Hoosier Village hopes to appeal to the new generation of senior citizens that are much more active.
The retirement center, 5300 W. 96th St., has opened a new senior living apartment complex with two new restaurants. The complex opened a little more than a year after Hoosier Village announced a $32 million expansion project including the apartment complex, restaurants and a new community center.
Sally Keenan, executive director of Hoosier Village, said construction on the complex began in fall 2011, and the first residents just moved in last week.
“The building has 100 apartments ranging in square feet from around 600 to 1,200,” she said. “It has several amenities because they are full apartments with kitchens, cabinets and granite countertops. They all have walk-in showers and wider doorways to accommodate all of the population.”
Keenan said the expansion project is what today’s older adults are seeking.
“We are trying to create more of a resort-style living,” she said. “Anything or any activities residents want to participate in will be available. Most seniors today are looking for places with wellness programs and fitness activities. We are offering all of that now.”
Keenan said the reason for the expansion project was to keep up with today’s market.
“Most seniors of today are of the mindset that they want to make their own decisions,” she said. “They are wanting an entirely different lifestyle than previous seniors. They want to have that freedom and independence without having to worry about maintaining a home.”
The complex is a licensed residential care facility, which means Hoosier Village is able to put their own staff and employees in the building to take care of the residents rather than hire an outside company.
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