New memory care facility opens in Newport

SOUTH BEACH — A new memory care facility in Newport is taking reservations and getting set to open its doors.

Caring Places Management held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Newport Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors last week at the new South Beach Manor. However, it will still be a couple of days before the center puts on its finishing touches and welcomes its first residents.

Because of the social issues involved with memory loss due to such diseases as Alzheimer's, the center strives to bring its residents into participation without creating anxiety, CEO Marvin Pratt said.

“They want to feel engaged, that life still has value that way,” Pratt said.

Residents participate in nurseries, dishwashing stations, workshop areas and even fold laundry to stay engaged in life and to help maintain a keen mind.  

Capable of housing 43 residents, the manor is equipped with double and single-occupancy rooms complete with roll-in showers and call buttons. A dining area and full commercial kitchen means residents never have to go outside for meals. Medication management, a vital service for elderly clients, is also offered.

Activity areas bring residents together, as do a beauty salon, life skills stations and activities like knitting, along with clothing and jewelry stations where residents can try on items.

These life enrichments, augmented by interactions with caring staff, help keep seniors functioning at their highest levels and reduces the anxiety, frustration, and agitation that often accompanies memory loss.

South Beach Manor is the company’s 12th location and first on the coast, where significant numbers of retirees indicate the facility is likely to stay busy.

“We have taken a number of deposits already,” Pratt said. “There is a lot of interest.”

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