At Friendship Haven, a new Memory Center is ready for residents

At Friendship Haven, a new Memory Center is ready for residents Main Photo

16 Jun 2017


HANS MADSEN

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Kennedy Irwing, 4, doesn't know quite what to make of all the activity around her Thursday afternoon as she stands with her mom, caregiver Jessica Irwing, during the ribbon cutting for the Journeys at Friendship Haven. Unit director Allison Zuspan, cuts the ribbon as Friendship Haven President/CEO Julie Thorson, holds onto the end at right. The first residents of the memory care center will move in Tuesday.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Kennedy Irwing, 4, doesn't know quite what to make of all the activity around her Thursday afternoon as she stands with her mom, caregiver Jessica Irwing, during the ribbon cutting for the Journeys at Friendship Haven. Unit director Allison Zuspan, cuts the ribbon as Friendship Haven President/CEO Julie Thorson, holds onto the end at right. The first residents of the memory care center will move in Tuesday.

The nails have all been pounded in, all the paint applied, the furniture moved in and the beds made up and ready for residents at the Journeys at Friendship Haven memory center at Friendship Haven.

After a grand opening and ribbon cutting Thursday evening, the new building, which is designed for the needs of residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, is now open.

Friendship Haven President/CEO Julie Thorson, spoke about how the center was designed from the ground up to meet the needs of residents with the help of Unit Director Allison Zuspann.

“We said dream big,” Thorson said. “Work with your team and dream big. They came up with great ideas.”

She also credited the many who made the center possible.

“This happened because of partnerships,” she said. “Because of all of you and everyone who supports everything Friendship Haven does.”

The Rev. Jennifer Owen, who’s the chaplain for Friendship Haven, blessed the center.

“We thank the many hands and hearts who have worked to make this home a reality,” she said. “God, let those who enter here know your love and peace. Peace to this home and all who enter here.”

Shannon Strickler, with LeadingAge Iowa, spoke about care for those suffering from memory impairment.

“Memory support services are a critical issue today,” she said. “In 30 years the need is expected to triple.”

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