Senior home will bring more than just housing to Garden City

The future site of the Ranch House Senior Community. (KSNW)

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Garden City is seeing a tremendous growth of new companies and businesses, and now officials say they’re getting a community living facility for senior citizens, something that’s been in demand for years.

It’s going to bring more than just housing for the area’s elderly.

A project three years in the making broke ground this week. The Ranch House Senior Community broke ground this week and will eventually house about 100 senior citizens in Finney County.

Until now, seniors had to relocate to another town for assisted living.

“Our seniors that are here now,” said Janet Doll, a Garden City commissioner, “they won’t have to go to another community in order to find living facilities to adequately care for them. They’ll be able to stay in their home town.”

The first phase will be complete next year and will include dozens of assisted living suites for seniors.

“With the first phase,” said Lona DuVall of the Finney County Economic Development Corporation, “we would expect somewhere probably around 50 full time employees will be there.”

From there, construction will begin on independent living units and cottages.

Total employment will be around 105 staffers.

“What they’re hoping to do obviously is when they complete the project,” said DuVall, “they’ll have assisted living, skilled nursing, and then the memory care portion of that added in as well, and then the independent living will be there too.”

“Well, those are all very well-paying jobs,” said Doll, “which will be a plus for our economy here in Garden City.”

City officials are expecting a positive ripple effect from the building of the senior community center…including some relief to the local housing shortage

“It’ll absolutely be a benefit to the local economy,” said DuVall. “Not only the new jobs that it’s creating, but also the fact that it frees up some of our senior housing.”

Seniors in ranch house’s independent living will be able to easily transition to assisted living, if the need arises. There will also be a memory care facility to care for senior with Alzheimer’s and similar diseases.

Officials say they also plan to coordinate with the local high school and community college to be a place where students interested in the medical field can work while studying for their degree.

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