|The new project would be to the right of the Leewood Center on Braddock Road near the Backlick Road intersection.|
The 64-unit building, at 7108 Braddock Road, would be associated with the Leewood Center but would be a separate operation, says Barry Ray, a partner in the project, which is being developed by Annandale Property Investment, a company based in Chattanooga, Tenn. The new building would not be affiliated with the Arden Courts Memory Care Community which is also next door.
Ray hopes construction could start by the end of this year if approval of the final plans and permits goes smoothly. The project could be completed by late 2016 or early 2017.
The project was delayed for years because Grace Healthcare, the company that operates the Leewood Center, had been more focused on the nursing home sector. The company is now getting more involved in care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, Ray says, noting, “the need for Alzheimer’s and dementia assisted living is growing significantly.”
The Leewood Center offers assisted living, adult day care, rehabilitation, and nursing for the elderly, including some clients with dementia.
The architecture and design of the new facility will incorporate the latest Alzheimer’s research, Ray says, and will feature innovative technology components, memory stimulation tools, and “special life enrichment programs that will focus on providing a purposeful day through various therapies and enriching activities.”