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Situated on the banks of the northern part of the Mississippi River and surrounded by dozens of lakes, St. Cloud residents enjoy an abundance of natural beauty, a four-season climate and a community rich in spirit and history. An average day in St. Cloud might begin with an after-breakfast fishing trip to nearby Lake George, followed by lunch at one of downtown St. Cloud’s restaurants before an afternoon of exploring one of the nation’s best art scenes. Evenings may involve a concert in Munsinger Clemens Botanical Gardens or attending one of St. Cloud’s numerous community festivals.
Those aged 65 and over make up 12.7% of St. Cloud’s total population of approximately 68,462 citizens. St. Cloud residents pay an average cost of $2,723 per month for assisted living. This is well below the national average of $4,300 as well as the Minnesota average of $4,283, making St. Cloud an excellent option for retirees on a budget who nonetheless want to experience the high quality of life available in Midwestern cities.
We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in St. Cloud. Please take a look to see if any of them are right for you.
Talamore Senior Living — St. Cloud
Floor plans at Talamore Senior Living include studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Each apartment is equipped with wireless internet and satellite cable, large windows to let in plenty of natural light, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Some units also come with balconies. Residents enjoy scheduled activities such as bingo nights, backyard barbecues, live on-site music performances and group outings to local festivals, events and attractions. Meals made with ingredients from scratch using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible are served in the restaurant-style dining room, and nutritional seminars and chef-led cooking demonstrations are held for residents. Small pets are welcome here.
The Sanctuary at St. Cloud
The Sanctuary at St. Cloud offers studio and one-bedroom units with Wi-Fi, kitchenettes, individual temperature controls, window coverings and plenty of storage space. Companion suites are available as well. Care plans are customized to meet the individual needs and preferences of each resident. Common areas include a restaurant-style dining room, bistro, library, mailroom and a theater. There is a private dining room that seats 10 for private festivities. Other amenities include a general store, fitness room and beauty salon/barbershop. There are several decks with relaxing outdoor seating areas as well as walking paths and garden spaces.
Carefree Living, St. Cloud
This facility provides studio apartments with in-room cable and emergency call systems. There is a dining room where residents enjoy homemade meals and between-meal snacks, comfortable lounges with TV sets and game tables and a library/reading area. Residents can get their hair and nails done at the on-site beauty/barbershop or enjoy outdoor exercise on the walking paths through the facility's well-landscaped grounds. There is a parking lot available for use by residents and guests. An on-site chapel provides religious services.
Cherrywood of St. Cloud
This facility earned its place on our top 10 list because of its on-site services, including x-rays and routine lab work, which saves residents the time and trouble of having to go to a medical office. Arranged transportation to medical and dental appointments is also available to residents. Individual needs and preferences are routinely assessed on an ongoing basis by doctors and other care providers. Medication management, personal care plans, laundry, cleaning and assistance with basic grooming, dressing and bathing are also provided on an as-needed basis.
Good Shepherd Community — Sauk Rapids
We especially liked the range of floor plans available to residents of this facility. Along with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, detached homes and companion suites are also available. The food offerings were also impressive — along with the option to have three scheduled meals per day, residents can craft their own comprehensive meal plans to suit their preferences and needs. The talented culinary staff also offers customized take-and-bake pizzas and catering services.
Lake Ridge Senior Health & Living Senior Living Community
Lake Ridge Senior Health & Living is a faith-based facility with an on-site chapel and plenty of chances to participate in Bible study groups. Hair and nail care for both women and men is provided by professional stylists and barbers at the on-site salon and barbershop. Residents can enjoy lake views and fresh lake breezes from the comfortably furnished patio areas or relax in the courtyard under the large pergola.
CentraCare — Benedict Court
Situated in a serene residential neighborhood that's not too far from the downtown core of St. Cloud, CentraCare — Benedict Court offers a homelike environment, a caring staff and a range of activities and services designed to promote a good quality of life. The kitchen staff accommodates nearly all types of dietary needs and preferences and are always glad to prepare picnics for residents to enjoy with family and friends, make private meals for residents with visiting family and friends and hold outdoor cookouts on nice days.
We liked this 55 and over facility for its central location in downtown St. Cloud, allowing residents easy access to community amenities and public transportation. Residents enjoy a variety of scheduled recreational and social activities as well as comfortable, attractively appointed indoor and outdoor common areas. Some small pets are welcome here. Each unit has air conditioning and is wired for high-speed internet and cable. Most units have ceiling fans and refrigerators.
Sterling Park Commons
Sterling Park Commons offers spacious one- and two-bedroom units designed with the comfort of seniors in mind. All units have in-room cable, Wi-Fi and kitchenettes or kitchens. Residents receive customized assistance from the well-trained staff with routine aspects of daily living such as basic grooming, bathing and dressing. Medication management is also available, as well as transportation to medical providers. There is an on-site salon/barbershop, a restaurant-style dining room and plenty of outdoor spaces.
Ridgeview Place Senior Living
We included Ridgeview Place Senior Living on our top 10 list because we really liked the amount of community engagement available to the residents of this facility. Morning walks through the neighborhood, visits from local schoolchildren and singalongs led by local musicians are all part of life here. Situated on the banks of scenic Lake George, residents also enjoy country views, a large yard and garden area with a lush, green lawn and many comfortable outdoor seating options.