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Winter Break: Top To-Do Item

November 14, 2017

This is the time of year when students have finished their finals, and are possibly taking a few days of R & R before looking ahead to that next semester. If that’s you (or someone near and dear to you), pay attention. Winter break will be gone before you know it, and you don’t want…

Biomedical Engineering Internship Leads to Innovation in Stroke Recovery

October 19, 2017

ACR Homes was a good job fit for me as I pursued an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota. Working at ACR I gave me first-hand exposure to the wide range of medical equipment that is used in a home setting for people who live with a variety of disabilities, and…

Internship Opportunities at the Mayo Clinic

October 11, 2017

Intern seminars at the Mayo Clinic are just one example of the internship opportunities ACR coordinates to help employee interns broaden their contacts and exposure to outside healthcare professionals. This past summer there were two ACR intern seminars at the Mayo Clinic featuring experts in the fields of urology and psychiatry. The Mayo seminars typically…

Patient Care at ACR Means Relationships that Make an Impact

September 5, 2017

ACR Homes provides residential care for people with disabilities, and so patient care at ACR means supporting residents who call ACR “home.”  Some residents have lived in an ACR home for over 25 years, and many ACR staff have developed long-term relationships that make an impact on the lives of both the staff and the…

Art Therapy Internship Leads to an Art Show

August 25, 2017

Over a span of five weeks this summer, Bre Wallace led an art class for thirteen ACR residents as part of her art therapy internship. Participants in the class explored different materials and worked on communicating and expressing emotions through art. At the end of the class they were excited to show off their work…

ACR Voted One of the Top 5 Workplaces in Minnesota

July 13, 2017

ACR was named one of the top five large companies in Minnesota once again in the StarTribune’s 2017 Top Workplace survey. This is the fourth year ACR employees have participated in the survey, and all four years ACR has been one of the top five large companies as voted by employees. ACR also received a…

Top 9 Reasons to Love Being a Direct Care Float

July 6, 2017

What direct care position offers a $5,000 bonus for 3 months’ work? That would be the Emergency Direct Care Float position at ACR during the months of September to November. The main objective of the E-Float position is to fill in wherever needed to assist the people we support with medical needs, personal care, and…

Patient Care Experience as an Emergency Float Staff

June 16, 2017

The emergency float position at ACR is a great way to get the patient care experience needed for application requirements for medical school and PA school, according to Alex Mangan. After graduating last year with a BS in biochem and a minor in Spanish, he was taking a gap year. He had heard that ACR…

Direct Care and a Unique Gift for Music

May 30, 2017

“Ricky D” uses a wheelchair, but that’s not the most important thing about him, according to Maria Madison who is a direct care staff at the ACR Home where Rick lives. The most important thing about Rick is his unique gift for music. His musical interests range from classical to oldies, to country music. He…

From Capstone Project to MA in Social Work at ACR

May 1, 2017

Samantha Dunbar was a Family Social Science major at the University of Minnesota when she first heard a classroom presentation about ACR Homes. She realized that the hours required for her senior capstone project could be met through her work at ACR, so she applied and got hired  in October 2013. After finishing undergrad studies,…

Long-Term Direct Care Staff is Making a Difference

April 12, 2017

Jon Hess has been a long-term direct care staff at the ACR Home on Fox Run Bay since 2002. His long-term commitment to the residents at Fox Run Bay has made a huge impact on the residents he’s served throughout those years, and naturally, they’ve had a huge impact on him, too. With almost 15 years…

Gap Year Experience at ACR

March 10, 2017

As a recent college graduate, Payton Gilreath has been asked many times why she’s taking a gap year to work at ACR before applying to grad school to become a physician’s assistant. She writes about the value of her gap year experience at ACR. Direct Patient Care Hours I’d like to explain why I am…