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Memory care community planned in Gurnee

Company cites 'tremendous need'

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 9:30 a.m. CST

GURNEE – In response to a growing need for memory care, a company with a specialized concept designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s and dementia has started construction on a new 30,000-square-foot, $11.3 million memory care community in Gurnee.

The LaSalle Group, a company that provides memory care with more than 15 years of experience, recently broke ground on its 10th community in Chicago – Autumn Leaves of Gurnee, 505 N. Hunt Club Road.

“We know that there is a tremendous need for expert Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Chicago, and we are proud to expand by bringing our services to a 10th village,” Mitchell Warren, CEO of Irving, Texas-based LaSalle Group, said in a news release.

Using current scientific research, Autumn Leaves of Gurnee will feature an innovative building design and cutting-edge technology to create a calm, safe, and engaging environment. A life engagement program will fulfill residents’ needs for artistic expression, physical activity, spiritual support, community connections, continuing education, and lifestyle and leisure. The community also offers a full service beauty and barber salon, on-site memory care nurses, and meals prepared by a chef and dietitian. The staff undergoes training to help them understand behavioral, communicative, and cognitive changes residents will experience. 

The community will also feature the state-of-the-art Vigil System, a motion sensor program in each resident’s private room that allows for safer independent living. The system subtly alerts staff members, if needed, and gathers information that serves to improve the resident’s comfort level. 

Autumn Leaves of Gurnee is the result of a partnership between The LaSalle Group, MedProperties and TCF National Bank. The community is expected to open second quarter of 2015. Once open, the community will provide free services for families in the area including educational seminars, speakers, and Alzheimer’s support groups. The community will also offer respite care. 

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