Lake Owasso Residential Care

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Lake Owasso Residence (LOR) is a referral-only residential facility serving 64 people with developmental disabilities. Lake Owasso Residence is operated by Ramsey County, with the assistance of volunteers and community members, and offers special services and opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.

Lake Owasso Residence is licensed by the Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health. Our individualized treatment and training plans are designed to increase independent living skills while strengthening relationships and community involvement. We encourage and promote person-centered decision making for programs and health care. Our services focus on creating adaptive skills that allow people to be as independent as possible in their work and communities. Our structure is unique in that a behavioral analyst works directly with our residential counselors in designing and implementing habilitative programs that promote adaptive behavior skills. In addition, the onsite nursing department includes medical services for the treatment and support of ongoing and chronic health issues to maintain optimal health and functional ability.

Our well-trained residential counselors provide the highest quality programs and services to residents. The average tenure of an Lake Owasso Residence employee is 10 years. The team is comprised of seasoned professionals who know and understand disability services, state statutes and trends in services. Many employees participate in extra events with residents, such as coaching Special Olympics teams, fishing on the lake and leading sports activities. Employees are empowered to learn new ways to support residents and receive opportunities for training and development to enhance skills that will ultimately benefit residents. By investing in our employees, residents of Lake Owasso Residence and our whole community benefit.

What is our residential care like?

There are eight residential houses located on beautiful Lake Owasso in Shoreview, Minnesota. In these safe, comfortable group residences, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live together. Each person has his or her own bedroom, and enjoys the support and supervision of caring staff 24 hours a day. Staff at each residence provide supervision and training based on each person’s individual needs and plan. Volunteers provide companionship and group activities for residents and contribute financially to events that residents would not normally be able to afford to attend, such as Twins baseball games or summer camping trips.

Our mission is “To encourage the growth and development of people with disabilities through respect, collaboration and high quality programs and services.”