Our History

Assisted LivingThe current family of Spectrum Health Companies has evolved through initial start-up companies and acquisitions spanning over 35 years.

Home care operations originated in two separate companies. Arrowhead Health Alternatives was founded in 1981 in Virginia, serving Northeastern Minnesota.  Arrowhead Health Alternatives provided traditional home care services, assisted living and all aspects of therapy—physical, occupational and speech—in nursing homes and a stand-alone therapy center.

Allied Health Alternatives was created in 1982 with headquarters in Minneapolis and established branch operations in Duluth, Grand Rapids, Willmar and Faribault, Minnesota. In 1998, a Rochester branch was added.  The corporate functions of Allied Health Alternatives and Arrowhead Health Alternatives were merged in 2000 resulting in one corporate headquarters, but with the majority of staff based in Virginia and several in Minneapolis, with the new company called Spectrum Health Companies.

Assisted living operations have evolved over the last 20 years with a major addition in 2002 with the purchase of 3 Carefree Living communities in Burnsville (95 suites), Brainerd (70 suites), and St. Cloud (70 suites), then construction of 46 suites in Ely in 2008, Cook (34 suites) in 2009, Silver Bay (35 suites) in 2010, Babbitt (38 suites) in 2012, Orr (32 Suites) in 2014,  Aurora (52 suites) in 2015, and Virginia (36 suites) in 2017.  Spectrum had previously provided health care services to the original 3 Carefree Living buildings for 7 years prior to 2002.  Spectrum also manages housing units for other owners.

Spectrum has provided services to seniors in various apartment buildings around the state for nearly 15 years.  These services benefit both the recipient as well as the building owners by allowing residents to remain in their homes while the building is able to retain its renters as opposed to losing them to an assisted living site or nursing home.

It is our desire to develop our business by expanding in our current and new markets having needs for community based housing and services. With any expansion, it is always our purpose to be known as the provider and employer of choice.