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New Perspective | Waconia

Waconia, MN

Service Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Vivid Living

Main Office: 952-442-1261

Address: 500 Cherry Street | Waconia, MN 55387

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Located minutes west of Minneapolis in the lovely lakeside community of Waconia, Minnesota, New Perspective’s senior living community features the beauty and amenities of a fine hotel. The conveniences of Ridgeview Hospital are right across the street. Parks, recreation options and dining are minutes away. You can either drive yourself or use our convenient shuttle bus. Of course, New Perspective Senior Living offers plenty to get involved in. If you’re looking to relax, there’s no better place to enjoy the afternoon sunshine than rocking on the front porch.


• Spacious senior apartments
• 93°F warm water pool
• Fitness center with onsite physical and occupational therapy
• Beautifully landscaped grounds and patio
• Chef-prepared, restaurant-style dining
• Cafe featuring Caribou Coffee
• Beauty/barber salon
• Billiards and game room
• Outdoor fire pits
• Third floor theatre and chapel
• Phone, cable and WiFi availability
• Spacious closets


• Bridge & Card Clubs
• Book Club
• Mighty Miles Walking Club
• Gardening Club
• Bible Studies
• Men’s Club
• Baking/Cooking Club

Do you have a passion that’s not on this list? We’ll find others with similar interests and create a club!

Here’s what’s happening at
New Perspective | Waconia

Our residents lead enriching lives and are active in the Waconia community. Explore the wide range of activities on the docket, and check out our delicious, healthy menu options.

Our Residents' Stories

Michael’s Story

Michael moved into New Perspective Silvis on February 1, 2009. Among the items he brought in the move were 50 gladiola blooms. When spring came, Michael inquired if there was some place on the grounds that had room for them…

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Our Residents' Stories

Arnie and Richard’s Story

Arnie and Richard have found a wonderful friendship at New Perspective Mankato. You can either find them sitting in the lobby greeting everyone who walks in with a warm smile and nice conversation or on their daily walks together…

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Our Residents' Stories

Bernice and Fred’s Story

Not long after Bernice moved to New Perspective, she met Fred Rogers. They soon became a “couple” and share many adventures together, visiting friends and family. Last winter, they even traveled to Aruba together…

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Our Residents' Stories

Bernice’s Story

Bernice moved from South Dakota to New Perspective | Waconia in September 2013. If there is a club to join, she’s there. If there’s music, she’s gathering a group to go. But what is most important to Bernice is starting her day with the computer memory system…

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Our Residents' Stories

Arlene’s Story

Before New Perspective, Arlene lived in a nice home, but she missed the company of others. She has been deeply impressed with New Perspective Senior Living. Arlene says, “The people here are so friendly and kind, the food is wonderful. It’s just like being home – except better!”

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Our Residents' Stories

Irene’s Story

Irene has fallen in love with the supportive community at New Perspective. She swims three times a week and attends church services. Her favorite community activities are Women’s Breakfast and Walking Club, anything that keeps her active and moving…

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Our Residents' Stories

John’s Story

Following the death of a close friend, John became a hospice volunteer for 10 years, which inspired him to return to school. John graduated from UW Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s in Nursing at age 60. John is inspired each day to “choose today, live tomorrow.”

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Our Team Members' Stories

Anne’s Story

Anne has worked for New Perspective Senior Living | Waconia since June 2005. She was one of the first team members to join the Waconia family caring for each resident as they came into the community…

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Waconia Leadership

Lisa Harrel

Executive Director


Lisa Harrel

Executive Director

Lisa Harrel Graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Senior Living Administrator, and Honoring Choices Advanced Care Plan Facilitator.  Her career has focused exclusively on seniors.  She has worked as a social worker, nursing home executive director, and hospice executive director for 26 years.  She is passionate about caring for senior citizens in the community and advocating for their needs. She lives in Chanhassen, Minnesota with her husband, Rob. They have a daughter, Elizabeth and son, Nicholas. Most of their spare time is spent with extended family at sporting events of all kinds. Lisa wants to continue to welcome the community to visit New Perspective | Waconia. “The community is full of kindness, warmth and fun people. I feel very lucky to be a part of the New Perspective Senior Living family”.

Rita Halloran

Sales Director


Rita Halloran

Sales Director

I'm the Director of Sales for New Perspective Senior Living | Waconia. I grew up on a farm not too far from this beautiful city. I fell in love with New Perspective in 2012, when I started as a Life Enrichment Director at the Eagan and Prior Lake communities. From there I worked as the Business Office Coordinator and have worked in our corporate human resources department. Each time I visited Waconia, I was so impressed by the way I felt love and positive energy, I knew I wanted to call it my career home. It's exciting to help seniors find such a wonderful place to call their new home,and where they get to live life on purpose everyday with an outstanding care staff and leadership team!

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