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Cost of Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Minnesota is $3,468 per month.

The monthly base rate for Minnesota assisted living is typically average when compared to neighboring states. Minnesota is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Minnesota. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

South Dakota$3,023
North Dakota$3,239
Minnesota$3,468
Iowa$3,500
U.S.$3,600
Wisconsin$3,980

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Researching Minnesota Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does Minnesota require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    Minnesota may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
  • What is the Scope of Care offered?
    Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by Minnesota. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
  • What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
    Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in Minnesota. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
  • Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
    Minnesota probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
  • Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
    There are sure to be specific requirements in Minnesota - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by Minnesota?
    Minnesota will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
  • Does the facility offer the available required staff?
    Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as Minnesota requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
  • Is memory care offered?
    Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in Minnesota.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for Minnesota for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a Minnesota Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at mn.gov.

Helpful Minnesota Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in Minnesota? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the Minnesota licensing and regulatory agency at:
Minnesota Department of Health, Health Regulations Division, Home Care and Assisted Living Program
health.state.mn.us
(651) 201-4101
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in Minnesota? Your local Minnesota long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care
mnaging.org
Local: (651) 431-2555
Tollfree: (800) 657-3591
Are you aware of all the Minnesota health-based programs available to you? Your Minnesota Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
Minnesota Department of Health
health.state.mn.us
Local: (651) 201-5000
Tollfree: (888) 345-0823
Are you familiar with the Minnesota Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

The Minnesota AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in Minnesota regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.

Find your local Minnesota AAA below:

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
North St. Paul, MN
(651) 641-8612
Central Minnesota Council on Aging
Sartell, MN
(320) 253-9349
Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging
Warren, MN
(218) 745-6733
Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Mankato, MN
(507) 387-1256
Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging
Rochester, MN
(507) 288-6944
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging
Duluth, MN
(218) 529-7520

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