What’s the Connection Between ACR Homes and Arthur’s Senior Care?

So you’re interested in joining our top-notch team at Arthur’s Senior Care. While you were going through the application process, you may have come across references to ACR Homes.

What is this ACR Homes, you ask, and how does it fit in with Arthur’s? The shortest answer is Arthur’s is a sister company to ACR Homes. To help explain the connection, we’ll provide an overview of the two entities, followed by how Arthur’s become a creation of the founders of ACR Homes.

What is ACR Homes?

  • ACR Homes is the original organization that started in Roseville, Minnesota, in 1981.
  • ACR Homes provides 24/7/365 care to more than 200 people with mental and physical disabilities.
  • ACR Homes operates 57 homes throughout a five-county metro area.

Arthur’s Senior Care

  • Originated in 2006.
  • Arthur’s Senior Care a home-like setting to older adults who need 24/7/365 care.
  • Arthur’s Senior Care specializes in memory care, on-site medical visits, high-needs physical care and end-of-life hospice care.
  • Arthur’s Senior Care operates two residences, located in Shoreview and Roseville, Minnesota.
  • The company provides nursing home–level care for a total of 12 residents.

As you can see, ACR Homes and Arthur’s Senior Care have very different missions, but they’re both family-owned and -operated businesses that have earned a reputation for their high-quality staff and excellent care.

How did Arthur’s Senior Care come about?

Let’s take a look at the history of Arthur’s Senior Care.

In 1981, the founders of ACR Homes, Jim and Dorothy Nelson, purchased a large home on Alta Vista Drive in Roseville. It was more space than they needed at the time, but they were looking ahead. They wanted a place to care for their parents when the time came, so they would thrive in a comfortable, homey environment.

Years later, in 2006, the couple remodeled the home and opened it to six senior adults who needed round-the-clock assistance. They named it Arthur’s Senior Care, to honor Jim’s father.

And they felt wonderful about what they had to offer: a cheerful, hard-working staff, a pleasant natural outdoor environment and a welcoming place where the residents would feel at home and thrive. Five years later, in 2011, Arthur’s gained a second location in Shoreview, a wooded, residential neighborhood.

The Arthur’s way of life

The intention was to create a home-like environment where seniors could receive dignified respectful care.

Arthur’s amenities

  • Residents get their own bedroom and private bath with a roll-in shower.
  • Arthur’s Senior Care maintains a 1:3 staff-to-resident ratio.
  • Residents enjoy family-style meals, where family and visitors are welcome to partake.

The Arthur’s difference

Not to toot our own horn, but families often notice a big change in their loved ones after they take residence at Arthur’s.

“We often get residents from larger facilities,” says long-term employee Deb Nygaard, the Director of Development for both ACR and Arthur’s. “Sometimes, these challenging behaviors go away in a small setting because the staff can meet their needs so quickly.”

In addition to accepting residents who may have some challenging behaviors, Nygaard says Arthur’s typically supports people with memory loss and higher needs. They can manage sliding-scale insulin, chronic progressive diseases like Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, and PSP, special diets and most medical devices.

Arthur’s also can do mechanical lifts, and care for people through the end of life, working with any hospice agency the family desires.

One family member, Julie Norris, says, “If you want your family member cared for like a family member, then you need to come to Arthur’s.”

Now that you know about Arthur’s connection to ACR Homes, we hope this sheds some light on what we do and what we care about: Treating our residents and residents as their family members would want them treated. Interested in joining our award-winning team? Fill out an application today!