West Seattle Blog... » The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:15:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Group from The Kenney raises $1,600 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/walk-to-end-alzheimers-group-from-the-kenney-raises-1600/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/walk-to-end-alzheimers-group-from-the-kenney-raises-1600/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:55:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286366

(Photo courtesy The Kenney)
Among the hundreds of people who joined in the Pacific Northwest Walk to End Alzheimer’s today were four residents of The Kenney (WSB sponsor), along with staffers and family members. They raised $1,600 and walked the full two-mile route along Lake Union. Proceeds from the walk – more than $270,000, in early estimates – go toward “the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association,” according to the event website. The rise in cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia has led some retirement centers to make big changes; The Kenney added its Memory Care Community in 2012.

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Another author event: Gatewood Elementary students read poems at The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/another-author-event-gatewood-elementary-students-read-poems-at-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/another-author-event-gatewood-elementary-students-read-poems-at-the-kenney/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 01:19:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272228

Thanks to Amy and Lisa for sharing the photo and report:

Gatewood Elementary third graders on Mrs. Griffin and Mr. Nowicki’s team had their poetry celebration today at The Kenney. Each student read their own original poetry on the microphone based on something they cared about. Then they gave their poems away as gifts to their Kenney friends.

We had a wonderful time making new friends and sharing our poetry.

The school and retirement center are neighbors – almost directly across Fauntleroy Way from each other.

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The Kenney’s future: New ‘investment lender relationship’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/the-kenneys-future-new-investment-lender-relationship/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/the-kenneys-future-new-investment-lender-relationship/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:47:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268902

(WSB file photo of The Kenney)
The Kenney (WSB sponsor) has announced a new “investment lender relationship” that, it says, allows the center to “remain a nonprofit, charitable organization.” Here’s the news release we received with the details:

A new investment lender relationship has been established for The Kenney. The Kenney has been seeking a new lender and/or sponsor to provide a stronger financial footing for The Kenney. Through that process, Seattle Healthcare Investors, a limited liability company, was formed, which is now the lender for The Kenney.

The new lender purchased the debt and outstanding note from the previous lender, which is exiting this sector of financial investing. This was a mutually-agreed upon transaction between the new lender and The Kenney board of directors.

PRESERVING THE PAST. PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE:

The Kenney remains a non-profit, charitable organization with the same mission of caring for seniors in West Seattle. More than a century ago, The Kenney was founded on faith principles of care and compassion. With our new collaborative relationship with the limited liability company, The Kenney’s mission roots are acknowledged and affirmed; while at the same time, enabling us to efficiently prepare for the future of aging services and the seniors who will need housing and services. We refer to this as “Preserving the past. Preparing for the future.”

We are moving into another century of service and we are pleased that the interim management of Ontrac will transition to a longer-term relationship. The lead position at The Kenney will now be called Executive Director and we will hire a new person to replace Bill Lange, who is currently serving as Interim CEO. When a new Executive Director is hired, we will introduce that person to you. However, Bill will continue to provide support to The Kenney, along with others from the Ontrac management team. Through our ongoing relationship with Ontrac, we will have access to a number of well established senior care services and systems which we do not currently have.

We have asked a few followup questions and will add the answers when we receive them.

ADDED 4:41 PM: We asked The Kenney spokesperson Moraine Byrne for more information on the new LLC, since we couldn’t find it in Washington state corporation records. Her reply: “Seattle Healthcare Investors, LLC is a newly formed corporation just for the purpose of holding the debt on The Kenney. They were incorporated in Delaware but their purpose is to provide the lender relationship for The Kenney. The name of the person with the LLC is Ted McMullan and he lives in Georgia. He is simply the investor lender and will not be the operator nor part of the nonprofit board.” The loan amount, Byrne says, “is essentially the same as what the previous bank loan was, which is just over $21 million dollars.”

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Time for a tough talk with your parent(s)? Get help tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/time-for-a-tough-talk-with-your-parents-get-help-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/time-for-a-tough-talk-with-your-parents-get-help-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:38:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264806 While it’s a joy to still have parent(s) around even as you approach elderhood … it can be a challenge to have tough conversations with them about changes that might be needed as the years go by. Tomorrow (Thursday) night at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), you can get some help as you prepare for those conversations with parents and/or grandparents – is it time to give up the car? Is the house getting to be “too much”? Is their health deteriorating and help needed for day-to-day life? A free seminar on “Having the Conversation” is planned for 6 pm tomorrow at The Kenney, with Moraine Byrne, who has 20+ years of experience “guiding and counseling families on how to have a meaningful and respectful conversation with aging parents,” as the official event announcement describes it. No charge, but an RSVP is appreciated – call 206-937-2800, or RSVP online here. Walk-ins will be welcome tomorrow, too, but they’d love advance notice if you’re planning to go. The Kenney is at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW (map).

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New interim CEO for West Seattle retirement center The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/new-interim-ceo-for-west-seattle-retirement-center-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/new-interim-ceo-for-west-seattle-retirement-center-the-kenney/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:11:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=162851 Three months after The Kenney (WSB sponsor) announced it was exploring the possibility of “sponsorship” by Wesley Homes, there’s no final decision on that yet, but one change has just been made – a new interim CEO is in charge. Here’s the announcement:

William (Bill) Lange is named as the new interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for The Kenney, effective October 1, 2013. Mr. Lange assumes this interim role at the time that Ed Mawe, current interim CEO, leaves to take a new position with another retirement organization. Mr. Mawe is an employee of Ontrac Management Services and he was hired in July 2012 to act as an interim CEO. Mr. Lange is also an employee of Ontrac and has been working in a supportive operations role with Mr. Mawe, the Kenney board of directors, and staff over the past year.

“Bill is not a new face to the residents and staff at The Kenney,” said Moraine Byrne, President of Ontrac Management Services. She added, “His knowledge of the current operations and the strategic direction of The Kenney make for a smooth transition as Ed leaves to take his new career opportunity.” Mr. Mawe has accepted a position as Chief Operating Officer of Horizon House, a large retirement community located in [downtown] Seattle.

Mr. Lange has been a Vice President with Ontrac since fall 2011. Prior to that appointment, he served as Executive Director of Covenant Village of Colorado, one of 12 continuing care retirement campuses within Covenant Retirement Communities. Before joining Covenant Retirement Communities, Mr. Lange’s career included leadership positions in acute urban, rural and multi-hospital systems, a medical and rehabilitation post-acute care hospital, and three additional continuing care retirement communities. Mr. Lange holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Washington University, St. Louis, MO., and is accredited as a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. In the interim CEO role at The Kenney, Mr. Lange remains an employee of Ontrac Management, the organization which has been retained by The Kenney Board of Directors to provide management for the West Seattle retirement community.

The Kenney continues to explore sponsorship by Wesley Homes, based in Des Moines, Washington. Wesley Homes began its due diligence in June and is expected to complete its process in the next several weeks. Due diligence typically involves an in-depth review of the operations, physical plant, legal issues and finances, including discussions with the bank lender. Non-profit sponsors are governed by a volunteer board of directors and within the non-profit sector, the term “sponsorship” is used instead of “ownership.”

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Wesley Homes seeking to take over The Kenney as ‘sponsor’ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/wesley-homes-seeking-to-take-over-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/wesley-homes-seeking-to-take-over-the-kenney/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:06:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=153821

Back in April, a spokesperson for The Kenney (WSB sponsor) announced that the continuing-care retirement center was seeking a “sponsor” to take over its operations, and that there were four prospects. Three were named at the time; one of them, Wesley Homes, which operates centers in Des Moines and Auburn, is now the front-runner. Here’s the announcement just in from a representative of The Kenney:

Wesley Homes, based in Des Moines, Washington, has presented a letter of intent to further explore sponsorship of The Kenney in West Seattle. The letter of intent was presented to and accepted by The Kenney board of directors on June 4, 2013.

It is the next step in the process of completing due diligence before Wesley Homes makes a decision to become the new non-profit sponsor. Due diligence typically involves an in-depth review of the operations, physical plant, legal issues and finances, including discussions with the bank lender. The due diligence is expected to take several weeks.

Non-profit sponsors are governed by a volunteer board of directors and within the non-profit sector, the term “sponsorship” is used instead of “ownership.” The Kenney board of directors had interviewed and accepted letters of interest from four potential sponsors.

The other three organizations all cited that they were interested, but that the timing of the transaction or other factors outside of The Kenney prevented them from moving forward at this time.

In today’s complex health care environment, affiliation with another sponsor has proven to benefit senior living providers and the residents they serve. Being part of a larger sponsoring organization often presents opportunities for group purchasing of supplies and equipment resulting in significant savings. Larger sponsoring organizations also have the capacity to implement more efficient systems for billing, accounting, nursing services, dining programs, human resources and marketing.

The Kenney has been under interim management since summer 2012 and the interim management will remain in place through the sponsorship process. Interim Chief Executive Officer, Ed Mawe, with Ontrac Management Services continues to provide staff leadership. The quality services to residents continue in the fine tradition of The Kenney.

According to its website, Wesley Homes has been in operation since 1944, and is associated with the United Methodist Church.

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The Kenney says it’s seeking a ‘sponsor’ to take over http://westseattleblog.com/2013/04/the-kenney-says-its-seeking-a-sponsor-to-take-over/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/04/the-kenney-says-its-seeking-a-sponsor-to-take-over/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:19:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=149852

A spokesperson for The Kenney (WSB sponsor) says it’s seeking a “sponsor” to take over its operations, and has four prospects. Here’s the announcement we just received:

The Kenney Retirement Community, located at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, is in the process of seeking a new sponsor to assume operations of the retirement community.

The Kenney board of directors has been interviewing non-profit, faith-based organizations who share a similar mission of serving seniors. Covenant Retirement Communities, Mennonite Services Northwest, Wesley Homes, and a fourth (yet to be named) have indicated interest in the potential of a transaction to become sponsors, and each is evaluating the feasibility to assume operations of The Kenney later this year.

In today’s changing health care environment, affiliation with other sponsors has proven to benefit senior living providers and the residents they serve. Benefits include group purchasing programs, efficiencies in staffing and systems, and the ability to provide a broader network of services.

Last summer, an interim CEO and Ontrac Management Services were engaged by The Kenney to assist during this transition. Ed Mawe, Interim CEO, and The Kenney board of directors have been communicating with residents, families of residents and staff frequently about the sponsorship search. Communication about the sponsorship search process has been transparent with all parties, sharing discussions about the preference to find a sponsor who shares similar values with the heritage of The Kenney.

The Kenney continues to provide quality continuing care with residential apartments, assisted living, memory care and support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Potential sponsors have expressed their intention to continue the services and the fine tradition of care.

The Kenney marked its centennial four years ago. From 2008 through 2011, it pursued a redevelopment plan that eventually was downsized to some standalone changes including the addition of a memory-care unit, opened last year. Meantime, as for today’s announcement, we’re asking a few followup questions and will add to this story when they’re answered.

4:36 PM UPDATE: Ontrac’s Moraine Byrne has replied to our questions: No, The Kenney is “not in danger of closing. All financial obligations are being met (and it’s) operating well within budget.” She says its occupancy is also “strong.”

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West Seattle Valentine’s Day scenes: Love @ The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com/2013/02/west-seattle-valentines-day-scenes-love-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/02/west-seattle-valentines-day-scenes-love-the-kenney/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 06:21:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=141335

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
A whole lotta love flowed at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) this afternoon, during a Valentine’s Day celebration with treats and tunes. Above, Margit Killenger, Helen Gilman, and Norma Lewis were busy reading Valentines. Kermit Franks wore his – a photo of his sweetheart Faye, who died last year:

Months before Mrs. Franks’ death, the couple celebrated their 70th-anniversary .

The Kenney’s residents are loved by the staff, too – activity director Denise O’Toole had a smile for Kenney resident May Commeree:

Love-ly music filled The Kenney’s commujnity room, courtesy of Sid Law:

He had a rapt audience:

The Kenney itself was created from an act of loving kindness – as told in its history here.

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West Seattle scene: Off to join Walk to End Alzheimer’s http://westseattleblog.com/2012/09/west-seattle-scene-off-to-join-walk-to-end-alzheimers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/09/west-seattle-scene-off-to-join-walk-to-end-alzheimers/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:24:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=122913

Though today’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is wrapping up along Lake Union right about now, it had West Seattle representation – this group headed out this morning from The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Participants included residents and staffers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the walk’s beneficiary, 35 million people are affected by Alzheimer’s worldwide, and this is National Alzheimer’s Month – find out more here.

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The Kenney’s new CEO Ed Mawe debuts at annual barbecue http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/the-kenneys-new-ceo-ed-mawe-debuts-at-annual-barbecue/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/the-kenneys-new-ceo-ed-mawe-debuts-at-annual-barbecue/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:51:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=118847

Residents and staff at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) have been getting to know new CEO Ed Mawe over the past few weeks, but tonight was the first big public event at which he appeared – the continuing-care retirement center’s annual barbecue.

Mawe joined The Kenney last month, not long after the departure of previous CEO Kevin McFeely. That’s according to information provided tonight by Moraine Byrne, president of Ontrac Management Services, part of Covenant Retirement Services, an Illinois-based firm also recently hired by The Kenney, to help with management and positioning. Byrne tells WSB that Mawe has “many years of serving senior adults in the Tacoma and Portland areas.” Online research shows Mawe’s past leadership roles include tenures at Franke Tobey Jones in Tacoma and Mary’s Woods in Portland.

Back to the barbecue – The Kenney’s park-like northwest lawn provided shade, both trees and tents, and a chance for residents, relatives, and neighbors to enjoy each other’s company.

The barbecue is an annual August tradition.

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Another 4th of July postscript: The Kenney puts on a parade http://westseattleblog.com/2012/07/another-4th-of-july-postscript-the-kenney-puts-on-a-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/07/another-4th-of-july-postscript-the-kenney-puts-on-a-parade/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 23:10:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=113828

And another 4th of July story emerges … this one likely to make you smile. Another parade – one we didn’t hear about till The Kenney (WSB sponsor) sent photos today, along with this report:

We’re all a “Kid at Heart” on the Fourth of July!

The Kenney Retirement Home in West Seattle celebrates their very first “Fourth of July Parade”! Residents decorated their own “wheelchair floats” complete with balloons, streamers, stars, sparkle flags and fun flair – balloon fashioned hats, drums, and more. The Kenney residents received honks and waves from passing cars and local West Seattle residents as they made their way down Fauntleroy.

The festivities began with a flag ceremony from a local Boy Scout Troop, Pack 282, led by troop leader Eric Linxweiler, followed by a carnival celebration in our Community Rooms; which included fishing games, bean bag toss, horseshoes, and face painting. It was a great day to be had by all seniors living at The Kenney!

Amy Seebeck, Director of Activities, and all the Activities Staff

So with the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade (WSB coverage here) and the 32nd SW Bike Parade (noted here, thanks to info/photos from neighbors), that makes at least three parades yesterday – anybody else?

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Video: The Kenney bids CEO Kevin McFeely farewell http://westseattleblog.com/2012/06/video-the-kenney-bids-ceo-kevin-mcfeely-farewell/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/06/video-the-kenney-bids-ceo-kevin-mcfeely-farewell/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:59:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=112631

Students, teachers, and school staffers aren’t the only ones marking farewells as this week comes to an end. Thursday afternoon at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), a reception honored departing CEO Kevin McFeely, who’s leaving after 9 years to run The Hearthstone in Green Lake (as reported here a month ago). Among those offering tributes at the celebration, marketing director Karmen Hudson:

His replacement has not yet been named. The Kenney is north of Lincoln Park, with history going back more than a century.

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The Kenney to seek new CEO: Kevin McFeely is Hearthstone-bound http://westseattleblog.com/2012/05/the-kenney-to-seek-new-ceo-kevin-mcfeely-is-hearthstone-bound/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/05/the-kenney-to-seek-new-ceo-kevin-mcfeely-is-hearthstone-bound/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 18:51:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=109787 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Kenney is announcing today that its CEO, Kevin McFeely, is leaving for a new job, leading The Hearthstone in North Seattle.

He has led the continuing-care community north of Lincoln Park for almost a decade, and told us, in an interview at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) this morning, that he has “mixed feelings” about leaving his “extended family” there – both the 200 residents and the staff, including his dozen-plus-member leadership team, but the move feels like “the next logistical step” for him.

One thing they’re doing at Hearthstone that is not happening right now at The Kenney: Expanding.

McFeely says his new employer is building a new campus with new apartments blocks away from its current one, while The Kenney’s redevelopment plan is on hold, after a challenging 3-year process.

The Kenney’s plan isn’t dead, McFeely stresses, just on the shelf till the economy improves – and remember, that’s a scaled-down plan, not the bigger proposal that first came to light in summer 2008.

What began as the Samuel and Jessie Kenney Presbyterian Retirement Home has advanced in other ways during McFeely’s tenure, even though the redevelopment plan was halted. We asked him about the accomplishments of which he’s most proud, and he ticked off, in no particular order, a list starting with the recently opened Memory Care Unit – “I’m very proud of that.”

On the other end of the “continuum of care,” he says, “We’re allowing people to age in place and age in place well” – no longer are there so few options that you might wind up in a “nursing home” when you have a lot of vitality left. Also to that point, he is proud of activity programming that has grown in scope and frequency, with residents sometimes even “complain(ing) there’s so much to choose from.”

The Kenney, he says, also has options for those whose finances are more limited, to live in a less-expensive part of the complex, while “receiving the same services.” And he says they have flexibility in choosing services – “you don’t have to go to every meal; some people are out all day and just want to make a cup of soup (in their apartment) at night, and be happy.”

There’ve been upgrades to apartments, he notes, to the point where you might enter a building that’s more than half a century old and never know that by what you see in the apartment.

And he’s proud to have integrated The Kenney into the community more than it had been before, including participation in the West Seattle Art Walk.

But overall, again, he says, “I am very proud of the team … they understand seniors. I’m very happy with them and sad to leave them.”

We asked him about any reflections on the process that ultimately led to the shelving of the redevelopment proposal. “It was hard,” he acknowledges. “I can appreciate all the community concern about the size and scope of it – but the comments were good; that helped us come back and put together a better project, better for us and for the community as well. We want to be a good neighbor; we want everybody to be happy. I’m sorry we didn’t get to bring it to reality, but it’s not dead … I think we can make it work (eventually) in a scaled-back version.”

McFeely and his family, including his 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son, had just moved to West Seattle from Bellevue a year ago. But he says they’re not leaving, even though his career is moving north. When he started telling people last week about his new job, he says, his son’s Pony Baseball coach was worried the family might be moving out of the area.

Not only does his son play – McFeely umpires. (And he has a bit of a black eye to show for it, after getting hit during a Thursday night game!)

He has other community obligations, too, with local service organizations and boards.

“I’m not going anywhere,” he said, other than changing jobs – “I’ll still be around. … I just want to thank the community; it’s been supportive of the organization, and of me.”

His final day at The Kenney is scheduled to be July 3rd, and then, after the Independence Day holiday, he starts at Hearthstone on July 5th.

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West Seattle weekend scenes: Kenney Foundation’s annual brunch http://westseattleblog.com/2012/04/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-kenney-foundations-annual-brunch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/04/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-kenney-foundations-annual-brunch/#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:34:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=107337

It was an intergenerational event at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) during Saturday’s annual Kenney Foundation Champagne Brunch/Auction, raising money for the Life Care Fund, helping residents stay on if they outlive their financial resources. Above, you see The Ellis Brothers trio, whose members played jazz, while, for adult guests, the promised champagne awaited:

With late-morning sun spilling through the windows, a tropical mood was enhanced by the leis toted by Dave Salove of Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor), who chairs the foundation’s board:

This was the sixth annual Champagne Brunch, also featuring a silent auction and keynote speaker Nick Del Calzo, whose most recent claim to fame is his his “Medal of Honor” photography. Miss the brunch? You can donate online.

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The Kenney shows off its brand-new Memory Care Community http://westseattleblog.com/2012/01/the-kenney-shows-off-its-brand-new-memory-care-community/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/01/the-kenney-shows-off-its-brand-new-memory-care-community/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:15:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=99153

A new unit at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) is now open, and was shown off at an open house tonight. The Memory Care Community was once part of a major redevelopment plan; though much of the plan was shelved, The Kenney saw a need to offer this as part of its “continuum of care” philosophy, and continued with the project.

There are 16 beds in the Memory Care Community – with residents about to start moving in – and they’re part of either private or shared apartments, as well as a dining/activity room:

Residents will have use of a courtyard, too.

As noted in The Kenney’s announcement, the design and decor were chosen for a sense of serenity. It’s not just the facility, though; The Kenney is staffing it around the clock with what they describe as “certified nursing assistants with specialized dementia training,” and special programming and activities are planned.

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