Minnesota Public Radio: More Minn. nursing homes are closing, and rural towns feel the pain

EXCERPT: “When Karen Olson’s mother was in her mid-80s, her dementia was getting worse. Her physical health was also declining. She needed around-the-clock care, which was more than the family could provide her at home. So, Olson said the family reluctantly decided to move her to the Twin Valley Living Center, the nearby nursing home. ‘They helped us through this process, because when you put a loved one in a nursing home, it’s a horrible feeling. You feel so guilty,’ Olson said. ‘They were there for us.’ Olson, who works just a few blocks from the nursing home, remembers her daily visits there, and how close the family grew to the staff as her mother’s needs grew. ‘My husband and I know a lot of the workers there. My husband being a business owner, he delivered milk there every day. So we knew a lot of the people, and it became home, became our family,’ she said. Then, last September, the Twin Valley Living Center announced it would close in November. Olson was devastated. Her mother had been there about 4 1/2 years.” FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/2XipHxi