The theme for the National Assisted Living Week that started Sunday, Sept. 8 is “Homemade Happiness” and that might be right up Sue Bjelland’s alley.
Bjelland is the new administrator at the Devils Lake Good Samaritan Care Center and she’s been doing this kind of work most of her life.
She started out as a CNA, a certified nursing assistant, at a Good Samaritan because it was the best paying job but it didn’t take long for it to become so much more. Bjelland fell in love with caring for the people who lived at the Good Sam, as it is affectionately called, and has made it her life’s work. It has become her passion.
Bjelland comes to Devils Lake from Decorah, Iowa where she worked for 18 years at an independent nursing facility. She also worked in long-term care in Minnesota and Washington state, as well.
She’s married, her husband, Scott, works for the Devils Lake school system as a job coach for students at the Lake Area Career and Technical Center.
The Bjellands have two grown children. Ethan is an actor in the Twin Cities and Erica is a sophomore at Concordia.
Bjelland moved to Devils Lake in June and has enjoyed getting to know the staff and residents at the Good Samaritan, “We have a great group of people here,” she said.
It is her hope that care at the center can be even more personalized “beyond the day to day care” to go “the extra mile for our residents.” It is her desire to fulfill the simple Good Samaritan misson “In Christ’s love everyone is someone.”
Now Bjelland is feeling the need to get more involved in the community, as well. She describes herself as passionate about the arts - theater and music - and is excited to hear about all the opportunities Devils Lake has to offer.