Trends Winter 2016 - Page 2

Senior living center offers residents safe, residential setting with all the comforts of home – and beautifully decorated furnishings and inviting common spaces to go with it By Sarah Bestul A rlene Freeman, 82, relaxed in a comfy patterned chair in a front sitting room, book in her lap, snowy hair perfectly in place. Her choice of room was strategic: the sitting room, casual yet stylishly decorated, was just across from the dining room, where lunch was about to be served. I didn’t think I would ever come to a place like this because I loved my house, but it is wonderful here. I just adore this place. – Arlene Freeman Across the foyer, a friendly receptionist chatted with a steady stream of residents who were going outside for a walk on the grounds or to catch the shuttle to the local shops, and welcomed the visitors who were staying for lunch with the residents. It’s autumn in Minnesota, with anyone coming or going wearing coats. Inside, however, it was warm and smelled like the freshly brewed coffee that’s always available on the nearby refreshment bar, as well as the cookies that are an every-Wednesday treat. Freeman leaned forward, and her brown eyes sparkled as she spoke about moving to Red Rock Senior Living. “Oh, I’m so happy here, very happy,” 2│TRENDS she said of the Woodbury, Minnesota, community. “I didn’t think I would ever come to a place like this because I loved my house, but it is wonderful here. I just adore this place.” She waved at a friend coming through the door and explained that she came to Red Rock, located about 15 minutes east of St. Paul, in May. A fall prompted her and her niece to decide that she’d be better off in an assisted living environment. Freeman said she feels lucky to be settled at Red Rock. “My niece thought the other place she looked at for me was too large. She was really surprised that I was happy with a change,” she laughed. “You know, when someone is older, they sometimes fight change. But I thought it was just great when I came here. I found my niche here." Jackie Juan, the executive director of Red Rock, said the cozy atmosphere has contributed to the community’s success.