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Dementia faciilty construction well under way at Oakleaf Village

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Tom Feusse, with Wallick Communities, left, speaks with Rick Ryan, from Franciscan Living Communities, at the open house for the Grove at Oakleaf Village. Tom Feusse, with Wallick Communities, left, speaks with Rick Ryan, from Franciscan Living Communities, at the open house for the Grove at Oakleaf Village.
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A multi-million dollar assisted living, dementia care facility, called the Grove at Oakleaf Village, is in construction and expected to open in the spring.

Construction on the $6.3 million residential memory care facility began in October, but the brutal winter weather pushed back the opening date. Officials hope the weather cooperates in the upcoming winter.

Todd Gabel, regional manager for Wallick Senior Housing, said it has already received seven confirmed occupants. Wallick Communities of Reynoldsburg, Ohio will manage the building along with Oakleaf Village, which is on the 10.5-acre campus at 4220 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. in Sylvania Township.

The wooden shell of 30,000-square-foot facility is complete and community members were given a tour of the grounds on Tuesday. Because seniors with dementia or Alzheimer‘‍s disease do not respond well to unstructured spaces, the building was designed as a community, with four neighborhoods named after trees. The cluster shares a core area that has a salon, communal space, skylight, and private dining room.

The shell of the new facility at Oakleaf Village shows exterior and interior work is still needed. The shell of the new facility at Oakleaf Village shows exterior and interior work is still needed.
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There is also a exam room where physicians, dentists, and other health practitioners can visit with patients.

Mr. Gabel pointed out amenities around the building that are meant to calm and sooth residents, including a waterfall.

Stimulating the sensories is important for one who is losing their memory, and that includes the sense of smell. The facility brings in food, partially cooked and then completes the cooking onsite.

“Each area has a dining area. For some residents, they don’t know they are hungry, so smelling that food is important,” he said.

The building has 40 rooms, some of which are deluxe suites where couples can live together. It has a capacity of 48 residents. The rooms will be outfitted with sensors to track a resident’s normal behavior.

Each grove or neighborhood will have one to two direct caregivers on staff, and one nurse is shared between two neighborhoods.

Officials expect to hire 20 people full time.

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



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