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New dementia care facility under construction at Oakleaf Village

A sign at the Oakleaf groundbreaking ceremony. A sign at the Oakleaf groundbreaking ceremony.

Oakleaf Village of Toledo began construction on Tuesday of a $6.3 million memory care facility that will provide assisted living to residents diagnosed with dementia.

The Grove will be the newest addition to Oakleaf Village senior assisted care facility. Officials marked the beginning of construction with a ceremony attended by representatives of the Ohio Assisted Living Association and Alzheimers Association Northwest Ohio. The project is expected to be completed in about a year.

The new center will be a one-level 30,000 square foot building located on the 10.5 acre campus at 4220 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. in Sylvania Township.

Memory care units are needed all across Ohio, said Jean Thompson, executive director of Ohio Assisted Living Association.

The Grove will house 40 units for up to 48 residents who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimers. The facility is designed with “neighborhoods, each small, homelike spaces to promote informal social contact," Oakleaf officials said. The units will include a family and dining room set-up for activities, and an open kitchen that will also serve as a familiar gathering space.

The facility is to accommodate residents as they progress through different stages of dementia, officials said.

The memory care center will offer private or shared rooms.

There will be a 24-hour, 7-day per week staff that includes nurses, housekeepers, and aides, as well as culinary personnel. About 20-25 new full-time jobs are expected.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.

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