The Edmond Sun

January 8, 2013

$8.8M memory care community coming to Edmond

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — With 1 in 8 older Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the LaSalle Group out of Texas is ready to move forward with plans to build Edmond’s second memory care facility, Autumn Leaves.

Construction on Autumn Leaves of Edmond, to be built at 1001 S. Bryant Ave., should start mid- to late January, and the facility is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2013.

“The City Council approved this about a month or so ago,” said Mayor Charles Lamb. “We as a council saw it as filling a need for Edmond residents. This is the second one (memory care facility) that will be able to serve the Edmond market.”

Edmond’s existing memory care facility, Touchmark at Coffee Creek, has 50 units as will the new facility. They are owned by separate corporations.

Lamb said choosing Edmond as the site for the new building was a good fit. “Edmond is close to hospitals and other health care facilities,” he said.

As the need for professional health care is growing, a facility of this type will address a growing need in the area of the care of Alzheimer’s patients, Lamb added.

Tuesday the LaSalle Group announced its plan to build a cutting-edge, nearly 28,000-square-foot, $8.8 million memory care community that will exclusively care for residents living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory impairment.

Autumn Leaves of Edmond will use a family approach to provide a home-like environment with highly trained staff members who understand Alzheimer’s and dementia, the group stated in a press release. The project is the result of a partnership with The LaSalle Group and Silverado Interests.

“We are excited about the chance to help families in Edmond who need expert memory care,” said Brenda Brantley, chief financial officer of The LaSalle Group. “Our goal is to give residents a place where they feel at home while providing the specialized services that meet their needs.”

With the latest Alzheimer’s and dementia research in hand, the design team’s decisions from the color scheme and the type of furniture to the spacing of the lights and the layout of the community was made with the community’s residents’ needs in mind.

“There is a strong demand for our services, and we know we provide a place where families can bring their loved ones without having to worry about the level of care they are receiving,” said Jon Featherston, associate developer for The LaSalle Group. “Edmond has a small town feel with a wide range of conveniences and services, which makes it ideal for an Autumn Leaves community.”

Autumn Leaves of Edmond also will have its own culinary director who will prepare fresh food from scratch. A team consisting of a nutritionist and dietitian will collaborate to create healthy and tasty meals for the residents, according to the group’s news release. In addition, the community will have aquariums in the dining rooms, which according to scientific research, will create a calming effect and increase appetites — priorities for families living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the release states.

Every employee will undergo rigorous training that focuses on Alzheimer’s and dementia to ensure the staff knows and understands the best ways to respond to the residents’ needs. The life enrichment manager will enhance the residents’ lives with programs that focus on the mind, body and spirit while providing a place that welcomes their loved ones.

“We will care for the whole person at Autumn Leaves of Edmond,” said Chad Anderson, president of Constant Care Family Management. “Our life enrichment manager will use touch, laughter, music and dance to engage the residents’ senses and personality. We want our residents to reach their full potential, and we are dedicated to helping them with all aspects of their lives to make that happen.”

Autumn Leaves of Edmond also will offer free programs to the public including seminars, support groups, memory testing and free respite care for five hours on Wednesdays to give caregivers a break.

In addition to Edmond, the LaSalle Group in Irving, Texas, has communities open or under construction in Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago, Tulsa and Atlanta. For more information about our business, companies and current projects, visit LaSalleGroup.com or call 214-845-4500.