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Rouse Estates expand dementia care services

Rouse Estates expand dementia care services

Lorri Drumm

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

A local healthcare facility is expanding its services to include specialized dementia care, with plans to open by July 1, 2019.

The Rouse Estate recently announced the latest expansion project, the Suites at Rouse Memory Care Community. The project is intended to meet the growing demands of dementia care for seniors, according to Rouse Marketing Director Kelsey Angove.

The Suites at Rouse Memory Care Community will feature a secure, main street concept with 10 individual apartments in studio or alcove layouts, separate activity spaces, a sensory alcove, and a private courtyard, according to Angove. Two of the apartments can accommodate married couples and the community will be able to serve up to 12 residents at a time.

“Unlike a traditional personal care model where a resident’s needs may outgrow our services and they would need to transfer to a more skilled alternative, The Suites at Rouse Memory Care Community can provide services from personal assistance through end of life care, always making resident security, respect and privacy our top priorities,” said Matt Saeli, administrator of the Suites at Rouse.

The goal of the memory care program is to provide person-centered care in a home-like environment. “We get to know our residents and always conduct an extensive social history assessment upon move-in to our facility. This allows us to better understand both their professional and family background, as well as to further individualize our programming to meet their specific needs and interests,” said Reyd Martin, life enrichment director for The Rouse.

The Memory Care Community will have an increased ratio of staff to residents, providing more individualized care, according to Martin, “Rouse Life Enrichment staff have experience working with persons with dementia in our Skilled Memory Care Household at the Rouse Home,” he said. “At the Suites at Rouse Memory Care Community, we will be offering a variety of recreation programs individually designed to meet the psychosocial needs of our residents. We will be planning community outings, integrating with the other Suites residents for special events, and providing regular pastoral services and music-based entertainment.”

In the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s Dementia every 65 seconds, and one in 10 persons over the age of 65 is currently living with the disease, according to Angove. With more than 22 percent of Warren County’s population over the age of 65, the availability of additional dementia care services in our area is essential, Angove said.

“The onset of dementia in a loved one is one of the most troubling and concerning times in a family’s life,” said Ken Schonbachler, CEO of the Rouse. “We are excited and proud to be able to offer this specialized care setting where families can rest more easily knowing that their loved one will be given the utmost respect and quality of care.”

For more information about this or other Suites at Rouse living options, please contact Matt Saeli at 814-563-6702.