Getting acquainted

Gerald Klier, a resident at Pioneer Health and Rehab, Prairie Farm, makes a new friend during a recent visit to the Nature’s Edge Therapy Center near Rice Lake. Photo contributed

On Wednesday June 5, 2019, half a dozen residents of the Pioneer Health & Rehab facility, Prairie Farm, paid a visit to the Nature’s Edge Therapy Center near Canton, in eastern Barron County.

“The residents enjoyed being around the animals and reminiscing about growing up on the farm and the animals they had,” said April Holten, social services and activitiy director at the home.

According to its website, Nature’s Edge was founded in 2001 and provides “more effective, innovative therapeutic treatment for patients with special needs.” It later expanded from speech and language therapy to a full-time rehabilitation center, which includes physical and occupational therapy.

Residents who went on the outing include Gerald Klier, Alda Wicklund, Joyce Buchholz, Virgil Jacobsen and LaVonne Schalla

The Prairie Farm visit was part of what will be a busy calendar for Pioneer Health & Rehab residents.

This Friday, June 14, 2019, residents and staff will participate in a “Celebration of Life, where we will be honoring those residents that have passed away in the past year,” Holten said. “We will share stories, light a candle and enjoy refreshments. All family, friends and community members are welcomed to join us.”

Pioneer Health & Rehab will hold its annual family and community picnic from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Food, refreshments, games and conversation are all on the schedule.

A fall tractor ride is also planned, at a date to be determined.