A new retirement community that specializes in dementia and Alzheimer's care has opened its doors as the first and only facility in the region to offer specialized services to patients with neurological disorders, according to The Daily Times.
"Fifty percent of my referrals had some sort of dementia and that's what started us on this project," owner Kelli Davey told the news provider.
Delmar Manor is currently 4,000 square feet and offers nine bedrooms.
Davey hopes to fill it to capacity and then expand. The open floor space gives residents the opportunity to explore their surroundings safely, as the doors all have security sensors. Each staff member is certified for Alzheimer's care, which can help them deal with behavioral issues that are unique to those with the condition.
"We provide and serve all meals and medications," Davey said. "We will assist with bathing, dressing and other activities. Everything here [for meals] is homemade. It's designed to be your own home."
The opening of this new nursing home comes at an opportune time. A report by The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 10 million members of the baby boomer generation will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease in their lifetime.