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Knute Nelson partners with Centrex Rehab, adds memory care unit

Director of rehab Grant Haugen (right) assists Jeremy Affeldt (left) with rehabilitation after Affeldt had his right leg amputated below the knee. (Beth Leipholtz | Echo Press)

Changes are underway at Knute Nelson in Alexandria, as the care facility has partnered with a new rehabilitation company as well as added a memory care unit.

The rehabilitation partnership is with Centrex Rehab and will expand on the services Knute Nelson offered previously. Centres is an integrated therapy company that offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, staffing and recruiting to fill open positions and meet short-term or long-term staffing needs, management consultation, Medicare compliance consultation, home modification services and cognitive screening and testing.

"They are a very experienced company," said Grant Haugen, director of rehab at Knute Nelson. "They have what I would say is cultural alignment with our values."

Therapists from Knute Nelson's short-term rehab and Grand Arbor's outpatient therapy have continued in their existing roles but became Centrex Rehab employees on June 15.

"It's been going very well," Haugen said. "It's always tough to tell how a transition will unfold but the partnership has been effortless and has energized our staff."

According to Haugen, Knute Nelson is also hoping to grow their rehabilitation services and the age range to which those services are offered.

"One thing that we are really focusing on is outpatient therapy at Grand Arbor," Haugen said. "We have an excellent facility and warm water pool that can be beneficial for a wide range of ages and array of injuries. As we advance in this partnership, we look forward to utilizing these resources, as well as those of Centrex Rehab, to best serve the Alexandria community."

Another area in which Knute Nelson is expanding is memory care, as 12 rooms have opened specifically for those with dementia or Alzheimer's.

The memory care services aim to meet the needs of those living with dementia or Alzheimer's. Services will also benefit those who need physical assistance with daily living activities, supervision for safety and/or regular reminders to perform tasks.

"Alzheimer's and dementia are becoming more and more common in the community," said Angie Urman, Knute Nelson CEO and senior vice president. "We want to be prepared and well-equipped to meet the needs of those we serve and continue enriching their lives for as long as we can."

For more information about the partnership between Centrex Rehab and Knute Nelson or the memory care units, contact Knute Nelson at (320) 763-6653.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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