updated: 5/22/2012 1:06:21 PM
The first phase of the $32 million transformation of a senior living community in Zionsville is set to open in July. Indianapolis-based BHI Senior Living is expanding Hoosier Village in an effort to better accommodate today's seniors while investing for the future residents of the Baby Boomer generation. The expansion should result in an additional 50 permanent positions and 125 construction jobs.
May 22, 2012
Nestled just outside the northwest corner of I-465, a green and leafy 300-acre campus that has provided a welcoming home to area seniors for more a half century is undergoing a $32 million transformation that will allow it to better meet the preferences of the 21st century seniors.
Hoosier Village is expanding into a state-of-the art community that will appeal to the lifestyle of the aging Baby Boomer generation. By 2030, the number of people 65 and older is expected to double, and the estimated 71 million older Americans will make up approximately 20 percent of the total U.S. population. Meanwhile, the number of Americans 80 and older is expected to increase dramatically due to advances in medicine and medical technology.
The seniors of today and tomorrow want living accommodations and amenities that can change with their evolving expectations.
“Today’s seniors are planners, and they want to continue to make their own decisions,” said Sally Keenan, executive director of Hoosier Village. “Many like the peace of mind that comes from knowing a change in their life situations won’t require a major move."
Phase I of the expansion includes a 20,000-square-foot Community Center and a Memory Support Center.
“Completion of the Community Center signals not only a key milestone for the construction project, but a symbol of today’s senior, who wants to stay active," said Keenan.
The spacious Community Center includes a 30-foot-by-57-foot indoor pool, a fully equipped fitness center, a spa for massages, an art studio, classroom space, and multiple exercise rooms for classes such as ballroom dance and yoga.
“At Hoosier Village we never stop improving. Building on our tradition of success, we’re reinventing our community with many new opportunities for a rewarding retirement lifestyle,” said Keenan.
The new Memory Support Center is licensed for residential care and implements design and program concepts from the most current research on Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory support. It offers 36 private accommodations and a residential environment with a variety of common living spaces.
“Zionsville is fortunate to have Hoosier Village,” said Zionsville Town Manager Ed Mitro, “It’s been serving area seniors since 1952. As our community ages, the amenities here allow residents to stay in surroundings they’re familiar with. Plus, it provides local professionals with a place where their parents can relocate so they can maintain those close connections.”
The expansion adds 50 new jobs and 125 workers during construction.
Phase II includes Hawthorn Hall, with 100 modern, convenient apartments. Replacing an existing residential building, Hawthorn Hall will feature multiple venues for dining, including a casual café and a more traditional restaurant.
Hoosier Village’s expansion makes it part of a growing trend. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, it provides facilities and services to meet the needs of current and future residents, from those with an active lifestyle to those requiring additional care.
In addition to the new facilities, Hoosier Village offers spacious cottage homes with two-car garages independent living apartments and a Medicare-certified health and rehabilitation center.
Hoosier Village’s commitment to providing outstanding quality of life for its residents is reflected in its excellent long-term record of regulatory compliance with the Indiana State Department of Health and its “Five Star” CMS rating. Hoosier Village was also among the first communities in the state of Indiana to attain national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, assuring consumers of high quality care, services, lifestyle and financial strength.
Hoosier Village is an affiliate of Indiana-based, non-profit BHI Senior Living. BHI began in 1905 as a faith-based organization caring for orphans. In 1952, it evolved to providing a high-quality, full continuum of healthcare services and a fulfilling lifestyle for seniors in Indiana. BHI has three continuing care retirement communities: Hoosier Village in Indianapolis, The Towne House in Fort Wayne, and Four Seasons in Columbus.
For more information, visit www.HoosierVillage.com or call 317-873-3349.
Source: BHI Senior Living