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New Services for Adults with Memory Impairment

Kate O'Hara
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A new kind of healthcare facility for adult individuals with cognitive impairment, focused on providing specialized services for memory care, is coming to the community of Carthage. Hancock County Senior Services Association (HCSSA) is building the new facility, Maple Grove Apartments, in response to the growing demand for memory care that is accompanying an aging population.

The new facility will be located near the existing Hickory Grove supportive living facility on Adams St. and will consist of two standalone buildings, each about 9,000 sq. ft. and each housing 10 tenants.

“A home-like setting and specialized services are what makes this memory care facility unique,” said Ada Bair, CEO of Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Senior Services Association­­­. Maple Grove Apartments will provide a much-needed service that is not available in Hancock County.” “With the specialized programs offered in the facility, the tenants will lead enriched and fulfilled lives,” adds Bair. “We are extremely excited about being able to provide this service; we already have a waiting list of 17.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The The cost of the memory care project is $4,188,223 and is being funded with a $2.2 million direct Community Facility loan from USDA Rural Development; a $1.36 million loan through Western IL Electrical Coop provided by the USDA Rural Development Rural Economic Development Loan/Grant (REDLG) program; and a $628,200 applicant contribution. It is expected there will be at least 15 new jobs created as a result of this project.

 “This has been a very interesting project,” said Trish Yeager, Area Specialist for Rural Development of Illinois. “Facilities such as this are one of the many types of projects Rural Development can finance. Not only will it bring needed services to the county but it will also create jobs for citizens of the community. I am excited to see the finished product that will soon be “home” for several area tenants.”

 Yeager presented HCSSA with a symbolic, oversized check in the amount of $2.2 million, the amount of the Rural Development direct Community Facility loan.

 HCSSA has been in existence since 1967 providing facilities and services for the care of senior citizens in Hancock County and beyond. The new memory care facility will be the first of this kind in the county. Currently, families who need more specialized memory care service must seek that care outside of the county.

 Hart Freeland Roberts, Inc. (HFR Design), in Brentwood, TN, designed the project. Maas Construction, out of Quincy, IL, is the general contractor. Construction is expected to be complete by early summer, 2015.