coordination of religious and memorial services
  • Support and encouragement to maintain contact between residents and their own faith communities

Our chaplain may be reached at 507-646-1443.

Environment of Care

In addition to the care team listed, the Long Term Care Center team includes dedicated housekeeping and custodial and maintenance staff who assure the comfort, cleanliness and safety of our residents' environment throughout the building and grounds.

Other Amenities:

  • Music therapy
  • Wireless internet
  • Computer access with e-mail options
  • Exceptional outdoor patio and grounds, with walking paths
  • All private rooms with  bathrooms
  • Beauty and barber shop services
  • Dental services
  • Podiatry services
  • Audiology services
  • Optometry services

Special Functions

Families may arrange with nursing to reserve a room for special functions. Food may be ordered and purchased through nutrition services with a 1 week advanced notice.

Contact Information

Nursing Station: 507-646-1300
Social Services: 507-646-1147


Residents, family members and friends of the Long Term Care Center make contributions to the Northfield Hospital Foundation Long Term Care Campaign as a way of enriching the lives or our residents. Your gift provides activities that enhance the quality of life for our residents. 

Your heartfelt gift provides comfort to others:

  • Funding for resident outings 
  • Funding for entertainment for our residents 
  • Resident/Family sensory engagement bag items to help facilitate engagement with loved ones 
  • Comfort Care Basket Items (materials to provide support & comfort for the family) 
  • CD players/MP3 players for our Music & Memory Program  
  • iTunes gift card for Music & Memory program to provide residents with individual based playlists  
  • iPad(s) to keep families connected

How to Donate:

DONATE TO LONG TERM CARE NOW by credit card, debit card or bank account. Select Long Term Care in the “Select a campaign” drop down.

Donate by Mail: Please make check out to Northfield Hospital Foundation and write Long Term Care in the memo line. Mail to: Northfield Hospital Foundation 2000 North Avenue, MN 55057

Learn more about Northfield Hospital Foundation.


Long Term Care Center

(507) 646-1300
(507) 646-1316
24 Hour Care
2000 North Avenue, Northfield, Minnesota 55057
Long Term Care Center Entrance