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The Guardian Angels Story

Guardian Angels of Elk River was founded in 1962 under the sponsorship of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Elk River in cooperation with Elk River’s business leaders and medical community, with an aim to serve the older population of Elk River and surrounding communities. 

Guardian Angels Care Center (originally called the Elk River Nursing Home) opened its 60-bed nursing facility in November of 1965. In 1973, the addition of 60 more beds provided a total of 120 beds with skilled nursing services. Over the years, the Guardian Angels Care Center has become one of the most highly regarded homes for seniors in the area and set the stage for the success of Guardian Angels Senior Services, a faith-based, nonprofit senior care organization.

In 1966, our first HUD apartment building, also in Elk River, opened its doors as Riverview Apartments, serving 24 residents on the banks of the Mississippi River. Guardian Angels continued to grow its services to meet the ever-changing needs of the senior population and in 1991, Guardian Angels opened a Medicare-certified home care agency. In 1996, we broke ground to build By the Lake Community living for assisted living and memory care and it opened in 1999.  Lake Orono Twin Homes opened in 2001 and Hospice care along with Pullman Place Cooperative opened in 2005. Transitional Care Units (TCU) were added in 2007 to enhance the Care Center. Engel Haus, located in Albertville, MN, opened in 2014, and offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Our newest location, Riverview Landing, opened in 2018, and is located on the Mississippi River in Otsego and provides senior living, assisted living, memory care and wellness center.

Since the beginning, we have strived to realize our mission of providing exceptional healthcare, housing, and supportive services to seniors and their families in the spirit of Christ’s love. Today, we serve more than 3,000 individuals and their families each year in the communities of Albertville, Becker, Elk River, Otsego, and Zimmerman. We are blessed with a dedicated, compassionate staff of approximately 600, as well as hundreds of volunteers, members of the Friends of GA, and loyal donors.

Our Mission

Guardian Angels provides exceptional health care, housing, and supportive services to seniors and their families in the spirit of Christ’s love.

Our Vision

Through our mission, Guardian Angels will significantly impact those we serve by being an innovative, diversified and exceptional provider of senior services.

Our Core Values

Advocate – Promoting and supporting programs and policies that improve the quality of life for the people we serve, our employees and our communities.
Respect – Welcoming, service oriented and diverse community that builds respect and trust.
Innovate – Fostering a rewarding and caring environment that empowers individuals to be creative. An environment that provides learning experiences and promotes personal growth and higher education.
Spirituality – Developing and fostering programs and services that demonstrate Christ's love with embracing the spirit, mind and body. 
Excel –The pursuit of high quality care standards that exceed the expectations of those we serve while demonstrating stewardship and ethical business practices that protect the management of our physical, financial and employee resources.

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