Health care center expanding, adding assisted living unit

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About 1-3 times a week, Bonnie Mossholder, who's in her upper 70s, volunteers at the Hillview Health Care Center visiting residents and helping where she's needed.

Mossholder lives on her own on La Crosse's south side, but she and about 50 other seniors are already on the waiting list for the center's new assisted living center.

"And when I signed up, I said, 'I know I'm not going to need it for a few years, but I want my name on there because I want to be independent as long as I can be independent,'" Mossholder said.

County and city representatives from La Crosse helped the center's administrators break ground on the new $3.4 million center this morning.
The new addition will be built off of the Carroll Heights Apartment building.

Hillview's Administrator Pete Eide says, "We're 199 bed skilled nursing home, Hillview is, and then we have the 58 senior apartments here, but we're missing the assisted living where we can offer some care and a choice of care."

Eide says he's been working on the project for more than five years.

"They can get bathing assistance, dressing, medications, housekeeping. Some of that or none of that," Eide said.

La Crosse County Board Supervisor Roger Plesha says, "We're seeing a lot of people who are in need of this service. And finally we have the ability to build this and a 30-unit apartment complex will be a benefit to all the people here on Hillview campus."

And Eide says this new care is a good way to keep spouses together who may not be able to live alone anymore.

"Some times there's a spouse at the nursing home and the other spouse is at the senior apartments or assisted living and they can spend a lot of time together and visit each other every day."

And Mossholder says she hopes that when she needs extra help, she’ll be able to move in to her new home at the center.

Eide says construction should be complete by November of next year.

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