Saint Paul is one half of the famed Twin Cities, sharing the title with neighboring Minneapolis as a member of a major metropolitan region with almost three million residents spread across seven counties. By itself, the city’s population totals over 307,000. Saint Paul serves as the Minnesota state capital and offers seniors neighborhoods with stunning Victorian architecture, access to the banks of the Mississippi River and views of the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Paul. There’s a robust public transportation system through Metro Transit buses and light rails that seniors can take to and from Saint Paul or Minneapolis. Also, a bustling farmer’s market and free attractions, such as the Como Zoo and Conservatory, are welcoming enticements.
The Twin Cities were named one of the country’s best places to retire and sixth in a list of the best places to live. Seniors here are blessed with access to an abundance of lakes and natural areas, such as Minnehaha Falls, games by four professional sports teams and world-class art, science and history museums. For seniors interested in learning more about what makes Saint Paul such a wonderful city to call home, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite 10 assisted living facilities in the area.
Brookdale West St. Paul
305 Thompson Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55118
Located walking distance from Thompson County Park and Signal Hills Shopping Center, we selected Brookdale West St. Paul for our list of Saint Paul’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its tight-knit community that’s set in an intimate, homelike residence. The building’s quaint, cottage-style design is complete with shady porches surrounded by well-manicured grounds. Inside, there’s a piano for live musical performances, a beauty salon and room for frequent group exercise classes. Kind staff members teach residents how to use computers, so they can easily stay in touch with loved ones, host fun group excursions to local attractions and facilitate lively resident happy hours.
Summit Hill Senior Living
1824 Old Hudson Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55119
Summit Hill Senior Living offers residents assisted living and memory care with many personalized services. In the restaurant-style dining hall, staff members consider residents’ personal preferences and dietary needs to create nutritious, tasty meals that include a daily continental breakfast, lunch and dinner. Along with having access to laundry facilities and personal alert pendants, residents can opt to receive room service, professional beauty salon services and escort services for personal errands and appointments.
Bentson Family Assisted Living Residence
730 Kay Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
With 48 spacious apartments that come in options of studio, one- and two-bedroom layouts, Bentson Family Assisted Living Residence is a community-oriented facility offering seniors the privacy they desire with unique, life-enriching amenities. The restaurant-style dining hall is decorated with rich, elegant colors and serves three Kosher meals per day. The on-site solarium is perfect for soaking in the sunlight while reading a book from the library or visiting with friends. There’s a gift shop where seniors can shop for loved ones, and all residents have access to the nearby David Feinberg Vitality & Aquatics Center. Additionally, the beautiful banks of the Mississippi River and Lilydale Regional Park are only a few blocks away.
Iris Park Commons
1850 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55104
At Iris Park Commons, assisted living residents retain as much independence as possible in private apartments that offer views of nearby Iris Park or the facility’s serene, green courtyard. The abundance of on-site amenities include a fitness center with a heated therapy pool, a movie theater with ample seating, worship services and a meditation and art center where residents can explore their creative interests. The staff serves a full breakfast and dinner with an optional lunch each day, and residents can share an evening drink with friends in the pub. The convenient location gives residents easy access to the Metro Transit’s Green Line for fun trips to Minneapolis.
Eagan Pointe Senior Living
4232 Blackhawk Rd.
Eagan, MN 55122
Eagan Pointe Senior Living is a pet-friendly community that impresses with its breathtaking, two-story lobby with soaring ceilings, comfortable fireplace seating and elegant decor in its luxurious shared living space. This assisted living facility is filled with fun amenities designed for residents’ recreation and entertainment. There’s a designated billiards and game room, a large-screened movie theater with many rows of seating, a well-stocked library and a beauty salon where residents can receive new haircuts and stylings. To stay physically active and fit, residents can exercise in the on-site fitness center.
Lilydale Senior Living
949 Sibley Memorial Hwy.
Lilydale, MN 55118
At Lilydale Senior Living, residents enjoy a warm, intimate environment with home-cooked meals prepared by a professional chef three times per day. Friendly, compassionate staff members host frequent community celebrations and holiday parties. All residents receive complimentary access to laundry facilities, scheduled transportation services and group exercise classes, but the facility’s innovative fee structure allows residents to only pay for the additional services they mostly want or need. These can include beauty salon services, use of a guest suite for visiting loved ones and convenient room service.
New Perspective Eagan
3810 Alder Ln.
Eagan, MN 55122
Situated next to the Mississippi River and adjacent to the Twin Cities Premium Outlets, New Perspective Eagan offers residents a prime location perfect for shopping outings and day trips to area attractions on the facility’s shuttle bus service. Assisted living and memory care residents enjoy chef-prepared dining, daily fitness classes and housekeeping and laundry services along with washers and dryers available in their private or shared apartments. The perfect spot for residents to enjoy the city’s beautiful summer months is on the peaceful front porch that’s lined with comfortable rocking chairs.
512 Humboldt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55107
Selected for our list of Saint Paul’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its impressive 15-acre grounds and thoughtful, resort-like amenities, Cerenity Humboldt has an exquisite, spacious open lobby with giant walls of windows and soaring ceilings, cozy furnishings set next to a beautiful fireplace and a baby grand piano. The pet-friendly campus houses two buildings that provide continuing care services ranging from assisted living to skilled nursing and hospice care. As a personal touch, each memory care resident receives an iPod shuffle programmed with their favorite music. With a bell choir, computer classes, men’s groups and on-site manicurists, residents can easily continue to enjoy their favorite hobbies or have fun while developing new skills and making friends.
The Wellington Senior Living
2235 Rockwood Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
At The Wellington Senior Living, the impeccably maintained grounds are filled with plants, flowers and walking paths that can be seen from the ground- and second-floor outdoor terraces. Inside, residents can enjoy restaurant-style meals in the shared dining hall or visit the coffee bar for light snacks. On-site amenities include a beauty salon, library, fitness room and theater. Residents here can attend guest lectures and religious services without leaving the comforts of home, or hop on the facility’s shuttle for stimulating outings to local community centers.
3330 Edinborough Way
Minneapolis, MN 55435
Set in nearby Minneapolis, Brookdale Edina was chosen for our list of Saint Paul’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its one-of-a-kind, climate-controlled indoor park. Named Edinborough Park, the lush green space is kept at a comfortable 70 degrees year-round and is filled with over 6,000 trees, blooming gardens and winding walking paths. The park also houses a swimming pool, a walking track and theater for live performances. In the luxurious, eighteen-story resort-style building, residents enjoy elegant apartments and upscale amenities, including a bistro and glass atrium.
Is Saint Paul the Right Choice for You?
Along with this list of top-notch assisted living facilities, Saint Paul seniors have access to seven community centers offering aging-related resources. There’s something for everyone in the city, including the twice yearly St. Paul Art Crawl, baseball games at Midway Stadium and upscale shopping along Grand Avenue. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the pleasant spring and summer months at Como Park, where seniors can hike along paved trails or spend the day golfing.