Escondido, CA

Redwood Terrace expands memory care services with launch of the Grove at Gannon House

Thursday’s ribbon cutting. Shown are (from left) Joe Coyle, Chloe Cottan (Escondido Princess), Sadie Maydahl (Miss Teen Escondido), Don Burgett, John Cochrane, Suzanne Southwell, Christiana Udell (Miss Escondido), Nancy Murphy, Marie Hill, Rochelle Balaban, Eileen Elmore.

Redwood Terrace Thursday afternoon held a ribbon cutting for its new memory care community, the Grove at Gannon House.

The Times-Advocate spoke to Kurt Norden, the executive director, who explained that one side of Grove at Gannon House is a memory care unit with the potential for 12 residents, while the other side of the building includes office spaces, outpatient therapy and patient services that are not only available for residents of Redwood Terrance, but can be accessed by any member of the greater Escondido community.

Therapy specialists welcomed visitors to the open house Thursday.

The facility also includes a new fitness center, garden and updated indoor therapy pool where the water is maintained at a constant 90 degrees. Aerobic swim classes and the arthritis “crawl” will be among the activities offered there.

Outpatients can receive care from therapists at the center, or the therapists can arrange to visit them at home.

Gannon House, named in memory of residents Margaret and Don Gannon, offers 11 memory care suites, providing residents with a person-centered care approach to health care that addresses the resident’s needs, while providing life-enriching care. The community emphasizes a homelike environment with a family-style dining experience.

Along with the new memory care suites, the expansion and redevelopment also includes a new fitness center, garden, and refurbished indoor therapy pool.

Reports estimate 588,208 adults 55+ living in California currently have Alzheimer’s disease, meaning one-tenth of the nation’s Alzheimer’s population reside in the state. According to a 2017 report from the Alzheimer’s Association, the impact is projected to climb by 70% and affect 92,804 older adults in San Diego County by 2030.

“The continued expansion of Redwood Terrace and Gannon House offers

The outdoor patio and garden at Gannon House. Guests wandered through and sampled appetizers.

us an opportunity to serve additional aging seniors,” said Norden. “We’re enthusiastic to keep the Gannons’ memory alive by adding this positive contribution to San Diego County. This expansion and renovation is a top priority to serve the area’s seniors with healthy living options.”

In 1994, Redwood Terrace opened the former Elderlink building on the north of its campus, which was partially funded by the Gannons and provided adult day care and case management services for more than 20 years.

“By adding these new memory care suites, current and future residents will have more options to enhance their lifestyles,” said Norden. “By offering person-centered care, we’re providing our residents with a life-enriching program that addresses all their needs.”

Norden told The Times-Advocate: “I like to think of us as a boutique memory care, offering activities and all day living.” The staff to patient ratio is 2-1, including nurses, activity coordinators and dieticians.

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