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First Impressions

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Anna Petersmeyer visited Vista Prairie at River Heights just a week after she assumed her new role as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Vista Prairie Communities (VPC). Unfortunately, the visit was cut short. Our community in South St. Paul had just learned of a positive COVID-19 test in a staff member. All non-essential visits were halted.

In her initial two weeks on the job, it was a strong first impression for the veteran senior housing executive. She’s taking on a daunting responsibility to ensure safety and compliance with a myriad of health care policies from multiple agencies. That visit also was a dose of déjà vu.

“My River Heights visit was a homecoming of sorts,” Anna recalled. “In 2003, I managed River Heights when it was owned by a different long-term care organization. It was great to be back there to see the care and thorough precautions being provided during the pandemic.”

Anna brings a wealth of experience to Vista Prairie. She came from Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin where she served for more than eight years, the last three as that organization’s Chief Operating Officer. At VPC she will be responsible to lead our assisted living and memory care services for the residents of all our communities, working closely with and leading the executive directors in each community, as well as our clinical staff.

“One of my great joys will be to further refine and develop our plans to ensure an exceptional lifestyle for our residents,” says Anna.

She is well suited for that visionary role and for the locations of our communities. Anna grew up farming in rural Wisconsin. She remains a self-proclaimed ‘farm girl’ and is a Licensed Social Worker. She also has served on LeadingAge’s Housing, Home Care & Assisted Living and HUD/Affordable Housing Committees.

Anna received the 2015 Leadership Award from National Volunteers of America for outstanding operational management in Housing, Older Adult Services and Assisted Living. She holds a BA in Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MBA from Bethel University.

Welcome aboard Anna, and by the way – today is her birthday!

Find a Senior Living Community for You or a Loved One

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At Vista Prairie Communities, we are dedicated to serve those who entrust us with their lives, health and well-being. We transform lives by providing compassionate care and joy-filled environments in the communities we serve.

If you or someone you know is looking for assisted living apartments specifically for seniors, take a look at the different communities we have located around Minnesota.

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4 Tips for Living With Osteoporosis

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Bones are a part of your body that often get overlooked when considering your overall health. If your bones don’t hurt, it can be easy to assume that they are healthy. However, this is not the case with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the amount of calcium and minerals in the bone decreases, leading to a reduction in bone density. This means if you are living with osteoporosis, your more prone to fractures due to your more fragile bones.

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Say “Aloha” to the Good Life at River Heights Open House

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Residents and local community members are invited to celebrate springtime at Vista Prairie at River Heights Senior Living Community Open House

South St. Paul, Minn. — April 22, 2014 — Vista Prairie at River Heights Senior Living Community in South St. Paul, Minn. invites everyone to come and experience its Taste of the Tropics open house on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Say “aloha” to the good life found at River Heights.

Vista Prairie at River Heights was designed to accommodate the growing senior population and its current income and lifestyle demands. The community offers apartment homes designed for optimal convenience with 26 Assisted Living apartments, 16 Memory Care apartments, and 1 Respite Care. The facility also recently added an impressive new commercial kitchen and chef to respond to baby boomer’s culinary preferences. Continue reading “Say “Aloha” to the Good Life at River Heights Open House” »

Seniorcising: Helping Seniors Remain Independent

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Senior Fitness and Health. Photo courtesy of stockimages

Vista Prairie at River Heights Assisted Living Community is dedicated to keeping its residents’ lives active and full. That’s why they teamed up with Dr. Eva Norman, founder and president of Live Your Life Physical Therapy. With the help of Dr. Norman, Vista Prairie at River Heights was able to bring a fun fitness program to its Community. The program, called Seniorcising, keeps seniors active and moving to reverse the effects of aging.

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