Louisville, KY (June 01 2011) According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, with a new individual diagnosed every 70 seconds. By 2050, the Association predicts that nearly 16 million Americans will be diagnosed, with a new case diagnosed every 33 seconds. In Indiana, 120,000 individuals are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, with that figure expected to increase 10 percent by 2050. [1]

Now, seniors in northwestern Indiana who are living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory challenges have a new option for services and support with today’s opening of The Legacy at Spring Mill. The Legacy is a free-standing memory care neighborhood located at Spring Mill Health Campus in Merrillville, designed specifically to care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Spring Mill currently offers a full continuum of senior living and health care services, including short-term rehabilitation, long-term care and assisted living. The Legacy will expand the campus’ current memory care services.

This expansion comes at the perfect time for one current Spring Mill resident and her family. “Grandma has had such a wonderful quality of life during her stay at Spring Mill,” commented Traci Dvorschak, whose grandmother, Cora, currently resides in Spring Mill’s memory care neighborhood. “We can't wait to see her thrive and flourish even more at The Legacy. The staff are always friendly and helpful.”

The Legacy at Spring Mill is designed to provide maximum independence and personalized care in a secured environment. The neighborhood will offer a homelike setting that features private resident suites (including a private bath with a spacious walk-in shower), chef-prepared meals served family-style, “life stations” that encourage residents to engage in familiar tasks, décor that encourages reminiscing, a secured courtyard, and services specially tailored to meet residents’ individual preferences.

The specially-designed activity program, based on protocols embraced by advocacy groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, are responsive to the energy patterns of those living with dementia. Watercolor painting, gardening, exercise classes and discussion of the current events are examples of just a few choices on the day’s activity calendar. Staff working in The Legacy receive additional dementia-specific training that encompasses person-centered approaches to care, communication techniques, and behavioral interventions.

According to Randall Bufford, President and CEO of Trilogy, “Our commitment to a servant leadership culture and our dedication to providing exceptional customer service that exceeds our customers’ expectations are the cornerstones of Trilogy’s operating philosophy. When you have great services, delivered by a dedicated and compassionate team of caregivers, the result is a senior living experience that allows our residents to live a truly meaningful life.”

“We like to say you can feel the difference the minute you walk in the door of one of our campuses, and you see it everywhere you look,” Bufford continued. “From staff engagement and our focus on resident personal preferences, to the local flavors on our menus – everything at a Trilogy campus is focused on our customers’ preferences and helping them have strong social connections, engagement and purpose, while providing options for clinical care. Now our residents in Merrillville will have the benefit of enjoying all of this not only at Spring Mill, but in our Legacy memory care neighborhood as well.”

The Spring Mill addition is the eighth Legacy memory care neighborhood opened by Trilogy Health Services since 2009. Other Legacy locations include Kokomo, IN (Waterford Place); Noblesville, IN (Prairie Lakes); Lafayette, IN (Creasy Springs); Evansville, IN (West River); Battle Creek, MI (The Oaks); Findlay, OH (The Heritage); and Englewood, OH (Cypress Pointe). The Legacy approach to care is one of the cornerstones of Trilogy’s quest to provide senior living and health care services in a non-institutional setting.

Leona Bachan, Community Relations Coordinator with Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, and member of the Spring Mill Advisory Board commented after touring The Legacy, "Everything was considered regarding the fact that those with Alzheimer's will be living here. It is like a city unto itself, providing all his/her needs and in a safe and beautiful environment. A resident is able to walk throughout the area and feel as though he/she is in a village filled with activities and conveniences. Families are considered, as there is a support group that meets monthly. The Advisory Board members that attended the May meeting even had a taste of Chef Scott's cuisine, and got the feeling that we had just ventured into a superb restaurant."

According to Marnie Davisson, Executive Director of Spring Mill, “We are very excited about offering expanded memory care services to seniors throughout northwest Indiana. The Legacy’s design accommodates residents with memory challenges - from the colors and lighting used throughout the building, to providing safe and secure access to outdoor areas. Our staff will include certified dementia practitioners and caregivers who offer personalized care based on each resident’s needs.”

“The Legacy will also offer support services for family members, not only of our residents, but also for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in their homes,” Davisson continued. “We realize the challenges that a home caregiver faces, and we want to provide resources to help them provide the best care they possibly can. As part of our family support efforts, we will continue our monthly Family Forums, in addition to offering programs like Caregiver’s Day Off, which gives caregivers the tools they need to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. We invite members of the community to join us on Sunday, June 5th at our open house from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to learn more about the services and support we offer at Spring Mill and The Legacy.”

Trilogy communities offer a full range of personalized senior living services, from independent and assisted living, to skilled nursing and rehabilitative services, in 66 senior living communities in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois. Trilogy’s senior living services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of our residents through compassion and commitment to exceeding customer expectations. To learn more about Spring Mill Health Campus and The Legacy at Spring Mill, please call 291-756-0744 or visit web site www.springmillhc.com. To learn more about Trilogy Health Services please visit www.trilogyhs.com.

[1] 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association, 2010.