Ross Huttunen knows from the research he has seen that many baby boomers will soon be needing to move to assisted living or memory care facilities.
That is why Edgewood Senior Living will be opening a 59-unit senior living facility in Blaine, said Huttunen, a regional vice president for Edgewood. The anticipated opening date for the facility at the corner of 125th Avenue (Main Street) and Cloud Drive is Nov. 1.
“As I understand from the research we’ve done, 2015 and 2016 is going to be quite a spike in that baby boomer time and we want Edgewood to be prepared,” Huttunen said. “We’re in a growth mode right now and this is one of our properties, but there are several more we are looking at within the Twin Cities and outside of the Twin Cities.”
Edgewood Management Group LLC has been around since 1992 and currently owns and/or operates 41 independent living, assisted living and memory care communities with a total of 2,500 beds in the states of Minnesota, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
This would be Edgewood’s seventh Minnesota location and the first in the Twin Cities.
Huttunen and his family live in Ham Lake and have been in the area for almost 10 years. He has three kids currently attending Blaine High School, so he was interested in bringing an Edgewood facility to the area.
With this facility being in a more densely populated metropolitan area, Huttunen anticipates a lot of seniors wanting to stay close to their friends and family members or those wanting to move from elsewhere to be close to family already living in the Twin Cities will be interested in moving in, he said.
Being in a metropolitan area also affords them the opportunity to take field trips on the bus that Edgewood will have, Huttunen said.
Residents who choose to stay in will not be bored because on entering the facility there will be a Main Street atmosphere where residents can choose to go to the movie theater, salon, chapel, library, fitness center or spa.
A dining hall with a more extensive menu and a pub where residents can grab a drink and visit with friends are a couple of special amenities being provided for the assisted living units.
If the weather is nice enough, they can head outside to take a walk on the paths around the facility or sit by the outdoor fire pit.
Huttunen said it has become standard for Edgewood to include a lot of these type of amenities in its new buildings because this is what this next generation of senior citizens is demanding.
“It’s a different generation of seniors that we’re seeing,” he said. “Instead of living here and then having to go out and find those services, we want to bring it to them. We do a lot of surveys with our residents to make sure we’re hitting the mark on their expectations.”
Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing specialists will be on-site 24/7. Huttunen said the plan is to hire 35 full-time and part-time employees.
Some of the 59 apartments will be studios or have two bedrooms. Huttunen said the facility could house about 70 residents. There will be 34 assisted living units and 25 memory care units.
The memory care units will be in a secured area of the building, so Edgewood can accept residents with higher levels of dementia, according to Huttunen.
Seeing this facility develop is special for Mayor Tom Ryan and not just because he can see it from his house. His father, who once owned the land where this building will go, had dementia.
“I know he’d be real proud of everything that is happening here,” Ryan said.
Ryan has been recently working with his mother on finding her housing, he said. It is a difficult process and everyone must become educated on the costs and types of services they may need, Ryan said.
Huttunen expects Edgewood will start accepting reservations for the new facility around June. Rates will be available on the website and vary depending on what level of assistance the resident needs. To find out more information about Edgewood, visit www.edgewoodseniorliving.com.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]