About Our Community
We have promised ourselves that we shall always treat our residents as we would our own loved ones. Nothing less than our best will do.
This is the promise that the staff at Minnetonka Assisted Living – and throughout Brookdale Senior Living communities has shared since our community first opened its doors. It’s a simple promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our retirees who have chosen our community for its active lifestyle.
The Perfect Location
Here at Minnetonka Assisted Living, our residents have it all! Our lovely community, which borders the upscale Lake Minnetonka area, is nestled in a residential part of town surrounded by natural landscaping, meandering walking paths and many parks nearby. Yet we’re just 20 minutes to downtown Minneapolis, making our community the ideal choice for seniors who enjoy the theater, fine dining, museums and shopping. With our close proximity to Minneapolis, there are several outstanding medical facilities nearby, including Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Fairview Southdale Hospital and North Memorial Healthcare – as well as many doctors’ offices and skilled nursing facilities.
We are also located just across the road from the Minnetonka Community Center – home to the Minnetonka Senior Center – where residents take full advantage of the many activities and programs offered. The Williston Fitness Center is also next door. For a low monthly fee or minimal per-class fee, residents can take water and/or arthritis walker classes, which are offered numerous times throughout the week. And of course, Super Target is a popular destination with our residents, with shopping excursions planned at least twice a month.
A Wonderful Selection
Situated in a secluded wooded setting, our three-story building offers 78 assisted living apartments in studio and one-bedroom configurations, ranging from 237 to 500 square feet. Each apartment offers wall-to-wall carpeting, large windows, wheel-chair accessible private bathrooms, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and an emergency call system. Pets are also welcome at Minnetonka Assisted Living!
In addition, residents have full access to our lovely common areas. On the main floor, a wall of windows in our huge dining room – which doubles as a living room and activities area – offers beautiful views of our naturally landscaping. There, residents can see all kinds of wildlife, from deer to foxes to wild turkeys that often meander by! The second floor features a spacious activities/social gathering area with a balcony looking out onto the windows in the dining room. On the third floor, beautiful French doors open onto our sun deck, which has been furnished with new patio tables and chairs. On July 4th, residents join there to watch the city’s spectacular fireworks show. The third floor also has a small library with a large-screen television. In addition, there are two other living areas, with televisions. And wherever residents go throughout our building, there are large windows for them to enjoy our beautiful surroundings – from the indoors. When they want to enjoy the out-of-doors, paved level pathways, with park benches and bird feeders, encircle our building.
We pride ourselves on hiring only those care professionals who are truly passionate about working with seniors. We believe we can teach anyone the skills of caring for our residents, but empathy, compassion and dedication are traits that cannot be learned. As a result, we have a solid group of core staff who are truly committed to our residents. Just recently, for example, one of our family members, who was going to be away on vacation, asked two of our med techs if they’d visit their loved one while in the hospital, which they gladly did – after working all day. For the past year, another staff member has continued to visit one of our residents, who had to move into a nursing home, even though the resident will not be coming home to our community.
In addition, our staff receives extensive ongoing training, both in a classroom setting, as well as mentoring and shadowing other more experienced caregivers. We also have two registered nurses – our Resident Care Director and Wellness Nurse Director – on staff. They oversee all of the training and supervise our med techs and Resident Assistants. They can also provide hands-on nursing care as needed.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
After breakfast most mornings, residents gather at 9:30 for News and Views, during which we read the newspaper and discuss local and world events. We also offer a chair exercise program at least five days a week, and there’s always a card or board game taking place somewhere! Residents especially love Skipbo, Uno, 500 and Bridge. And arts and crafts are always on the calendar.
Every Friday, we host an ice-cream social in our dining area, and four nights a week we show movies in one of our living rooms. Up to four times a month, we bring in outside entertainment, such as accordion and piano players, folk singers and even impersonators who entertain residents with old Sinatra and Tom Jones favorites. We also offer an extensive religious program, with Catholic Communion on Wednesdays, non-denominational bible study two days a week and a non-denomination church service in own chapel on Sundays.
In addition, several times a year, we host family events, like last year’s “October Around the World with Emeritus at Minnetonka,” during which we set up several stations with a variety of ethnic foods. Sometimes we have theme parties – like our Back to the ‘50s event, during which local residents from Minnetonka brought over their old-time classic cars, while we all enjoyed entertainment and a wonderful meal. Once a month, we take residents on a scenic drive and lunch at a favorite restaurant, and we go to Super Target twice a month. We also occasionally take residents to Long Lake Park for some summer fishing!
Partnering with the Community
We are an integral part of the Minnetonka community and take full advantage of the incredible facilities located right here in the immediate area. This includes the Minnetonka Senior Center. Throughout the week, many classes and programs are offered, from billiards, woodcarving, quilting and writing groups to educational programs on various health topics and health screenings. In addition, the Williston Fitness Center, which has just undergone a major renovation of its facilities, is right next door. Just about everything our residents could want – from daily arthritis walker classes to treadmills to personal training – is available. Residents can join for a low monthly fee or take occasional classes for a minimal fee if they prefer.
Here at Emeritus at Minnetonka, we pride ourselves on offering outstanding dining services. Three meals a day are served, restaurant style, in our beautiful dining room, with its wall of windows overlooking our naturally landscaped property. Choice is always on the menu; our meal plan on a five-week rotation. We may serve chicken once a week, but it won’t be prepared the same way for those five weeks.
At breakfast, we serve all kinds of cold and hot cereals, egg dishes, pancakes and waffles, juices and hot beverages. For lunch and dinner, we always offer two choices. The menu is posted weekly, so residents know what’s planned. If they don’t want either entrée choice, we also offer an always-available menu, with deli sandwiches, grilled cheese hamburgers, soups and salads – they simply let us know in advance if they’d like something specific and we can usually accommodate most requests. Snacks are always available – whenever a resident is hungry, they simply come down to the kitchen, and we’ll take care of them, any time – 24 hours a day. And except for mechanical soft diets, we can cater to most special dietary needs.
In addition, our Dining Services Director, who has been with Emeritus at Minnetonka for several years, meets monthly with our Resident Council to discuss the meals and their dining experience. Our goal is to make sure our residents are happy with the preparation and choices we offer – and from what our residents tell us, they love our food!