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Are all senior communities the same?

Dispelling the myths of Assisted Living and Memory Care, as answered by Jen Peters, Outreach and Sales Director at The Sanctuary at St. Cloud. 


Myth: You must be rich to live there.

If you are age 65+ with limited income and assets and qualify for the Elderly Waiver, you can live in a lovely Assisted Living or Memory Care with medical care, services, and a lot of perks. There are affordable Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities available in many communities. 

Myth: All senior apartments are the same. 

Assisted Living and Memory Care offer many support services not offered in general senior communities including restaurant-style meals prepared by chefs, along with weekly laundry and housekeeping services. Senior livings have secured buildings and trained staff members, including nurses, available 24/7. Dozens of optional activities are also available, including live music concerts, game day cheering, or fitness classes. With less stress, people in Assisted Living and Memory Care can enjoy more of life and less of the hassles.

Myth: Keeping track of my health is easy. 

When you live in Assisted Living or Memory Care, a nurse is available to help manage your medical challenges. Your senior living package includes supports like medication management, vital sign checks, and more. Most also assist with setting up transportation to medical appointments. 

Myth: Senior living communities are boring.

Senior living communities offer private apartment space to relax and recharge and comfortable community spaces for fun and friendships. You can enjoy a private apartment, and later, walk down the hall to visit with friends in the pub, get a haircut, attend a fitness class, take in a movie in the theater, and go for a walk in the gardens. You can get the best of life’s offerings.

Myth: There isn’t enough space for my family to visit.

Senior livings typically have private dining rooms, a theater, lounge spaces, and other family-friendly areas that can be reserved for your family’s use. Assisted Living and Memory Care communities love to support families having fun together!

The Sanctuary at St. Cloud 

The Sanctuary at St. Cloud offers affordable maintenance-free living for seniors with amenities and care services to meet their Assisted Living or Memory Care needs. They add to the basic senior living options noted above with exceptional amenities that include a coffee bar, a spa, walking paths, a pub, a general store, fireplaces, and a poker table. 

Their Memory Care is the only one in the region that offers the state-of-the-art Lucynt interactive system to engage bodies and minds. Their Memory Care Living has wonderful family spaces including beautiful community lounges, a large demonstration kitchen, a game room, and more. 

For more information on these living options, contact Jen Peters at 320-534-0665. Besides Peters, you can also find out more about affordable senior living services and support by contact your county health, tribal nation, or human services financial worker, or by calling The Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433. 

“Ask the Expert” is sponsored content (paid advertising) provided by The Sanctuary at St. Cloud. To learn how your business can promote its products and services like this, contact Sr. Perspective at 320-334-3344.

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