4-26-2021 – Assisted living facility to open in Granite Falls

Posted on: April 26th, 2021 by admin

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By Kara Fohner kfohner@newstopicnews.com

Apr 23, 2021

 

A new assisted living and memory care facility will soon open in Granite Falls.

 

Grace Village Assisted Living and Memory Care on River Bend Drive near the Granite Falls Wal-Mart is a 60,000-square-foot facility that will include both an assisted living facility and a separate, secure memory care facility, Grace Village Executive Director Lyn Mikeal said.

 

The facility will begin accepting residents in late May.

 

The assisted living section will have 46 beds and will include suites as large as 800 square feet where people can live with relative independence and ease, Mikeal said. Every room has a spacious private bathroom, and some suites have kitchenettes.

 

“Pretty much whatever you’re looking at, size-wise, we’ve got it,” Mikeal said.

 

The assisted living facility will include a room for activities and cinema where residents can play games and watch movies, an expansive formal dining room, a bar and cafe, and an outdoor walking area.

 

The bar and cafe are especially notable because many facilities “don’t offer that type of freedom for the residents,” Mikeal said.

 

There also will be an area where residents can do their own laundry if they want to.

 

The 32-bed memory care facility is designed with locked doors in order to protect residents, who have Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

 

Every room will have a shadow box containing items that will be familiar to the resident who is housed there, said Jim Martin, one of Grace Village’s co-owners.

 

Memory care residents also will have access to an outdoor walking area and a screened-in porch, and they will be able to leave the unit with one-on-one supervision, Mikeal said.

 

The memory care unit will have a staff member who will coordinate activities, “keeping them busy, keeping them active, things to do,” she said.

 

The memory care facility is designed so that residents can easily walk around without getting lost.

 

Patients in the memory care facility also may access the cafe with supervision.

 

All residents from both sections of the facility will have access to a large therapy room with in-house physical, occupational and speech therapists.

 

The therapy room will be especially helpful for residents who might have physical limitations or injuries because they can receive care from the therapists without leaving Grace Village, Mikeal said.

 

There will also be at least six areas where residents can hold special events such as birthday parties, Mikeal said.

 

“You know, when you move in, this becomes your home,” she said. “And what would you do at home if it was your birthday? You’d have a party. … We want it to be that way so that they feel like they can continue to do the things they would do at home.”

 

Grace Village also will have a full-time registered nurse. All residents also will have access to a spa, Mikeal said.

 

Grace Village is the first new assisted living facility built in Caldwell County in more than 25 years, said Hamilton Ward, another co-owner.

 

“And so we really think there’s a need, especially for the memory care,” he said.

 

The facility is the first part of a larger plan to build a retirement community on the Grace Village campus that will include 100 independent-living apartments, Mikeal said.

 

“And then maybe down the road, some patio homes, but that’s phase three. We don’t have a starting point for that,” she said. “But I think 2023 for those independent-living apartments, which we need here too.”

 

For more information, go to www.livewellatgracevillage.com.

 

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

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