About Us

Aase Haugen

Aase Haugen, our founder

Aase Haugen Homes opened its doors in 1915, thanks in part to a wonderful donation of 240 acres of farm ground and a vision of something better from a woman named Aase Haugen.  She had been caretaker for her whole family, never marrying or having children of her own.  She was left alone at the end of her life—something she wanted to prevent for others.

The original Aase Haugen Home

The original Aase Haugen Home for the Aged

Many of the local church congregations banded together to raise the money to build the facility to provide a home for the aged—the first of its kind in this area.  It offered a family for those who could not do for themselves; where they could pool their talents and skills as a family, the Aase Haugen Family.  It was well used and well loved.

Over the years, Aase Haugen Senior Services has evolved and changed with the needs of the community, always bringing its best and most innovative solutions to the table.  Our operations are still guided by a group of local church congregations, and we still enjoy the family atmosphere with those who stay with us.  Our services have grown, our facility has changed, but our dedication to those who need us has not.

Expanding services to meet senior needs

Our profession of elder care is one of the fastest growing sectors of healthcare in our nation. As a result of the baby boomer generation, ten thousand people attain the age of sixty-five each day across our nation, a statistic that will continue over the next 15 years. Persons over the age of 65 in the United States averages 13 % of the total population; 15 % in Iowa and nearly 19 % in Decorah.  Clearly, we are an older community and all studies indicate that we will continue down that path. In Decorah, the amenities with which we are so familiar; cultural and scholastic opportunities, thriving businesses and easy access to quality healthcare, make it an ideal setting for comprehensive elder care and services.

Aase Haugen is committed to expanding the level of care beyond what is typically considered nursing care. We believe that a continuum of care is consistent with developing benchmarks of quality, recognition of cultural diversity, and services outside the traditional senior living environment.

Looking to the future, our intent is to build a facility that will carry us into the next 100 years focusing on rehabilitation, assisted living, and comprehensive programming for those affected with dementia disorders such as Alzheimer’s. We hope to gain your appreciation of the significance in making Decorah a community that serves its elders with respect, dignity, and kindness.  We look forward to working with you as we together provide a continuum of care for ourselves and for generations to come.

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