When I was interviewed for the CEO position at Bay Village, a question came up from the Board of Directors’ search committee. What was my experience with memory care and having a dedicated area for these services? Also, my first meeting with the Resident Executive Council had as the top agenda item for them – Memory Care. Bay Village offers services and care for just about everyone except one important care category – that of memory care.
Providing memory care services is an important delivery unit for any Life Plan community.
Bay Village is landlocked and does not have the space to build a memory care unit. Fortunately, driving to work one day, I noticed three properties for sale just south of the campus on Vamo Road. All three properties were under the same ownership. The Board of Directors approved the purchase of the properties and Bay Village was able to secure these properties in mid-May. The next step is to demolish the buildings on the three lots and secure the lots with a chain link fence.
After that, we’ll include the following: conceptual design of the memory care unit, architectural and engineering design development from the conceptual design, obtaining permits for the project, and selection of a construction company. All of this will take well over a year to complete.
Every project has its first steps. Bay Village has taken its first step toward providing memory care services to our residents with the purchase of these properties.