Give to the Max Day

November 10, 2017 

PioneerCare Foundation is inviting new donors to join the giving movement to support the mission of PioneerCare and to continue the vision of caring for those who cared for us.

Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 16, and gives people the opportunity to donate online through its web site, GiveMN.org. PioneerCare Foundation (listed in GiveMn.org by its legal name, Pioneer Home Foundation) has a profile page that can be accessed directly here.

Donations make an impact: Last year PioneerCare Foundation provided funds to purchase diagnostic technology to serve patients in Pioneer ShortStay and other areas of our care center. Support from PioneerCare Foundation last year also made over $87,000 in building improvements to Pioneer Cottages Memory Care in Fergus Falls. In 2015, PioneerCare Foundation raised $150,000 to buy a new activity bus and replace vans to escort residents to daily appointments – just another example of the impact made by donors.

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help PioneerCare Foundation receive an additional donation of $1,000. How? On November 16, every gift made through the GiveMN.org web site will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization. Your gift of $10 or more could instantly turn into an extra $1,000. 

Here’s the really exciting part: One donation made on GiveMN.org during the Give to the Max campaign will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Ticket.

The more gifts PioneerCare Foundation generates on GiveMN.org during Give to the Max Day, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $10,000 donation. Imagine what we could do with $10,000!

If you would like more details about PioneerCare Foundation or would like to donate directly, please contact Steve Guttormson, PioneerCare Foundation Director.

Auxiliary’s Annual Pie Sale

November 1, 2017 

PioneerCare Auxiliary’s annual pie sale fundraiser is now in progress. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 10.

Choose from a delicious variety including pumpkin, apple caramel nut, pecan, french silk, fruits of the forest, blueberry gourmet, strawberry rhubarb, and peach. Apple turnovers are also available. Funds raised go to support projects and programs to directly benefit residents of PioneerCare.

Stop by PioneerCare Center to pick up your order form or download/print your own copy:

Holiday Pie Sale Fundraiser-2017

Caregiver: Short Shifts

October 27, 2017 

Join our Pioneer Pointe staff as a part time caregiver working evening short shifts (4:00 pm to 8:00 pm) with an every-other-weekend/holiday rotation. This blended role provides routine individualized healthcare and assists with evening meals for persons living at Pioneer Pointe independent living apartments at 411 East Everett in Fergus Falls. Meal duties include clearing and resetting tables each evening. This position works 32 hours per pay period.

Apply online now or contact the PioneerCare human resources office at 218.998.1500 for details. PioneerCare is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

CNA Class Begins Dec 19

October 27, 2017 

PioneerCare provides free Nursing Assistant training for qualified candidates ages 16 and older.

Apply online now for a CNA position, interview and shadowing experience: Try a shift before you begin. Complete the background study and the NCRC Assessment through the Minnesota Workforce Center. If you’re accepted, PioneerCare will help you register for the course. Class meets on the M State-Fergus Falls campus:

  • Dec. 19-20: 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Dec. 21-22, 26, 27 & 29: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Dec. 28: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Jan 3-4, Clinical Experience: 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Jan 6, Clinical Experience: 6:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Jan 11: Nurse Assistant Exam at 4:00 pm

PioneerCare pays training expenses, including cost of certification exam, if you successfully complete the program and become a Certified Nursing Assistant at PioneerCare. Pioneer starts new CNAs at $14/hour plus benefits including $1/hour added pay for evening and night shifts, scholarship opportunities, paid time off, and full-time benefits including 401K, health and dental insurance, and more!

Apply online here or call PioneerCare Human Resources at 218.998.1500. PioneerCare is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Cook – Full Time

October 27, 2017 

Ready to take your cooking experience to a different level? The PioneerCare culinary team seeks a full time cook. Day shifts include weekend and holiday rotation. The successful candidate must work well independently, demonstrate strong customer service skills and pass a criminal background check. ServSafe certification preferred; however, we may help the successful candidate obtain it.

Benefits include paid time off, 401k, voluntary insurance benefits, employee wellness gym and more. Apply online here or phone 218.998.1500 to speak with Human Resources. PioneerCare is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Service of Commemoration

September 6, 2017 

Please Join Us:
Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 p.m.
The PioneerCare Original Campus
1006 Sheridan Street S, Fergus Falls

Special Message by the Reverend Laurie Natwick, Assistant to the Bishop of the ELCA Northwest Minnesota Synod

On October 7, 1928, area churches held special worship services to celebrate a new way of caring for elders and at 2:00 that afternoon, the first residents moved into Pioneer Home. Please join us as we commemorate that day, honor our past, and peer into the future.

Refreshments and self-guided tours will follow the service.

No RSVP necessary. Call 218.998.1500 with questions

Homemakers (Dietary Related)

August 17, 2017 

Care Center-2 2016-07PioneerCare Center is seeking individuals to fill part time day and evening homemaker positions.

If you enjoy connecting with people and seeing first-hand the difference you make each day, this may be a great fit for you. Prepare and serve meals to a small group of residents, do basic kitchen cleanup, and other tasks that are at the center of a household.

Applicants must at least 16 years old and successfully pass a criminal background study.

To apply online click here or visit Human Resources at PioneerCare Center, 1131 Mabelle Avenue S, Fergus Falls.

PioneerCare is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Nurses: PM Shifts

August 9, 2017 

Work Every Third Weekend!

We know weekend time off is important for work/life balance, so PioneerCare now offers nurses evening shift scheduling (2:15 pm to 10:45 pm) with an every-third-weekend rotation.
This pilot program, for evening shifts only, adds to the many reasons to choose PioneerCare as your employer of choice:

Beautiful Work Setting: PioneerCare Center provides 24-hour short-term and long-term care in a gorgeous state-of-the-art facility. Focus your work with a smaller group of individuals in a household setting and build relationships with those you care for – and their families.

Better Compensation: PioneerCare has invested over $1 million in new money to increase pay and benefits including shift differentials, 401K, paid time off, voluntary insurance benefits, wellness gym and more.

RECENT GRADS – Scholarships & Loan Repayment: If you’re a qualifying nurse who joins our staff at PioneerCare Center, we’ll make your student loan payments for as long as you’re employed here. Additional funds are available for scholarships to pursue additional education.

Candidates must be have current LPN or RN nursing licensure in Minnesota.

  • Apply online
  • Phone 218.998.1500
  • Or stop by PioneerCare Center, 1131 Mabelle Ave S, Fergus Falls

PioneerCare is an equal opportunity provider and employer

PioneerCare Suites Planned Closure

August 9, 2017 

After five years of providing enhanced assisted living services in its location at 1006 Sheridan Street South in Fergus Falls, PioneerCare leadership has announced the planned closure of its PioneerCare Suites. Nathan Johnson, PioneerCare’s CEO, met face-to-face to inform current staff, residents and families last month.

“For several years we knew we faced an important decision with regard to the building. Simply put, the current physical plant, which has certain portions as old as 90 years, has numerous deficiencies and can no longer effectively provide assisted living services,” Johnson said.

“With careful reflection on our mission, our board of directors and staff leadership have concluded that in its present state, the building is holding us back.”

A resident relocation team made up of key staff and led by Tara Wagner, PioneerCare’s director of social services, will assist each resident in relocation to another care setting appropriate to their individual needs. Families will be invited to work closely with the team to assure as smooth a transition as possible. The goal is to vacate the building to allow closure by the end of August.

Caregivers and other staff working at PioneerCare Suites are offered the opportunity to continue employment seamlessly within other care settings in the organization, such as PioneerCare Center and Pioneer Cottages Memory Care.

Building Slated for Demolition

The future of the former nursing home building on Sheridan Street has been in a suspended state since the care center’s move to new quarters in 2011. Once providing care for as many as 105 residents, the building has since served as home for just up to 20 residents of PioneerCare Suites. Pioneer’s business office, foundation office, and PioneerLink program also have been housed at the site. Otherwise, over two thirds of the building has stood unused.

Once residents and staff of PioneerCare Suites vacate the building and other offices are relocated, the building will be scheduled for demolition as early as October.

Recognizing a need to provide better care for older adults, church and community leaders organized to form the non-profit organization in October 1926. The original building opened on October 7, 1928, becoming the first nursing home in Otter Tail County. Beginning in the mid-1950s, wings were added to expand the building’s capacity each decade through the 1980s.

The 1990s saw demand grow for more diverse forms of senior care. In response, Pioneer Pointe was built as an independent living setting and Pioneer Cottages opened to provide memory care.

By 2007, leadership considered remodeling the original building to meet today’s regulatory and market expectations. Early in that planning process, it became clear that building a new care center from the ground up was the best solution. With completion of PioneerCare Center in May 2011, residents moved from the Sheridan facility to Mabelle Avenue with fanfare that included a parade led by residents in classic cars, staff carrying banners, and the Fergus Falls High School Marching Band.

“In its time, the original site was a landmark for providing innovative care,” Johnson said. “In 2011, PioneerCare Center became that landmark for us.”

Closure and Demolition is Step Toward Plan for Future

In 2016, a group of staff, board members, and other stakeholders participated in strategic planning exercises to create a shared vision for PioneerCare’s future. Market surveys were also completed at that time. That input helped lead the group to conclude that saving the original structure was unfeasible.

Leadership is discussing plans on how to best provide new housing and care services on the site that address community needs and complement the neighboring Pioneer Pointe apartments. For the short term, the property will be designed and maintained as an open, park-like space.

PioneerCare will host events for residents and their families, staff, and others to properly commemorate the past, share stories, and help envision the future. Details will be publicized on the organization’s web site and through local media as plans are developed.

Housekeeping: Part Time

August 7, 2017 

We’re seeking a part-time housekeeper for day shifts (7:00 am to 3:30 pm): 56 hours per two-week pay period including every third weekend and every third holiday rotation. Help maintain an attractive, clean, and orderly environment for residents of PioneerCare Center, a beautiful care setting in Fergus Falls. Competitive pay and benefits including paid time off, staff wellness center, and more.

Essential skills include attention to health and safety standards, an eye for detail, effective time management, a solid work ethic, and ability to work with little supervision. The successful applicant must be at least 18 years old and pass a criminal background study.

Apply online here or contact the PioneerCare Human Resources Office at 218-998-1500. PioneerCare is an equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.

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