Dellwood Gardens – New senior-living facility aims to serve diverse community on St. Paul's Eastside

A 92-unit assisted living and memory care residential facility is getting ready to open on the north side of 7th Street between Payne Avenue and Arcade Street. Dellwood Gardens, at 753 East 7th Street, plans to open at the end of February, though the exact date has not been set. The facility will address the scarcity of affordable assisted living and memory care options available to the growing and diverse elderly population present on St. Paul’s Eastside.

Dellwood Gardens will be populated in two phases: the first will house 62 residents, and the second phase will accommodate 30 more.

The mission of Dellwood Gardens is to provide high-quality care that is accessible and affordable to seniors of every culture and economic background. They strive to create a welcoming, life-enhancing environment within the community.

One of the objectives of Dellwood Gardens is to take care of seniors whether they are elderly “waiver” patients (low-income, state assisted) or private-pay patients. Sia Lo, the administrator, says the facility has been carefully planned to serve both. “We hope that seniors will come here, so we can keep this place open for a very long time.”

“One short-term goal of Dellwood Gardens,” Lo says, “is to employ a diverse staff as we reach out to local organizations and leaders on the Eastside. Another is to make sure our staff is fully trained on the technology we are committed to.” A state-of-the-art computer and monitoring system will help Dellwood Gardens increase its efficiency.

Lo also says, “The long-term goal is certainly to be so successful that we replicate ourselves. I think we need more multi-cultural facilities like this, caring for the growing and diverse elderly population in the Twin City metro area.”

For most of his life, Sia Lo has called the Eastside of St. Paul home. His parents, his siblings, and Lo lived on Earl Street close to Lake Phalen. Since 1978, he has been a member of First Covenant Church on Arcade Street, and still attends church there. Lo went to Cleveland Junior high, and graduated from Johnson High School in 1985.

Formerly a practicing attorney in the area of elder law, Sia Lo practiced in Minnesota—mostly in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Before becoming an attorney, he was a medical technologist at Regions and St. John's Hospitals. Lo presently consults for HealthEast, helping them with diversity training.

“My favorite thing about Dayton’s Bluff is this hill where Dellwood Gardens is located, and the beautiful scenery,” Lo says. “I think there are a lot of key players here in Dayton’s Bluff, and we are right next to downtown. It is a beautiful, happening place, and I try to eat at as many restaurants here as possible.”

Lo says he is attracted to Dayton’s Bluff because of his work. “I serve on the board of 180 Degrees, a nonprofit that is creating a runaway youth center.”

A Stillwater resident, Lo spends a lot of time in St. Paul. “My church is here, the Hmong council is here, as is the nonprofit organization I volunteer with. My law office is also here in St. Paul. I have a lot of ties to this area, and I am very happy to be here as the administrator for Dellwood Gardens.”