Frequently Asked Questions about Senior Living in Minneapolis
Below we answer some of the common senior living questions our Minneapolis / St. Paul senior living community receives. We cover topics needed for taking the first step, what our community has to offer, and information about payment and costs. If you have any follow up questions, we encourage you to call our team at 612.623.7000. Thank you for considering the Pillars of Prospect Park!
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Decision Making FAQs
Q: How do you plan for a future move to senior living?
A: Planning to move into senior living is a big choice. We do our best to answer all your senior care questions, give you resources, and the time you need to decide. We are here to help you make the best decision for you. When touring senior living communities, we recommend using our Assisted Living residence checklist to find your perfect new home at Prospect Park in Minneapolis.
Q: If needed, how is my level of care determined?
A: Prior to move-in, our nurses and care team will assess your current health and review your medical history to see how we can best meet your needs. They will also discuss your preferences as well as your normal routines to develop a care plan that is tailor-made for you. This individualized service plan details your plan of care and is regularly updated to meet your evolving needs.
Q: How do I arrange a visit?
A: Please call our Director of Sales and Outreach at 612-623-7000 to set up a tour. During your visit to our Minneapolis, Minnesota location, we will talk with you about your personal circumstances and how we can meet your individual needs. In the meantime, take a look at our community gallery to see what your new home at Prospect Park would look like.
Q: How quickly can you help me move in?
A: We work with each family to support their needs as best as we can, including accommodating urgent move-ins when possible. Residents in Assisted Living and Memory Care receive a full care assessment prior to moving in, which helps our care team develop his/her Individualized Plan. In some cases, a move-in can occur in as little as a day or so.
Q: Do we have to sign a long-term lease for the apartment?
A: No. Our Minneapolis community does not require long-term lease commitments. At Prospect Park, we require a community fee upon signing the residency agreement. We also require 30 days / one calendar month’s written notice prior to moving out of the community.
Q: Are pets allowed at your senior living facility? Can I bring my dog or cat with me?
A: Yes, you are welcome to bring your pet with you! If you are comfortable caring for your pet and they are an appropriate pet for the community setting, we would love for them to join our Pillars of Prospect Park family. Guidelines apply.
Q: Can I bring my own furniture?
A: Yes, you can bring your own furniture with you because this is your home! We encourage you to design your apartment to be as comfortable and familiar as possible.
Living Options FAQs
Q: What’s the difference between Assisted Living and Independent Living?
A: A resident who chooses the Independent Living package rents an apartment like they would in a regular apartment building. The benefit of living at The Pillars of Prospect Park as an independent resident is the opportunity to participate in activities and entertainment, the choice to eat chef-prepared meals onsite, and the choice to have housekeeping.
A resident who chooses the Assisted Living package gets the benefits of the independent living package while also receiving the option of three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, two loads of laundry each week, an emergency safety alert system, daily safety checks, and access to our 24/7 nursing team.
Q: What senior care options are available at The Pillars of Prospect Park in Minneapolis, MN?
A: We offer senior housing options for 55+ independent living, assisted living, short-term stays, and memory care as well as coordination of hospice and other care services.
General Information FAQs
Q: What is community life like now, amid a pandemic, for senior living residents?
A: Thanks to the vaccine, testing, and advanced cleaning and safety protocols, we’ve been able to return to normal activities while continuing to evaluate the ongoing situation. When safe for our residents and staff, our residents enjoy dining together in the dining room and building friendships through participating in community events like musicians and entertainment, education sessions, games, happy hours, and more.
Q: What is the average assisted living age range?
A: While age varies by each living option, in general, our residents are in their late to early-80’s.
Q: Are there restrictions on visiting hours?
A: This is our residents’ home, we welcome visitors and work with our families and friends to visit their loved ones at a time that works best for them. Due to COVID-19, our options for visiting are limited. Please contact us for our most up-to-date visiting protocols.
Q: What training do staff members receive?
A: We provide continuing education and training, clinical care protocols, and multiple quality assurance measures to reinforce our strong standards. The Pillars of Prospect Park’s extensive training programs have been developed throughout the years and include; classroom, online, and hands-on training, as well as employee shadowing and mentoring.
Q: Can we move in as a couple?
A: Yes! At The Pillars of Prospect Park, our Journey Program allows couples to live together in their own Minneapolis / St. Paul apartment surrounded by their familiar belongings. A reduced fee for the 2nd occupant applies.
Q: Do you offer any short-term stays?
A: Yes, we do offer short-term stays at our senior living community. Our Stay By The Day program allows short-term stay and is a convenient option when planned or unforeseen circumstances occur such as an extended family vacation or recovery from an illness.
Q: Do you buy or rent apartments at The Pillars of Prospect Park?
A: The Pillars of Prospect Park is a senior living rental community. Our leases are month-to-month, so there are no long-term commitments. We also offer a Stay by the Day option for Assisted Living and Memory Care in Minneapolis, where guests can stay with us for 3 to 30 days.
Medicare and Costs FAQs
Q: What is the pricing for Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care?
A: Cost of living does vary based on the size and style of apartment, as well as, what services you are interested in having. It is best to speak with our staff about your needs to be able to determine the cost. View our pricing information.
Q: Does Medicare or Health Insurance pay for senior living?
A: No. However, your health insurance may help to pay for some of the services you receive while living in our community. For example, if you decide to be seen by our visiting Fairview Geriatric Physicians or if you’re receiving prescribed physical therapy or hospice services from our visiting providers, those services can most likely be billed to your health insurance. Some people may have Long Term Care Insurance. Depending on your LTC Insurance Plan, that may help to reimburse you for some of the cost of the services you receive in our assisted living or memory care communities.
Services and Amenities FAQs
Q: Do you have a medication management program?
A: Yes, The Pillars of Prospect Park has Ebenezer Home Care in-house and offers a medication management program, which may be added to an individualized service plan and varies based on regulations and need. Residents participating in our medication program may choose their own pharmacy or use the Fairview pharmacy. If a resident prefers to use an alternate pharmacy, the resident and pharmacy must comply with certain requirements.
Q: How does the dining program work?
A: We have a wonderful dining room available! Our community offers three meals a day and our dining services team serves our residents restaurant-style. Emphasizing choice is important. In addition to the unique entrees featured at each meal, we also offer an “always available” menu for our residents.
Q: What types of activities do you offer?
A: Our programming and activities are designed to engage a senior’s mind, body, and spirit. Our mind activities include games, discussion groups, outings, happy hour, and more! The Pillars of Prospect Park offers daily programming that helps our seniors stay physically active with chair yoga, walking clubs, and much more. For residents that like to get in touch with their inner spirit, we provide musical programs, classes, and a variety of religious offerings. Additionally, we regularly plan fun and engaging activities outside of the community. There is always something to look forward to!
Q: Do you offer 24-hour nursing?
A: We have a nurse on-duty 7 days a week during business hours and on-call after hours.