OLIVIA - Bethesda Health and Housing and the Olivia Economic Development Authority have announced a partnership for the management of Fairview Place, an EDA-owned senior independent living facility.

The newly formed partnership takes effect July 1. It will expand the agency's ability to meet the needs of the community through expanding health care and housing services within Renville County.

The Olivia EDA established a committee in 2018 to develop a strategic plan

for Fairview Place.

"The committee was passionate about designing a program that enabled our

current tenants to age well at home in Fairview Place and grow its marketability for prospective

tenants," said Susie Lothert, Olivia economic development director, in a news release announcing the partnership. "This partnership enables us to not only achieve that goal, but it aligns us with one of the region's largest senior care providers that already knows the needs of our community as well as we do."

Program growth is targeted to expand the current independent living model to a service-enriched model that includes the addition of on-site care staff, assistance with medications and activities of daily living, enhancing recreational experiences and expanding the dining program to include three meals per day.

Fairview Place currently offers 30 one-bedroom and two-bedroom, market-rate apartments.

Transition plans include the expansion of housing support units to meet the growing needs of low-income seniors and exploring additional community-based programs to meet the needs of the area's aging population.

Bethesda, a Willmar-based nonprofit serving seniors in the region, has had a presence in Olivia since opening Park View Village Assisted Living in the early 2000s. Park View Village recently underwent an extensive program enhancement to meet the community needs for higher acuity assisted living.