With the number of people living with Alzheimer’s in Minnesota expected to rise by more than 20% in the first half of this decade, Anthem Memory Care is expanding into the state by opening a new community. Cascade Creek, located in Rochester, offers a physical layout, features and programming to promote purposeful living and wellness for those with cognitive-impairing diseases. Scheduled to open this summer, it brings to 12 the number of memory care communities Anthem operates in five states. Anthem Memory Care is based in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
“Cascade Creek is a resident-centered community where life revolves around close contact with people, meaningful activities, nature and the arts,” said Isaac Scott, CEO and principal of Anthem Memory Care. The company already has memory care communities in Illinois, Colorado, Kansas and California. “Since our organization opened in 2012, our sole focus has been on protecting, engaging and loving people living with memory loss through programming tailored to the individual.”
Cascade Creek provides 45 suites that can accommodate 50 residents in a building designed to encourage activity and connection with the outdoors. The two-story structure surrounds an exterior courtyard, with a second-floor patio overlooking it. Wide interconnected hallways enable residents to walk around the entire community without encountering frustrating physical barriers.
The community promotes interaction and purpose, with areas for residents to create art, work on public service projects, build woodcrafts at a workbench, gather for social, cultural and educational programs, and more. A country kitchen on the second floor serves as both a dining area and a place where those interested in cooking can assist in meal preparation and serving.
Technology is a hallmark of Cascade Creek, including the Vigil Memory Care System that equips each residence. Customized for individual safety needs, it can indicate residents’ precise locations within their suites and issue alerts if they may need rapid assistance. The community also offers the iN2L digital engagement system, providing personalized content that sparks conversation, interaction, learning and connection with family and friends.
“These technologies give our care team additional tools for providing the secure, stimulating and purposeful environment that is central to our mission,” said Anthem COO and principal Lewis McCoy.
The number of people in the state with dementia is anticipated to increase by 21.2% between 2020 and 2025, from 99,000 to 120,000, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“As the need for high-quality memory care rises in Minnesota, Cascade Creek residents and families will be able to count on our commitment to innovation, excellence and providing understanding and significance to those with dementia,” Scott said.
Cascade Creek is located at 3530 Fairway Ridge Lane, SW, Rochester, Minnesota.