Lutheran Senior Services in Minneapolis

Lutheran Senior Services in Minneapolis

The Lutheran church and Minnesota are linked in popular culture — think Betty White’s Rose on “Golden Girls” and the folks in Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon series. In reality, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has strong community ties in the state, especially when it comes to caring for seniors. That’s great news for anyone looking for Evangelical Lutheran assisted living in Minneapolis.

North Minneapolis Lutheran Senior Living

St. Olaf Lutheran Church is the hub for many senior services in North Minneapolis, including skilled nursing, respite care, rehab, and hospice care at its St. Olaf Residence and assisted living at North Oaks on Emerson. St. Olaf is affiliated with ELCA and welcomes residents of all faiths.

North Oaks on Emerson has 48 studio and 1-bedroom apartments set among the oaks of the St. Olaf Community Campus. Each apartment has a kitchenette, and restaurant-style meals are available in the community dining hall. North Oaks provides transportation, hosts social events, and welcomes pets. Financial assistance is available for qualified seniors through community programs.


Comprehensive Suburban Senior Services

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society provides a full range of services for all seniors across the country, including several locations in the suburbs surrounding Minneapolis.

The Good Samaritan Society’s home care services are available in a 7-county area around the Twin Cities, with offices in Golden Valley, Roseville, and in communities near St. Paul. Home care can entail everything from light housekeeping and medication reminders to wound care, diabetes management, and rehabilitative services provided by skilled nursing professionals.

Good Samaritan’s Heritage Place in Roseville, northeast of Minneapolis, offers apartments for independent senior living along with wellness programs, outpatient services, and skilled care. Heritage Place residents can also enjoy on-site spa services, transportation, and move-in assistance.

The Ambassador in New Hope is Good Samaritan’s outpatient therapy and post-acute rehabilitation services for seniors who need short-term, specialized care after an illness, injury, or surgery. Northwest of Minneapolis in Robbinsdale, Good Samaritan’s Specialty Care Community provides Medicare-certified skilled care for Huntington’s patients, men who need memory care, post-acute rehabilitation patients, traumatic brain injury patients, and men with cognitive and behavioral issues. Each of these groups is cared for by trained staff in a “community within a community” arrangement.

City-wide Lutheran Resources for Seniors

The Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA encompasses 155 congregations across a 7-county area, making it easy to find a nearby congregation for worship and social connection. Because the ELCA describes itself as “a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work,” its congregations offer ways to volunteer to help reduce global hunger, stop the spread of disease, and work on other socially valuable projects.

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Casey Kelly-Barton is an Austin-based freelance writer whose childhood was made awesome by her grandmothers, great-grandmother, great-aunts and -uncles, and their friends.


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