Arcadia residents displaced by the closing of a major care facility can rest assured that help is on the way with the AllEnergy Senior Lodge project.

Benedictine Manor announced in January they would be closing their doors permanently on or before April 14th. 53 residents were forced from their homes and 114 employees told they would no longer have a job. In a letter to the state Benedictine Manor indicated the closure was due to financial losses.

The closing hit hard in Arcadia, where just four years ago the only round-the-clock health care facility also ceased operations. As always, displacing residents and laying off employees always difficult news to break in a small community.

“While we recognize that this is difficult news for this community, we want you to know that we will be helping all residents with their relocation to an appropriate alternative living arrangement and assisting our employees in finding new employment opportunities,” said James Gajewski, president of the Benedictine Living Communities of Wisconsin.

The news in Arcadia is no different across the country where senior care facilities are challenged by economic factors. As costs rise many have simply been unable to keep up with the financial burden. Energy companies eager to capitalize on Arcadia’s vast sand resources are looking to help the senior community wherever they can.

Senior residents of Arcadia need options. Businessman Dean Sukowatey hopes to provide a choice with the AllEnergy Senior Lodge. The planned facility looks to solve an immediate need in the community.

The experienced Pete Hoeft of Hoeft Builders, Inc. will build and finance the 40 unit assisted care facility. Hoeft and Sukowatey want to ease the concerns of those who’ve seen their elderly parents displaced. Family’s affected by the closing of Benedictine Manor will be given first priority at the AllEnergy Senior Lodge.

It is AllEnergy’s hope that their Senior Lodge will be built on land previously donated by the family of Ron Wanek.

Construction is subject to issuance of an Annexation/Mining Permit by the City of Arcadia to AllEnergy Sand of Des Moines, IA. The company hopes to bring a multi-pronged operation to Trempealeau County which adds jobs and provides a much needed option for seniors.

“AllEnergy Senior Lodge gives residents and employees displaced by the closing of Benedictine Manor a chance to stay home,” says Dean Sukowatey.

If all goes as planned, construction of the AllEnergy Senior Lodge will begin in the Fall of 2014 with completion expected the following Spring.