2021 Top Minnesota Senior Living Communities

Providing care for a loved one is a difficult and time-consuming task. Combine that with a job, caring for a family, and it can seem downright impossible. A senior living facility create an environment designed to make life easier for aging adults. Minnesota has some fantastic options that deserve consideration, but all the options that are available can be dizzying. Considering so many living types, services, and care, how do you know what is the right choice?

Our goal for this list of top communities was to save you precious time, and only focus on the best living and care available in Minnesota. In total we found fifteen providers who are leaders in their locations for senior living. Don’t worry if none of these facilities are in your city, there are plenty more quality care options in our senior living directory. You can also contact us if you’re not sure where to start.

Tips for Choosing Minnesota Senior Living: Ask Questions
Be prepared with questions about the facility when you schedule a tour. Talk to several staff members, how long have they been there? If none of the employees have been there longer than a year or two, there’s probably a high rate of turnover. Good employees don’t stick around, and bad employees provide bad care.

Ranking The Best Senior Living Facilities in Minnesota

Ranking senior living facilities is not easy. There are multiple variables to consider, and then you have to weigh their importance. We combed the Internet, in search of reviews from Google and Facebook, and combined them with reviews from our own users. While reviews are extremely helpful, they rarely tell the whole story. We also researched complaints and violations from the MN Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints.

Money is always a concern, but the good news in Minnesota is the average cost is $2,948 per month. This is lower than most states for assisted living. Minnesotans can expect to pay less for senior apartments and independent living that provide amenities, but no care. Memory care, nursing homes and other facilities with skilled nursing can be thousands a more a month.

Top Rated Minnesota Senior Living Facilities

4.8/5 Average Rating of Facilities
136 Total Reviews

5 stars

The Residence at North Ridge

5500 Boone Ave N
New Hope MN 55428

Living Types Available: Independent Living, Assisted Living

4.5 stars

4.4/5 Average Rating
13 Total Reviews

The Residence at North Ridge New Hope MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about The Residence at North Ridge:

Even though my mother was only there four months, the care and the compassion the staff had there was remarkable. From the time I was working with them to get my mother in there, until see passed, they were always responsive to all her needs and very caring. Thanks for all you did

-John Hygrell

Eventide on Eighth Care Center

1405 7th St S
Moorhead, MN 56560

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Nursing Homes

4.5 stars

4.6/5 Average Rating
8 Total Reviews

Eventide on Eighth Care Center Moorhead MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Eventide on Eighth Care Center:

Excellent assisted living facility, Wonderful total care and Rehab services. They also have a a Great coffee shop!

-Jina Juiliano

Encore at Maplewood

2300 Hazelwood St
Maplewood MN 55109

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

4.5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
5 Total Reviews

Encore at Maplewood MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Encore at Maplewood:

A hidden gem! It’s sits on a beautiful wooded lot on a quiet street with pond and wildlife views. I’ve had the pleasure of working with their team on several occasions and know they truly care about their residents.

-Lauren Bednar

Walker Methodist Plaza Senior Living

131 Monroe St
Anoka MN 55303

Living Types Available: Assisted Living

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
5 Total Reviews

Walker Methodist Plaza Senior Living Anoka MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Walker Methodist Plaza Senior Living:

My great aunt stayed at Walker Methodist for 5+ years. This is one of the best senior living facilities I have visited. There are options for every resident, tailored to their own independence level.

-Jessi Gurr

The Homestead at Anoka

3000 4th Ave
Anoka, MN 55303

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Nursing Home

4.5 stars

4.7/5 Average Rating
18 Total Reviews

The Homestead at Anoka MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about The Homestead at Anoka:

Simply the best! We moved my mom into the Homestead assisted living 3 years ago. She was living all alone in a great big house and was completely isolated. When she first moved in she compared it to summer camp. She was always doing something and we never heard from her because she was so busy. Now she is getting older and her dementia is progressing and I am thankful to Angie and the rest of the assisted living staff for keeping me updated on how she is doing. I love the fact that she can truly age in place at the Homestead. With her dementia, it is good to know that she can go to the assisted living memory care or the skilled memory care based on her care need. This puts our mind at ease. I cannot recommend the Homestead enough!

-Tracey Nelson

Gracewood Advanced Assisted Living & Memory Care of Lino Lakes

675 Market Pl Dr
Lino Lakes, MN 55014

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

4.5 stars

4.7/5 Average Rating
3 Total Reviews

Gracewood Advanced Assisted Living Memory Care of Lino Lakes MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Gracewood of Lino Lakes:

So far, everything at Gracewood has been good. I feel the staff should really identify themselves each time they come in to my husband just because when you are a new resident, it is hard to remember names, and I think that is very important. Name tags are very difficult to read, so even though the names are there, I think it would be more appropriate that when they come into the room they would interact a little with him. Everybody is very kind and very helpful.

-Cherry

Champlin Shores

119 E Hayden Lake Rd
Champlin, MN 55316

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
6 Total Reviews

Champlin Shores Assisted Living

What residents and loved ones have to say about Champlin Shores:

We moved our Dad to memory care last Nov. We are so much more at ease with him being in a safe situation now. He is very content with his new environment. There have been some concerns, mainly with communications dealing with all the staff but, they have been very good about resolving these issues

-Dale Sibinski

Edgewood Vista Virginia

705 17th St N
Virginia MN 55792

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
9 Total Reviews

Edgewood Vista Virginia MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Edgewood Vista Virginia:

Staff who care. Like a second family. I am proud of them all. Everyday something for residents to do. The best activity staff! They come up with some great ideas. Lots of energy. 

-Vicky Gundy

Heritage Haven

3044 Morris Thomas Rd
Duluth, MN 55811

Living Types Available: Assisted Living

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
4 Total Reviews

Heritage Haven Duluth MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Heritage Haven:

Amazing staff and positive environment. My grandma was very upset when she couldn’t live on her own anymore. The staff at this facility, made her feel at home and loved. She now, loves being there and has been the happiest we have seen her in quite a while!

-Mandy Toboleski

The Pillars of White Bear Lake

4650 Centerville Rd
White Bear Lake MN 55127

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
11 Total Reviews

the pillars of white bear lake mn

What residents and loved ones have to say about The Pillars of White Bear Lake:

My parents just moved into Pillars of White Bear Lake yesterday. This move was a hard one and complicated greatly by COVID-19. The staff – ALL OF THEM – have been absolutely fantastic. They are helping my parents with this transition despite the fact that all residents are having to remain in their rooms. They welcomed them and they are doing a wonderful job of keeping the residents entertained and safe. Thank you for all that you are doing for our parents and all of the residents of Pillars!

-Anne Huber

English Rose Suites

6400 Timber Ridge
Edina, MN 55439

Living Types Available:

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
11 Total Reviews

English Rose Suites Edina MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about English Rose Suites:

English Rose Suites has been my Mom’s home for the last 2.5 years. They are the most amazing dementia care experts. I truly believe that we have found the best care in the country. It is such a relief to know that your family member is being cared for and loved in a compassionate way that meets their needs. I would highly recommend ERS for your loved one. I have also found their expertise incredibly valuable as a caregiver and the decisions that I need to make in that capacity. I’m thankful everyday that we found ERS!

-Charles Rottinghaus

Fair Oaks Lodge

201 Shady Ln Dr #3093
Wadena, MN 56482

Living Types Available: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Nursing Home

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
7 Total Reviews

Fair Oaks Lodge Wadena MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Fair Oaks Lodge:

My mother spent her final days here. The staff was so kind and caring. While the facility may be old, the care was wonderful and that was all we wanted for mom!

-Debbie Goedtel

Chateau Waters

960 19th St S
Sartell MN 56377

Living Types Available: Independent Living, Senior Apartments

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
21 Total Reviews

chateau waters sartell mn

What residents and loved ones have to say about Chateau Waters:

They have the best room size I’ve ever seen for residents. My sister also stated their food was the best she’s had. Very clean and friendly staff

-Kathy Wolf

Carefree Living

1225 E Division St
St Cloud MN 56304

Living Types Available: Assisted Living

4.5 stars

4.8/5 Average Rating
4 Total Reviews

Carefree Living St Cloud MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Carefree Living St. Cloud:

We saw one room in Carefree, and it was newly carpeted and painted with an updated bathroom and shower. It was very nice; it had a window where you could look out across the parking lot into some wooded area. It wasn’t very big, but it would have been adequate. It had room for a desk, chair, a twin bed and a dresser. I met the director and the nurse, and they were both very friendly and confident. Different nurses, CNAs and other staff that I saw were very positive and friendly toward us and to the residents. They were having a special event that night — I think they were going to watch an old movie – and they were talking about a craft that they would do. They have outings, they go to the mall, and they do go out together to have a change of scenery and enjoy.

-A Visitor

Oak Ridge Place

6060 Oxboro Ave
N Stillwater MN 55082

Living Types Available: Independent Living, Assisted Living

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
11 Total Reviews

Oak Ridge Place Stillwater MN

What residents and loved ones have to say about Oak Ridge Place:

Amazing facility with a warm and friendly staff. Anna was incredibly helpful and answered all the questions that I had. I would highly recommend Oak Ridge Place!

-Anne Ecklund