Bigfork Valley Long Term Care
Bigfork Valley Long Term Care        

Bigfork Valley Communities:
Aspen Circle | Tamarack Lodge

Aspen Circle: a secure memory care Community

Aspen Circle is a new, secure 20 bed memory care facility opened at the beginning of 2015 on the Bigfork Valley campus. Using some of the newest ideas in memory care, the building features:

  • Private rooms and semi-private baths
  • A walking track that allows continuous wandering without obstruction
  • Activities, gardening and seating areas in the central commons
  • Spacious dining area with wheelchair counter in the Aspen kitchen
  • Access to secure outdoor lawn and garden areas

    Aspen Circle connects to the services of Bigfork Valley Hospital under the same roof, including medical clinic, dental, pharmacy, emergency, acute care and surgery services.

    Special amenities:

  • Family gathering/dining area
  • Private physician consulting room
  • Beauty shop
  • Spa bathing
  • Memory boxes outside each room
  • Large windows in rooms and dining area with skylights in commons area
  • Large hospice room


    Nurse’s station:(218) 743-4255

    Director of Nursing, LTC: (218) 743-4119

    Director of Senior Services:(218) 743-4330

    Admissions:(218) 743-3175

    Social worker:(218) 743-3175

    Tamarack Lodge: an elder care Community

    Tamarack Lodge offers 24/7 skilled nursing services in a home-like environment for geriatric and long term care and short term rehabilitation. The Lodge is connected to the main hospital facility which offers medical and dental clinics, pharmacy, chiropractic, rehab, emergency, acute care and surgical services.

    The philosophy of Tamarack Lodge is elder-centered care. Tamarack Lodge staff pays attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual health of each elder.

    Tamarack Lodge strives to make every day meaningful to each individual. Elders have access to planned activities, small dining rooms, spa bathing, day trips, beauty shop, computer, chapel and church services, gardens and, most importantly, choices in how they spend their day.

    A caring staff includes certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, full time social worker, housekeeping and dietary staff, activities staff and volunteers.

    Tamarack Lodge is a V.A. contract facility.


    Medical services include

  • Skilled nursing
  • Wound care
  • Administering medications
  • Nursing rehab
  • Hospice

  • Additional services include:
  • Activities
  • Bathing
  • Dietary
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Validation therapy
  • Chapel services
  • Facility pets

  • Contacts:

    Nurse’s station:(218) 743-4253

    Director of Nursing, LTC: (218) 743-4119

    Director of Senior Services:(218) 743-4330

    Admissions:(218) 743-3175

    Social worker: (218) 743-3175


    In 1999, Bigfork Valley made a commitment to transform long term care to the Eden Alternative - a new philosophy which sought to combat hopelessness, helplessness and loneliness that can be part of nursing home living. It was a bold decision at the time; to move from a medical model to a social model of care. In a medical model, staff jobs are clearly defined and residents are kept to a schedule. In a social model, life decisions are brought closer to the elder. The elder decides his or her own schedule whenever possible. The facility becomes more of a home with pets, plants and gardens to care for.

    Our long term care facility became a destination for many interested in following our example, and today many other facilities have moved toward a social model. Since then, new and progressive practices have been added that add to a positive and healthy home-like environment.

    Future indoor garden area of Aspen Circle
    Inside Aspen Circle

    Private room
    Aspen Circle private room

    Outside the Tamarack Community
    Outside the Tamarack Community

    Tamarack gathering area
    Bigfork Valley Hospital · Clinics · Communities
    258 Pine Tree Drive / Bigfork, Minnesota 56628 / 218-743-3177


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