Many folks dream of retiring to a climate where it’s warm all year long, but if you favor scorching summers and crisp, snowy winters, Minnesota might be the place for you.
Known for its friendly residents, beautiful natural scenery, and abundance of lakes, it’s a state with plenty to offer.
While its taxes aren’t the lowest in the country, there’s no inheritance tax — a fact many seniors find appealing.
If you’ve decided to retire in the “land of 10,000 lakes” (actually, you’ll find more than 11,000… but who’s counting?), we can help you find the perfect retirement community.
Here are the top 10 assisted living facilities in Minnesota, listed in no particular order.
1. The Villages of Lonsdale
1000 Birch St NE
Lonsdale, MN 55046
Located in a gorgeous, rural waterside setting, The Villages of Lonsdale is the ideal place for a quiet retirement. With stunning grounds, a public library on site, a salon, an exercise room and a packed activities calendar, there’s always something to do. Residents can choose from a range of one and two bedroom private apartments, complete with bathrooms and kitchens. However, with excellent food on offer, most people will rarely choose to cook for themselves.
2. Arbor Oaks Senior Living
1640 155th Lane NW
Andover, MN 55304
Arbor Oaks offers both assisted living, for those who require minimal to moderate help from staff, and memory care, for residents who suffer from dementia and require extra care and supervision. The focus is on wellness — both physical and emotional — and the “inspire wellness for life” program has been recognized as exceptional. Residents enjoy regular outings, as well as plenty of on-site activities, and engage in a rich social life in a close-knit community environment.
3. Kingsway Retirement Living
815 West Main Street
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Managed by the Lutheran Home Association, Kingsway Retirement Living is a luxury faith-based facility offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care. So, whether you need some extra help with day to day activities, or you simply want to live in a likeminded community with other seniors, there’s a place for you here. Amenities include a pub, a woodworking and craft studio, an art gallery, a convenience store, an internet cafe, and a full service restaurant — to name but a few.
4. Earle Brown Terrace
6100 Summit Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Residents of Earle Brown Terrace live in private studio, one or two bedroom apartments in a beautifully restored historic building. Health and the human spirit is at the forefront of life here, and the facility is extremely pet and family friendly — there are even guest suites available for visitors. Notable features and amenities include chef-prepared meals with 4 star dining, a beauty salon and barber shop, stunning “30 mile views,” a well-stocked library, resident outings, and a packed program of enrichment activities.
5. The Rivers
11111 River Hills Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337
The Rivers offers a true continuum of care — from independent living all the way to 24-hour care and memory care — so this is somewhere you could spend the rest of your life, no matter what the future holds. With an abundance of walking paths through the stunning grounds, three delicious chef-prepared meals per day, a swim spa, and much more, this is somewhere you can spend your retirement in style. While you’re free to live life at your own pace, you’ll find all kinds of daily activities on offer — from educational programs to concerts to talks from international speakers — so you’ll never be bored!
8500 Tessman Farm Road
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
A vibrant retirement community for over 55s, Tradition is the place to go for carefree living. Offering both independent living and assisted living, this facility is great for people who need some extra help or who just want to avoid spending their free time on chores and property management — that’s all handled for you. Residents live in private self-contained apartments, and everything you need is on-site, from a Wii games room to a library with computers, to an exercise room, and more. Anyone who likes to spend time on the links will be pleased to know it’s located right near the Edinburgh Golf Course.
7. Brookdale Mankato
100 Teton Lane
Mankato, MN 56001-4827
At Brookdale Mankato, residents get personalized assisted living care that’s tailored to the needs of the individual — no one-sizes-fits all approach here. Enjoy walking paths through beautiful landscaped grounds, relax in the fireside living room (perfect for those snowy winters), or spruce yourself up at the beauty parlor/barber shop; the choice is yours! You’ll also find a jam-packed activities calendar with plenty for everyone to enjoy, including bingo, exercise groups, trivia quizzes, movie nights, and art groups.
8. The Waterford
6288 Louisiana Court North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Nature-lovers will adore the The Waterford for its walking paths, breathtaking grounds, and waterfalls, but there’s plenty for those who prefer the “great indoors” too. With an ice cream parlor, libraries, delectable chef-prepared meals, an exercise room, craft room, and more, there’s plenty inside to keep you occupied. Residents requiring assisted living can select from shared accommodation or their own private apartments, depending on budget and preference. Independent living clients can either opt for a private apartment or their own townhouse, so it feels just like home, but without all those chores to take care of.
9. Elim Shores
7900 Timber Lake Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Community is key at Elim Shores, and there are always group activities and events to take part in. Regular activities include ice cream socials, bingo, fitness sessions, day trips, and Wii bowling tournaments. To help maintain independence, residents can hop on a regularly scheduled bus to the grocery store, the bank, and a local Walgreens, and it’s possible to book it to take you elsewhere for a small fee. Outdoor activity is encouraged, too, with individual garden plots, patios, and scenic walking paths around the lake.
10. Rose Arbor and Wildflower Lodge
16500 92nd Ave. N
Maple Grove, Minnesota 55311
Whether you require independent living, assisted living, or memory care, Rose Arbor and Wildflower Lodge offer the extra support you need, while helping you maintain your independence as much as possible. A range of excellent amenities await you from walking paths and a fitness room to a game room with billiards and a well-stocked library. Enjoy restaurant style dining with a menu that’s both nutritious and tasty, and private dining is even available if you want to throw a party for friends and family.
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