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Approved site offers seniors exactly what they need

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Published on February 09, 2011 with No Comments

Not all retirees pack up and move to Florida, in reality many stay right where they have lived all of their life. In fact, there are nearly 7,000 senior citizens over the age of 75 who live in Porter County alone.
And that number is expected to increase by 32 percent in the next five years.
Of course, there are senior and assisted living facilities already established in Porter County such as Millerís Senior Living Community, Comfort Keepers, Rittenhouse and Whispering Pines. But with record numbers of baby boomers reaching retirement age, and the older population of Americans getting older, the need for more senior care facilities is ever growing.
Knowing the number of senior citizens over the age of 75 living in Porter County, imagine the number of those 65 years of age or older living in the area.
A recent study performed by Strategy Planning Associates of Schaumberg, Ill. looked to determine the demand and feasibility for senior and assisted housing and facilities in Porter County.
The verdict:
ìThere is an increasingly older population and there are limited areas they can go to,î Steven Hovany, president of Strategy Planning Associates, said.
Patrick Kleihege, principle partner of St. Andrews LLC, looks to give area residents more such options.
He was recently given the green light by the Porter County Commissioners to develop the property adjacent to the site of Porter Health Systemís new hospital. Kleihege said the wheels are in motion to develop Porter Medical Campus and Senior Living Community, which will be located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and State Road 49, adjacent to the new hospital.
Kleihegeís plan calls for the propertyís frontage along U.S. Highway 6 to accommodate commercial establishments such as restaurants, a bank and a pharmacy. But the remainder of the site will be devoted to office and medical buildings, senior housing, assisted living quarters and a skilled nursing facility.
Hovany said the most practical form of housing for the area adjacent to the site of the new Porter Hospital is known as a continuing-care retirement community, or CCRC. According to the study, these types of facilities are becoming increasingly popular with senior citizens because they enable residents to move from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing environments while staying on one campus.
Hovany said there are two things people look for when searching for senior care facilities ñ proximity to medical services and proximity to family. Although there are two separate entities ñ Porter Health System and St. Andrews LLC ñ at work in one general area, both sites will certainly flow together and create a campus-like atmosphere.
In June of last year, when the work began on the site of the new hospital, Porter Health CEO Jonathan Nalli said he looked forward to collaborating with St. Andrews LLC to create a 200-acre medical campus that will serve all of Northwest Indiana.
The study conducted by Hovany states the potential for interaction due to the proximity between the two sites has limitless possibilities.
ìThe main question is always whether there is enough business and a population to support a facility like this, and we found that yes there is,î Hovany said. ìItís just a pleasant thing to have as your housing stock.î
Based on the results of the demand analyses and the search and survey of area senior housing alternatives, Strategy Planning Associates concluded the proposed site would be best suited for a CCRC because it would meet all of the needs of the market segment. It will also create a balance of various types of lifestyles and medical needs.
Furthermore, according to the study, this type of facility would be very attractive to potential residents and their families because it ensures that they can stay within the community even as their health needs change. The study suggests that a CCRC also offers peace of mind to couples moving into such a facility since they will be near to one another in the instance that one has a major medical need.
For more information about the Porter Medical Campus and Senior Living Community, visit www.portermedicalcampus.com, or e-mail Kleihege at portermedicalcampus@comcast.net.

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