Opened on May 19, The Pillars of Prospect Park is the fifth Pillars Senior Community developed by Oppidan and managed by Ebenezer. Photo by Jay Benedict
The Pillars of Prospect Park offers a community for seniors in need of anything from independent living, to assisted living and memory care.
One of the most important aspects of caring for seniors is considering their mental health, which is impacted greatly by socialization and independence. At The Pillars of Prospect Park, a strong sense of community with an emphasis on independence creates an environment that will keep seniors not just healthy, they’re happy, too.
Opened on May 19, The Pillars of Prospect Park is the fifth Pillars Senior Community developed by Oppidan and managed by Ebenezer. Other Pillars communities are located in White Bear Lake, Shorewood, Highland Park in St. Paul, Mankato, and a future location in Grand Rapids, which will open in late 2021.
The Pillars of Prospect Park is a robust community of people aged fifty-five years or older, offering month-to-month apartment rentals that emphasize independent living, assisted living, and memory care, according to Jay Benedict, the outreach & sales director of The Pillars of Prospect Park. The Pillars features dining options, social programs, intergenerational programming, whole person wellness and spiritual programs, while providing housekeeping and maintenance services. The community’s amenities include rooftop patios, golf simulator, salon, club room with a bar, fitness center, community rooms, a large dining room, a private dining room, underground parking, and additional storage. Apartments range from studios to large, two-bedroom + dens.
“Our beautiful community is set in an urban oasis, which makes it easier to access the best of the Twin Cities,” Benedict says. “We have a community van and include transportation to shopping, shows, games, and parks when things start to open up more. We’re right next door to Fresh Thyme, which is super convenient, and we’re also right on the Green Line of the light rail, so residents can easily get out and explore the city.”
The community also offers home care services through Ebenezer Home Care, which includes medication management, assistance dressing and bathing, and escorts to meals and activities. Because Ebenezer is part of the Fairview Organization, there are also physicians who make house calls, performing physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and hospice services.
For memory care residents, there is a wide variety of programming available, including interactive music therapy groups, pet therapy, intergenerational programming with on-site childcare classes, outdoor classes, gardening, baking, and cooking groups, exercise and movement, as well as art and creativity groups.
Not only is The Pillars of Prospect Park a community of its own, it’s a dynamic network connecting with social communities throughout the Twin Cities. Residents enjoy a Life Membership to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, which provides special access to University offerings. There are also noncredit courses offered to adult learners through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which are available to residents of The Pillars of Prospect Park through discounted memberships. Pillars has also partnered with Southeast Seniors, a nonprofit community organization of health care professionals and neighbors helping people ages sixty-five and older. To encourage socialization with younger community members, there is a student residence program, which offers unfurnished studio apartments at The Pillars of Prospect Park to college students who make a commitment to interacting with residents on a monthly basis.
Due to concerns of COVID-19, The Pillars of Prospect Park has restricted in-person group activities and congregate dining in the dining room, and they have temporarily closed the onsite salon. Meals are being delivered directly to residents’ apartments, and activities are provided over the in-house TV channel. Residents have also been able to enjoy Zoom happy hours, which allow new residents to get to know each other. Hospitality carts take beverages and snacks around to each apartment prior to a Zoom happy hour.
For visitors, anyone entering the community has their temperature taken and is screened for symptoms, including staff members. New residents are asked to self-quarantine for two weeks, as well.
For more information, visit pillarsseniorliving.com.