The article discusses the upward trajectory of the senior population in the Lincoln, NE area over the next 25+ years to come, as well as the growing demand for senior housing to accommodate this projected increase.
Currently, the lack of Assisted-Living communities presents a waiting issue for many seniors in the area. “Although the needs of seniors vary widely, demand for housing exceeds the current supply in virtually every category: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Care,” Stallings said. This issue puts many seniors looking to move into an independent living or retirement community on a wait list, where they may stay for more than a year.
“Transition is difficult. Whether it is from preschool to kindergarten, middle school to high school or high school to college ... for seniors moving from their home, this is one of the last transitions. They want to make sure that when they do it, this is where they will end up.”
Mary Ann Stallings, Bridge to Better Living®
("Building Senior Housing to Meet an Ever-Growing Demand", Lincoln Journal Star)
Senior Living Communities in the Works
The Knolls Senior Living Community
The facility will be built on 13 western acres of the former Knolls Golf Course. According to the president of Dial Senior Properties, Pat Day, the community will be offering Independent, Assisted and Memory-Care living to 256 seniors.
Eastmont Towers at Yankee Hill
Expected to break ground in 2017, the facility could house 326 seniors. Plans include 102 Independent-Living unities, 48 Assisted-Living units, as well as Memory-Care units, and a 24 bed Skilled Nursing Center.
This joint venture between the Veterans Administration and Lincoln’s nonprofit Seniors Foundation is still in the planning phases, but the plans offer hope for both seniors and veterans. These preliminary plans include 60 120 units of two-story, 7 four-plex housing, 70 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans, 60 market-rate apartments and 100+ housing units and office space for Aging Partners and the Seniors Foundation.
The Housing Project Formerly Known as Gable Pines
This three-story senior living community is planning to include 105 units for Assisted and Memory Care living. It will be built on 10 acres of land near Hillcrest Country Club and be managed by Life Care Communities of Des Moines, Iowa. While the name is still being decided on, the plans are set to break ground in April.