A Linton, Indiana company hopes to break ground in a couple of weeks for a 44-unit independent and assisted-living facility for senior citizens on Madison’s hilltop on East State Road 62.

The facility, Autumn Trace of Indiana, will be directly east of North Madison Christian Church, with King’s Daughters’ Hospital across the highway and a short distance east.

Completion is expected in the spring of 2020, said Joe Tesmer, vice president of sales and marketing at Autumn Trace Communities, which builds 44-unit assisted-living facilities in rural communities in Indiana. The newest Autumn Trace is in North Vernon. Others are in Linton, Attica, Plymouth and Rensselaer.

Autumn Trace will have three sizes of apartments—studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom. The monthly rent will start at $2,600 “and go up from there,” Tesmer said. There is no buy-in fee and rental is month-to-month, Tesmer said.

All of the facility will be private-pay unless a resident is in a program such as for war veterans or has long-term insurance that covers assisted living, he said. The company website, autumntracecommunities.com discusses various ways people can come up with the money.

If a person rents an independent-living unit and later needs assisted-living, they won’t have to change apartments, he said. “Age in place,” he said. “You never have to leave your apartment.”

Residents who are in assisted-living can receive services as part of their monthly rent such as help dressing and undressing, showering, reminding to take medication and providing incontinence care.

All the units at Autumn Trace facilities are cleaned and the linens are changed weekly. Three meals are served daily. There is staff in the building around the clock. A van is available for shopping and field trips. An activities director plans outings and activities.

There is a 24-hour café. Residents can come and go when they want. There will be an exercise room, a card room and a chapel.

Each of the four corners of the building will have a screened-in porch. Pets are allowed.

Tesmer said Autumn Trace Communities started looking into building in Madison after receiving several telephone calls from residents saying the city needed a facility like Autumn Trace.

A market study was done to see if there was a market and if the community could afford it, said. The study found that “Madison he was in big need for what we do,” he said.

Tesmer said he has been receiving calls from potential tenants for almost a year, ever since Autumn Trace went before the Madison Zoning Board of Appeals in August 2018 to get a conditional-use permit.