LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Lafayette community is continuing to grow in age. Because of that, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said more assisted living facilities are popping up across the city.
“When people talk about a great place to live, to work and to raise your family, we now add retire,” said Roswarski.
Crews have started work on the newest facility, Aster Place, which sits off Park East Boulevard. The new facility will be a 115-unit community with 18 additional independent living apartments.
Having different options for seniors is something Roswarski said is necessary.
“From assisted living facilities to independent living facilities, we have a lot of different options here in the community; and that’s important for the quality of life for our seniors,” said Roswarski.
Aster Place is the second assisted living community to come to Lafayette in the last 16 months.
According to the latest census, residents 65 and older make up about 13 percent of Lafayette’s population. Roswarski said that’s a population they need to continue to cater to.
“The Baby Boomer is a huge age group of folks, and they’re retiring and continuing to get older and that’s a big block,” said Roswarski. “So over the next several years, you’ll continue to see that percentage grow.”
An assisted living facility is also being built at the former Home Hospital site. The Springs is a 100 bed, $14 million facility that’s set to open in December.
Roswarski said it’s investments like these that will continue to make Lafayette a place for seniors to call home.
“I feel good that we’re attracting that type of investment in the community, and there’s going to be those options for our seniors,” said Roswarski.