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Officials break ground on assisted living, memory care center in Parker

Facility will include 149 rooms, open in summer 2016

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The latest project to address Douglas County’s growing senior population is underway.

Members of Parker Town Council joined leaders from development company Crown Point, LLC, and senior community manager Vivage to break ground June 23 on Crown Point Assisted Living and Memory Care. The 149-unit assisted living and memory care center is being built on Cottonwood Drive, across from Lifetime Fitness.

The facility will serve people ages 62 and up and feature, in separate wings, 123-assisted living apartments and a 26-unit memory care residence. A spacious lobby will be surrounded by other amenities, including a coffee bar, ice cream parlor and dining area. Vivage is planning to open Crown Point Assisted Living and Memory Care in July 2016 and will begin pre-sales this October or November.

Nancy Schwalm, chief business development officer for Vivage, said the demographic projections show that there is plenty of demand for such senior housing.

“We recognize the need for additional assisted living and memory care throughout the southern part of Denver,” she said. “There’s such a growing population need.”

The facility will have 60 full-time employees, including a registered nurse who is on call 24 hours a day and caregivers who can give medications. The staff will also include a memory-care coordinator certified in Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment programs.

With their doctor’s permission, residents can do physical therapy appointments on site “rather than having to go somewhere else,” and a dentist and podiatrist will visit regularly, said Mark Osweiler, vice president of senior housing for Vivage.

Osweiler, a Parker resident for 17 years, said he will personally see to the success of the assisted-living community.

“My philosophy is we’re a hotel with services for seniors,” he said. “That’s how we’re going to run it.”

Security measures include safety-equipped bathrooms and showers, and alarms that sound when a dementia patient gets too close to an exit.

“We don’t lock them in, but we can get there fast enough to redirect them somewhere else,” Osweiler said.

Before ceremonially tossing a shovel full of dirt, Mayor Mike Waid called Crown Point Assisted Living and Memory Care a “cornerstone project” that will bring families together.

“The community values what you’re going to do here,” Waid said.

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