Frequently asked questions.

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What levels of care are provided at Ecumen Brooks?

Ecumen Brooks offers Independent Living and Assisted Living apartments in Owatonna, MN. We provide a variety of services, including Memory Care, personal assistance, medication administration, and help with homemaking and laundry.

Who determines the proper transition plan if a resident needs to move to another level of care?

After the initial assessment, there is an ongoing 90-day review process on all residents who receive services. If a change in condition warrants a need for additional services, the resident, family or guardian, and caseworker collaborate to determine the services needed. A full assessment is performed each time there is a significant change in condition or hospitalization to ensure that the resident receives the appropriate level of services. In the event that a transition to a higher level of care is needed, our nursing and leadership teams will work directly with families to assist in the transition.

What health care services are offered in Assisted Living?

We provide a large menu of à la carte health services. Each resident receives an individualized care plan, which is subject to change as needs change. We also partner with The Smart Clinic to provide an on-site Nurse Practitioner who sees residents and provides services at Ecumen Brooks. Health insurance covers these visits, just as if you went to an outside clinic.

If I decide to move to Ecumen Brooks, how do I decide what health care services are needed?

Once a decision is made to move to Ecumen Brooks, our nurse will meet with all new prospects and their family members to decide together what health care services are needed. When health services are provided by Ecumen Brooks, we work closely with families, physicians, therapists, and other care professionals to provide the best continuity of care.

How does my primary care physician fit into my health care program at Ecumen Brooks?

When receiving health services at Ecumen Brooks, you may see any provider of your choice. Our team approach to care relies on open communication to bring all disciplines together to develop the best possible outcomes for the health and well-being of our residents.

How does “health care” work in Assisted Living?

Ecumen Brooks provides a large menu of à la carte health services to choose from. With our flexible services, families are also welcome to be as active in the care of their loved one as they wish. The goal of our health services program is to be there when you need us.

What is the availability of the nursing staff?

Ecumen Brooks Clinical Director is primarily available Monday-Friday during business hours. Our Licensed Practical Nurse is also primarily available during business hours. There is always a Registered Nurse on call 24 hours per day/7 days per week to answer all clinical questions from Resident Assistant staff.

Apartment Living and Admissions:

If I am interested in Ecumen Brooks, where should I begin?

Give us a call at 507-461-9277 to talk with someone about Ecumen Brooks and find out whether we could accomodate your needs. We would love to provide you with a tour of our community and information about our services.

What are the services included in the monthly rent?

Ecumen Brooks offers many services included in the rent, including weekly housekeeping, afternoon snack and coffee hour, eight round-trip transportation rides within city limits, all utilities, Wi-Fi, 24-hour resident assistance and all recreational programs. Meal plans and cable are available for an additional fee.

What are the options for senior apartments at Ecumen Brooks?

Ecumen Brooks provides Independent Living and Assisted living apartments with full kitchens. We also offer four floor plans to choose from, including one-bedroom units and two-bedroom units.

Do you allow pets? Can I bring my dog or cat with me?

Yes. Pets are welcome in your Assisted Living apartment. However a resident must be comfortable providing all of the care needs for their pet. There is a $800 non-refundable pet fee for all pets that move into our building. Small pets are welcome only as visitors in the Memory Care neighborhood.

Can I rent a garage?

There are garages available to rent. Please call our Marketing Manager at 507-461- 9277 for more information and availability.

Is there a waiting list at Ecumen Brooks?

Ecumen Brooks does have a waiting list. Please talk with our Marketing Manager at 507-461-9277 for more information on how the waiting list works.

Does Ecumen Brooks offer transportation?

Ecumen Brooks offers transportation Monday –Friday to local appointments, shopping and other activities within city limits.


Does Ecumen Brooks offer Memory Care?

Yes, Ecumen Brooks provides Memory Care services and nine one-bedroom apartments and three studio apartments within a secured neighborhood.

How is it determined when a resident needs to move from Assisted Living to Memory Care?

Our Assisted Living nursing team will recommend when Memory Care is appropriate. When residents needs a specialized, safe and secure care environment due to the progression of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, we will assess them and then meet with the resident and family to discuss the options that Memory Care can provide.

What makes Ecumen’s Memory Care different?

Our award-winning Ecumen Awakenings™ program emphasizes human relationships and non-pharmaceutical remedies. We are driven to help re-awaken many residents whose physical and cognitive abilities have often been masked by an inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs by exploring alternative care approaches that could provide them a better quality of life.

How is Memory Care different from Assisted Living?

Ecumen Brooks provides Memory Care services for people experiencing different stages of dementia, Alzheimer’s or other memory loss and/or complex medical needs. Our community provides a safe environment for those with memory loss because of our secured entrances. We also have on-site licensed nursing staff and/or resident assistants available 24/7, which allows us to meet the needs to those looking for access to health care and the security of round-the-clock nursing care.

Who is the contact for more information about Memory Care?

Please call our Marketing Manager at 507-461-9277 to learn more about Memory Care.


Can a resident bring a guest to a meal?

Guests are always welcome to join us for a meal. There is an additional cost for guests to attend a meal. If a guest is to join us for a meal, the kitchen needs to be notified two hours prior to the meal starting.

How often are the menus changed and distributed?

The menus are changed quarterly with the seasons. The menus are distributed to all the residents weekly.

Are there meal options?

There is an alternative menu that residents may order from if they wish to eat something different from what is being served. A weekly menu is provided to all residents.

How many meals are included in the monthly rent?

At Ecumen Brooks, meals are separate from the monthly rent.  All three meals are prepared and served daily, and can be purchased for an additional fee.

Do you offer accommodations for special diets?

Ecumen Brooks works hard to meet the special dietary needs of residents and can accommodate most requests.

For more information, please call us at 507-446-5855 or click here to request more information online

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