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Red Bridge Inn offers senior independent living

Seniors living independently can now enjoy the Red Bridge Inn's panoramic view of the Fish Hook River - with housekeeping amenities. The Red Bridge Inn Bed and Breakfast is now offering independent senior living suites on the main floor with priv...

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Jennie Anderson (left, who owns Red Bridge Inn with Kevin Thyr), occupant Dean Hayes and Patti Clark share some morning chuckles. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Seniors living independently can now enjoy the Red Bridge Inn's panoramic view of the Fish Hook River - with housekeeping amenities.

The Red Bridge Inn Bed and Breakfast is now offering independent senior living suites on the main floor with private baths and a patio on the waterfront.

The suites are for seniors who can no longer maintain a home but who wish to live independently, explained innkeeper Jennie Anderson.

Shoveling snow and mowing the lawn are no longer on the to-do list.

"It's fabulous," former Norway Hills resort owner Dean Hayes said of his new residence. "You're crazy if you don't come here."

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His endorsement is reciprocated.

Anderson and her mother/assistant Patti Clark enjoy the companionship of the affable resident, who is often seen on walks about town.

The Red Bridge Inn rooms feature refrigerators and microwaves, but three nutritionally balanced meals are provided each day.

"The food's fabulous," Hayes said. The weight lost from a health setback is being regained. "I might need new pants."

Laundry and housekeeping are included. Each room has a device for seniors to ring for assistance. Limited area "chauffeur" service is also available.

Residents may remain in chambers or head through the vestibule to the parlor for a bit of socializing.

The former Big Mantrap Lake resort owner enjoys mingling with the bed and breakfast guests, Anderson said, sharing stories of yesteryear. "Seniors have so many wonderful stories to share."

Visiting families may rent a room and enjoy meals together.

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Hayes admits the decision to move from his home was difficult. But the octogenarian is pleased with his new "friendly environment.

"I'm very satisfied."

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