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UnityPoint Health & Western Home Services to build new, innovative memory care community

UnityPoint Health Western Home Memory Care

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids and Western Home Services in Cedar Falls are partnering to build a new, innovative memory care community in northeast Cedar Rapids.

The new facility will deploy a specialized care model known as the “household model of care.” The facility will offer those with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s, a secure, homelike setting with personalized care plans to improve quality of life through clinical care, cognitive engagement, and daily living activities.

In addition, the “household model of care” creates a real community within a space so individuals recognize their surroundings as home. This includes personal choice, and natural rhythms of the day to ensure a state of well-being. The project includes three memory/dementia care cottages with 16/20 units each and all individuals will have their own personal bedroom and bathroom providing safeguards for infection control.

Western Home Communities owns and operates senior living communities around Iowa, has a flagship campus in Cedar Falls where the Cottage model originated.

The proposed site, located at 8405 Council Street, NE, Cedar Rapids is adjacent to St. Luke’s Transitional Care Center, a short stay, skilled nursing facility for those recovering from an injury, surgery or serious illness. The new facility will be named, The Cottages at UnityPoint Way.

“We are pleased to bring a specialized memory care alternative to our community,” Michelle Niermann, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids. said “With an anticipated growth of 18.3 percent in the 65 plus age demographic in the Cedar Rapids area, this community will provide much needed memory/dementia care housing and by partnering with Western Home Services, who is a leader in senior living communities, we are excited to bring a new level of memory/dementia care into our community.”

The new facility is expected to cost $25 million. The project is scheduled to break ground sometime in the fall and is expected to open in late 2022.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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