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‘Second-to-none in the industry’

Construction of new extended care neighborhood under way at Highland Springs

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January 24th, 2012

Highland Springs, an Erickson Living community in North Dallas, has reason to break open the bubbly. The community recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its new extended care neighborhood with a party for residents and prospective residents. This might just be the most exciting thing that s happened since Highland Springs opened five years ago, says Sales Director Jennifer O Reilly. At the groundbreaking reception, guests sampled wine and hors d oeuvres while they visited with members of Erickson Living s executive team and studied renderings of the new building. The extended care neighborhood will be a state-of-the-art facility, says Highland Springs Executive Director Chris Emmett, who previously worked as an extended care administrator at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Baltimore, Md. We scrutinized extended care facilities at other Erickson Living campuses, at other communities in the local Dallas market, and at communities across the nation to find the layout, programs, and amenities that people want from a health care standpoint, says Emmett. In doing so, we came up with a plan for Highland Springs that will be second-to-none in the industry.

Industry standout

The new extended care neighborhood, scheduled to open later this year, will offer 40 units for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care, 28 units for assisted living, and 28 units for memory care. We will be the first Erickson Living campus with a designated wing for memory care, says Emmett. We also took into account feedback from residents who said they preferred to have individual rooms and bathrooms. Additionally, the neighborhood will house a number of two-bedroom units for couples who wish to stay together while one spouse receives health care services. We ve put an emphasis on creating a homelike, intimate environment, says Emmett. The extended care neighborhood will feature multiple dining venues as well as in-room dining options, flat screen televisions, an area for chapel services, and a salon.

A team of health experts

Mary Norman, M.D., medical director at Highland Springs, will oversee the medical staff at the extended care community. We ll be able to offer care when residents need it and how they need it, she says. To borrow a football analogy, many times when patients are transitioning from the hospital to an extended care facility, they ll see the hospital throw the ball and hope that the health care professionals on the other end catch it. That s not how we play ball. All our services are interlaced, so our patients have peace of mind knowing their entire team of health care providers is communicating and working together. The extended care community will house physical, occupational, and speech therapists in addition to nursing staff and on-site physicians. In terms of medical care and access to health care professionals, the new neighborhood will be in a league of its own, Emmett says.

Glad it s coming

The initial feedback on Highland Springs new extended care neighborhood has been overwhelmingly positive. Ann Schiller, daughter of residents Edward and Betty Kleiman, attended the groundbreaking festivities to learn more about the new health care offerings. This is a dream come true, says Schiller. The new neighborhood will make Highland Springs complete. It gives me peace of mind knowing that my parents can receive care right here on campus should their health care needs change. For many prospective residents, seeing the design plans nudged them one step closer to making Highland Springs home. Charles and Dorcille Vanderslice are planning to move to the community this spring from their current home in Mineola. We ve talked to a lot of satisfied customers, says Charles, a former pastor of Richardson Heights Baptist Church. My cousin s wife, Ellen Vanderslice, lives here and loves it. As for the new facility, we re glad it s coming. It will be nice to know it s there if we need it.

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