To Terry & Shar Barnes, Owners of Barnes Care:

We felt it was important to let you know how very lucky, really blessed we feel we are to have our father, Edward Ettinger, live at the Barnes Care Assisted Living facility in Esko. The staff watches over him with such compassionate care that they can recognize his personality and physical changes related to medications or illnesses and then helps us deal with
whatever those needs are. He has physical limitations that require more personal attention and he gets it from the wonderful, intelligent, skilled staff you have put together. Dad has a nickname for each of them and they in turn have come to share bits of their lives with him, truly make it a home.... Beyond the basic cares, Emily takes him for rides outside or to visit other clients, Chris followed protocol and watch liked a hawk when his leg bag looked "wrong" (and she was so right!) and Karla has such phenomenal caregiver and people skills. He is being treated like a unique individual and we all (including dad) appreciate that. We thank you for your continued kindnesses and capacity to care. We truly believe there is no other place he could receive the kind of care he gets with you.

From our hearts gratefully,
Ed's Daughters.

Terry, Sharlane, family and staff:

Thank you so much for coming to Kenny's service and for your generous gift. We all appreciated the care and love that Gordy received while staying in your assisted living home. Kenny felt much better knowing that his dad was well cared for.

Sincerely, Wendy



Barnes care is and will be a success because of
the dedication of the Barnes family and your
terrific staff! 

With gratitude and oodles of good wishes.
The Chromys


Terry & Shar,

Thank you so much for caring and taking great care of Russell at Barnes Care - We truly appreciate your kindness and memorial gift. We are thankful he had such a great home to live in.

The Russell Family

Dear Shar and Terry and Family

We want to thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtfulness. And for the loving care you gave to our Mom while she was with you, even thought it wasn't for very long. We always knew she was in very good hands. It is such a comfort to be surrounded by family and good friends.

Jim and Family

Before mom died you lovingly moved her to a hospital bed, arranged her room for family to be there, providing snacks, juice and water, bought a cheery flower bouquet and cards signed by all the staff. THANK YOU! We picked the best home for our mom to complete her life on this earth. Last, thanks for taking the time to come to mom's funeral and social.

Sue, Bob & Jill

We would like to thank Barnes Care of Esko, MN for the wonderful care our husband and father received during his several year stay there. The warm family surroundings made him and our family feel very comfortable, just like being at home. We would recommend Barnes Care to anyone in need of a great place for their loved ones care.

In great appreciation the Family of Erwin Erickson


To all of the staff at Barnes Care - Thank you so much for taking such beautiful care of our Mom. This is the letter I sent to family and friends:

Just wanted to send a brief update to let you know that our MOM, Shirley Williams, has moved to a different location. After approximately one year at Adult Foster Care, we felt her needs would be better met in a different setting. After much research, we chose Barnes Care Assisted Living in Esko, MN. It's a bit further away ( just a few miles), but seems to be a much better fit for Mom. We moved her in on Monday, July 24th, and Mom settled in quite quickly. The staff there treats her with the utmost respect. They all seem to love her, we've not seen her smile this much for some time. I've enclosed a copy of a water color painting she did with the art therapist her first week there. She's done many more since!

It's an absolutely beautiful setting, and Mom's "heavenly blue" room faces the beautiful woods behind the facility. The staff is warm and welcoming to us when we visit. Last week, I happened to be there when a music therapist was there. Mom surprised me when she sang along to "Let me Call You Sweetheart"! She remembered most of the words! Today when Mathew and I visited Grandma Williams, she'd had a manicure and had tiny flowers painted on her nails! I'm thinking it's first manicure she's had in her 82 years!! AND she won socks and a calendar playing bingo this morning.

We're so grateful for the loving care she's receiving there. Her short term memory is pretty much gone, but she seems to especially remember her childhood years. It's fun to look through old photos with her. She enjoys visitors and phone calls tremendously, so please don't hesitate to stop in or call her. From 11am-4pm are probably her best hours. as she gets anxious in the evenings. And as we all know, she's not a morning person!!

Lori Lind

Barnes Care Assisted Living

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