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Different by design

New continuing care neighborhood boasts long list of amenities

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May 22nd, 2012

As the drywall goes up, rooms begin to take shape inside the new continuing care neighborhood at Highland Springs, an Erickson Living community in North Dallas. It s exciting to see the plans move off the drawing board and into reality, says Marcia Price, vice president of health and operations for Erickson Living. Price recently visited Dallas to see the progress on the new neighborhood. She pointed out features in each of the three wings: skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care. This new neighborhood will house a variety of amenities to keep guests engaged at all levels of care, she says.

Well-appointed neighborhood

Scheduled to open in December 2012, the continuing care neighborhood will house a spacious outpatient therapy room, an inpatient rehabilitation gym, a multipurpose room for events and functions, a salon and spa, bistro, and a library with computers for guest use. Residents will also have in-room dining options as well as access to kitchens for use when they want. We looked at best practices in the industry and considered every detail during the planning stages, says Price. Little touches, like in-room medicine cabinets, are intended to benefit both our guests and the nursing staff.

Dedicated memory care wing

The largest section of the building is dedicated to memory care, a first in the Erickson Living model for continuing care neighborhoods, making Erickson Living an industry leader. Memory care guests will have a physical environment that supports independence and self-guided activities, says Margaret Stewart, senior director of health services clinical programming. With activity stations positioned throughout, open access to a safe and stimulating outdoor space, and access to kitchens for 24-hour snacks, the memory care section is designed to promote satisfaction and enjoyment for its residents. Our goal at all levels of care remains the same: to provide personalized service and care, says Price. The amenities in the new neighborhood support that goal.