Walker Elder Suites

★★★★☆
44.8693 -93.3214
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952-835-8351

7400 York Ave S

Edina, MN

55435

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Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm; Sat, Sun, closed

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My mom has lived at WES for three years. I cannot say enough about the caring staff and the beautiful, family -oriented, facility. It offers a good staff ratio of 5 to 1, and living spaces and programs that feel personalized, with a good range of activities. Mom progressed to being fully chair-bound, and is now on Hospice care with her familiar pictures and furnishings around her. I recommend this place with no reservations

5
★★★★★

My mom has lived at WES for three years. I cannot say enough about the caring staff and the beautiful, family -oriented, facility. It offers a good staff ratio of 5 to 1, and living spaces and programs that feel personalized, with a good range of activities. Mom progressed to being fully chair-bound, and is now on Hospice care with her familiar pictures and furnishings around her. I recommend this place with no reservations

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My mother lived at Walker Elder Suites for more than 2 years. She started in a care suite following a stroke at the advice of a rehab facility. She improved so dramatically at WES that she was able to move to regular Assisted Living after just 2 months. I visited her there several times a week, so I closely observed her care, and it was terrific. It's true that Walker Elder Suites is not cheap, but it is competitively priced for an AL facility in Edina. What you are paying for at Walker Elder Suites, however, is A LOT of staff on duty at all times. My experience was that there were 3-4 very competent nurses on duty during business hours, and at least one equally competent nurse in the building during evenings, nights, and weekends. It's true that you pay a fee for a nurse visit (as I recall, it was $32 for 15 minutes when my mom was there), but you come to realize the value of a nurse in the building at all times if your loved one has ever lived in a facility in which nurses are not in the building, but only "on call." My mother had several falls and a couple of TIAs while there, and because Walker Elder Suites has so many staff members on duty at all times, she was always found immediately after pressing her emergency pendant. WES also has a full-time person sitting at the front desk (so they keep a close eye on who is coming and going from the building); designated aides who exclusively administer medications (who made no medication mistakes regarding my mom); a caring social worker on staff; lots of fun activities; and great food. Despite the wonderful care at WES, my mom wanted to move to a different AL facility so that she could be in the same building complex as many of her long-time friends. The new AL facility is equally beautiful and expensive, but has so little staff that they make a lot of medication errors and can take hours to respond to an emergency pendant. In retrospect, I totally appreciate that Walker Elder Suites cares enough about its residents to staff the facility amply so as to ensure that everyone gets great care!

5
★★★★★

My mother lived at Walker Elder Suites for more than 2 years. She started in a care suite following a stroke at the advice of a rehab facility. She improved so dramatically at WES that she was able to move to regular Assisted Living after just 2 months. I visited her there several times a week, so I closely observed her care, and it was terrific. It's true that Walker Elder Suites is not cheap, but it is competitively priced for an AL facility in Edina. What you are paying for at Walker Elder Suites, however, is A LOT of staff on duty at all times. My experience was that there were 3-4 very competent nurses on duty during business hours, and at least one equally competent nurse in the building during evenings, nights, and weekends. It's true that you pay a fee for a nurse visit (as I recall, it was $32 for 15 minutes when my mom was there), but you come to realize the value of a nurse in the building at all times if your loved one has ever lived in a facility in which nurses are not in the building, but only "on call." My mother had several falls and a couple of TIAs while there, and because Walker Elder Suites has so many staff members on duty at all times, she was always found immediately after pressing her emergency pendant. WES also has a full-time person sitting at the front desk (so they keep a close eye on who is coming and going from the building); designated aides who exclusively administer medications (who made no medication mistakes regarding my mom); a caring social worker on staff; lots of fun activities; and great food. Despite the wonderful care at WES, my mom wanted to move to a different AL facility so that she could be in the same building complex as many of her long-time friends. The new AL facility is equally beautiful and expensive, but has so little staff that they make a lot of medication errors and can take hours to respond to an emergency pendant. In retrospect, I totally appreciate that Walker Elder Suites cares enough about its residents to staff the facility amply so as to ensure that everyone gets great care!

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My mother and our family had a wonderful experience at Walker Elder Suites, and we are so grateful that she was able to spend the last years of her life in such a wonderful facility. The staff were caring, compassionate, and professional. Assisted living facilities vary greatly, and sadly you get what you pay for. Walker is not inexpensive, but the services, activities, medical care, and homelike atmosphere in this wonderful place were worth every penny - our mom was worth it! We will be forever grateful to the staff at Walker Elder Suites for taking such wonderful care of our mother, and for providing the support and friendship we needed during the last years of her life.

5
★★★★★

My mother and our family had a wonderful experience at Walker Elder Suites, and we are so grateful that she was able to spend the last years of her life in such a wonderful facility. The staff were caring, compassionate, and professional. Assisted living facilities vary greatly, and sadly you get what you pay for. Walker is not inexpensive, but the services, activities, medical care, and homelike atmosphere in this wonderful place were worth every penny - our mom was worth it! We will be forever grateful to the staff at Walker Elder Suites for taking such wonderful care of our mother, and for providing the support and friendship we needed during the last years of her life.

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My mother was a resident for approximately 2 years. At first we were thrilled to have her moving to such a beautiful place. We quickly learned that the care given to these elderly people is much more important than the surroundings, and that adequate care IS NOT given at this facility.
She was supposed to be checked to see if she was bathing. Her laundry was supposed to be done for her, including bedding. Neither of these things were done on a regular basis.
Often times, her prescriptions were not filled on time and when my mother asked about it....we were charged extra fees!!! Her apartment was also supposed to be cleaned....and it was not done regularly.
When I would complain, they suggested moving her to a higher level of service for a another $ 600.00 more per month.
We typically had 300-400 in extra feescharged per month as they billed her if she even looked at one of the nursing staff.
When we moved her out, we found meds scattered around her aprtment, so they obviously were not cleaning or checking on whether she was taking her medication or not. It was also filthy when we moved her out.
When I would visit, I saw other residents being left outside in their wheelchairs for hours in the sun......yes, hours. I also had to carry chairs around for residents during special events, because most of the staff was too lazy to arrange seating for everyone. There were a couple of nice people working there, but most were lazy and annoyed at the residents most of the time. The price is way overpriced!!!!
STAY AWAY if you want good care for your elderly family member.

2
★★☆☆☆

My mother was a resident for approximately 2 years. At first we were thrilled to have her moving to such a beautiful place. We quickly learned that the care given to these elderly people is much more important than the surroundings, and that adequate care IS NOT given at this facility.
She was supposed to be checked to see if she was bathing. Her laundry was supposed to be done for her, including bedding. Neither of these things were done on a regular basis.
Often times, her prescriptions were not filled on time and when my mother asked about it....we were charged extra fees!!! Her apartment was also supposed to be cleaned....and it was not done regularly.
When I would complain, they suggested moving her to a higher level of service for a another $ 600.00 more per month.
We typically had 300-400 in extra feescharged per month as they billed her if she even looked at one of the nursing staff.
When we moved her out, we found meds scattered around her aprtment, so they obviously were not cleaning or checking on whether she was taking her medication or not. It was also filthy when we moved her out.
When I would visit, I saw other residents being left outside in their wheelchairs for hours in the sun......yes, hours. I also had to carry chairs around for residents during special events, because most of the staff was too lazy to arrange seating for everyone. There were a couple of nice people working there, but most were lazy and annoyed at the residents most of the time. The price is way overpriced!!!!
STAY AWAY if you want good care for your elderly family member.

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I concur with the previous poster. It's a beautiful facility for able-bodied seniors, but its staff is not trained to provide more intensive nursing care. For what it is--assisted living--four stars.

But when my father fell and broke his hip, we had to move him to another nursing home to get him adequate care. And--because his accident happened just three days into the month--we were still out an entire month's rent, even though they re-rented his unit in four days! It really left a bad taste in my mouth.

Be aware when you sign the contract that if your loved one vacates the premises without 30 days' notice, you're out the entire month's rent--even if they're moving to another Walker facility on advice of their doctor (or, obviously, if they pass away).

I also agree that, with each nurse's visit/service charged individually (on top of what you are ALREADY being charged), we felt "nickeled and dimed" at every turn.

Be aware that staff has keys to every room, so the door locks only prevent other residents from entering units--not staff. Nothing ever went missing, but don't leave valuable jewelry, credit cards, etc. in a resident's possession.

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★★★☆☆

I concur with the previous poster. It's a beautiful facility for able-bodied seniors, but its staff is not trained to provide more intensive nursing care. For what it is--assisted living--four stars.

But when my father fell and broke his hip, we had to move him to another nursing home to get him adequate care. And--because his accident happened just three days into the month--we were still out an entire month's rent, even though they re-rented his unit in four days! It really left a bad taste in my mouth.

Be aware when you sign the contract that if your loved one vacates the premises without 30 days' notice, you're out the entire month's rent--even if they're moving to another Walker facility on advice of their doctor (or, obviously, if they pass away).

I also agree that, with each nurse's visit/service charged individually (on top of what you are ALREADY being charged), we felt "nickeled and dimed" at every turn.

Be aware that staff has keys to every room, so the door locks only prevent other residents from entering units--not staff. Nothing ever went missing, but don't leave valuable jewelry, credit cards, etc. in a resident's possession.

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My mother lived there for 1.5 yrs. Nice elegant setting. Decent food. Good for the independent senior only. Once my Mom needed any care it was obvious they were not geared towards this. They have the premium "Care Suites", in which she resided, at approx. $10,000/month, which 'provided' a nursing assistant, but they were as a whole inept in providing even basic care for the elderly. They also had nurses who charged per visit, & I experienced difficulty obtaining updates/report from them. Accountability was a problem.

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★★☆☆☆

My mother lived there for 1.5 yrs. Nice elegant setting. Decent food. Good for the independent senior only. Once my Mom needed any care it was obvious they were not geared towards this. They have the premium "Care Suites", in which she resided, at approx. $10,000/month, which 'provided' a nursing assistant, but they were as a whole inept in providing even basic care for the elderly. They also had nurses who charged per visit, & I experienced difficulty obtaining updates/report from them. Accountability was a problem.

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