About Assisted Living in Minnesota

The state of Minnesota offers a wide range of activities to help seniors maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. While the cost of living as well as income taxes are slightly above the national average, the cost of assisted-living and nursing homes is below the national average.

What Options are Available for Assisted Living?

In Minnesota, the phrase “assisted living” is restricted to Housing with Services Establishments that include 24-hour around the clock staff and access to an on-call registered nurses to tend to resident needs, as well as provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Specific information must be included in the Housing with Services contract, and a separate Uniform Consumer Information Guide must be provided to the resident that includes services offered, costs, and all other relevant provider-specific information.

Assisted living provided in a Housing with Services establishment must comply with state and local building codes and the Minnesota Uniform Fire Codes.

What are the Alzheimer’s Requirements for Assisted Living Establishments in Minnesota?

Special care is part of the assisted living establishment that provides care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other related disorders. The special care discloser must include the following:

  • Statement or philosophy in relation to Alzheimer’s and related dementia resident’s needs.
  • Criteria that determines who can live in a special care facility.
  • Assessment information and service plan, as well as how the plan must change with the resident’s condition.
  • Staff information, including credentials, job descriptions, duties, availability, and training requirements.
  • Facility’s physical design and safety features.
  • Special care programs and activities.
  • Family involvement and support programs.
  • Fee schedules and additional service options.
  • Statement regarding changes in fee schedules - 30 days written notice must be given prior to changes.

Senior Assisted Living Details and Costs for Cities in Minnesota

Listed below are some of the larger cities in Minnesota. Each listing page provides details on assisted living housing, independent living, senior group homes, as well as Alzheimer's care facilities. Details include costs, amenities and services offered, medical care, among other information.

What Training is Required for Assisted Living Establishment Staff?

Any person who comes in contact with a resident is required to complete a home care orientation that includes an overview of statutes and rules, as well as handling emergencies, reporting maltreatment, home care bill of rights, and handling client complaints. Personnel performing nursing duties must first complete a training course and pass the required state testing.

Direct care staff working with special care residents must be trained in dementia care, including an explanation of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, assistance with ADLs, problem solving with challenging behaviors, and communication skills.

Is an Assessment Required Before Move-in?

An assessment should be offered before move-in or upon signing the assisted living contract. An RN must assess the resident to determine a service plan, as well as the storage of medication and administration method.

What Care is Available in an Assisted Living Establishment?

  • Sleep accommodations.
  • Two meals a day.
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry.
  • Offer or arrangements for assistance with self-administration or administration of medication.
  • Assistance with at least 3 ADLs.
  • 2 or more supportive services, including assistance with personal funds, or arranging medical services, health-related services, social services, or transportation to appointments.

The establishment must have arrangements with a Class A or Class F licensed home health care agency providing nursing or delegated nursing services, home health aide tasks, physical therapy speech, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, and medical social services, as well as provide medical supplies and equipment when accompanied by home care services.

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The assisted living establishment must offer to provide or arrange assistance with self-administration and administration of medications.

What are the Move-in or Move-out Requirements?

30 day notice must be given to terminate health care services and assistance must be provided to help find another suitable health care provider.

Is Assisted Living Covered by Medicaid in the State of Minnesota?

Yes. Medicaid home and community-based waivers will pay for customized living services in assisted living and Housing with Services establishments.

Who can I contact for more information?

Health Regulation Division
Contact Health Regulation Division
(651) 201-4101