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Memory-care addition planned for Trinity campus

A new addition at Farmington's Trinity Care Center will provide a safe home for seniors living with dementia.

Trinity administrator Rich Ludwig expects work to start by mid-September on a secure, 10-bed facility for people living with alzheimer's, Huntington's Disease, traumatic brain injury or other conditions that cause dementia. The 9,000-square-foot unit will be added to the back of the Trinity facility.

The memory care facility has been a consideration for several years, but Ludwig said the time is right now. The U.S. Census Bureau expects the number of people age 65 and older to double between 2010 and 2050. The number of people 85 and older is expected to triple in that time period.

"It just seems like it's more and more needed," Ludwig said. "We have a number here that could really be in a secure dementia unit."

The memory care unit will be secure to prevent patients from wandering away. The space will be designed to have a calming effect on patients who are easily agitated. There will be a small staff on hand so patients will not have to deal with large groups of strangers and residents will be involved in cooking and cleaning.

"They really try to get them to live normal lives," Ludwig said. "Our ultimate objective is to assist the individual to the best possible quality of life."

Ludwig said the new facility will provide a better environment for dementia patients, and for the other residents at the nursing home. Dementia patients can be loud if they're agitated, and that can cause a disruption for others.

"It's difficult enough to get old, and then if you're still independent to be surrounded by people with dementia," Ludwig said. "It's uncomfortable for a lot of people."

The facility is intended for people with early- or mid stage dementia.

Ludwig hopes to start construction on the facility by Sept. 15 and finish by next summer. If there is high demand the property has room for a second, identical unit.

"I think it's going to be a great addition to the facility and the city of Farmington," Ludwig said.

The new facility will be accessible from 11th and Oak streets.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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