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Dublin Retirement Village

Expansion will bring more residents, jobs

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Dublin Retirement Village last week started an expansion at 6480 Post Road.

The addition, which will add 60 assisted living and 21 memory support apartments, is expected to open in late summer or early fall 2015.

A three-story, 81,050-square-foot building will be constructed to the west of the current building on Post Road.

"We've been talking about it for years," Dublin Retirement Village Executive Director Ron Keller said. "We've been working out different schematics," he said. "When Senior Star does something, it's first-class. They tweak it and make it good ... to give residents the lifestyle they deserve."

Dublin Retirement Village parent company Senior Star acquired the location in 2004. The property came with 13 acres, which allows for expansion.

"We've always looked at it as a growing campus," Keller said.

In addition to the new units, the expansion brings a new offering for seniors dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

The memory support apartments will be on the first floor of the new building.

"Some of our sister properties have memory care," Keller said, adding that it will be new to the Dublin location.

A memory garden will be built between the current and new buildings, and a country store and other offerings to keep residents active will be included in the memory care units.

"The country store will be reminiscent of a country store from their youth," Keller said.

"There will be activities, destination stations like a buckeye station and gardening station. It will stimulate residents and improve quality of life."

The new memory care area will also offer a music program to help residents connect with their families and a stimulating, calm and relaxing atmosphere through Snoezelen Therapy. A virtual tour will show caregivers what patients are doing each day.

The addition will help residents stay at Dublin Retirement Village if they have problems with dementia, Keller said.

"If you have a couple and one is independent and the other needs more care, they can stay together," he said. "This environment is conducive to their needs."

The addition will also mean more jobs. The facility plans to hire an additional 80 full- and part-time positions for the expansion.

"Six months into the construction we'll start hiring," Keller said.

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