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Silver Bay

Overlooking beautiful Lake Superior, the Minnesota Veterans Home - Silver Bay has four distinct "neighborhood" living spaces for Residents that combine the look and feel of a north woods lodge with all the comforts of a single-family home. Each residence includes a living room, dining room and kitchen, where meals and activities are offered to fit each Resident’s individual preference. Personal choice is a way of life at the Silver Bay Veterans Home. Residents can sleep in or rise early. Whenever you want to eat, we’ll prepare a delicious, nutritious meal for you. Everything revolves around our Residents and their daily routine. Our Home features a variety of private spaces for Residents and their families, including a large game room, craft shop, four season porch and private dining areas. The surrounding area abounds with opportunities for boating, fishing, hunting, and all kinds of outdoor activities.

Our program focus is enjoying the outdoors and fresh, northern Minnesota air. Our specialties include our garden, our pontoon boat, our club car rides, and our participation in the community.



Individualized Care Services

  • Skilled Nursing Care, including Specialized Dementia Care
  • Medical Service with 24-hour Nursing Care
  • Social Services
  • Individualized Recreational Services
  • Rehabilitation Services, including Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Large Rehabilitation Gym for Specialized Programming or Independent Activity
  • Mental/Behavioral Health Service
  • Chaplain and Spiritual Care Service
  • Nutritional Service
  • Pharmaceutical Service

Specialized Services

  • Transportation Service Locally and to Duluth
  • Barber and Beauty Services
  • Activities that Utilize our Natural Resources
  • Large Game Room
  • Craft Shop
  • Outdoor Activities


  • Resident Council
  • Family Council
  • Spouse Support Group
  • Community Connections
  • Volunteer Services

Special Features

  • Pontoon Boat
  • Private Dining Areas
  • Four Season Porch
  • Garden

News & Updates

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Family Council

Minnesota Veterans Home Family Council - Silver Bay

The Minnesota Veterans Home Family Council for the Silver Bay facility provides a formal vehicle for communication and information sharing between administration, family members, staff, Residents, and family friends. It provides a forum for these families and friends to discuss common concerns, share ideas, provide support, and impact both facility program and direction in a mutually supportive and beneficial manner for all members. This is accomplished via monthly meetings with Family Council members, followed by monthly meetings that involve Family Council Officers and the Minnesota Veterans Home Administration.

About the Family Council

The Family Council shares ideas, information, and concerns by:

  • Developing projects aimed at improving the quality of life, well being, and happiness of their loved one, as well as all Residents of the Veterans Home.
  • Providing input on Veterans Home decisions
  • Safeguarding consumer and Resident rights
  • Opening channels of communication between Residents, families, Veterans Home staff and the administration, as well as the community
  • Establishing an orientation package about the Family Council for new Residents
  • Providing information and support to families of past, current, and prospective Residents
  • Promoting goodwill and fellowship among members

For information on meetings dates and times call the Home directly at (218) 353-8700 or 1-877-SBY VETS (729-8387).


Quality of care is foremost at the Silver Bay Veterans Home, and our Residents are our primary focus. Through this calendar of diverse activities, we strive to help our Residents maintain the greatest possible independence in their lives.

Our Residents are treated to a wide variety of recreation activities and events, both within the facility and out in the community. By providing this detailed schedule, we encourage family and friends to participate as much as possible in the activities at the Silver Bay Veterans Home.

Dietary Menu

The dietary menu at our Silver Bay Home has been developed by registered dietitians. Our menu provides Residents with a balanced, nutritious meal. Just like at home, different menu options are available to accommodate the needs of our Residents.


Minnesota Veterans Home – Silver Bay
45 Banks Boulevard
Silver Bay, Minnesota 55614
(218) 353-8700

1-877-SBY VETS (729-8387)
Fax:  (218) 226-6336

Admissions: (218) 353-8691
Administrator, Carol Gilbertson: (218) 353-8684
Volunteer Service Coordinator, Ward Wallin: (218) 353-8703
Director of Nursing, Pat Smedstad: (218) 353-8680