Scenic Hills at the Monastery to open late next year


FERDINAND — An addition is coming to the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand in the form of a senior living facility.

Trilogy Health Services LLC began work last year on Scenic Hills at The Monastery, a more than 70,000-square-foot facility that will replace the current Scenic Hills Care Center — which is located at 311 E. First St. — when it opens late in 2019. The new facility will be located near the corner of St. Benedict Drive and East Fifth Street.

“While we take great pride in the services we offer at our current community, as a company of continuous improvement, we decided to expand our services and amenities at a new location,” said Brittany Hanson, content and communications manager for Trilogy Health Services, via email.

When Scenic Hills at the Monastery opens, all current residents of Scenic Hills Care Center will move to the new facility. Like Scenic Hills Care Center, Scenic Hills at the Monastery will offer skilled nursing, memory care, short-term care and adult day services, as well as new assisted living services for area seniors who are still mostly independent.

Scenic Hills at the Monastery, which Trilogy Health Services has said will serve 129 residents, will also include an on-site chapel, partnered activities with the Sisters of St. Benedict and a special memory care neighborhood called The Trilogy Village for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory issues.

“This will allow our new community to cater to those across the healthcare spectrum, from those who may need some assistance with the activities of daily living to those who require more complex care,” Hanson said.

Information about what will happen to the current Scenic Hills facility was not readily available.

Trilogy is confident that it will be able to fill the available apartments at Scenic Hills at the Monastery, a belief that is backed by data. According to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2017, about 17 percent of Dubois County’s population is over age 65, pointing to a current and future need for senior housing.

In Ferdinand, the percentage of people over age 65 jumps to about 26 percent, and the Census Bureau expects the senior age demographic to command a larger percentage of the population in coming years as the baby boomer generation ages. By 2060, the Census Bureau estimates, the senior population in the United States will more than double.

“As the number of seniors in the U.S. grows, so will their need for senior living services,” Hanson said. “It is our goal to meet those needs in our communities. Our new community in Ferdinand will empower seniors who may need extra assistance to continue leading rich and full lives.”

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