Jenny Stinar – Director of Therapeutic Recreation & Quality Specialist

I have been working at Birchwood as the TR Director since October of 2009.  I have enjoyed working in a variety of facilities in the TR Department since 2004.  I graduated from MN State Mankato with a BS in Recreation.  I love working at Birchwood and coming up with new, creative and meaningful activities for our residents.  The residents here are what makes my job fun!  I also love working with the staff here at Birchwood.  Everyone is always working together to benefit each and every resident.


Because Birchwood Care Home is a place to live and not just to pass the time, we offer a variety of stimulating and fun activities, both in and outside of the facility. Residents enjoy participating in games, crafts, musical performances, exercise, jewelry making and other social, recreational and cognitive activities. Regularly scheduled activities range from bingo and crafts to baking and special events. At Birchwood Care Home, we need no excuse to celebrate with special meals or gatherings. Our summer cookouts, Family Night get-togethers, coffee parties, resident birthday parties and holiday celebrations bring residents, staff and family members together for pleasure and enjoyment.

Trips outside the facility help residents remain connected to the larger community. Activities are planned to promote enthusiasm, involvement and socialization. They demonstrate the continuing efforts of Birchwood Care Home to help residents live their lives to the fullest, both physically and mentally.


Residents have a voice in the Birchwood Care Home community through monthly Resident Council meetings. This maintains open lines of communication and residents discuss their common concerns. The Therapeutic Recreation department works with the residents to organize and facilitate the meetings.


Birchwood Care Home is a non-denominational home and all religious faiths are respected and encouraged. Spiritual advisors are always welcome. Various services are held in the facility on a regular basis.