Shuksan focuses on bringing life to its residents

November 14, 2018



In an environment that is often considered uninspired and indifferent, the stark contrast of chirping birds, wagging tails and infectious smiles is the standard experience for those who visit Shuksan Healthcare Center in Bellingham. 

The Shuksan tagline - Where love, laughter and friendship are all a part of your care plan - says it all. 


“We want residents to feel happiness, fulfillment and connectivity during their time with us,” says Shannon Richardson, Shuksan’s Administrator. “We take great pride in celebrating our residents with compassion - treating the whole person, not just the ailment.” Shuksan is unique in that while it is a short-term rehab facility, only about half of its residents are there for short-term care.


The remain-ing individuals are full-time residents of the skilled nursing facility. For those long-term care residents, Shuksan has become their home and the staff have become their extended families. 


When Barbara Schmidl arrived at Shuksan, she was unsure what to expect. The care extended far beyond her physical and medical needs; they extended to her heart in the form of love and genuine interest in the well-being of her mind and spirit. “Everyone here is just so thoughtful and kind; really decent people,” Schmidl reflected. “We all seem so willing to help one another here. It’s not what I expected when I had first arrived.” 


“We know that this is a vulnerable time for our residents, so it’s our priority to provide as much emotional support as possible,” Richardson added. By doing so, Shuksan aims at providing a positive and rewarding experience for its residents regardless of their individual circumstances. 


Shuksan Healthcare Center is changing the way business is done at skilled nursing facilities with the idea that sometimes different is good. For more information, visit Shuksan on the web at or call us at 360-733-9161. 





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