‘They are so helpful and nice’

Auburn Homes has assisted living and memory care communities in Chaska and Waconia


By Scott Thoma

Auburn Homes & Services has continued to fill senior needs with expansion over the years while making sure residents are treated with dignity and respect.


Auburn Homes, a skilled nursing care and rehabilitation facility in Waconia, was built in 2007, and Auburn Meadows, an assisted living and memory care community opened its doors in 2012 adjacent to Auburn Homes.

Auburn Homes & Services serves the greater Carver County area by having operations in both Chaska and Waconia. Auburn Homes & Services is an agency of the Moravian church, and both campuses have full-time, on-site Chaplains.

“We have 400 employees on the two campuses,” said Michelle Yelich, Director of Marketing and Communications at Auburn Homes & Services. “We have a great staff, and many of them have been here a number of years because they love what they do. They love building relationships with the residents and serving them with care, and kindness. We are a tight-knit and compassionate group.”


Michelle Yelich, Director of Marketing & Communications, along with Verda, Courts resident, partake in Halloween fun. Contributed photo

Living within the Auburn walls are former teachers and community business owners. Many employees at Auburn had those residents as teachers in school or supported their businesses for years, making Auburn a community within itself.

“The staff are wonderful people that are respectful and attentive,” said Melissa, a Certified Nursing Assistant in Auburn Courtyard. “As a care attendant, I enjoy getting residents ready for the day, listening to their stories and the one-on-one time I have with them each day.”

One resident echoed those statements.


“I have lived here for three years,” she said. “The friends I have made and the staff are what I like most about living here. They are so helpful and nice.”


“Everyone is treated with dignity and respect,” said Yelich. “Caring for others with integrity and compassion gives them an opportunity to live a life of purpose.”


Chaska Courts Assisted Living provides an active style of living with the security of having trained staff available to attend to resident needs.


“I knew when my mom and dad decided to move into the assisted living at Auburn nine years ago, it was the right choice for them,” said their daughter. “Once they made the move into this warm and friendly environment, my siblings and I knew it was good for them, and good for us. We loved the fact that they took mom and dad under their wing, and treated them like family.”


Some of the amenities at Auburn Courts in Chaska include: studio units or 1- or 2-bedroom apartments, personal emergency call system, weekly housekeeping, dedicated life enhancement and activities director, daily reassurance checks and care management.


Auburn Courtyard Memory Care in Chaska is designed to support individuals experiencing dementia and memory loss. Courtyard residents are offered customized programming for memory loss, escorted outings, 24-hour care attendants, personalized care, and life enhancement activities.


Auburn Manor in Chaska offers skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. It is licensed by the State of Minnesota and certified by the Medicare and Medicaid program, and accepts Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances.



Auburn Courts residents, Marguerite and Malinda, share a moment laughing together. Contributed photo

Each resident room at Auburn Manor has a front porch for social visiting, reading, or relaxing. Residents can bring in their own furnishings to make it feel more like home. There is also a 24-hour nursing staff, life enhancement activities, nutritious meal options and physical, occupational and speech therapies.


Talheim in Chaska has 58 independent living apartments, which are within walking distance of shopping, dining, and churches.


Talheim offers many amenities such as an exercise room, controlled access, laundry facilities, lounge, congregate dining, salon, cable, and more.


The one-bedroom apartments are spacious and include a living room, large bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and emergency call system. Rent is based on income.


The resident care at Auburn Homes & Services is guided by its Moravian roots. Their mission statement is: “In the spirit of Christ’s love, we serve others with integrity and compassion.”


Residents at Auburn Homes & Services have the opportunity to engage in many social activities, outings, and entertainment.


“We bring in different types of entertainment for the residents to enjoy such as piano or guitar players, or a group of singers,” said Yelich. “Each day our residents have different activities to choose to participate in including exercise, Bingo, craft club, music therapy, baking, and book club. There really is something for everyone.”


The Auburn campus in Chaska is located at 501 Oak Street North. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 952-448-9303, or visit their website at www.auburnhomes.org.


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