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Sunnyside Health Care Center is a gem in the community

To the Editor: In July of this year, my father became a resident of Sunnyside Health Care in Cloquet. For most people, the thought of spending your last days in a nursing home facility can be discouraging. Often, there is a negative stereotype su...

To the Editor:

In July of this year, my father became a resident of Sunnyside Health Care in Cloquet. For most people, the thought of spending your last days in a nursing home facility can be discouraging. Often, there is a negative stereotype surrounding nursing homes and family members can feel guilty when choosing this option for a loved one. That is why I felt compelled to share our experience and hopefully correct any misguided opinions that others may have about choosing nursing home care.

My father's last months were spent in an environment surrounded by kind, thoughtful, caring and respectful employees of Sunnyside Health Care. If you spend time in this atmosphere, you see the variety of physical and emotional needs that the staff is serving on a daily basis. The work is not easy or glamorous and our family grew to respect the "quality of care" so graciously given day in and day out to "all" residents.

We are extremely fortunate and blessed as a community to have this facility. I would not hesitate to promote this option for anyone's family member. We witnessed firsthand sincere care and protection of my father. Each time I left, I thanked God for providing staff who truly "ministered to my dad" in a variety of ways as his life came to a close.

With a grateful and humble heart, I thank all of you at Sunnyside Health Care. You are so valuable and appreciated.

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Lori Hatch, Cloquet

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