Our Home News & Events
Caring for Individuals with Dementia – an essential workshop
Join Minnesota Masonic Home and nationally recognized expert, Krisie Barron, LSW for an informative talk regarding best practices and methods for caring for those with dementia. Barron will provide insight into the perspective of a dementia sufferer and tips for a positive approach to care that will help caregivers reduce negative reactions and responses.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Minnesota Masonic Home (Dan Patch Hall)
11501 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437
No registration required. This event is free.
Meet the Administrator
Former Director of Guest Services for Minnesota Masonic Home, Beth Schroeder, moved into the Administrator role on February 1, 2017 after serving as the Interim Administrator. The appointment is a natural fit for Schroeder, who cut her teeth at MMH as a Health Care Administration intern under the tutelage of the late Shelly Wiggin. Even before college, Schroeder had hoped to one day work at Masonic after visiting her grandmother at MMH’s TCU.
“She has a true understanding of our culture,” said Minnesota Masonic Charities President and CEO, Eric J. Neetenbeek. “That’s important here, because it is a very strong culture of compassion that dates back nearly a century. Ms. Schroeder is committed to continuing our tradition of exceptional care and our high standards of quality.”
Avoid the Elements — Park in the Proper Place
With the addition of the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, our campus has grown; it may be difficult for first-time visitors to locate the entrance and parking lot they are looking for. Even with new signage throughout the grounds, understanding what is the best location to park can be confusing. Please refer to the map, below, for a bird’s eye view.
You may also download the campus map, which includes floor-by-floor plans of Minnesota Masonic Home Care Center (Skilled Nursing, Memory Care, Transitional Care Units and Rehabilitative Services) and our Assisted Living floors.
Note that when you approach our campus on Normandale Avenue, you will first come to the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center entrance. That entrance will take you to the Masonic Square independent living area of our campus as well as the Heritage Center parking lot. Do NOT enter here if you are interested in going to the Masonic Home Care Center.
If you are interested in the Masonic Home Care Center or Assisted Living, please proceed on Normandale to the Minnesota Masonic Home entrance. Down our driveway, you will come to a circular drive. The Assisted Living entrance is directly ahead, at the top of that circle. If you are interested in the Minnesota Masonic Home Care Center, turn right and follow the driveway around the building until you reach the Care Center entrance and parking lot on the east side of our campus.
Of course, all of our guests are welcome to tour any area of our campus! To request a formal tour of the Minnesota Masonic Home, contact us by email or phone 952-948-7915. If you would like to tour the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, contact us by email or phone 952-948-6500, ext. 4.
Minnesota Masonic Home Loses Respected Friend, Administrator
September 9, 2016 — Minnesota Masonic Home representatives announce the passing on September 2, 2016 of the Home’s administrator, Shelly Wiggin. Ms. Wiggin served as administrator for MMH since 2007 and has been instrumental in creating a thriving elder care environment there. A visitation and memorial service are planned for Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center’s Ives Auditorium, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN, 55437. Visitation at 1 p.m., Service at 2 p.m.
The news comes on the heels of an announcement earlier in the week by Care Providers of Minnesota that Ms. Wiggin was honored with their “Excellence in Leadership” Award. The honor recognizes the achievements of an individual at a leadership level within the eldercare community and their ability to motivate and inspire others.
“Shelly exemplifies what it means to be a leader in the care industry,” said Eric J. Neetenbeek, president and CEP of Minnesota Masonic Charities, the organization that administers MMH. “Minnesota Masonic Home, its staff, residents and families have all greatly benefited from her vast experience and insightful approach.”
Ms. Wiggin’s long career in elder services began as a dishwasher and nursing home candy striper. She eventually focused on nursing and has served for 23 years as an administrator.
“During her tenure serving MMH, Shelly has created a professional environment that is patient-focused, team-oriented and committed to the highest standards in patient care,” said Della Kadymova, Minnesota Masonic Home’s Director of Nursing. “There could be a no more deserving recipient for this award.”
Care Providers is a nonprofit membership association representing service providers along the full spectrum of care. Minnesota Masonic Home will accept the Excellence in Leadership Award in Shelly’s behalf at Care Providers Of Minnesota’s annual “Celebration of Caring” Gala on November 15, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minn.