Memory Care Development Boom
Senior Housing Business, Naperville, IL, January 16, 2015 -
"The Silverado Naperville Memory Care Community, which can house up to 90 seniors, was nearly fully occupied by the end of 2014, less than a year after the facility opened.
That’s an amazing feat for any seniors housing community, let alone a memory care community, which can normally take two to three years to fill up.
Developers like Silverado Senior Living are quickly building new memory care communities for the growing number of seniors who suffer from various forms of dementia...
In Naperville, Silverado met the growing demand by developing and leasing up a memory care facility quickly.
'We were really blessed — this one could not have gone any better,' says Paul Mullin, vice president of development for Irvine, Calif.-based Silverado...
Each Silverado community includes a large, secure central courtyard. “It’s our Central Park,” says Linda Wylder, administrator at Silverado’s Naperville community.
Common areas account for more than 60 percent of the space at the Naperville facility. That’s different than most seniors housing buildings, where the residences take up more than 60 percent of the space.
The seniors who reside at the facility have a nearly constant stream of activities in these common areas to help them stay engaged and active.
'We spend as much time with our residents as we would with our own family members,' says Wylder. Silverado’s management team proudly recounts the stories of residents who came to their communities unable to walk or speak and who regained those abilities.
During the day, there is at least one caregiver for every seven residents, slightly above the staffing ratios reported by other memory care providers. All of Silverado’s caregivers have undergone dementia training.
A registered nurse oversees all health services; there’s at least one licensed practical nurse on duty at all times. Social workers who have earned master’s degrees in their field assist families.
Care is a large part of the value Silverado provides its residents. 'You can have the Taj Mahal of buildings, but without the clinical team this business can be very difficult,' says Mullin."
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