Prairie View Assisted Living breaks ground on memory care unit

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 11:03 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013 11:54 a.m. CDT
(CNA photo by KYLE WILSON)
Staff and board members from Midwest Health, Prairie View Assisted Living, Creston Chamber of Commerce and the city of Creston participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning at Prairie View. The group broke ground on a 7,300-square-foot memory care addition.

People across southwest Iowa are directly affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but Thursday’s groundbreaking at Prairie View Assisted Living may give them peace of mind.

The groundbreaking marked the start of constuction on a 7,300-square-foot memory care addition at Prairie View Assisted Living.

“We are so excited about this addition,” said Amy Edmonson, administrator at Prairie View Assisted Living. “It will offer a secure environment to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related issues. Residents will have a private suite. ... Twenty-four hour staff will provide assistance with reminders and redirection, dressing and clothing selection, escorts to meals and activities and assistance with walking.”

Edmonson said the memory care unit will include 12 private suites whereby residents can move in their own furniture. She said the floor plan will be open so staff can see all residents.

Memory care and assisted-living residents of Prairie View are provided three meals daily, assistance with medication management, bathing and grooming, housekeeping and personal laundry and an emergency call system. Leases are month to month.

Prairie View is owned by Midwest Health. It owns and operates 45 senior-living communities in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Bradley family

The family of Coletta Bradley of Creston — a former resident of Prairie View — helped facilitate the construction of this new addition by gathering more than 500 signatures of support, as well as 13 letters of support. They were honored during the groundbreaking and Coletta’s son Norbert Bradley addressed those in attendance.

“I’d like to say without the leadership at Prairie View when my mother was here, it wouldn’t have spurred us to get excited to help out with this project,” he said. “It’s amazing how many lives have been touched with memory loss. And, (our family) has heard stories about families who had to take their loved ones to Red Oak, Des Moines, Mount Ayr. Why can’t Union County have something for these people? We talked to Amy and the ball got rolling on this. We don’t need recognition for our family. We just do what we have always done, which is try to make things better.”

The memory care addition is expected to be completed next spring. See the map above for a complete layout of the new memory care addition.

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