Touchmark completes memory care addition

Residents moving into two-story building offering 64 homes

Touchmark at The Ranch has completed its new building specifically designed for those who will benefit from memory care or early dementia support. Residents of Prescott and the surrounding areas are invited to a grand opening on Tuesday, June 28. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by an open house and lunch provided by local food truck Stack’d until 2 p.m.

At 1 p.m., internationally recognized memory care expert David Troxel will give a keynote address titled Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care: Are We Getting Closer to a Breakthrough? It will cover the current state of Alzheimer’s disease research and care as well as predictions for the year ahead. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a complimentary copy of David’s book The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care. David will also lead a special session of the monthly Dementia Caregivers Support Group on Monday, June 27 at 4:30 p.m. Typically, the group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. and is open to members of the public.

The new building, called the Terrace Lodge, features four distinct neighborhoods with varying levels of support to meet the adaptive needs of those living with memory loss or cognitive challenges. A unique aspect of Touchmark’s continuum of care is the Pembrook neighborhood, which serves as a bridge between assisted living and traditional memory care for those whose daily lives are made easier by living in a more structured setting but who don’t require a secured environment.

Bill Dunn and his wife moved to Touchmark in 2019 after she was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, knowing the memory care addition would be coming soon. She is one of the first residents to move into the Terrace Lodge, providing Dunn with increased peace of mind. He says, “If I could give advice to a spouse in my position, I’d say don’t wait too long, because when one person in the couple starts to deteriorate, you may find that you don’t have the kind of time you think you do to find the specialized care they need.”

Research-based design and programming

Touchmark has provided industry-leading memory care services in its communities for over 25 years and draws on the latest research when designing this specialized service. Vice President and Executive Director Matthew Hoskin says, “Research clearly shows the benefits of nature, sunlight and fresh air, so we deliberately created several choices for residents to experience these.”

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