CCRC adds 4,100-square-foot duplexes to attract baby boomers
Author: Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
Ten months after breaking ground on a project intended to attract baby boomers and others looking for a different environment in which to age, nonprofit BHI Senior Living has sold all 30 duplexes in an expansion of its Hoosier Village continuing care retirement community in Indianapolis, and the first residents are moving in.
Each unit in The Oaks, a new independent living section of the community’s 300-acre campus, has 4,100 square feet of living space (more than 2,000 on each floor). The homes feature front porches, oversized two-car garages, open floor plans, sunrooms, screening-in porches, laundry rooms, walkout basements that can be finished, and high-end finishes and amenities .
Entry fees range from approximately $340,000 to $630,000, according to BHI.
“Baby Boomers want a different product, so we’re creating something entirely new for this market,” John Dattilo, president and CEO of BHI Senior Living, said in a statement. “They want homes and options that duplicate the standard of living they already enjoy.”
The neighborhood features mature trees and green space. Hoosier Village’s second dog park, garden areas, pavilions and nature trails are planned.
“We rarely see this size of unit anywhere in the country,” said Steve Johnson, managing director of specialty investment bank Ziegler. “We’re impressed with the success Hoosier Village is having, especially related to the unusually high occupancy rate.”
BHI has three other CCRCs in Indiana. A spokeswoman for the company told McKnight’s Senior Living that two of the other campuses have smaller duplexes. “We have plans for more duplex or cottage-style homes in our markets, but we are not yet certain of the size or design,” she said.
Only In Indiana: Trauma doll volunteers do it to create smiles they’ll never see
Published on 13 WTHR
August 16, 2017
Article Written By Kevin Rader
INDIANAPOLIS – Here in Indiana, it’s not unusual to find Hoosiers doing something good in complete anonymity. They don’t do it for attention. They do it because they know what it can mean to someone in need.
Schemmel said she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 after she turned 70. “I’m four years older, but I feel better now than I did then,” Schemmel said. Now, she said she can run several errands before getting worn out, unlike prior to going to Rock Steady. Schemmel said she plans to volunteer to help at the Hoosier Village site.
The hospital isn’t usually thought of as a good place to be. That is why so many people at this place work so hard to put as good a face on things as possible.
Sometimes that means no face at all. In fact, no one ever sees these faces. Every Monday for at least three years, some say more, these women gather to cut, stitch, stuff and paint dolls to put a smile on the face of a child they will never meet. “I take them home and sew them,” said Judy Zinn. “I am not a stuffer, I am not an artist so this is something I can do.”
“We want to fill all the nicks and crannies,” said one volunteer as she worked. Some of the trauma dolls have no face, giving the child an opportunity to draw their own… thereby revealing their own feelings. The rest are two faced. “I think of all the children that will get some joy out of this and be able to express themselves being sad or happy,” said Sylvia Baker. “The doctor can ask how they feel and they can put up the smiley face or the sad face. It’s hard for a small child, particularly if they don’t feel good, to explain to you how they are feeling.”
It’s also a great opportunity for these residents at Hoosier Village to get together socially. “Our hands are busy and our chattering is just a side issue,” another resident told us. We asked Jane Fay if there was anywhere else she would rather be on a Monday morning “No, but I often have to go to the ophthalmologist,” she said.
Another resident, part of a Parkinson’s group, said “We discussed apathy, that apathy is the killer of people with Parkinson’s. You don’t have apathy if you come and sit in this room.” And the goal is to make sure there is no apathy in this room as well. “It’s good to know these children are enjoying these,” said Baker. “They just hold them and play with them and look at them and who knows what they are thinking. I would love to be in their little minds and know and see.”
Hoosier Village Veterans Celebration
Take a look at this video filmed during our Veterans Celebration.
Chronicling American heroes: Hoosier Village chaplain Ronald May collects stories of veterans
Published in Current – Zionsville
May 24, 2017
Article Written By Mark Ambrogi
Ronald May has made it his mission to chronicle stories about veterans.“I want to help them preserve their stories,” he said. “A lot of their own families don’t even know. It’s a living history. It’s a chance to record something that is really significant in our nation’s history.”
May, 54, started as chaplain of Hoosier Village, a senior living community in Zionsville, in 2015, where the services are non-denominational. He has been serving different churches as a Lutheran pastor in the Indianapolis area since 1995. He was a chaplain in the Navy Reserves for 22 years from 1990 to 2012.
“When I retired, I wanted to stay somewhat connected to the military, so in retirement that usually means staying connected to a veteran community,” said May, who moved to Carmel a year ago.
He started to examine ways he could do that.
“When I was a pastor, I always enjoyed talking about our veterans who had died and included in the message some of their military service and what the contribution meant to them and if it was a time of war,” May said. “So the idea of interviewing veterans came to mind, and I started inquiring to newspapers to see if any would be interested in receiving stories about veterans’ service.”
The Martinsville Reporter-Times began running his articles in 2012.
May started by interviewing veterans he already knew about from the congregations, focusing mostly on World War II veterans.
“The stories got good reception and I enjoyed it,” May said. “From there, the idea came, why not expand the articles into chapters and publish a book?”
His first book, “Our Service, Our Stories: Indiana Veterans Recall Their World War II Experiences,” was published two years ago.
May got involved in Indy Honor Flight, a nonprofit that transports veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials, in 2012.
“That helped me to find out about veterans in the area, offering an interview and writing a service story about them,” May said.
In addition, May has written veterans stories for the Hendricks County Flyer.
“It’s a labor of love, because the time it takes and distance to drive,” May said.
As part of his job as chaplain, May has offered to write stories of Hoosier Village veterans.
“I then asked them permission to include that in a future book,” May said. “Then I let them know if they would like a story just about you, then family members might be willing to bear the expense for that.”
May is in the process of writing a second book with World War II veterans’ stories.
“We still have a window of opportunities to capture those stories, but it’s closing fast,” May said. “The youngest World War II veterans are 89 or 90. In general, I think there is more interest in reading those stories because it’s a war that really doesn’t have any controversy associated with it. It’s a pretty clean black and white scenario.”
May said he might do a third book on World War II. Then he plans to do a book with a mix of Korean and Vietnam veterans.
“I want to honor the veterans, educate the community and the next generation because today less than 1 percent of the population serves in the U.S. Armed Forces, so it’s not easily experienced,” May said. “In World War II, even if you didn’t serve, your neighbor or your uncle did.”
Many World War II veterans who served in combat weren’t ready to talk about it for a long time.
“There has been a lot more interest in their stories in the last 20 years than there was in the first 50,” May said of World War II vets. “Slowly, the vets have gotten to the point where they’re more willing to share. I think there is a therapeutic process. Sometimes you open up more to strangers than you do to your own family. There is a freedom to be honest.”
May said some of the most rewarding feedback comes from family members.
“They’ll say thanks, we didn’t know this about their dad, grandfather, husband or whatever,” said May, who is single with three grown children, Karlie, 25, Jonathan, 22 and Kristie, 20.
May’s book is available at Black Dog Books in Zionsville.
May said there are approximately 80 World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans living in Hoosier Village.
May was instrumental in starting a Veteran Garden at Hoosier Village in May. It honored living veterans from Hoosier Village as well as late spouses of residents.
Hoosier Village resident Ray McDonald, who turns 90 July 6, is appreciative of May’s contribution. He entered the service in October 1945, just after World War II ended. He served in the occupation forces in Japan in 1946 and 1947.
McDonald, who lives at Hoosier Village with his wife, Fro, started a Veterans Club when he moved to Hoosier Village from Fishers nearly five years ago.
“Ron was helpful with the Veterans Club, and then he spearheaded the Veteran Garden,” said McDonald, whose son, Bob, was the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2014 to earlier this year. “I don’t know how we were so fortunate to get him here. He’s just done a super job. All the residents are pleased with the care he gives, whether they are ill, in the memory center. He has a big heart for everybody.”