Independent Living: The Ponds

Enjoy the freedom of living in a friendly, active environment! Participate in a variety of programming and outings, enjoy the spacious grounds, and find support and friendship at The Ponds senior living community. Minneapolis/St. Paul is nearby for shopping, activities, and family accommodations, while close by Oak Meadows in Oakdale, Minnesota can be your peaceful oasis.

Included in rent:

  • Heat and air conditioning
  • Satellite TV (50 channels)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Water, trash, and recycling
  • Large walk-in closets
  • Bay window with blinds on all windows
  • Two bedroom plus den apartments include balconies and fireplaces
  • Kitchen with oak cabinets, dishwasher, and garbage disposal
  • Individually controlled heat and air conditioning included in rent
  • Walk-in shower (Two-bedroom apartments also have a bathtub)
  • Each apartment is set up for your own stackable washer and dryer
  • Housekeeping and urgency pendant response system available for a fee

Floor Plans

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“I’ve been living at Oak Meadows 14 months and the longer I’m here the more I realize this is the best place for me to live during my retirement.”


“I moved from a townhome and was apprehensive somewhat about moving to a senior living facility. My experience in the 4 months I’ve been here have been positive and appreciate the convenience offered.”


Is Independent Living the Right Choice for Me?

Selecting the right senior living option is a significant decision that involves thoughtful consideration for both older adults and their family members. For those who are active and self-sufficient but may want the opportunity to meet people who have similar life experiences, independent living may be the best choice. Independent living communities like The Ponds of Oak Meadows provide a maintenance-free lifestyle with amenities like recreational activities and meal services, fostering a social and engaging environment.


Below are some factors that may indicate independent living at The Ponds of Oak Meadows is right for you:

  • Active Lifestyle: Independent living is ideal for older adults who are active, self-sufficient, and want to keep an independent lifestyle without the responsibilities of home maintenance.
  • Social Opportunities: Independent living communities provide a vibrant social environment with organized activities, events, and communal spaces, fostering social interaction and a sense of community.
  • Maintenance-Free Living: Seniors in independent living communities can enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle. Services like landscaping and home repairs are taken care of, allowing residents to focus on their interests and hobbies.
  • Safety and Security: Independent living communities often feature security measures, such as secure entry systems and 24/7 staff, providing residents with a sense of safety and peace of mind.
  • Amenities and Services: These communities offer amenities like fitness centers, libraries, dining options, and transportation services. These amenities contribute to a convenient and enriched living experience.
  • Health and Wellness Programs: Many independent living communities provide health and wellness programs, including exercise classes and access to healthcare services, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Simplified Living Arrangements: Downsizing to a smaller, more manageable living space can be appealing for seniors looking to simplify their lives. Independent living residences are often designed for comfort and ease of use.
  • Cost-Effective: Compared to home ownership and maintenance, independent living can be a cost-effective choice. Residents enjoy the ease of maintenance rolled into their rent, plus many utilities are included.
  • Transition Support: Independent living communities are equipped to support residents through potential transitions in care needs. If additional assistance becomes necessary, Oak Meadows can adjust services or facilitate a smooth transition to a higher level of care.

Before choosing independent living, it's crucial for seniors and their families to consider individual preferences, health status, and long-term goals. Visiting communities, asking questions, and assessing the available amenities and services can help make an informed decision tailored to the senior's unique needs and lifestyle.