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Campus Identifies Need for Alzheimer's, Dementia Care in Assisted Living

Friday, November 16 2012 5:27 AM

(Olathe, Kan.) – The Cedar Lake Village Board has discussed a proposal to build an assisted living memory care addition to the existing senior living center.

The addition would include a worship and life center, and would expand the continuum of care services that the Good Samaritan Society and Olathe Medical Center provide in Olathe.

 The new addition would be the third expansion of Cedar Lake Village, which opened 11 years ago and is home to about 200 seniors. 

The proposal is based on features that residents and staff members have identified as necessary: a larger chapel and assisted living memory care.

Among families of residents and others in the community, staff members have seen a growing need for services for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease don’t require nursing home-level care. Yet families of those with dementia increasingly find themselves in the role of caregiver: managing bathing, dressing, and medication. The care required often begins to take a physical and mental toll.

“Caring for a loved one in the earliest stage of Alzheimer’s disease can become a strain, and we see a real need for assisted living memory care services for families,” says Executive Director Joanna Randall.

Many residents at Good Samaritan Society – Olathe have some form of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In the center’s Cozy Cottage, staff members care for 20 individuals who are in the mid- to late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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