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First-of-its-Kind Comprehensive Senior Living Campus Helps Low-Income Older Adults Thrive Without Leaving Home

December 19, 2013

In this video, Dave shares his thoughts on a gift provided by
the Santa for Seniors Program.

After suffering a stroke in 2009, Dave Copple’s life changed. He lived in a nursing home for a year and worried he might have no other option. When the Heritage Park Senior Services Campus in Minneapolis opened a year ago, Copple was able to move into Thomas T. Feeney Manor, which is part of the campus. Thomas T. Feeney Manor provides enhanced assisted living services and memory care to older adults with low incomes and was a perfect solution for Copple.

“I slept in a hospital bed for over year,” he recalls. “Now I have my own place and a queen-size bed. I am thrilled to be here.” Developed by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), the campus includes Heritage Park Senior Services Center, the recently-constructed Thomas T. Feeney Manor and two other MPHA highrises: Art Love Manor and Heritage Commons at Pond’s Edge.

Copple enjoys a range of on-site options for exercise, social connections and medical care.  “I go right down the hall to the YMCA for exercise class and have therapy sessions at the Courage Center,” he says. “I also go to the Augustana Open Circle adult day program, where I’ve made a lot of good friends and the staff is just wonderful.” Dave praises his doctor from the on-site clinic Neighborhood HealthSource, saying, “He’s probably the best doctor I’ve ever had—and I’ve been to a lot of them.”

Residents like Dave can find a set of unique providers that serve older adults under one roof at the Heritage Park Senior Services Center:

  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities offers exercises specifically geared to older adults
  • The Courage Center provides physical, occupational and speech therapy, aquatic physical therapy and recreational pool activities
  • Neighborhood HealthSource provides a full service medical clinic tailored to the specific needs of older adults in the community
  • Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council represents public housing residents in all MPHA highrises; organizes and supports resident councils, including Feeney Manor’s.
  • Augustana Open Circle offers programs, recreation, personal care and social connections to individuals with memory loss or other emotional or physical needs

Augustana Care also provides assisted living and memory care services to the Heritage Park Senior Services Campus.

“I just don’t think there would be any accommodations nicer than this for people in my situation,” says Copple. “I think Minnesota is very lucky to have this community.”

For more information about MPHA, call MPHA Director of Policy and Special Initiatives Bob Boyd at (612) 342-1437. For specific information about Thomas T. Feeney Manor and the Heritage Park Senior Services Campus, contact Evelyn LaRue, MPHA Campus Director at (612) 342-2210.