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Our History

In 1984, founder, Shirley Shaw, opened Rakhma Peace Home in southwest Minneapolis. Her vision, to provide a cozy home setting where elders in need of a little extra love and support, could live together. This became the first person-centered, residential model, for long-term memory care. The model was an instant success and quickly led to the opening of two more homes in the Twin Cities. Today, we have four homes: Rakhma Peace (Minneapolis), Rakhma Grace (Minnetonka), Rakhma Joy (St. Paul) and Rakhma Harmony (Golden Valley) serving an aggregate of 45 residents.

We practice a social model (versus a medical model) of care which emphasizes a normal life experience--in the least restrictive manner--and with the highest level of respect and honor for individuals affected by Alzheimer's-Dementia. 

Our widely-renown reputation within the healthcare industry for high-quality loving care is important to us. Key to our success is outstanding care partners, a high staff-resident ratio of 1:3.5 during the day and 1:5 overnight.

Our person-centered approach to care results in a deep understanding of each resident's likes and dislikes, including their unique physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological needs. We strive to offer an environment that is open, transparent, friendly, hospitable, warm and inviting to all. We are a place where friends gather together, sing together, take walks together, and forgive repeated stories.

We incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 on December 10, 1984. We are governed by a Board of Directors who meet bi-monthly in our homes. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, please contact Rakhma's Executive Director, Susan Eckstrom at (612) 351-8061.

If you are interested in finding out more about our services or setting up a tour please contact us here under tab "contact Rakhma." You can also call Susan directly to set up a tour at (612) 351-8061.