Ovation Communities adding specialized memory care community to its campus

A rendering of Ovation's specialized memory care community (Zimmerman Architectural Studios).

Ovation Communities in Milwaukee has begun renovations on its East Side campus to add a specialized memory care community.

The project will convert the Helen Bader Center, which is located on Ovation Jewish Home’s second floor, into a community-based residential facility (CBRF) for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairment.

The assisted living community, which is being developed in 14,718 square feet of existing space, will add 16 units to the senior living community.

The facility will provide supportive services, allowing individuals who don’t require 24-hour nursing care to live in a homelike environment.

“We’re excited to have this project underway and to be able to provide a much-needed service to our community,” said Michael Sattell, president and chief executive officer of Ovation. “As people are living longer, the rate of new dementia diagnoses is rising. The new space and care plan is another way we can help our residents live full lives with dignity and purpose.”

The CBRF will include enlarged community spaces, apartments and bathrooms, a separate entryway and a new light-filled solarium overlooking Prospect Avenue.

An outdoor space overlooking Lake Michigan, called Monya’s Garden, will also be available to residents.

“The new facility is a rededication of Helen Bader’s original vision, to make people feel at home in a rich, vibrant environment and surround them with the sensory stimulation of art, music and personalized programming,” said Sattell.

Zimmerman Architectural Studios designed the new unit, and VJS Construction Services is leading construction. The new facility is expected to be completed this summer.

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