The landscaping isn’t quite finished yet, but Prairie Homestead Senior Living is otherwise ready to debut 24 apartments.
The nonprofit development was built in 1965 at 1605 W. May off of Seneca between Harry and Pawnee.
“We are truly one of the hidden treasures of senior living,” says Pam Boggs, director of marketing and assistant administrator for independent living.
She says the community, which started with 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments, has grown slowly over the years. In the 1980s, as Prairie Homestead became more financially sound, it added two-bedroom, two-bath duplexes. In 2005, it added 10 three-bedroom duplexes for a total of 50.
In 2008, it added assisted living with 30 one-bedroom apartments.
Boggs calls it a “quaint” size that allows for personal attention.
The community demolished part of its original building to make room for those.
“The old apartments became obsolete,” Boggs says. “They didn’t offer the amenities of the newer apartments.”
The latest apartments include one-bedroom units that are 775 square feet and have one and a half baths. Rent is $2,030 for one person or $2,415 for two people.
Two-bedroom units are 986 square feet and have two and a half baths. Rent is $2,055 for one person or $2,940 for two people.
Boggs says the half-baths are particularly important. She says that means siblings or friends could live together and still have a half-bath for guests to use.
“Affordable senior living is getting very, very difficult to find,” Boggs says. “As people are living longer, it’s very difficult for them to judge how long will their monies last them.”
She says the new apartments offer a lot of options for people.
“We’re planning for the future.”
Boggs says one of the best testaments to the community is that children of people who have lived there in the past are now living at Prairie Homestead themselves.
Part of the reason is top ratings from the state, she says. For instance, Boggs says the assisted living hasn’t had any sort of deficiencies, according to state surveys since 2011.
“That is like the Shockers winning the NCAA Tournament every year.”