Grand Villa of Delray West, an independent living, assisted living and memory care community, held an Open House on Wednesday, July 24 to introduce its new memory care services to the Delray Beach community. The program featured comments by local dignitaries, a friendship tree planting with Boy Scout Troop 301 and a ribbon cutting with the Greater Delray Chamber of Commerce. “We are particularly proud of our memory care neighborhood, which is unique in its services, design and technology. Everything has a purpose,” says Helen Altieri, executive director. “Local seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia have been underserved in the past, and we are pleased that we will be filling this serious gap in service.” Grand Villa’s memory care neighborhood can accommodate up to 50 residents in its 32 one-bedroom and studio apartments, all of which have been furnished with purposeful furniture, artwork and colors. Artwork has been selected to aid residents in recognizing familiar scenes, and each apartment has an accent wall with soothing colors of blues, sage, beige or yellow. Furniture is designed for ease of access as well as comfort, and units have nighttime low lighting, path lighting to bathrooms and motion detectors to provide 24/7 monitoring by nursing staff. “Services rely on both high tech and lower tech equipment that are engrossing and challenge residents to exercise their brain power,” says Altieri. Among these are the Dakim brain fitness computers and life skill stations that represent elements of seniors’ lives, including laundry, kitchen, workbench, vanity and nursery sections. An enclosed outdoor courtyard includes a miniature golf section, herb garden, benches and tables. Grand Villa of Delray Beach West Offering memory care, independent living and assisted living units, Grand Villa of Delray Beach West is currently undergoing significant renovations that are due to be completed in 2014 in its assisted living common areas. Grand Villa of Delray Beach West is now launching its memory care neighborhood Grand Villa’s address is 5859 Heritage Park Way in Delray Beach.