First facility dedicated to dementia care plans community open house

First facility dedicated to dementia care plans community open house

A Community Open House for The Villa is planned for Tuesday, June 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. and from 4 – 6 p.m. at the two-acre facility located at 2217 West Parker Road.

The Villa  has a total of 75 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with 45 of those being in the assisted living part of the facility and 30 in the Bill Rainwater Sr. Memory Care Community, a separate and secure facility specifically designed for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

The Center is named for the late Bill Rainwater, long-time supporter of St. Bernards and a successful local businessman.

It has its own entrance and will be operated by a staff specially trained and certified in dementia care.

The center is divided into two "neighborhoods" with 15 apartments each, so residents can live and function within a cluster of small nurturing groups to foster a sense of community and encourage involvement of family and friends.

The Villa is a large complex featuring living areas, parlors and dining rooms. In addition, there is an activity room, card parlor, a theater built to safe room standards, a chapel, a beauty/barber shop and spa, a country store, an ice cream parlor, suites for respite stays and short-term rehabilitation, an on-site healthcare provider clinic, outpatient physical therapy services and more.

Residents can choose from one- or two-bedroom apartments; and they can take part in a wide range of activities.

The Villa also contains a physical therapy clinic that can be used by both Villa residents and others in the community who find its location convenient.

It includes a therapy pool with a treadmill built into the floor of the pool.

All staff of The Villa will be trained in dementia care. The residential facility contains 80,000 square feet.

Nestled on 28 acres of land in southwest Jonesboro, The Villa was constructed at a cost of approximately $14 million.

For more information, contact Brian Rega, director of senior services housing for St. Bernards, at 870-932-8141 or or by checking the website:

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