Copeland Oaks adds memory-care wing

By William K. Alcorn


Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center has added Memory Lane, a new memory-care wing, to meet the needs of the growing Alzheimer’s and dementia population.

The formal ribbon- cutting for the $400,000 project, $250,000 of which was raised through donations, was Oct. 26, followed by a community open house the next day. Work on the new facility began in late April.

“Our new wing enables us to provide state-of-the-art programs and services to those in our community who are dealing with dementia or memory loss,” said Phil Braisted, Copeland Oaks executive director.

Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center and Memory Lane, located on a 250-acre campus, is the third-largest single-site continuing-care retirement community in Ohio.

Copeland Oaks, established in 1963, has a covenant relationship with the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. The J. Ford Crandall Medical Center was completed in December 1981, Braisted said.

The senior-living retirement community caters to adults seeking independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation care, urgent care, short- and long-term care and on-site physician care, Braisted said.

The cost for Memory Lane is $240 a day for Copeland Oaks residents and $246 a day for nonresidents who come to the facility from their homes, officials said.

Memory Lane has common dining and living rooms where residents have activities and meals; and a secured outdoor green space with a gazebo for activities.

Also, there is a therapeutic kitchen in which residents can cook, bake, socialize and do dishes; and a washer and dryer for residents who want to do their own laundry, said Don Picciano Jr., director of marketing and public relations.

Specialized and structured programming, intended to stimulate residents’ physical, social, sensory, creative and intellectual functioning, runs seven days a week and caters to each individual’s abilities, he said.

Memory Lane staff members, specially trained in dementia care in a 40-hour in-house program, focus on nurturing the resident’s memories and on their strengths, not their deficits.

“Our goal is to create a positive environment where new memories are made and old memories are unlocked,” said Cameron, Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center administrator.

A registered-nurse staff and a physician or RN nurse practitioner are available 24 hours a day.

Similar to Crandall Medical Center, the 24-bed wing has all private rooms. The nursing home has 164 private rooms and there are 72 assisted-living apartments.

The director of Memory Care is Judy Wilkins, a dementia-care manager and trainer certified through the National Council of Dementia Practitioners.

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