Dec 062012
 

Members of Louisville, Ky.-based Trilogy Health Services joined guests and Monclova Township representatives to cut the ribbon on the Lakes of Monclova Health Campus on November 28.

Guests toured the Lakes of Monclova facility, including one of the dining rooms.
MIRROR PHOTOS BY MIKE McCARTHY

The Lakes of Monclova opened the doors on its $16 million health campus with a ribbon cutting on November 28 and open house on December 2.
Touring the 60,000-square-foot assisted living and health center, and a 22,000-square-foot building for people with Alzheimer’s disease and forms of dementia, employees emphasized how a home-like setting and personalized care will exceed residents’ expectations.
“If we hire great people and take care of them, in return they’ll take great care of our residents,” said Randy Bufford, CEO and president of Trilogy Health Services, the parent company for the Lakes of Monclova.
The Monclova Road facility is the 74th Trilogy campus and represents a $16 million investment in the community. When completely filled, the Lakes will accommodate 139 residents and have 120 employees.
Chuck Hoecherl, Monclova Township trustee, said Trilogy’s investment will be a major boon to the local tax base. The Lakes is a part of a joint economic development district between Whitehouse and Monclova Township. Employees will pay a 1.5 percent income tax with Monclova receiving 75 percent of those funds. That will go into paying for services such as police and fire.
The Monclova location was ideal, Bufford said, because of its proximity to St. Luke’s Hospital, the Shops at Fallen Timbers and the residential surroundings.
The area also showed a need for the continuum of care that the Lakes will offer, from short-term rehabilitation, respite care and adult day services to skilled nursing, long-term care, memory care and assisted living.
The 24-hour skilled nursing care at the health center is tailored to meet individual needs. Comprehensive rehabilitation services include physical, occupational and speech therapy and programs for orthopedic, cardiac and stroke recovery. The Lakes also offers case management and social services, pharmacy and laboratory services, and patient and family education.
Executive director Julie McKitrick said the campus is tailored to meet residents’ needs and personal choices.
The Lakes features private suites with private baths and numerous living areas that are organized into neighborhoods, allowing caregivers and residents to establish relationships. That focus also carries through to activity planning, menu selection and other programs.
Living areas include dining, a lounge with a pool table, a beauty salon and laundry area. An activities room accommodates everything from Wii Fitness to board games and planned events. The facility also has a sun terrace, putting green, covered patio and courtyards, free wireless Internet and an ice cream parlor.
Opening in stages, the campus includes the Legacy at the Lakes, designed to care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The Legacy is designed to encourage reminiscing and partaking in familiar tasks such as setting the table. The program is based on protocols embraced by advocacy groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and is responsive to those living with dementia. The staff will receive dementia-specific training.
On campus, Trilogy will offer its Live a Dream program, in which two residents each quarter will be granted a wish – such as a sailboat or racecar ride. Catherine Wyss and Beatrice Collet, former neighbors and friends at the Perrysburg Senior Center, signed up and won a hot air balloon ride, which they’ll save for next summer.
For more information about the Lakes of Monclova, located at 6935 Monclova Rd., visit www.lakesofmonclova.com or call (419) 866-3030.

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