A tradition of caring

Local nonprofit Saint Therese opened a new senior-living facility in 2016.

St. Therese Woodbury
St. Therese Woodbury

Fifty years ago this year, Saint Therese — a local Catholic senior-focused organization — welcomed its first resident to its first-ever senior-living facility in New Hope. (It was the winter of 1968, and her name was Mary Zepp.)

Today the nonprofit organization is still offering faith-based senior-living options, but it has expanded dramatically over the years to include new locations and modern services in Shoreview, Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Park and most recently, Woodbury.

Saint Therese’s new Woodbury location, established in February 2016, includes 102 senior apartments on its main campus. And now — as of this past November — it also includes 64 more independent living apartments known as Redwoods Senior Apartments.

Located a short walk from the main campus, Redwoods offers access to the amenities of the main campus as well as its own facilities, including a fitness center with strength-building equipment, a community and club room for social events and guest suites to host family and friends.

Restaurant- and bistro-style meals are served on the main campus, where numerous activities are off ered for seniors to encourage physical wellness as well as spiritual and social connections.

Saint Therese also offers accommodations for residents in need of assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, plus neighborhood-like settings for transitional care, long-term care and hospice/palliative care.

But what makes Saint Therese really stand out is its mission: “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love,” said Katie Saleum, Saint Therese’s director of communications.

“For 50 years,” she said, “we have supported Twin Cities’ seniors and their families with innovative programs designed to provide ample opportunities for physical wellness, spiritual connection and lasting friendships.”

Common areas at Saint Therese’s Redwoods
Common areas at Saint Therese’s Redwoods feature contemporary finishes and decor. Photos courtesy of Saint Therese

Amenities

  • Chapel with services
  • Bistro- and restaurant-style dining
  • Beauty and barber services
  • Woodshop
  • Art studio
  • Theater
  • Library
  • Club room
  • Gift shop
  • Guest suites
  • Outdoor gardens
  • Walking paths
  • Therapeutic labyrinth
  • Transportation
  • Adjacent to Bielenberg Gardens retail center, anchored by Jerry’s Foods
  • Close proximity to medical services, restaurants and shopping.

Wellness features

  • Rehab therapy clinic
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy
  • Fitness center
  • Fitness classes
  • Warmwater therapy pool
  • Hot tub
  • Aquatic therapy
  • One-on-one personal training
  • Balance programming and falls assessments
  • Home-safety assessments
  • Massage therapy
  • Neurological rehab and cognitive care
  • Swallow therapy
  • Functional improvement
  • Continence improvement
  • Parkinson’s programming
  • Pain management.

St. Therese exterior

SAINT THERESE WOODBURY

WHERE: 7555 Bailey Road (main campus) and 4200 Benjamin Drive (Redwoods Senior Apartments), about 2 miles east of the Highway 10 / I-494 interchange, southeast of St. Paul

OPENING DATE: February 2016 for the main campus and November 2017 for Redwoods

OPENINGS: Redwoods has openings. The main campus has a waiting list that’s updated regularly and includes special event invitations and other campus perks for wait-listed prospective residents.

AGES: 55 and older

NUMBER OF UNITS: There are 102 senior apartments (known as Alpine) at Saint Therese’s main Woodbury campus and 64 senior apartments at Redwoods with 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans with optional sunrooms, dens and balconies.

COST RANGE FOR A SINGLE RESIDENT: Main campus apartments (Alpine) cost $1,645 (780 square feet) to $3,740 (1,791 square feet) per month. Redwoods apartments cost $2,400 (1,068 square feet) to $4,178 (1,857 square feet) per month.

PROPERTY OWNER: Saint Therese is based in St. Louis Park and operates facilities in New Hope, Shoreview, Woodbury, Robbinsdale and Brooklyn Park.

INFO: 651-209-9100 or sttheresemn.org


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