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Officials break ground on a new senior care center in Orange City

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ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

In Iowa, nearly 15% of the population is 65 years or older.

With such a significant amount of the population heading into their golden years, finding a place to live can sometimes be a challenge.        

"I'm anxious," said Joe Rexwinkel, of Orange City, Iowa.

The 91 year old resident was one of many folks attending the ground breaking ceremony of the future site of a new senior living facility.

"Great new place for them to have their families reside," said Dan McCarty, COO of the Orange City Area Health System.

"The health system has been a treasured past ever since 1960 and it will continue to be now to be provide a vibrant future of healthcare in our community and our region," said Les Douma, Orange City, IA Mayor.

Officials also unveiled the new name for the $18.5-million building.

Named Prairie Ridge Care Center, it was chosen from a field of over 90 name submissions.

"It ties into the area and the cultural aspect of where the facility is located," said McCarty.

"So there will be a simulated mall with store fronts and a treat shop, indoor park, a water feature aquarium," said McCarty.

"It's wonderful because my kids visit me a lot and if I can have them stay, it's really nice," said Jackie Minten, of Orange City, IA.

Two nursing homes in the area will consolidate to create Prairie Ridge Care Center.

"To provide quality healthcare no matter what our age is from the very young and very old," said Douma.

Quality care for folks like Jackie Minten and Joe Rexwinkel.

"You get the assisted living and independent living. Everything is going to work together. You get like a city of your own," said Rexwinkel.

Construction is underway and the plan is to be finished by next September.

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