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Twinsburg -- It is attention to detail that makes Maplewood of Twinsburg unique as a senior assisted living facility catering to memory-impaired clients.
The 62,500-square-foot, single-floor facility at 2463 Sussex Boulevard will open with 25 to 30 staff members, according to Maplewood officials. Maplewood should be at full capacity within 18 months, when staff will increase to about 100 employees, with an annual payroll of $2.2 million.
So far, the company has invested $11.9 million in the project, with land left over to expand.
Twinsburg Mayor Ted Yates, who visited another Maplewood facility as a member of City Council during the planning process for the Twinsburg facility, spoke during an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 10.
"This is an amazing facility," Yates said. "We're honored and proud to have this here in Twinsburg."
Maplewood has 72 bed and bath combination rooms divided between two mirror image "neighborhoods."
Andrea Ellen, vice president of marketing and communications for Maplewood Senior Living, explained the differences.
"One is specifically for memory-impaired [residents] in the earlier stages who might need regular reminders or queuing," she said. "They can still live independently, but need extra help along the way."
The second neighborhood is for those further down the memory loss spectrum.
"They may need help showering, eating, what we call activities of daily living," Ellen said. "Their neighborhood is fully secured and more structured."
Everything in the facility, from paint to plates, was chosen to stimulate the senses, project tranquility and lessen anxiety, from the colors of the paint and wall coverings to the flow of space, said Gregory Smith, CEO of Maplewood Senior Living.
Smith's background is in hospitality and real estate, "with a fondness for architecture and design as to how it emotionally affects people," he said.
Maplewood of Twinsburg executive director Rebecca Clark gave a tour Aug. 10.
The apartment living area is small by design to encourage residents to leave the room, she said.
"We want them to enjoy the community, to thrive in their environment," she said. "When they seclude themselves they can become lonely and depressed."
There are both intimate and larger gathering rooms, including a theater room, an area for video visits from family or friends, a potting room for gardening, a salon and spa, and a pub, where residents can drink a cold beer and watch a game or have ice cream anytime of the day or night. There are also private dining and sitting rooms that residents can reserve for special occasions.
The open dining room looks into the kitchen, allowing residents and chefs to interact.
"It's important to have interaction between the residents and the chefs in the kitchen," Smith said. "When you get people engaged, it starts to stimulate the brain, which stimulates the appetite."
When a resident is more involved in a meal, they are more likely to eat more, and eat better, he said.
The facility is the third in a trio of Maplewood senior living communities recently opened in Ohio. The other two are in Cuyahoga Falls and Chardon.