March opening planned for new Cambrian Memory Care Center

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An artist rendering of the Cambrian Memory Care Center under construction on Short Street off N. Occidental Hwy.

TECUMSEH — Cambrian Assisted Living is zeroing in on completion of a new construction project designed to provide state-of-the-art memory care in Tecumseh. Over the years, Cambrian owners have received requests to offer its award winning care to individuals experiencing quality of life issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Since families typically need to travel outside of Lenawee County to find such specialized services, Cambrian Senior Living decided to build a brand new facility on Short Street, located directly behind its existing assisted living community.

Various elements were incorporated into the overall design to allow individuals to thrive in this setting. A generous, fenced-in courtyard between the two buildings will allow residents to safely enjoy the outdoors and receive plenty of exercise while strolling along a 500-foot long walkway that meanders through the landscaping. An interior courtyard has ample space for residents to enjoy relaxing on a covered patio, giving them the opportunity to listen to the gentle sounds of a water fountain, as well as to touch, smell and taste the various herbs and vegetables they will help grow in the garden.

The interior floor plan is constructed to meet the different needs of each resident. From a living room, an activity room, a workshop, a meditation room, a beauty parlor, to multiple dining and common spaces, residents will be encouraged to engage in preferred activities.

Special attention was paid to décor attributes like colors, patterns, lighting, sound, open spaces and aromas. The individual en-suite apartments are generous, but not overwhelming, affording residents peace and quiet when they seek it. Less obvious to the outside observer is the significant investment in technology and safety. This equipment ranges from digital cameras, wireless nurse call devices, door controllers, wander guard systems, electronic care charting for residents, and sophisticated communications, fire detection and suppression systems.

While the physical assets of the new project will be elegant and best in class quality, according to the owners, the most important part of this business is the quality of care the residents receive. It is a business of people serving people, and Cambrian associates receive ongoing, specialized training focused on the unique care needs of this population ensuring residents live their lives to their fullest potential, optimize their health, and preserve their dignity.

Cambrian Senior Living is investing a significant amount of capital in this new project, at least $2 million, in the City of Tecumseh. In addition to the construction jobs it created, the operation will bring an estimated 30 new health care related positions to the local area. Family owned and operated by Gareth and Denise Zebley, this new 26-unit memory care senior living community will bring welcomed relief to caregivers who are trying to provide care, safety, and socialization to a family member living with memory loss. The new endeavor will offer full-time residence, as well as respite and day programs.

For independent seniors seeking a safer, more social and stress-free lifestyle, to seniors needing more assistance with activities of daily living, to individuals suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Cambrian Senior Living’s campus setting allows local residents to stay in Lenawee County, the community they are so fond of and proud to be a resident of for most of their lives. The Zebley’s, along with their family of dedicated employees, have been providing compassionate, personalized care to senior citizens for over a decade.

Construction of the new project is expected to be completed by March 2014. For more information about the project or to inquire about residence, contact Laura Beyer, Hospitality and Operations Manager, 423.5300.

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