Avamere breaks ground on memory care facility

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Keizer City Councilor Joe Egli, and representatives of Avamere Health Services Albert Castaneda, Ron Odermott, Rick Miller, Cheryl Anderson, Matt Hilty, John Morgan and Gary Wart break ground on the site of Avamere Court’s new memory care facility Tuesday, Nov. 12. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Keizer City Councilor Joe Egli, and representatives of Avamere Health Services Albert Castaneda, Ron Odermott, Rick Miller, Cheryl Anderson, Matt Hilty, John Morgan and Gary Wart break ground on the site of Avamere Court’s new memory care facility Tuesday, Nov. 12. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Representatives of Avamere Health Services officially broke ground on a planned 48-bed memory care facility in Keizer, Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The memory care facility will be located on 3.09 acres of land at 450 Claggett Court NE, a new road to be constructed behind St. Edward Catholic Church. Avamere’s current campus is located across River Road from St. Edward’s.

Wilsonville-based Avamere plans to begin moving in new residents in August 2014 if everything comes together without a hitch, said Cheryl Anderson, executive director of Avamere’s Keizer campus. The one-level building will provide care for people suffering from ailments such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“This is another one of the steps in our vision to participate in the entire continuum of care,” said John Morgan, Avamere CEO. “We are committed not only to our mission, but to serve the residents and families that join our community every day.”

The goal is to allow those suffering from memory-debilitating conditions to age in place after their needs fall beyond the scope of the Avamere Court retirement community.

Jim Carlson, president of the Oregon Health Care Association, said the sophistication brought to bear in the new facility will improve overall quality of life for patients and their families.

“What you’re talking about is enhancing the lives of individuals and families in communities throughout the state,” he said.

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