COLUMBIA — Construction for a new $20 million assisted living and memory care facility officially began Wednesday. Provision Living at Columbia is a senior living community that will feature a specialized part of the facility called a memory care neighborhood, dedicated to providing care to individuals suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
“The people that will live here are the people who helped us grow up, they were our doctors, neighbors and Sunday school teachers," Provision Living co-founder Todd Spittal said. "They were pillars in the community. That’s who we are here for."
The facility has a certificate of need, which permits 101 beds. The certificate proves a need for specialized care facilities in the Columbia area.
Linda Newkirk, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association in Columbia, said, for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease, it's difficult to find facilities to place their loved ones.
"As the disease progresses, there comes a point where taking care of their loved one at home no longer is the best answer for the care, so when that time comes, having choices on where they might place their loved one is a good thing," she said.
It can be difficult for caregivers, both mentally and emotionally, to care for a loved one who doesn't remember what is done to help them.
"It's a long journey," Newkirk said. "Many times caregivers suffer illnesses and die before the person with the disease. It is such a stressful situation. All families want take care for them as long as possible, but at some point most of them have to make a decision to find some assistance in how they care for them."
According to the Alzheimer's Association, as the baby boomer generation ages, the prevalence of the disease could nearly triple by 2050.
The local economy will gain approximately 70 new jobs. Spittal said those jobs will be a mix of part-time and full-time work and range from medical to dining to community relations positions.
The facility will feature 95 studio apartments, each apartment will have its own kitchen dinette and bathroom. Thirty-two of those apartments will be reserved for memory-care patients. Provision Living at Columbia will be located on Chapel Hill Road in Columbia and is scheduled to be completed in late 2015, Dave Baylis, president of Provision Care, said.
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