Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Lakeville’s senior population continues to grow (23.57% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Lakeville, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by an astounding 88.18% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 17.9%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (9.89% in Lakeville vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Lakeville. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Lakeville, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley is an independent living, assisted living and memory care facility nestled next to Legacy Park, just 25 minutes from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Seniors can spend time making crafts in the creative art studio, watching films in the movie theater and attending social hours and morning exercise classes. Residents of the Terrace and Vista Living memory care neighborhoods can enjoy the outdoors on the secure garden patio. They may also benefit from the Ecumen Awakenings memory care program, which is designed to reawaken the senses with aromatherapy, art therapy and sensory stimulation. The community also has several dining facilities, including the Autumn Leaves restaurant with its own private dining areas and the more casual Harvest Cafe.
Families give Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley rave reviews for having professional staff members and scheduling plenty of activities. One resident’s loved one writes, "The staff was very helpful. They were very competent and very resident-centered … They have movies, speakers, different craft activities, book clubs and social groups that meet every single day.”
Emerald Crest of Burnsville is a memory care community that uses its homelike layout, stimulating activities and specially trained caregivers to help seniors dealing with symptoms of memory loss stay engaged and social. After learning about residents' preferences and abilities, staff nurses and occupational therapists develop personalized care plans designed to promote the individual's independence while supporting their needs. Exercise classes encourage residents to reach their fitness goals while religious services provide everyone with an opportunity to express their spirituality. From the lighting and color scheme to the placement of the kitchens and gardens, every aspect of the community was thoughtfully planned to ease navigation and create a welcoming atmosphere.
"I must say right away that the care was above and beyond three other facilities she had been in. The female caregivers treated her with respect and love like I never thought was possible," said one online reviewer about her mother's experience. In addition to the attentive staff, residents' family members often mention the diverse activities calendar.
Set on four acres of landscaped grounds, Kingsley Shores Senior Living Community offers individualized care in a secure environment. The facility overlooks Kingsley Lake, offering residents picturesque views and easy access to shopping, dining and health care facilities. On-site, residents have access to a variety of luxurious amenities, including a theater, library, activity center and family-style living room. When it comes to memory care in its Reflections neighborhood, the philosophy is focused on creating positive everyday experiences that add value and meaning to seniors' lives. Staff work with residents to establish a consistent daily routine and are available to assist with daily tasks, medication administration and transportation. Seniors enjoy a full calendar of organized social activities, cultural events and fitness programs, as well as regular off-site outings to help them maintain a connection with the community.
Kingsley Shores is known for its top-of-the-line amenities, award-winning chef-prepared meals and caring staff. One resident's loved one shares, "The setting and appearance is always top-notch. The care staff are all welcoming and provide great care." Another reviewer shares that she chose the facility for her mother because, "it has fantastic facilities," as well as "a great atmosphere and great staff."
Located in a distinguished stucco house within a residential Minneapolis neighborhood, Rakhma Peace Home offers a holistic approach to memory care. This facility uses a social-care approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment that keeps the focus on engagement through meaningful relationships. Staff make the most of this facility’s bustling location to offer high-impact social outings on a weekly basis. With only ten residents, this facility is an ideal choice for those who prefer a tight-knit, intimate community. Unconditional love is the facility's guiding principle, and that passion also goes into the freshly prepared meals cooked on-site daily. While holistic care is the priority, Rakhma also has an RN on staff to help assess each resident's required level of care. Friends and family members are an integral part of the memory care program and are welcomed daily.
Staff at Rakhma Peace go above and beyond to make every resident feel like family writes this reviewer, "Some of the most caring, loving, nicest people I have ever met. The way they take care of my mom is amazing. They really love and care about everyone in the house. They treat everyone there like family. In my mind, they are all angels."
Summit Place Senior Campus has an accessible location off Minnesota State Route 61, conveniently close to Park Nicollet Clinic, Eden Prairie Center and major highway interchanges. This Silvercrest senior community is big on wellness, offering residents an array of health and fitness programs and facilities. The Summit Club is fully staffed and supervised and features TechnoGym equipment stations, the HydroWorx 2000 aquatic therapy pool, a multipurpose warm water pool and diverse exercises classes. In addition to other lifestyle amenities throughout the campus, there are on-site conveniences including a salon and barbershop,chapel, general store and bank. The Reflections memory care community of Summit Place benefits residents with 24-hour staffing, personalized care and family centered programs in a secure, homelike setting. Some of the stimulating activities provided at Reflections include music therapy, dog visits, games and outings.
Residents and their family members particularly love the sophisticated amenities and extensive range of activities at Summit Place Senior Campus. They also appreciate the kind, responsive staff, as one reviewer comments, "I am finding the care at Summit is really supportive of both the resident and the residents family. Very communicative, and helpful.”
With independent living, assisted living and memory care, The Commons on Marice provides a full suite of care options enabling seniors to gracefully age in place. Its Pearls of Life memory care program uses a Montessori-based approach that encourages people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia to focus on their individual strengths and abilities to engage in meaningful activities. In the Parkinson's program, residents participate in a comprehensive exercise program featuring boxing workouts and equipment, such as speed bags and jump rope. In the restaurant-style dining room, residents can choose between a variety of savory entrees designed to stimulate the appetite and meet seniors' nutritional needs. Community amenities include a fireside lounge, card room, library and a beauty and barbershop. The FIT Functional Fitness program aims to reduce seniors' risk of falls by increasing their strength and balance, while the Soaring program's goal is to help residents express their spirituality.
Residents first notice the community's luxurious living spaces, but its friendly and attentive staff is what leaves the greatest impression. One resident's family member said, "The Commons is very elegant with beautiful surroundings. They are caring, gentle, and very calm staff. The residents seemed happy. The food is terrific."
From the heated floors to the advanced circadian lighting system, every aspect of the Moments of Lakeville's construction has been thoughtfully planned to engage the senses and instill a sense of calm in people with dementia. Activities such as music, art and storytelling provide opportunities for socialization while encouraging residents to use their abilities. In addition to the hand-eye coordination benefits of gardening, many of the vegetables and herbs grown by residents find their way into the chef-prepared meals served in the community dining room. Every member of the 24-hour caregiving team receives specialized memory care training, and an RN or LPN is always on-site. Residents have access to a wide range of health care services, including speech and physical therapy, radiology and physician appointments.
In addition to the facility's pleasing aesthetics, residents and their family members have been impressed with the range of activities, and the staff's friendliness. "My mother-in-law has been doing exercises, and there are music activities ... The staff members seem to be caring; they have been great," mentioned one online reviewer.
Vernon Terrace of Edina is conveniently located across from a library and senior center, Grandview Square Park and a local shopping center in the Grandview neighborhood of Edina, Minnesota, just minutes away from Minneapolis. The lush campus of this cat-friendly community has a calming koi pond and raised garden beds, and relaxing outdoor views can be enjoyed from the patio and solarium. Residents can enjoy each other’s company in the fireside lounge, grand piano area and Biltmore dining room. Other elegant amenities include a fitness center, spa and therapy room, beauty salon, business center and library. Some of the activities are men’s and women’s groups, coffee socials, happy hours, live performances and daily exercises. The Willows Memory Care at Vernon Terrace of Edina offers therapeutic life enrichment programs for residents with dementia and is able to arrange 1:1 care when required.
Reviewers affirm their loved ones’ positive experiences at Vernon Terrace of Edina. A Willows resident’s daughter says, "The facility itself is very attractive and with her own furnishings in her suite, she feels very much at home. Best of all, the staff is absolutely outstanding – kindness personified! My mother loves them.”
Richfield seniors find numerous lifestyle choices and a continuum of care at Village Shores, a mixed-use facility offering independent and assisted living apartments, as well as Reflections, a secure memory care neighborhood. This full-service, homelike residence features 28 private apartments in a specially designed environment. Dementia-friendly programming and activities include art and music therapy, fitness and wellness classes, games, movies and live entertainment. A rooftop patio provides residents with gardening opportunities, and frequent outings to local venues add variety to the daily schedule. Residents receive 24/7 personalized care that’s individually tailored to meet their unique needs and abilities. Chef-prepared meals and snacks three times daily ensure residents’ nutritional needs are met. Reflections is for residents aged 55 and over and also offers a companion living option. Families are encouraged to participate in care conferences, daily activities and memory care programming.
Seniors appreciate the vibrant lifestyle and helpful, accommodating staff members at this large over-55 community. One woman says, "I have lived here for four years and have really loved it so much. I have made many friends here at Village Shores. There are so many wonderful activities to partake in that you are never bored.”