Golden Manor
Assisted Living Communities

"Caring for you in your Golden Years"

Golden Manor Assisted Living was purchased in April of 2011 by Jim and Kathy Birchem from the original owners and consists of 4 facilities/buildings in 3 different towns built between 2000 and 2006.

There are 2 buildings on the same campus located in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, 1 in Barnesville, Minnesota, and 1 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  Each building is licensed for 10 residents with the exception of Fergus Falls which is licensed for 6 residents.

Each building is modeled after a homelike setting because each building has a community dining room, living room, a kitchen for staff preparation and rooms/bedrooms with individual bathrooms for each of the residents.

Golden Manor facilities are located in rural Minnesota to provide care for seniors so that they are able to reside in their hometown communities.

Jim and Kathy Birchem both grew up in Morrison County near the town of Sobieski.  After both graduated from the Little Falls High School, Kathy received her 3 year Diploma at St. Cloud School of Nursing and Jim received his B.A. in Business Accounting from St. Cloud State University.  They married in 1973 and were blessed with their daughter, Steffanie.  They also have a son-in-law Bobbie and granddaughter Olivia.

Jim and Kathy purchased their first nursing home in Bemidji, MN in 1996. They have been involved in Senior Health Care for 30 years. Jim has been involved in the community, state and national level with building projects and organizations.

Jim Birchem is a licensed nursing home administrator with an extensive accounting and management background. His is currently the President of ElderCare of MN. He serves on the board of the National Center of Assisted Living in Washington, D.C. and is Board Chairperson for Care Providers of Minnesota. Jim was recently appointed to the veterans Health Care Advisory Council by Governor Pawlenty and is actively involved in veteran care issues.

Kathy Birchen is a registered nurse and has been involved in health care since 1968, working as a dietary aide, nursing assistant, and RN. She has extensive experience in all levels of senior care that include: nursing home, home care, and assisted living. Since 2000, she has assumed educational duties within the corporation, along with development/ownership of new locations. Kathy is an active member of Care Providers of Minnesota while serving on the foundation and education committees. She is also a licensed public school teacher and corporate RN for ElderCare of MN.

Currently the Birchems own 9 skilled nursing facilities (manage 2 others) and 16 assisted living facilities (managing 1 other). Their philosophy is to assist small towns in rural Minnesota by helping the elderly remain in their home town communities. They enjoy working with the elderly and making a home-like place for them; therefore you will not be surprised to see them walking in the hallways visiting at any time of day.

We welcome you to contact us anytime for questions or information. We love what we do; helping others continue to offer housing options to the senior population is our passion and we take pride in our work and success.