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Autumn Leaves community coming to Stockbridge

 

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  A number of local officials from Stockbridge city government and the business community were on hand last week as ground was broken on a $10 million development that will serve families living with dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory impairment.

  The new Autumn Leaves community will be located on Walt Stephens Road in front of the Monarch Village and Manderley subdivisions. More than one person commented on the ideal location, with more than 2,000 homes in the subdivisions along the Walt Stephens corridor between Flippen and Speer/Blackhall roads.

An artists rendering of the new Autumn Leaves community, which will serve families living with dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory impairment.                                          Special image

  Stockbridge Mayor Mark Alarcon said he was “humbled” that the developers would choose to build the Autumn Leaves facility here. It is expected to be open by next summer.

  “We are people taking care of people,” said Chad Anderson, president of Constant Care Family Management, when describing his company’s mission. The company currently manages Autumn Leaves facilities in Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas. In Georgia, Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf recently opened in Suwanee and Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake is now under construction in metro Atlanta.

  The Stockbridge location will be 26,000 square feet and be able to house up to 46 residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. According to a company statement, the staff goes through a rigorous program that includes 28 hours of training before they even begin to work at the facility, with a total of 40 hours within the first 60 days and more training on a regular basis beyond that.

  The company uses the latest dementia research to design a community with the unique needs of seniors in mind. From the color patterns to the type of paint/carpet/lighting, everything is installed based on what’s best for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, company officials stated.

  There are a wide variety of enrichment programs for residents, and because the entire facility is geared toward memory care, residents have access to the entire building. Other assisted living communities typically have separate areas for memory care patients because of the safety and security issues involved.

  Nearly half of all Americans 85 years of age and older have Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Because of this, Autumn Leaves will be a focal point for educating the public in this area about Alzheimer’s and dementia. There will be free seminars, support groups, outreach, memory testing, education, day stays, respite and free day stays to give caregivers a break during the week.

  “It is important to educate the community so families can identify the early signs of Alzheimer’s, access treatment and keep cognitive abilities as sharp as possible,” said a company spokesperson. “The programs were designed with the caregiver’s mental health in mind and are also an opportunity for future residents to experience the community and to ease into the transition process.”

  The LaSalle Group handles the development and financial side of Autumn Leaves memory care communities, while Constant Care Family Management is the property management company for the sites.

  At least three other companies in the Stockbridge area offer similar services. Benton Village, just off Rock Quarry Road, is a large assisted living community with a separate building for memory care. Dogwood Forest of Eagle’s Landing, near the intersection of Eagle’s Landing Parkway and Country Club Drive, also has a separate memory care wing as part of its large overall facility.

  GoldenCrest at Eagle’s Landing, adjacent to the main entrance to Eagle’s Landing Country Club, does not have a separate memory care area, but the company’s facility in Morrow does.

 

 

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