Williamsburg Village Healthcare, a Texas skilled nursing and rehab community, this week opened a 24-bed memory care wing with a twist: It will serve women only. The memory care unit at the 242-bed campus in DeSoto, Texas will accept both Medicaid and private pay residents, according to Skilled Nursing News. The new facility also offers certified dementia practitioners and dementia-specific programming.
It’s a unique way to address a clear-cut need in the area, Gibson Vernon, the executive director of the StoneGate-managed Williamsburg Village, told Skilled Nursing News.
“Every tour that I gave for female referral, the first thing they asked me was: ‘Are there going to be males in that unit also?’” Vernon said of his conversations with clients and case managers interested in memory care.
This led Vernon to start doing research on whether any location in the community served female memory care patients in a single-gender setting.
“I started talking to local senior centers, local retirement communities, referral management,” Vernon said. “And they said they’ve been looking for a while for a community that would house all female, especially for Medicaid.”
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