Crowne Health Care opens special care unit

Published 1:56 pm Friday, November 15, 2013

For people suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive issues, a comfortable environment is essential to maintaining quality of life and helping ease fear, confusion and isolation.

That’s the mission of Crowne Health Care of Greenville’s Rose Lane.

The recently completed wing is dedicated to the care of individuals with memory loss, Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Crowne Health Care of Greenville Administrator Ann Smith said the unit was created because of an increase in the number of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive issues.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 60 percent of nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

In recent years the number of nursing homes that have developed special care units, such as Rose Lane, designed to serve residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has increased.

Rose Lane is a secure unit that also features specialized care for the residents.

“It’s a secure area to protect our residents,” Smith said.

“Because of their dementia some of them may try to get out of the door and wander off. But Rose Lane is a locked specialty unit.”

Rose Lane requires a code to open and close the doors that are on either end of the hallway.

There’s also a secure courtyard that residents can enjoy.

Smith said the unit offers specialized care and activities for each patient depending on their level of dementia.

“Rose Lane is meant to offer quality of life to our residents and also peace of mind to their families,” Smith said.