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As the gateway to the Black Hills, Rapid City attracts retirees who love both nature and vibrant community living. South Dakota’s second-largest city, it’s home to about 13,000 residents, around 18% of whom are aged 65 and older. Its abundant sunshine and Chinook-warmed winters give seniors longer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. A very short 16-minute commute lets them make the most of City View Trolley rides, while scenic Mount Rushmore is just 24 miles away.
Rapid City is a regional hub for both culture and health care. The fascinating downtown features public sculptures including The City of Presidents life-size bronze statues, and Main Street Square hosts year-round community events. Seniors can support local artists at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City and Dahl Arts Center, and attend regional conventions and sporting spectacles at The Monument, an ADA-friendly venue. Bonding with grandchildren is free at Dinosaur Park and Storybook Island, while The Journey Museum offers ticket discounts. Also close to downtown is Monument Health Rapid City Hospital, a Mayo Clinic-affiliated facility.
Our list of the 9 best facilities offers more reasons to consider assisted living in Rapid City.
The Victorian Assisted Living
The unbeatable surroundings and reliable on-site clinical support at The Victorian is why this retirement community is among our top picks. Its scenic hillside setting close to the Dinosaur Park boasts downtown views. Its elevated campus features serene, beautiful grounds with shaded patios, resident-tended gardens and visiting wildlife. The central community hall contains the restaurant-style dining area and fireside activity center which has a library, computer center, billiards table, TV lounge and 24/7 beverage station. The community’s 48-bed assisted living unit also accommodates seniors with early-stage dementia who aren’t at risk of wandering. Regular activities include chair yoga, pet therapy, guest performances, ice cream socials and group outings.
- Nurse coordinator and staff doctors specializing in geriatrics
- On-site nursing staff for assistance with medications, pharmacy orders and medical appointments
Fairmont Grand Senior Living
Consisting of four 16-bed stand-alone homes that are individually licensed, Fairmont Grand offers a smaller, homelike setting within a tight-knit neighborhood. This pet-friendly assisted living community is steps away from Robbinsdale Park, and its relaxing outdoor spaces can be enjoyed from the spacious front porch and deck areas of each home. The houses are connected by paved walkways and wheelchair ramps, supporting residents who are attending scheduled activities at the clubhouse and in other neighborhoods. This setup adds engaging variety to daily routines while promoting greater physical movement and social interactions. Residents also benefit from medication assistance, restaurant-style dining and on-site salon/barber services.
Edgewood Rapid City
The unique amenities at Edgewood Rapid City are why this 110-bed senior community is on our 10-best list. Each end of its U-shaped building is connected by the third-floor indoor skyway, which has plenty of seating for enjoying the courtyard and nature views. The community also has a billiards bar, a tea room with colorful tea set collections, an activity room with a piano, a community kitchen and snack/beverage stations. Residents live in one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Edgewood offers three levels of care based on comprehensive RN assessments, and according to the quantity and types of services that each resident requires.
Primrose Retirement Community of Rapid City
All one- and two-bedroom apartments at pet-friendly Primrose of Rapid City have spacious floor areas, walk-in closets, full kitchens and private patios or balconies. Its 48-bed assisted living neighborhood provides residents with emergency pendants, 24/7 nursing staff and regular wellness checks. Engaging community amenities include a fitness room, library, and two open-floor common areas for watching TV, having coffee and playing billiards, cards or the piano. In addition to recreational activities, residents enjoy lifelong learning opportunities through Primrose Senior University programs.
Dakota Hills Assisted Living
With a small capacity of only 10 residents, Dakota Hills offers an intimate homelike setting in the quiet suburb of Sturgis, which is a short drive from Rapid City. This licensed assisted living home is also close to the local Main Street and less than 5 minutes from Monument Health Sturgis Hospital. Its front porch and deck patio offer peaceful outdoor sitting areas with views of the garden and neighborhood. Residents are accommodated in cozy private and semiprivate rooms which are located on the main floor and lower level, and they have access to 24-hour support from trained caregivers.
Morningstar Assisted Living
Morningstar Assisted Living is ideal for seniors who prefer the comforts of a small home setting in an accessible, single-floor building. This family-owned and operated assisted living home accommodates up to 17 residents in private rooms with half-baths. Residents have easy access to the fireside common area, TV lounge, dining room and the house’s open porch and patio areas, as well as its surrounding lawn, garden and walking paths. Anytime snacks are available between meals. Medications are administered by certified aides with oversight by a registered nurse. Morningstar is also licensed to accommodate clients who require hospice care.
Peaceful Pines Senior Living Community
Peaceful Pines' tasteful design with state-of-the-art amenities for upscale seniors are why it's on our 10-best list. This award-winning retirement community features a surround-sound theater room with 30 recliners and wheelchair seating for up to 20 people, as well as a popcorn machine and coffee station. Other high-end features include a fitness center, chapel, billiards pub and bistro cafe. The community’s 70-bed assisted living unit accommodates residents in ground-level studios, companion suites and one-bedroom apartments. It also has its own courtyard and features a private spa with a whirlpool tub. Residents also have access to a wellness clinic and coordinated licensed care services.
The Village at Skyline Pines
The Village at Skyline Pines is among our top choices for its convenient location, beautiful surroundings and attractive, modern amenities. This 100-bed assisted living and memory care community shares its two-level complex with Monument Health Rehabilitation Center, and it’s a few blocks from Monument Health Rapid City Hospital. Its elevated campus boasts scenic nature and downtown views, and a viewing deck and landscaped courtyard with a gazebo. The building’s wellness center offers gym equipment, a group exercise area, table games and an arts and crafts corner. Residents are also welcome at the movie theater, bistro, library, salon and multidenominational chapel.
Good Samaritan Society - St. Martin Village - Heritage Place
The 38-bed assisted living neighborhood at Heritage Place is part of Good Samaritan Society - St. Martin Village, a continuing care retirement community. Its campus is nestled on a scenic valley at the edge of the Black Hills in northwest Rapid City. Heritage Place is among our top recommendations for seniors seeking a seamless transition to higher levels of support in the future. It accommodates residents in accessible ground-level apartments, and housekeeping services, meals and complimentary transportation are provided. Heritage Place also has its own living and dining areas, salon, whirlpool spa and chapel.