The Cedars received word that the McPherson County Community Foundation awarded The Cedars a Challenge Grant to help support fund raising efforts for the soon to be opened Special Care Center. The Community Foundation will match gifts dollar for dollar each of the next three years up to a designated annual cap.
Becky Goss, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, shared, “We are pleased to provide a matching opportunity for the Special Care Center at The Cedars. Fulfilling needs and promoting quality of life for McPherson County residents is the primary focus of our grant funds. This facility will not only benefit seniors in our area, but families as they seek options to care for their loved ones.”
Construction began in December of 2016 for a new 17,000 square foot Special Care Center, designed to house persons dealing with the challenges of dementia. The goal is to create an environment for the resident that is as close to what the person experienced prior to the onset of dementia. All staff – including nursing, housekeeping, dining, laundry, and maintenance – who interact with the resident will receive special training funded by a grant from a former resident’s trust.
Within the next 13 years the number of seniors will double. Today, one of every two persons 85 and older struggles with dementia related issues. Two market studies commissioned by The Cedars showed a 2017 need for at least 15 additional memory care beds in the City of McPherson and 32 memory care beds in McPherson County.
Steven Gustafson, Vice President for Advancement, commented, “The Cedars is most appreciative of the grant from the McPherson County Community Foundation. We strive to meet the changing needs of elders in McPherson County who will be the beneficiaries of the services provided by the new Special Care Center.”