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Alzheimer’s care facility reopens with new features following derecho damage

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Heritage Specialty Care, which provides care for those with dementia and Alzheimer's, was able to finally reopen the southwest portion of their building after it was seriously damaged in the derecho.

On August 10, the derecho took out the skilled nursing facility's roof and caused other structural damage at Heritage. Months after the devastation, the new memory care wing held a grand re-opening on Tuesday.

The facility hosted tours of the new features. Along with having new flooring, doors and cabinets in the rebuild, they also implemented color therapy, which is key for dementia patients.

"When you're working with someone that might have dementia or Alzheimer's you want to have a certain palette of colors with a focus on greens and blues, red for example is helpful to stimulate the appetite so we have some red accents in the dining room," Heritage administrator Nick Jedlicka said.

The remodeled wing features 48 beds for memory care and long term care residents.

After living in a different area of the facility during construction, residents will be able to move back into their rooms on Wednesday.

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