A new facility in Jamesville aims to make caring for people with dementia easier.
The new Borer Memory Life Community is located on Loretto's Nottingham campus.
The $8 million facility will exclusively house people with a diagnosis of dementia, and it has been specifically built with their care in mind. Loretto's spokesperson says the two biggest areas of concern with dementia patients is eating and bathing.
The dining area has only red chairs and plates, which are proven to stimulate appetite.
The bathrooms are all fitted with heated floors, towel warmers, and walk-in showers with chairs. Another struggle is wandering, which the facility layout is built for.
"We have limited use of solid walls to aid in visual cuing, we also have many continuous circulation paths to help with those residents that do wander to do that safely with no dead ends and no dark corners," said Jennifer Ingerson, Loretto vice president of housing.
The facility is connected to the rest of Loretto's Nottingham Campus through a pedestrian bridge, making it accessible to other residents all year.