The Emerald Crest Model of care was developed in 1998 by Joe Guertin and Greg Getchell. Each have over 25 years of experience in designing and operating eldercare communities.

Taking all they had learned and the best reliable research, they discovered a simple fact: people with memory challenges fare better in smaller, home-like residences where their dignity, privacy, safety and quality of life can be preserved.

From this, they built their first Emerald Crest home, complimenting the environment with their unique cognitive care program that offered families a refreshing new option as an alternative to nursing home placement or conventional assisted living settings.

In 2010, Emerald Crest was purchased by Augustana Care, a not-for-profit organization that has served older generations and others in need for over 115 years. This allowed even more families the ability to have access to the Emerald Crest model of care.

Since then, the success of this model has been recognized in repeated studies, reviews and by one fact we’re perhaps most proud of: close to 95 percent of respondents said they would recommend Emerald Crest to others.

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For tours and general information, please contact Christine Drasher at 952-908-2215

Emerald Crest by Augustana Care provides memory care in a unique environment, specifically designed to support those with cognitive issues. Utilizing this exceptional model of care, individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s and related conditions can flourish in positive relationships and participation in meaningful activities. Memory care is offered in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area with communities in four convenient locations: ShakopeeBurnsvilleMinnetonka and Victoria, MN.

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I felt my mother was in the best possible environment she could be in with a dementia diagnosis.  Staff are very knowledgeable.  My mother appeared happy and intent.

— Gretchen, daughter of resident