LAKEWOOD RANCH -- By June, Manatee County will have a new stand-alone memory loss care residence with the opening of Windsor Reflections here.
The first resident is expected to move in by June 18.
The roughly $8 million building at 8220 Nature's Way will house 40 residents who struggle with forms of dementia. Reflections will offer five different apartment style rooms for residents, ranging from 278 square feet to 384 square feet and starting at $4,490 per month.
The monthly rates include laundry service, housekeeping, medication management, three meals per day plus snacks, therapeutic and recreational activities, service planning, support counseling and the reflections program, a personal life history program that will help residents preserve their memories while keeping them active.
"It enables them to have more independence," said Reflections residence director Paul Kiolehan, who along with 35 staff members will operate the center.
There is an additional monthly service charge for specialized individual services.
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As many as 5.4 millions Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and every 69 seconds, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
Alzheimer's disease, which accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases, is a brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells, leading to loss of memory, thinking and other brain functions. The disease is fatal and, according to the Alzheimer's Association, there is no current cure.
Reflections is the first memory care center built by Windsor Senior Living, a private company based in Sarasota. The building will have an art studio, beauty salon, courtyard, media room, dining hall and its own chef. Residents will also be able to have a pet, so long as it's near or less than 25 pounds.
"It has to feel like home," said Lorrie Britton, executive director of the Windsor of Lakewood Ranch.
Every second Tuesday at 11 a.m. the center will host an Alzheimer's disease support group. The company also holds frequent seminars on how to care for a loved one with dementia.
"There's so much stress and emotional feelings that go into this," Britton said.
Reflections is adjacent to the Windsor of Lakewood Ranch assisted living residence. Britton said the demand for a memory care center increased over the past few years as more residents in the assisted living building had to be discharged.
There will be an open house noon- 4 p.m. May 20 and staff will administer memory screening tests.
Britton said the average age of residents with dementia is 83, but that it is not uncommon for the disease to appear much earlier.
The University of Tennessee recently announced that women's basketball coach Pat Summitt would be stepping down because of early-onset dementia at age 59.
There are about 200,000 people younger than 65 suffering from Alzheimer's disease in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer's Association.
Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Follow him on Twitter @_1NickWilliams.