Career Opportunities

Want to make a difference? Join Birchwood Cottages, where we make positive impacts in the lives of those touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Birchwood Cottages North Mankato Memory Care is seeking an experienced Clinical Nurse Supervisor (CNS) who has a passion and drive to provide high quality care to those living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, or other forms of memory loss.

As the CNS, you will be responsible for planning, organizing, developing, evaluating and effectively directing the clinical staff and program in order to ensure the delivery of resident care and services are consistent with regulations and established clinical best practices.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Knowledge of current Assisted Living with Dementia Care and other applicable regulations and laws.
  • Being prepared for, participate in, and respond to state and county surveys.
  • Creating and supporting an environment that achieves high quality care of residents that maintains their independence and dignity to the highest degree possible.
  • Possess the ability to deal respectfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the general public.
  • Being involved in resident assessments and admissions.
  • Understanding and have working knowledge of caring for those with memory loss including but not limited to communication, providing care, managing challenging behaviors, and caring for caregivers.
  • Monitor and supervise resident care and services regularly to ensure quality by maintaining resident charts, progress notes, and other required documentation.
  • Assure that medication administration procedures are followed properly and discuss any needed corrections, error, training, etc. with staff.
  • Leading and supporting members of the healthcare team providing necessary the training, and ensuring proper floor coverage including conducting reviews, coaching, and addressing employee performance concerns.
  • Meet with staff on a regular basis; solicit advice regarding residents and cottage concerns, assisting to identify and correct any areas of concern and/or the improvement of services.

Requirements:

  • Must possess, as a minimum, be a currently licensed RN with the state of Minnesota.
  • Must have a knowledge and understanding of older adults in an assisted living and/or memory care community.
  • Willingness to share on-call responsibilities on a rotating basis to respond to emergencies via telephone.
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background study.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Medical Specialty:

  • Geriatrics

Physical Setting:

  • Long term care

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday
  • On call

COVID-19 considerations:
All employees are to wear a mask, and eye protection when in the building. All employees have their temperature taken upon arrival.

Experience:

  • Nursing: 1 year (Preferred)

License/Certification:

  • RN (Preferred)

Fill your day with fun, creativity and laughter while creating memorable experiences as an Engagement Coordinator with Birchwood Cottages.

In this role, you will be planning and implementating programming for our residents that will enhance their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Planning and implementation of all resident activities – fun dress up days, Bingo!, movies, arts & crafts – let your creativity soar!
  • Create a written, weekly, monthly and annual Community Resident Centered Engagement program.
  • Provide daily group programming, ensure all Residents are engaged based on individual preferences and ensure they have meaningful experiences inside and outside the facility.
  • Maintain a professional, warm and caring relationship and contacts with the community
  • Effectively encourage and actively promote residents participation in activities, social gatherings and community events.
  • Initiate and conduct resident activities including groups and working with volunteers
  • Be comfortable working with seniors with memory loss
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to meet the needs of residents
  • Be available to work every other weekend
  • Ensure timely and prominent display of the engagement calendar each month.
  • Assist with Residents meals and snacks.
  • Manages and directs Activities assistants.
  • Transport residents to structured engagement activities.
  • Involve and assist the Resident and Family Councils and Resident Meetings by playing a key role in their monthly meetings.
  • At the direction of the Executive Director, work with consultants and other outside resources to provide a well-balanced program for the residents.

Qualifications

  • Must successfully complete a background study
  • Associate’s Degree in Recreational Therapy or Human Services or Music Therapy or another related field required; Bachelor’s Degree Preferred.
  • 1-3 years previous experience in a related field preferred.
  • CNA, HHA, or PCA preferred but not required
  • Experience working with seniors and/or memory care preferred
  • Must be able to read, write and speak the English language.
  • Must maintain networking skills, computer proficiency of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Publisher.
  • Physical requirements include bending, standing, lifting, stooping, sitting, walking, stretching and ability to lift/carry up to 40 lbs.
  • Must have a current valid Driver’s license

Birchwood Cottages specializes in memory care. We are homestyle assisted living and enhanced care setting that offers a secured community with two separate neighborhoods that are joined together. Each neighborhood has room for 16 residents. Our team members are specifically trained to support and care for those with dementia and memory loss.

People. Purpose. Passion. Join a team of individuals who are passionate about memory care, and create purpose and joy for those we serve. Apply today!

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Holidays
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
All employees must wear a mask and eye protection. COVID-19 Vaccine strongly encouraged.

*****ASK ABOUT OUR COMPETITIVE STARTING WAGE!!!*****NEW HIGHER STARTING WAGE!!!*****

Birchwood Cottage strives to provide exceptional service to our residents, their families, and our staff. Resident families depend on our staff for continuous communication, education, support and encouragement through a difficult journey. We believe that our employees are heroes, and that they deserve a workplace that provides opportunities for individual success and professional growth.

Interested in a new, rewarding opportunity, but don’t have prior training? We have you covered. Birchwood Cottages provides specialized training for individuals who are interested in joining our team and exploring a career change.

We have full time and part time openings for Resident Assistants on a variety of shifts!

Shifts Available: Full-time, Part-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Holidays
  • Weekend availability

*****ASK ABOUT OUR COMPETITIVE STARTING WAGE!!!*****NEW HIGHER STARTING WAGE!!!*****

Birchwood Cottage strives to provide exceptional service to our residents, their families, and our staff. Resident families depend on our staff for continuous communication, education, support and encouragement through a difficult journey. We believe that our employees are heroes, and that they deserve a workplace that provides opportunities for individual success and professional growth.

Interested in a new, rewarding opportunity, but don’t have prior training? We have you covered. Birchwood Cottages provides specialized training for individuals who are interested in joining our team and exploring a career change.

We have full time and part time openings for Resident Assistants on a variety of shifts!

Shifts Available: Full-time, Part-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Holidays
  • Weekend availability

Seeking caring and compassionate individuals who can provide direct care to elderly residents. Duties include but not limited to: assisting with personal cares, meals, transferring and mobility, and monitoring for changes in health status. Experienced caregivers or CNA’s is a plus, but will train the right candidate.

Job Type: Part-time, Full-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Rotating weekends and holidays
  • AM, PM, NOC shifts available

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Owatonna, MN 55060: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Caregiving: 1 year (Preferred)

*****ASK ABOUT OUR COMPETITIVE STARTING WAGE!!!*****NEW HIGHER STARTING WAGE!!!*****

Birchwood Cottage strives to provide exceptional service to our residents, their families, and our staff. Resident families depend on our staff for continuous communication, education, support and encouragement through a difficult journey. We believe that our employees are heroes, and that they deserve a workplace that provides opportunities for individual success and professional growth.

Interested in a new, rewarding opportunity, but don’t have prior training? We have you covered. Birchwood Cottages provides specialized training for individuals who are interested in joining our team and exploring a career change.

We have full time and part time openings for Resident Assistants on a variety of shifts!

Shifts Available: Full-time, Part-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Holidays
  • Weekend availability

Looking for a rewarding career serving others? We are seeking a reliable individual to join our Dining Services team that has the passion and drive to serve great homestyle meals to our residents, families and team members.

The Ideal candidate’s responsibility includes delivering a high-quality dining experience for the Birchwood Cottages community. This involves food prepping, cooking, baking and serving meals and other duties to meet the dietary needs of our residents and community.

Desired Experience:

  • 6 months cooking experience preferred
  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Experience working in an assisted living facility commercial kitchen is a plus but will train the right individual!
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background study
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule that includes days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to read, write and speak the English Language.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Possess willingness to work harmoniously with other staff and personnel.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: From $14.50 per hour

Benefits:

  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Restaurant experience: 1 year (Preferred)

Fill your day with fun, creativity and laughter while creating memorable experiences as an Activities Assistant with Birchwood Cottages.

In this role, you will be helping with the planning and implementation of activities for our residents that will enhance their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Assist in planning and implementation of all resident activities – fun dress up days, Bingo!, movies, arts & crafts – let your creativity soar!
  • Maintain a professional, warm and caring relationship and contacts with the community
  • Assist residents to and from activities
  • Initiate and conduct resident activities including groups and working with volunteers
  • Be comfortable working with seniors with memory loss
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to meet the needs of residents
  • Be available to work every other weekend

Qualifications

  • Must successfully complete a background study
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • CNA, HHA, or PCA preferred but not required
  • Experience working with seniors and/or memory care preferred
  • Must be able to read, write and speak the English language
  • Must have a current valid Driver’s license

Birchwood Cottages specializes in memory care. We are homestyle assisted living and enhanced care setting that offers a secured community with two separate neighborhoods that are joined together. Each neighborhood has room for 16 residents. Our team members are specifically trained to support and care for those with dementia and memory loss.

People. Purpose. Passion. Join a team of individuals who are passionate about memory care, and create purpose and joy for those we serve. Apply today!

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Holidays
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
All employees must wear a mask and eye protection. COVID-19 Vaccine strongly encouraged.

Experience:

  • Senior Care: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Activities: 1 year (Preferred)
lindsey
The purpose, Lindsey, finds at Birchwood Cottages:
Lindsey Chouinard, RN

What inspires me?
The passion and drive to want to help people through some of their most difficult times.

Why Birchwood?
It is a company that is passionate to help not only the residents that they serve but also their employees. Birchwood goes above and beyond to ensure that their residents and staff feel important, heard and feel valued. I know that I am so much more than just a number to this company.

What do I enjoy most about working in memory care?
Hmmm…. Where to start. Being able to reassure residents that they are safe when they are confused and gaining their trust during some of their most difficult times. Helping families to navigate difficult time in the disease and assuring them that they are not alone and providing them resources for additional support. What we do is as much for the residents as it is for the families at times and helping all is at the core of what we do.

Kassandra
The purpose, Kassandra, finds at Birchwood Cottages:
Kassandra Fierst, RN

What inspires me?
My family is what inspires me. I am very blessed to have two beautiful children who encourage me every day. They remind me to smile and enjoy life especially in times like now when life has become so serious.

Why Memory Care?
Birchwood Cottages is such a family oriented work place. I thrive in an environment that brings forth such a strong working team that not only challenges me mentally everyday but also makes me feel valued. Not just an employee but as a person as well.

Why Birchwood?
There are so many gratifying aspects of working in memory care. It’s rewarding. I always leave my day feeling as if I made a small difference in someone’s day. Even if it’s something as simple as making one of our residents smile. Its special being able to build a trusting connection with our residents and family. I feel honored to be a part of our residents journey through the challenges memory loss. Memory Care is about living in the moment they may not recall working with me but to me its about creating goals to ensure their quality of life continues to have meaning.

Sonja
The purpose, Sonja, finds at Birchwood Cottages:
Elli Fuller, LALD

What inspires me?
Being part of a positive, like-minded, hard-working team. This can be at work or in my personal life. When I am surrounded by people that want to help make a positive change in the world – I become inspired to work harder on that same goal.

Why Memory Care?
Birchwood Cottages has outstanding leadership with the care of the residents and the team as a top priority. Each resident is able to experience their day the way that they want to – sleep in, watch tv, have a snack, play BINGO, sing Karaoke, play balloon badminton, and many other opportunities offered. They are not forced into a routine that works for the staff; we work around what works for the resident.

Why Birchwood?
As a former award winning Brain Trainer, understanding how the brain works is fascinating to me. Being able to help a resident who does not understand what is going on and helping them feel safe and secure gives me a sense of purpose.

maria
The purpose, Maria, finds at Birchwood Cottages:
Kim Alinder, BA, LALD, ACC/MC

What inspires me?
The staff here at Birchwood inspires me. The Resident Assistants that put in many hours caring for our residents as though it were a family member of their own. When I see a Resident’s face light up because of a connection that one of our staff members had with them. Whether it was a kind word or smile or a simple act of love, it was a connection. It’s that face when their eyes light up and their smile appears. It’s that moment that inspires me.

Why Birchwood?
It’s a state-of-the-art facility with a home like atmosphere that is thoughtfully carried out by the many amenities it offers. It’s small and designed well and kept very clean. It’s a beautiful facility.

What do I enjoy about working in Memory Care?
I enjoy providing care and preserving dignity to those who are losing so much. I feel like it’s a population that needs to be reached and it makes me happy when I can connect with them as well as provide them with a safe environment and home.

emily
The purpose, Emily, finds at Birchwood Cottages:
Emily Bertrang, LPN

What inspires me?
Knowing I can make a difference in the lives of residents and families during this difficult disease. I always want to bring smiles to the resident’s faces.

Why Memory Care?

I’ve been in Memory Care for over five years. The relationships you build with staff, residents and families are special and unique.

Why Birchwood?

I love the home-like feeling that Birchwood provides. It is a close knit family type feeling.

kati
The purpose, Kati, finds at Birchwood Cottages:
Kati Hanson, BS, RPLS, TRS

What inspires you?
I am inspired by those who need help. I believe my purpose in life is to make the lives of others better. I am inspired to offer guidance to those who are either no longer able to do the things they once loved, or need to adapt how they once enjoyed those things. I ultimately want to work with veterans who are disabled, in an adaptive outdoor recreation setting.

Why Birchwood Cottages?
While I was still working at my previous job, I had received positive feedback from fellow coworkers who worked part-time at Birchwood Cottages. They described the beauty of the facility, the high-quality care of the residents, the professional treatment and recognition of staff, and the cleanliness of the facility. Those are some of the reasons I chose to work for Birchwood Cottages.

What do you enjoy about working in memory care?
I enjoy working in memory care because you are able to touch their lives differently than you would any other population. It’s pleasurable to find creative ways to connect with an individual based on their interests and previous lifestyles. Some may respond well to music, while others may respond well to physical touch, or discussing their life on the farm.

doug
The purpose, Doug, finds at Birchwood Cottages:
Doug Mehlhaff, BS – Business and Horticulture

What Inspires me?
I try to exceed expectations by always striving for excellence for myself and others. I try to understand others first, instead of expecting them to understand me. Understanding, respect, kindness, politeness and helpfulness are all attributes for serving others. By serving others I’m always serving my God.

Why Memory Care?
Recognizing that not everyone is “cut out” for the work, I chose to work in a memory care community because of the challenge and the reward that it provides for me. Working in a memory care community requires a special person who can provide expertise by providing a learned and strategic individualized care plan to each resident through a 24/7 observation of the resident. It requires an understanding that in order to reach the resident, I need to get into each resident’s personal world all the while providing a community world atmosphere.

Why Birchwood Cottages?
I enjoy Birchwood Cottages because it’s locally and privately owned. By being a smaller, self-managed operation Birchwood Cottages can provide a more specialized, common sense approach for the health, safety, security of its residents. The goal for Birchwood Cottages is to strive for excellence and I strive to make it the very best memory care provider in south central Minnesota, for our residents and their families.

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