Talamore Senior Living is rewriting the narrative around aging.
Walking through the front doors of Talamore Senior Living most easily compares to that of a dreamy hotel. The stigmatized and aged reputation of what to expect at a senior living facilities dissipates upon entry, even before reaching the reception area.
At first glance, open common areas reveal modern accents and welcome residents, families and visitors to gather or mingle. Large windows throughout offer sun-filled views of the three outdoor patios, with one featuring a bubbling fountain and vibrant gardens. The club bar features sophisticated tiling and stone countertops, often host to scrumptious snacks, such as hand-cut tortilla chips and freshly made guacamole. In addition, a well-stocked library, relaxing spa, coffee lounge, full restaurant and fitness room encourages connectivity and friendship, personal growth and well-being. And while the residents rave about the many benefits of the building itself, it’s the staff, support and connections that truly make Talamore a home.
The different “neighborhoods” within the Woodbury location of Talamore provide a range of options, all based on the needs of the residents. It offers independent living, assisted living, enhanced care and memory care, each with thoughtfully designed floor and dining plans to best align with each varying level of care. And residents are able to transition between neighborhoods—for example, a resident may initially choose independent living to relieve the stress of homeownership and build community, but if those needs evolve, that resident could stay at Talamore and retain their support system.
“Our goal is for a resident to go through the journey one time,” says executive director Breanna Bruce. “We offer the whole continuum, so we can support them for a lot longer.” With staff on-site 24/7, a registered dietician, in-house physical therapy and more, residents have peace of mind knowing that the care they need is in place.
The restaurant and bistro at Talamore serve each meal, snack and dessert farm fresh to table. Residents grow vegetables and herbs in the garden, which are then put to good use in up to 10 unique daily menu options. Soups are cooked fresh, butter and jams made from scratch and even lunch meat is specially prepared.
Day-to-day, residents of Talamore can expect a series of events and activities, all tailored to their specific interests. Life enrichment director Paige Lubiani makes this connection when residents first move in, identifying what they’ve previously enjoyed and what they might be interested in learning or trying in the future. This intentional moment allows the staff a sneak-peek introductory understanding of their residents but also opens the door to making connection points and cultivating future friendships within the community, as well as mindfully planned events, all while keeping a resident-first mindset.
When it comes to life enrichment, sales director Brian Glonek says, “It’s like a cruise that never sets sail. Every day you wake up, there are different things going on, and you get to decide how your day looks.” Cooking demonstrations, happy hours and game nights provide in-house entertainment—it has even hosted dog adoption events, and Talamore is pet-friendly. Earlier this year, Boy Scout Troop 5 joined Talamore residents to build raised garden beds, which now house colorful buds and blooms. Closer to the holidays, residents look forward to trick-or-treating, costume contests, cider socials, wreath decorating, gift-wrapping and more. Day trips off-site are also offered regularly, giving residents the chance to indulge in all that the Twin Cities have to offer.