NOVI, MI (July 6, 2015) – Fox Run retirement community has expanded the memory care services available in Rose Court, its continuing care neighborhood. The neighborhood has been repurposed as a designated memory care living space with 22 private rooms.
Some cosmetic changes have been made to accommodate residents, including more welcoming resident rooms, way-finding clues, and memory care stations.
The new dedicated memory care wing will enable the community to better serve residents and their families, according to Fox Run officials. Fox Run previously offered memory care services through the Erickson Virtual Memory Care product.
Some existing staff members were reassigned to work in memory care, and additional professionals with experience working with people who have impaired memories have been hired.
Residents and families have been involved in decisions for the neighborhood and have volunteered their time to assist with daily programming.
Larry Short, who volunteered for many years as a planning facilitator for the Alzheimer's Association, is one of the residents who have been involved in helping Fox Run expand its memory care services.
Larry's wife Charlene lives in Rose Court and will benefit from the new memory care services. Previously, in their house, Larry and Charlene relied on in-home aides and services, which he says was "tough."
"That was one of the main reasons we moved out of the house," Larry says. "The [continuing care] services here have been really fantastic."
Because Fox Run offers both independent living and continuing care on the same campus, residents like Larry can continue to take advantage of the activities and amenities they enjoy while making sure their spouses get the care they need. Larry can conveniently spend several hours each day with his wife.
"I go over there in the afternoon and take part in some of the art activities and music activities, and we have dinner together, and then I come back here," he says.