The Edmond Sun


April 14, 2014

Autumn Leaves of Edmond to celebrate grand opening

Public invited to April 24 event

EDMOND — The LaSalle Group, a national leader in memory care with more than 15 years of experience, has opened its first Autumn Leaves memory care community in the Oklahoma City metro  —  Autumn Leaves of Edmond. The 28,000-square-foot, $8.8 million memory care community will provide specialized care to nearly 50 residents living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory impairment. The announcement was made by Mitchell Warren, CEO and co-owner of  The LaSalle Group Inc. and Autumn Leaves, based in Irving, Texas.

This is the first free-standing memory care community in Edmond. Autumn Leaves of Edmond will have an official grand opening event from 4–7 p.m. April 24 at 1001 S. Bryant Ave. The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide live entertainment, dinner, tours of the new community and complimentary valet parking. Joseph Jasmon, Chief Operating Officer of The LaSalle Group, will be joined by a representative from the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We are excited to join the Edmond community with our unique approach to care,” said Jonna Flick, executive director of Autumn Leaves of Edmond. “There is a tremendous need for expert memory care here, and we are ready to make a difference for families in the area.”

The community was designed based on the latest Alzheimer’s research and includes high-tech equipment to help keep the residents safe. In addition, the community offers free programs to the public including seminars, speakers and monthly Alzheimer’s support groups. Respite care is also available. There is a growing demand for these specialized services as more than 60,000 Oklahomans — one in 10 seniors in Oklahoma — are living with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Families often come to us in panic mode,” said Marcie Davis, director of Sales and Marketing for Autumn Leaves of Edmond. “Our community helps them go back to being family members instead of caregivers. They don’t have to worry any longer about their loved ones because they know they will be cared for and loved with us. We are family here.”                         

Utilizing current scientific research, Autumn Leaves of Edmond will feature an innovative building design and cutting-edge technology to create a calm, safe and engaging environment. A life engagement program will fulfill residents’ needs for artistic expression, physical activity, spiritual support, community connections, continuing education and lifestyle and leisure. The community also offers a full-service beauty and barber salon, on-site memory care nurses and meals prepared by a chef and dietician. The staff also undergoes rigorous training to help them understand behavioral, communicative and cognitive changes residents will experience.

“Memory care is challenging, but very rewarding, work,” Flick said. “Families see amazing transformations with loved ones after coming here. Constant engagement with our activities, our specialized care and our hands-on approach of truly getting to know our residents leads to happier and healthier lives.”

Autumn Leaves of Edmond is on South Bryant Avenue between East Ninth Street and Mockingbird Lane.

The grand opening event is free and open to the public. Members of the public are asked to RSVP by contacting Marcie Davis at mdavis2@autumnleaves.

com or call 341-1450.

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