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Charter House

Charter House, Mayo Clinic Retirement Living

For more than 30 years, Charter House has been the choice for those who value an active and independent lifestyle, as well as the convenience of maintenance-free living. Charter House combines thought leadership on healthy aging in the only senior living community owned and operated by the world renowned Mayo Clinic.

As a leading full-service continuing care retirement community, we offer a wide range of resources to provide our residents with the pathway to healthy aging. Located in downtown Rochester, Minnesota, Charter House is connected by skyway to Mayo Clinic, downtown shops, restaurants, the Rochester Public Library, and Civic Center.

Downtown Rochester View from Charter House

Rochester, MN - ranked the #1 city to live in 2016!

Charter House is a community of 400 residents within Rochester, a city of more than 100,000 citizens. Rochester was ranked the "#1 Best Place to Live" in 2016 by Livability Magazine and ranks among the nation's best cities in which to reside, according to Money Magazine.

Rochester earns high marks for its thriving economy and warm hospitality. Citizens enjoy civic theatre, symphony and orchestra, dozens of restaurants, specialty shops, and seasonal activities. Rochester's proximity to Minneapolis and St. Paul provides quick access to urban choices.

For more information about Rochester visit http://www.rochestermn.gov/

Frequently Asked Questions

"Charter House is my home & where my friends are; it feels like home."

Do residents own their Charter House apartment?

Charter House residents do not own their apartment. There are no real estate taxes, assessments or repairs!

What does C.C.R.C. mean?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community brings together in one location a diverse selection of resident choices, lifestyle options, services, healthcare and amenities. At Charter House, continuing care also means an emphasis on wellness, helping seniors remain as healthy and active as possible. Furthermore, by definition, a C.C.R.C. continues to meet the needs of its residents as their needs change over time. The result is genuine peace of mind.

Can only Mayo Clinic employees or retirees live at Charter House?


Can I enter directly into Assisted Living or Supportive Care?

Generally, no. Charter House residents move into their Independent Living apartment before entering into Assisted Living or Supportive Care. Residents have peace of mind knowing Charter House health care services are available, if they need them.

Is it just Rochester people living at Charter House?

Charter House is home to about 350 residents. Approximately 60% are from Minnesota and 40% have come from all over the country.

What is the relationship between Charter House and Mayo Clinic?

Charter House is owned and operated by Mayo Clinic. Just like St. Marys Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital, Charter House is governed by Mayo Clinic. Visit www.mayoclinic.org for more information.

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