By DOUG WILSONHerald-Whig Senior Writer
Adams Pointe and the Arbors at Adams Pointe will open Tuesday at 213 N. 48th, providing Quincy residents with some new options for memory care.
Adam Zanger, a Quincy native who is returning to town as executive director of the facility, said the care model used in the memory-care unit is an industry changer.
"Most places don't know how to work with someone who has memory loss," Zanger said. "If they knew how to connect with them" it would prevent overmedication and unnecessary hospital visits for the patients.
The "Best Friends Approach" is based on a book by Virginia Bell about how to treat people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of memory loss. The system starts with understanding the life stories of individual patients to discover what motivates or calms them.
Pat Cokingtin, vice president of sales and marketing for Americare, the company that owns Adams Pointe, said caregivers who approach a patient spend at least 30 seconds to connect with that individual and establish a relationship.
"We had a woman at one of our communities who had a severe weight loss. She would only sit at the table for a couple of minutes and might just take a bite or two," Cokingtin said.
Through interviews with the woman's 10 children, the staff knew that she had worked in a lunchroom cafeteria. Because of that, the woman had seldom sat at a table to eat during her working years.
"Once they understood that, they put her plate on the bar in the cafeteria and she began eating," Cokingtin said.
The Adams Pointe complex cost about $3.2 million to build. It has a 28-unit assisted living facility known as Adams Pointe. Zanger said that unit is designed for people who want to retain their independence but need some help with medicine, meals or other activities.
"It provides peace of mind for adult children who are worried about a parent's safety, but it preserves the individual's independence," Zanger said.
The Arbor at Adams Pointe is a 16-unit memory-care unit that provides around-the-clock nursing care.
Americare, founded in 1981, owns and operates elder care facilities in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
"When Adams Pointe opens, we will have 23 memory-care communities," Cokingtin said.
Zanger said 12 to 15 people have expressed an interest in becoming residents at the Quincy facility. One person has set a date when she will move in.
Cokingtin said about 37 people will be employed at the facility and the annual payroll will be about $750,000.
TUESDAY OPEN HOUSE
Adams Pointe will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. State Rep. Jil Tracy and Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore will speak at a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments and door prizes will be offered.