Wexner Heritage Village will hold an open house today (Thursday, Oct. 27) for The Cottage, a new memory-support assisted living residence specially designed for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Wexner Heritage Village will hold an open house today (Thursday, Oct. 27) for The Cottage, a new memory-support assisted living residence specially designed for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia.

The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1151 College Ave.

"Opening The Cottage is a prime example of our commitment to enhancing the well-being of seniors in our community," said WHV President/CEO David T. Rosen. "This new residence and new approach to caring for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia carries with it the organization's tradition of exceptional care."

Sarah Kaminski, the Cottage's executive director, said the residence - an $800,000 renovation of unused long-term nursing care space - offers a home-like atmosphere, with a staff of 12 trained certified dementia practitioners.

"The Cottage is a 10-room secure residence with shared living areas," she said. "Because there are various stages of dementia, especially within the Alzheimer's spectrum, the care that The Cottage staff offers is centered on residents' individual needs, including their needs for independence, safety and security."

Kaminski said all programs and services at The Cottage are geared toward maintaining residents' independence and enhancing their quality of life.

"The Cottage promotes independence through a healthy lifestyle and by offering residents choices in their daily routine," she said. "Residents' interests and abilities can directly influence how they spend their day, as well as confirm their feeling of having control over their care and experience.

"The Cottage has a landscaped courtyard and a garden where residents will be able to enjoy the outdoors and visit with family, friends, and neighbors," Kaminski said.

The Cottage is now taking applications for residency. Call 614-384-2271 for information.

Wexner Heritage Village is a nonprofit provider of health, housing, and supportive services designed to promote healthy living for aging and disabled individuals on its campus and in the community.