State grants provide variety of nursing home improvements

State grants provide variety of nursing home improvements

More than 100 nursing homes across Minnesota have launched 36 projects to promote better care and quality of life for their residents. The projects, funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), range from efforts to improve mental health and social connections to reducing falls and infections. 

At $6.7 million per year, the Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) provides up to 5 percent in additional operating payments to nursing homes throughout the state. PIPP lets nursing homes dedicate resources to quality improvement and requires them to meet specific goals related to care, resident quality of life, workforce and other issues. Since 2006, the program has funded more than 300 projects. Eighty percent of Minnesota nursing homes have participated. 

“Collectively, these performance improvement projects make a big difference and improve the lives of thousands of nursing home residents,” said DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “We’ve seen ground-breaking improvements in areas like resident sleep quality and falls prevention. Nursing facility staff are invested in making improvements and excited about sharing successes with their peers.” Current grantees are listed by region.

Central/West Central 

Care Ventures Collaborative, multiple locations, $122,568 to develop a resident centered behavioral management program using evidenced-based practices to improve quality of life. 

Care Ventures Collaborative, multiple locations, $97,811 to improve management of resident pain by implementing a comprehensive pain management system. 

CentraCare Health Collaborative, multiple locations, $56,931 to create a telehealth pain program that will pair residents experiencing chronic pain with an integrated pain team. 

Clara City Care Center, Clara City, $9,805 to develop weight-loss prevention programming to reduce the number of pressure ulcers and weight loss. 

Cornerstone Nursing & Rehab Center, Bagley, $19,573 to provide a higher quality of life and care for residents by enhancing training and education of staff. 

Evansville Care Center, Evansville, $10,143 to improve fall assessment, prevention, follow-up and interventions. 

Glencoe Regional Health Services, Glencoe, $16,303 to improve the dining experience by implementing an open breakfast and fine dining program. 

Good Samaritan Society, Howard Lake, $23,020 to improve the quality of life of residents with dementia and mental health challenges by expanding employee training and education through the Eden Alternative®, which aims to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom. 

Good Samaritan Society, Battle Lake, $16,878 to improve quality of care by revising infection control program and further developing antibiotic stewardship. 

Johnson Memorial Health, Dawson, $11,486 to implement the Eden Alternative® with a focus on elder-centered community, loving companionship and meaningful activities. 

Lac qui Parle Health Network, multiple locations, $30,824 to enhance its pain management program by creating “meaningful moments” that improve residents’ emotional well-being and quality of life. 

St. Francis Health Services of Morris Collaborative, multiple locations, $88,669 to strengthen the quality of care for residents with Walk to Dine and balance exercise programs. 

The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine, $19,811 to improve quality of life by developing and implementing the Enhance Memory Care program. 

Valley Care and Rehab, Barnesville, $9,794 to create a resident-centered, evidence-based restorative nursing program to improve mobility and function for residents. 


Aftenro, Duluth, $10,845 to develop and implement Centers for Disease Control guidelines for prescribing antibiotics. 

Aicota Health Care Center, Aitken, $20,264 to enhance pain management by focusing on short stay residents or those with cognitive limitations for expressing pain. 

LakeWood Care Center, Staples, $11,321 to develop and implement a life enrichment program for residents with dementia. 

Lakewood Health System, Staples, $26,054 to implement a restorative sleep program. 

The Gardens at Foley, $25,846 to improve quality of life by enhancing meaningful activity programming.


Divine Providence Community Home, Sleepy Eye, $10,413 to develop and implement a restorative sleep program. 

Gundersen Health Collaborative, Spring Grove, $11,818 to enhance the skin care and wound management programming with the addition of wound nurse certification. 

Heartland Senior Living, Truman, $11,335 to improve residents’ mental health by enhancing the meaningful activity programs and incorporating telemedicine into the facility. 

Mayo Clinic Health System, Lake City Care Center, $26,861 to revise and implement a new fall prevention program. The facility will take a comprehensive resident-centered approach aimed at identifying and reducing risk factors for falls. 

Oak Hills Living Center, New Ulm, $13,518 to implement a project focusing on behavioral and mental health management with a resident-centered approach.

Twin Cities metro area 

Andrew Residence, Minneapolis, $46,154 to provide additional support for residents who want to work or are currently employed. 

Benedictine Health Center of Minneapolis, $27,340 to reduce re-hospitalization by reducing the number of infections related to ventilator use by implementing new technology and utilizing evidence-based best practices. 

Benedictine Health System Collaborative, multiple locations, $209,336 to develop and implement a resident-centered, integrated, restorative nursing model of care. 

Bethesda, St. Paul, $32,380 to improve residents’ mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and reducing the use of anti-depressants. 

Birchwood Care Home, Minneapolis, $22,119 to develop a resident-centered behavioral management program using evidenced-based practices to improve quality of life. 

Ecumen Collaborative, multiple locations, $87,974 to develop and implement a comprehensive continence program. 

Empira Collaborative, multiple locations, $534,918 to improve resident bowel and bladder elimination needs. 

Good Samaritan Society-Ambassador, New Hope, $23,020 to improve how meals are prepared, presented and delivered, and to offer residents more food choices with anytime menus. 

Hayes Residence, St. Paul, $18,782 to enhance residents’ family and representative relationships by creating an environment where families and representatives will visit more often and feel connected to their community. 

Monarch Healthcare Management, multiple locations, $48,629 to develop a model of therapeutic programming and education to improve residents’ well-being. 

Southview Acres Health Care Center, West St. Paul, $30,270 to enhance pain management programming for short-stay residents. 

The Emeralds at St. Paul, $57,730 to improve quality of life by enhancing the meaningful activity programming.