How Our Innovative New Community Helps Seniors Live to the Fullest

As we and our loved ones age, our priorities and needs naturally shift. Living life to the fullest still may be our goal—but the journey takes new twists and turns. And, expected or not, they can be difficult to navigate.

At Ebenezer, part of Fairview Health Services, we understand the challenges and opportunities of aging. With that expertise, we create and manage senior living communities that help older adults experience health, well-being and fulfillment in their daily lives.

Our newest senior living community, Aurora on France, takes our approach to fostering seniors’ well-being to the next level. Developed in partnership with Volunteers of America and slated to open in Edina in December 2016, Aurora features: senior apartments, assisted living, memory care, care suites and transitional care. Set on a beautiful campus with amenities such as a bistro, a club room, a fitness center, a salon and a spa, Aurora is an exceptional living environment.

Yet, what truly sets Aurora apart is the innovative way our team provides care and services for seniors.

What makes Aurora on France unique?

Here’s a quick look at our innovative approach. At Aurora, we offer:

  • Seamless care transitions. Upon discharge, Fairview Southdale Hospital patients can easily transition to Aurora on France, where they receive customized care and support. It’s a truly convenient place to recover and rehabilitate after hospitalization.
  • Consistency of care. Fairview physicians provide medical oversight for Aurora residents. This creates consistency of care that can speed recovery and reduce health care costs. And for those who receive nursing services at Aurora on a short-term basis but have another residence they ultimately return to, Fairview Home Care and Hospice nurses are available to “travel with them” to provide needed care at home.
  • Full range of rehabilitative services. Aurora has a state-of-the-art therapy center onsite, offering short-term rehabilitative services, including speech, occupational and physical therapy.
  • Easy access to additional care. A skyway connects the Aurora campus with Fairview Southdale Hospital, making access to additional care and services easy. And, we bring services to each person in their Aurora home as their needs change, rather than requiring them to move to another part of the campus.
  • Lifelong learning program and recreational therapy. Arts, education and recreational therapy opportunities at Aurora are designed to nurture growth and creativity that’s directly connected to improved mental and physical health. These services enhance residents’ quality of life by reducing depression, anxiety and stress, improving cognition, motor-coordination skills, and enriching relationships with family and friends.
  • Coordinated care at the center. Ultimately, the team at Aurora helps the seniors live their best life, ensuring they receive the right care at the right time from a consistent team of passionate, skilled professionals.

    It’s what we all want for our loved ones. And we are so proud to make it a reality at Aurora.

    If you have questions about Aurora or about how Ebenezer can meet your needs or those of a friend or family member, I invite you to share your comments on this blog.


    Mark Thomas | President, Fairview Senior Services

    Mark Thomas is responsible for the overall vision, mission and strategic direction of Ebenezer as well as Fairview Senior Services, and Fairview Home Care and Hospice. He is responsible for management and financial oversight of Ebenezer’s operating entities, including skilled-nursing facilities, assisted living, senior housing, management and marketing services, campus development and church relations. He oversees Fairview Home Care and Hospice (currently serving as Board Chair), Fairview Partners, Fairview Senior Services, and HPC, a group purchasing network. In addition, Mark has served as chair of the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance, (now Leading Age), as an American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging delegate (now Leading Age) and as a National Chronic Care Consortium board member.



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