Experts predict that the need for senior housing and
assisted living to double over the next 25 years.
Here in La Crosse, it's already needed.
Bethany Lutheran Homes says its latest housing project,
which broke ground this past week, already has 200
people on the waiting list.
News 8's Leah Linscheid spoke with one woman on that
list, who can't wait to call the new senior home,
Edie Nutter might be one of La Crosse's most active
I puzzle, I love to play scrabble, I love to play
From crocheting - Those are gonna be little baby scarves"
- to crosswords - "I do 'em every day" Edie can keep
herself entertained on most days.
But on others, her quiet condo in downtown La Crosse
can feel a little too empty.
I'm lonesome here.
3520 You don't see anything, you don't hear anything,
i'm tired of eating alone and i'm tired of taking
care of everything.
The town center is kind of the hub of the community
of life and sits right in the middle of the building.
including a movie theater, fitness center, cafe bistro...
That's a description of La Crosse's latest project
to bring more options to people like Edie.
Senior housing is something that's lacking in the
greater La Crosse area, and experts say the demand
for more of it will continue to grow as Baby Boomers
hit retirement age.
But Eagle Crest South, the newest addition to La Crosse's
senior housing, provides more than just a roof over
their heads - it
offers assisted living, with entertainment.
La Crosse does not offer anything like that.
A lot of offerings in La Crosse are based on an old
model and not a socially active vibrant lifestyle
in which people desire.
Designed after Eagle Crest North in Onalaska, the
facility will include 144 rooms with different levels
of support for its residents.
It will also offer exactly what Edie has been missing
- a little company.
You have all the facilities and you have rts and crafts
studios, and go down and have your meals with some
people and visit and chat and that'll be it...
In LAX, LL, N8.
Eagle Crest South is slated to be up and running next