Our focus was to create a very open, easily navigable floor plan with plenty of natural light to contribute to a vibrant environment
Apple Valley, Minnesota (PRWEB) July 10, 2009
A new Ecumen senior housing community by Ecumen's senior housing development team has been completed in Apple Valley, Minnesota with the opening of a new memory care community in Apple Valley, Minn. The senior housing development is part of Ecumen's assisted living community in Apple Valley. Ecumen is the most innovative leader of senior housing and services, empowering individuals to live richer and fuller lives.
The $3.7 million memory care expansion is located at 14625 Pennock Avenue. It features 20 memory care residences on one level. Integrated into the design is an open kitchen and dining area overlooking a garden. In addition to the specialized memory care neighborhood, Ecumen's Centennial House community also features 60 assisted living residences.
"Our focus was to create a very open, easily navigable floor plan with plenty of natural light to contribute to a vibrant environment," said Tom Opatz, who led the development process for Ecumen. "We want people to feel very comfortable and welcome from the minute they walk through the door, and based on the feedback we're receiving, we're accomplishing that."
Ecumen seeks to innovate, while empowering and honoring its customers through its architectural design and other components such as QuietCare technology and the Ecumen Lifestyle Covenant.
QuietCare is unobtrusive proactive sensor technology that can help identify emerging health issues before they become more serious. Ecumen's Lifestyle Covenant is an agreement that Ecumen staff and customers in memory care shape together to ensure they're working collaboratively to empower individual customers in living the lifestyle that person desires.
"Ecumen and its professionals at The Centennial House have been great assets to Apple Valley, and I am very pleased that they have expanded and brought these important services to the residents of our community," said Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland.
The need for senior living developments and specialized residential options for memory care is increasing. The Alzheimer's Association projects by 2030 that 7.7 million Americans over age 65 will have Alzheimer's, a 50% increase from today.
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