I visited Augustana. It was probably the top community. It was independent living, and it was 55 plus and goes to memory care and so forth. It was wonderful if I could afford it.
They always returned my calls. I saw different rooms. The staff was wonderful. We ate dinner with the chef's service. They had a nurse on staff all the time, and a doctor came in. They had so many amenities if you needed them. However, they tend to be more like 70 to 80, and there was a wing for people that once their money ran out, they could share a room with someone else, and then the elderly waiver picked up the rest. They had tons of social recreations, but a lot of them were in wheelchairs, and they were too old to do them. They had an indoor old spa stuff to relieve your aches and pains. They would call you every morning to make sure you are alive.
They had 20 meals a month free, and most people took it at diner. They had a bus service, and for a 10-mile radius, it would cost you a dollar to go one-way. So, if you had to go to the doctor or grocery store and you didn't have a car, you could use that. There were people there who had their own car, and they had an underground garage. The only trouble was that it was expensive.
Thank you so much for your comments. The average age at Augustana Regent is 85 but can range from 55 to 100+ and many residents participate in activities. One meal a day is included in the basic fee and there is no charge for the bus. In addition, the elderly waiver program is administered by the state of Minnesota and should be applied for through Dakota County.
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