SARASOTA, Fla. -- Autumn of Sarasota’s newest memory care assisted living facility is opening their doors.
“We have eighty units in this facility that are available and 27 of them are already spoken for, and we're not even open yet,” says Autumn’s CEO, Jim Soper.
Soper emphasizes that these people need to be taken care of. “We've gone through the last baby boom, and right now we've got ten thousand people a day turning sixty five."
He added, "Ten percent of those individuals, believe it or not, will end up with some form of Alzheimer’s dementia.”
USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute educates the staff at Autumn’s. The facilities include a hair salon, four dining rooms and for the health conscious, a Mediterranean juice bar focusing on the Mediterranean diet.
“There's no bingo, there's no monopoly, what this is, is giving them life experiences—having the families participate in it.”
Interaction is a focus says Soper, and the porch was created specifically to encourage this.
But, is there really a need for another memory care ALF in Sarasota?
“What's exciting about Sarasota and memory care is that because we have a lot of competition, there's innovation,” says Kathleen Houseweart of Sarasota Memorial.
“There hopefully is an opportunity as time goes on that we'll be able to make things affordable, because I think that too comes from competition.”
And it is that competition she says that may give access to many who need help that may be shut out.
“There hopefully is an opportunity as time goes on that we'll be able to make things more affordable; ‘cause I think that too comes from competition.”
Inspiration for the new facility, Soper says, came from his mother who owned and operated a 120 unit psycho-geriatric facility.