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Tour held for million-dollar Creston memory-care unit

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 11:25 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 11:40 a.m. CDT

More than 40 people attended an informational meeting and hard-hat tour Wednesday afternoon at the new, million-dollar memory care unit being built at Prairie View Assisted Living in Creston.

Amy Edmonson-Bonebrake, administrator at Prairie View, told those in attendance the construction of the memory care unit is about 70 percent complete and is expected to open sometime in March.

The 7,300-square-foot memory care unit will house people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“We are excited for it to be finished,” Edmonson-Bonebrake said. “In the past, we had to discharge dementia patients to a higher level of care, but we will no longer have to do that now that we have this unit. We’ve had great feedback from the community and professionals who see the need for this memory-care service in Creston.”

There will be 12 private apartments in the unit — whereby tenants will have a view of either the courtyard, walking trail or houses in the James Addition. Those attending the tour Wednesday received an up-close view of the entire addition.

Many attending praised the open floor plan in the new unit, which Edmonson-Bonebrake said, allows the staff to see all residents.

“We will also use that big open space for life-enriching activities like exercise, trivia time, social circle and crafts,” Edmonson-Bonebrake said.

Joedy Wynn will be the coordinator of the memory care unit that will have specially-trained caregivers on staff around the clock to help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating and managing medications.

Tenants are provided with three meals daily, housekeeping, personal laundry and emergency call system.

Leases are month to month with all-inclusive pricing beginning at $4,900 per month.

There were two time slots for the informational meeting and tour Wednesday. Those attending either time slot had first chance at reserving/holding one of the suites for a family member.

Many attending Wednesday did not know if their family member qualified for the memory care unit. Edmonson-Bonebrake said that decision is made after a full assessment by anon-staff registered nurse.

This memory-care unit was in large part made possible because of the family of Colletta Bradley — a former resident of Prairie View. The family gathered more than 500 signatures of support, as well as 13 letters of support for this project. They were honored during the groundbreaking ceremony in June.

For more information about the memory care unit at Prairie View Assisted Living, call Edmonson-Bonebrake at 641-782-3131.

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