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Rice Care Center

Rice Care Center is a skilled nursing facility located in a park-like neighborhood on the west edge of Willmar, Minnesota. In 2012, Rice Care Center underwent a $6 million, multi-year redevelopment project, based on the Household Model.

The Household Model

The Household Model truly allows residents to continue living life the way they did in their previous home. Do what you want, in your own time, in your own way. Enjoy the benefits of daily life in a household where you can enjoy a cup of coffee with friends, play a game of cards, host a family meal, or delight tin outdoor outings, craft projects and volunteer opportunities. After a busy day in the household, retreat back to your private room and unwind, surrounded by the comforts and furnishings of your previous home.

Rice Care Center is Medicare/Medicaid certified.

If you would like to contact our Financial Advocate to discuss your payment options, please email

For more information or for a personal tour please contact:

Jill Baker, RN
Admissions Coordinator

Rice Care Center
1801 Willmar Ave SW
Willmar MN 56201

  • The Household Model
  • Care and Services
  • Meals and Nutrition

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Features of the Household Model:

  • Two separate neighborhoods -- Cushman Cottage and Sophia House -- each with its own private entrance
  • Private rooms with bath/shower, ceiling lift, and flat screen TV
  • Individualized kitchens
  • Intimate dining rooms
  • Private spa rooms
  • Individualized staffing within households to promote meaningful relationships
  • Family & Resident Council meets monthly to gather feedback and share experiences

Dining Experience
Each meal of the day is served with multiple options and a la carte choices from the
household kitchen in each household.

Clinical Care
24-hour skilled nursing services, including intravenous therapy, pain management, and
wound care as needed.

Therapy Department
Therapy Suites located at Rice Care Center offers rehabilitation services in physical, speech, and occupational therapy.

Life Enrichment

  • Music, baking, arts and crafts, parties, community outings
  • Customized to meet the needs and interests of household members
  • Residents’ choices make up the activity calendar

diningA continuum of care

The services and rehabilitation programs initiated in the hospital or by your physician are continued at Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites at Rice Care.

This offers you a seamless continuum of care and a wider variety of hospital-based services right at your doorstep. Your care is designed to meet your individual needs.

Members of our professional staff work with you and your doctor to continue an individualized care plan.

registered nurseExperienced and friendly staff

Staff at the residential care center, as well as Therapy Suites at Rice Care are highly trained and qualified to provide skilled medical services, such as wound vacs and total parental nutrition.

Rice Care Center is unique in that we provide all of the services other nursing homes provide, plus many specialized hospital-based services, such as dialysis care, because we are part of the Rice Memorial Hospital family.

registered nurseSpecial care and services

  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Certified cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Community integration
  • Education
  • Comprehensive family conferences
  • Continence care
  • Hospice care
  • IV Therapy
  • Mental health and counselling
  • Nutritional counseling by a licensed and registered dietian
  • Occupational therapy
  • Ostomy care
  • Oxygen therapy and respiratory care
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychosocial programs
  • Social workers experienced in discharge planning
  • Speech therapy, including swallowing therapy
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Wound care

Additional care and services may be available to meet your individual needs.

Meals the way you want

You can expect a warm and friendly dining experience for you, your family and friends.

Our dietary staff visit you within 24 hours of your arrival and ask about your likes and dislikes, as well as any food restrictions you may have.

You can expect "home-cooked" meals that provide you with balanced nutrition. You have menu choices at each meal or you can make additional requests as well.

You deserve to have a choice while Rice Care Center is your home.

Family and friends are welcome to dine with you for a small cost. Just call ahead so we are prepared to serve you.

gardenEat where you want

At Rice Care Center, you have many choices including where and when you want to eat.

  • Eat in a dining room
  • Eat in your room
  • Have eggs for breakfast, any way you like them
  • Have pancakes or french toast on Tuesdays
  • Sleep in and eat breakfast for lunch
  • Yes, of course you may sleep until you are ready to get up!
  • Eat with family members

angelFun Food Service

We celebrate holidays and birthdays just like everyone else. Opportunites for fun food service may include:

  • Candy Cart
  • Happy Hour
  • Eat outside in the Healing Garden
  • Outing to a local restaurant
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Holiday celebrations

Additional food and nutrition services may be available to meet your individual needs.

For information about food and nutrition services at Rice Care Center, please contact:

Angel Hall at 320.214.2753

"Stitched With Love"

The staff at Rice Care Center shared their time and talents to make a Dignity Quilt which is used as a drape for residents who have passed on as they are wheeled to the hearse. It is part of the ritual to honor the person who has died.

The Dignity Quilt was pieced by staff members JoNell Hanson, Rose Newhouse, Karen Sietsema, and Beverly Jones, and quilted by Connie Peters. Julie Olson of Hugs and Stitches Quilts designed the quilt pattern.


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