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Senior Services at Avera Majestic Bluffs

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Phone: 605-668-8900

Avera Majestic Bluffs, located on 67 beautiful acres, is the new standard for gracious senior living in Yankton, offering a full range of care and housing options including:

  • Long Term Care (nursing home)
  • Bluff Town Homes
  • Senior Apartments
  • Assisted Living Apartments
  • Memory Care Program
  • Adult Day Center

Majestic Bluffs brings a legacy of service to the community that dates back more than 100 years with our Benedictine sponsorship.  

Senior Living Activities

Majestic Bluffs features an active, vibrant lifestyle for the senior adult including: 

  • Daily fitness center workouts
  • Educational classes, including topics like art, crafts, health and wellness, new technology
  • Quick errands at the on-site country store, bank, or style shop
  • Recreational or social programs, entertainment in the Great Room
  • A quiet walk around the community lake
  • A caring and stimulating environment for senior adults promoting health and well-being 

Senior Living Amenities

Residents of the Majestic Bluffs Senior Living Community will be able to enjoy the following amenities:  


The Gathering Space will be used for church services and other events for Majestic Bluffs residents and the community. The Gathering Place is located in the center of the Avera Sister James Nursing Home. 


Two private dining areas will be available for Majestic Bluffs residents to entertain their family or friends through a reservation system.


A full service beauty salon will operate at scheduled times throughout the week. 


An on-site Adult Day Program will provide therapies, memory care services, socialization, and educational programs, plus respite for caregivers.


This spacious room will offer beautiful views of the Missouri River Valley for assisted and independent living residents to enjoy inside or on the outside patio.


Three different courtyards – Cabin Retreat, Country, and Riverfront – will allow residents in the skilled nursing facility to enjoy outdoor scenery with a beautiful bluff view. 


A full range of exercise equipment will be available to Majestic Bluffs residents. 


This recreation room will be equipped for the seasoned billiard player as well as the novice. 


A walking path will surround the lake for residents and community members to enjoy a quiet walk along the water’s edge. 


The Fireside Lounge provides a gathering place for residents and their guests to relax before and after dining. 


A total of six lounges, each with a fireplace, will provide excellent sitting areas for skilled nursing residents to enjoy the beautiful view of the bluffs and Missouri River Valley.


Residents will enjoy a special place to gather and enjoy everyday life in a relaxing, safe and secure environment. 



With the addition of Benet Hall in 1964, space was finally available in the hospital to fulfill the Sisters' dream of establishing a unit to provide care for the elderly. The fourth floor was eventually named Sister James Nursing Home in honor of Sister James Souhrada, a Benedictine Sister who devoted her personal and professional life to the service of the elderly.

Construction of the new hospital in 1981 made it possible to use the vacated space in the former facility to increase care for the elderly. Between 1981 and 1986, Sister James Nursing Home grew to a total of 113 residents occupying the third and fourth floors of the Benedictine Center. In 1993, Sister James received Medicare certification.

In 1998, Avera Sacred Heart began planning a new project to expand senior services. The dream was finalized in April 1999 when hospital officials announced the purchase of land for a senior living complex. Located on a 40-acre parcel of land overlooking the beautiful scenic Missouri River Valley along Highway 52, the property was purchased from the Benedictine Sisters and was named Majestic Bluffs in honor of the spiritual and geographical influence.

Groundbreaking for the senior living community took place on November 10, 1999. In May 2000, 113 residents moved into the new replacement facility for the skilled nursing home, now named Avera Sister James Care Center.

Construction was completed on assisted and independent living apartments in 2001. Majestic Bluffs also include eight townhomes located along the picturesque lake and walking path.