These continuing-care retirement communities garner four- or five-star Medicare nursing home ratings and accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Entrance fee: $200,200 (prorated refund for up to eight years, depending on circumstances)
Monthly fee: $2,179 (stays the same for all levels of care)
Highlights: Two-thirds of residents here participate in wellness programs organized by the facility. Besides keeping fit, those who live here get creative in the woodworking shop, get beautiful at the on-site salon, and get to play Tiger Woods at the putting green. The center organizes frequent trips to the Twin Cities for arts and events. Bonus: Monthly fees cover weekly housekeeping and laundry service.
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