Capri Community Inc. Vice
President Glen Choban walks through the Mätterhaus on Friday
afternoon in Germantown. Patients are expected to move in
Daily News Photos by John Ehlke
GERMANTOWN - Residents at the Gables of
Germantown once had to leave the campus for memory care
Senior Communities, which manages the Gables, decided to remedy
that by building the Mätterhaus Memory Care Community on the
“We wanted to
react to that,” Capri Senior Communities Vice President Glen
The demand for
memory care services has increased since the Gables was
constructed in 2006.
“If you look
at the statistics, Alzheimer’s and dementia is skyrocketing,”
said Brian Lerch, registered nurse and executive director.
The cost to
construct the Mätterhaus Memory Care Community, which will be
completed Friday, was $3 million. The big move-in day is April
Choban, Lerch and Director of Sales Judi Blanding gave the Daily
News a tour of the Mätterhaus Memory Care Community while
construction is being completed.
Memory Care Community features German architecture with therapy
rooms, resident rooms, memory stations and activity rooms.
really important for memory care. Just to keep them physically
healthy and strong. It reduces falls, Blanding said.
CA bed is set up in one of the
new rooms at the Mätterhaus on Friday afternoon in
Daily News Photos by John Ehlke
enters the memory care community from the Engel Haus, there is a
door that is locked at all times. An alarm will sound if a
resident opens the door.
there are two sides of the Mätterhaus Memory Care Community
building and it’s set up like a figure-eight racetrack because
he said people who have dementia like to walk.
“They get very
frustrated by dead ends, so having this ability to walk around
... you’ll find some folks spend a lot of their day walking,”
Choban said, adding there will be memory stations along the way
where residents can do things with their hands.
there are country and city themes to each side of the building.
Choban said it helps residents get oriented and they can
recognize the colors and the themes.
The rooms are
on the outside of the building and common spaces are on the
inside of the building.
There are 24
rooms and 26 beds. A studio suite with a bay window is 286
square feet, a studio suite is 259 square feet and a companion
suite is 474 square feet.
the idea is not to have a lot of space in the rooms because they
want residents engaged in the common areas.
“That’s why we
call them bedrooms and not apartments,” Blanding said. “They are
living in the entire home and this is where we want them
predominantly sleeping, but we want them living in the social
common areas of the house.”
each room is a memory box where residents and their families can
place pictures or knickknacks, which helps residents remember
which room is their room.
with dementia people remember further back, but their current
memory is usually the quickest to go. You’ll find commonly when
there’s pictures it will be a picture of a lady in her wedding
picture. That’s what she looks like to her,” Choban said.
entrance of the building is also locked for safety purposes and
a large living space is off of the entrance that is complete
with chandeliers and a fireplace. Lerch said the first residents
who live in the building will have their names engraved in the
stone above the fireplace.
One of the
activity spaces off of the front entrance will feature Snoezelen
Therapy. Lerch said the therapy comes from Europe and it helps
patients by stimulating the senses, which can help calm
the entire Mätterhaus Memory Care Community will be more
technologically advanced than the Engel Haus, the Himmel Haus
and the Himmel Haus Cottages on the Gables of Germantown campus.
He said the
entire building will be Wi-Fi enabled and will feature a program
called “It’s Never 2 Late.” It is a system that combines touch
screen computers with picture-based software and a content
library that is continually updated.
“It’s a robust
computer software system that’s really great for programming for
residents. They have old movies loaded in. They can Skype. It’s
on a cart and we can take it into each room. Each resident can
have their own profile,” Choban said.
Each room will
also feature an electronic picture frame and family members can
upload pictures onto the electronic picture frame from their
from the ground up is specific for these needs,” Lerch said.
they are working with several people who want to move into the
Mätterhaus Memory Care Community, but she said it’s a lengthier
process to move someone into a memory care community.
typical in the memory care environment. When somebody needs it,
they need it today,” Choban said.
Choban said he
would encourage families looking for a memory care community to
consider the Mätterhaus Memory Care Community because of the
Capri Senior Communities philosophy of care and resident care.
“We invest a
lot of training in staff. Hiring the right staff and then
training them. We’re looking at the latest available training,”
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