Alzheimer Activity Center Builds Residential Care Home Next Door

Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program
    • September 1, 2000

Beginning in 1993, staff from Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease sought to train new staff, and to initiate marketing and program management for its prospective 12-bed residential care home for dementia sufferers.

The home was to be adjacent to the grantee organization's existing Alzheimer's Activity Center. It was planned to permit the initiation of Saturday service and the inauguration of an overnight program for up to 12 clients per night, which would offer both long-term and respite care.

However, construction of the residential facility encountered a series of delays, pushing the completion date to the fall of 1995, near the end of the grant.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program national program.

Key Results

  • Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease hired a program administrator for the prospective facility.

  • Training for staff began in August 1994, including a rotation at the organization's Alzheimer's Activity Center.

  • Project staff conducted some marketing and program planning in the last months of the grant.

  • A waiting list of prospective clients and a cost-based pricing strategy appeared to assure the project's profitability, along with attracting substantial contributions from corporate and private sources locally.