As the baby boomer generation grows older, the need for assisted living in the Capital Region is growing as well. Friday marked the completion of phase one of a multi-million dollar project to build a senior campus in the town of Glenville. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the idea behind these senior homes is to not know you're in one.
GLENVILLE, N.Y. -- Friday morning, Baptist Health officials cut the ribbon for Judson Meadows.
"This is a culmination of a dream come true for us and probably three plus years of very hard work," said Timothy Bartos.
But as the work for the assisted living facility comes to an end, construction starts on the next phase of the project that is turning the former Hortsman Farm into a Senior Living Campus.
Sue Tedesco said, "Baptist Health is going to be opening up the new modern type of nursing home facilities where there will be cottages with a few residents in each."
Along with independent apartments for seniors and specialty shops, creating a community like feel.
"Nobody wants to go to a nursing home, but if you need, to you certainly want to go to one as home like as possible," said Bartos.
And as the baby boomer generation gets older, studies show the need is nearly doubling. Jane Coffey, 89, will be the first to move into Judson Meadows. She says though the circle of life isn't one she could avoid, it is something she could prepare for.
Coffey said, "My husband is still with me, but he is very, very terminally ill, so I will wait until he passes on to move in."
The facility can accommodate 72 residents, ten of which will be paid for through Medicaid.
"We provide safety, we provide a beautiful apartment where they can downsize a little bit," Tedesco.
Coffey said, "It's the next best thing to having your own home. I live in a ten room home right now and it's too much for me."
The entire campus is expected to be complete in the next five years.