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Aase Haugen nurses earn wound care certification

Aase Haugen Senior Services is pleased to announce that Alycia Burdick, LPN, and Leah Bremer, RN, have both earned Wound Certification by VOHRA Institute on Wound Care.  Both Burdick and Bremer serve the needs of residents at Aase Haugen as full-time nurses and now certified wound nurses as well. Their advanced skills focus on treatment options for healing acute and chronic wounds; including nutritional approaches, infection control and prevention, geriatric skin conditions, pressure ulcers, and prevention of hospitalization.

"Our partners who refer patients to Aase Haugen Senior Services can trust that our residents have access to high-quality wound care services," said Jeffrey K. Schmidt, administrator of Aase Haugen Senior Services.  According to the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, more people are living with a chronic wound than with breast, colon, lung cancers and leukemia, combined. “We’re proud that we are so well positioned to provide the best wound care possible for our residents,” says Schmidt, “They can be sure they will be receiving the highest quality care, focused on developing specific plans to achieve healing results – giving them confidence that they are in the right hands at Aase Haugen.”

Leah Bremer, RN, (pictured at left) and Alycia Burdick, LPN, serve as full time Aase Haugen Senior Services nurses with special certification in wound care. Their advanced skills focus on developing specific care plans for individual residents’ needs for healing and prevention of wounds.

“The long-term care arena is bracing itself to receive higher acuity and more complex patients,” says Tammy Lauritzen, RN, BSN, Aase Haugen Director of Nursing. “This is another example of how Aase Haugen Senior Services is dedicated to being a leader in staff education and support to provide the best possible care to the baby boomers who will be entering our system in the coming months and years.”

Aase Haugen Senior Services is a leading Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), providing a complete range of care including independent living, as well as assisted living, a dedicated CCDI unit for memory care, 24/7 skilled nursing for those in need of medical, rehabilitative and restorative care as well as those who require long-term care. For more than 103 years, Aase Haugen Senior Services has been providing Decorah area seniors with exceptional retirement living options. For additional information visit

Olga Wangsness, 103, talks with Certified Medical Aide, Linda Solem, at Aase Haugen Assisted Living. “I’ve been working here for 35 years,” says Linda. “I like the people who live here, I like to hear about their lives, and I get a lot of satisfaction out of making them feel better.”  Olga says, “When I see Linda, I’m happy. She takes such good care of me.”

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Herald Newsletter

The Aase Haugen Herald is published quarterly in the interest of its many friends and family by Aase Haugen Senior Services, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, faith-based corporation and Continuing Care Retirement Community.  Family members of residents should receive a copy of the Aase Family Connection Newsletter, also published quarterly.