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Pay It Forward

Donation Helps Seniors in Residential Care Home

Bell Bank Pay It Forward funds are helping a residential care home for seniors in Richfield, Minn.

“It’s hard to face some of the illnesses that can come with old age, and the staff at Cecilia’s Place help comfort these residents in their waning years and months. We have an aging society and a growing need for group homes of this type. I hope that my donation can help Cecilia’s Place maintain a safe, warm and caring home for people with dementia.” – Nan Anderson, Bell Bank accounts payable specialist

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Nan Anderson


Cecilia’s Place, Richfield, Minn.

The Need

Cecilia’s Place is a residential care home for people ages 55 and older who do not require complex medical care but can no longer live safely at home alone. It’s an alternative to a nursing home that allows residents to live as independently as possible in a comforting, home-based setting with the normal routines of family life. The home provides services like meals, administering medication, social activities, personal care assistance, 24-hour monitoring, and memory care. Cecilia’s Place opened in 2013 and can care for 5 people – most have some memory loss or other chronic health condition that requires 24/7 care and supervision.

The Impact

Because Cecilia’s Place accepts people on Medicaid from their first day at the home through the end of their lives, cash flow profit margins are thin, says Susan Eckstrom, executive director.

“Most of our residents do not have the private funds to pay for their necessary care. Therefore, getting a donation from Nan Anderson of Bell Bank was an amazing gift,” Susan remarks. “It’s difficult to articulate how much these donations mean to us – they encourage us in our work and our mission to provide care to all who need it. Specifically, Nan’s gift went to provide music therapy for our residents, which is something they all enjoy very much. We are so very grateful to Nan for thinking of us and the work we do.”

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