It seems as if they're popping up everywhere -- a Magnolia Springs, a Traditions, a Dominion and more. They comprise a mix of independent and assisted-living apartments for the growing senior population. Two facilities are under construction each in Florence and Loveland, and one in Hamilton Township. Word from local officials is that more are on the way. The new complexes are both an influx of senior-living chains expanding where their research shows a need, and local groups such as Baptist Life Communities, which is building the [email protected]
to replace its convalescent center in Newport. Some developers also are building high-end apartment complexes aimed at people 55 and older; community services groups are targeting the same population with income-restricted residences. The over-65 population continues to grow, said Paula Smith, communications manager for the Council on Aging. There is a real need for senior housing. "A lot of the desirable places have waiting lists of two to three years," she said. Seniorhousingnet.com lists 188 existing senior communities, including age-restricted apartments, across the Greater Cincinnati region. Of course, not all are new, and prices vary. Higher-end complexes start charging in the mid-$2,000 per month. Depending on options, those prices can shoot up quickly. Payingforseniorcare.com estimates $4,000 is the average cost in the Cincinnati region. People used to say that assisted living wasn't for them, said Debby Farmer, director of community relations at the under-construction Magnolia Springs in Loveland. "But the tide is turning." "What (the baby boomer) generation is learning is 'Why not?' It's three meals a day, lots of activities, and someone cleans my apartment," she said. Prices at Magnolia Springs Loveland will start in the low $3,000s, depending on an individual's needs and size of apartment. It's expected to open in September or October. Communities such as Florence are pleased with the new construction and interest.
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