For more than 60 years Baptist Life Communities has served the health care and housing needs of senior citizens in Northern Kentucky. This spring it embarks on a new chapter of serving seniors by breaking ground on a $50 million facility in Campbell County called Seasons @Alexandria.

Located on 10 acres overlooking the AA Highway and KY 709, Seasons will include a 117-bed skilled care facility, 48 apartment-style personal care units and 18-apartment-style memory assist units. A second phase will include about 60 independent living apartment in a variety of layouts.

“We’re very excited about this,” says Dr. Robert Long, president and CEO of the nonprofit Baptist Life Communities (BLC). “It will mean a very up-to-date property serving all of Northern Kentucky. It will provide quality care in a quality facility. We have wonderful caregivers who do a great job. We have a great history and reputation for quality care and we want our residents to have a great place to live.”

Seasons@ Alexandria will eventually replace BLC’s flagship facility, the 167-bed Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport.

The Newport facility, known to many Northern Kentuckians for years as “the Baptist Home’’ has been in operation since 1954. Located on what was once an orphanage, the Baptist Convalescent Center “served the community well through the years,” says Long. “But it’s a very dated property that’s been added on to several times. We just couldn’t find any way to make the property fit 21st century standards.”

Serving more than 500 Northern Kentucky seniors at any one time, BLC believes it is the largest nonprofit provider of senior health care, housing and services in Northern Kentucky.

What sets it apart is its ability to offer all three types of services to seniors.

In Erlanger, the Baptist Village offers multiple levels of care in one location including The Commons, an independent living community of leased condo-style homes with attached garages. Market-rate independent living apartments in a number of configurations are available at the Long House that includes housekeeping, laundry and meals. The Munro House offers federally subsidized one-bedroom apartments. The Baptist Village also includes the 100-bed Village Care skilled nursing unit.

In Burlington, BLC offers a small independent living community called Griesser Farms that includes a dozen condo-style, two-story homes in a rural setting that are maintenance free.

BLC is also looking to expand its home health care services to cater to the growing number of seniors who want to age in their own homes. BLC now offers home health care services in Boone and Campbell counties and parts of Kenton County.

Long says BLC is looking at ways to expand wellness programs for seniors taking advantage of home health care services.

He says too often senior suffer a debilitating illness or injury that limits their ability to take advantage of home health care. Offering wellness programs and other medical services can allow seniors to take fuller advantage of home health care, he says.

“It is important to offer programs people want and need and we’ll go from there,” he says.