Alzheimer's care center opens

Mirror staff

Patients in all stages of Alzheimer’s are welcome at Garden Terrace Federal Way, a new care center officially opening this month.

The 120-patient facility at 491 S. 338th St. is part of Life Care Centers of America, a Cleveland, Tenn.-based company that operates more than 250 nursing, assisted-living, retirement and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states.

Garden Terrace last month made final preparations for its early-March grand opening, including starting a waiting list for patients.

“We have been working very hard to ensure we have the highest-quality facility and are ready to offer the best possible care to our residents,” said Marika Rausa, executive director.

With assisted living, skilled nursing and hospice services, Garden Terrace can accept patients in all stages of Alzheimer’s. “A loved one can stay here from the earliest stages until the end,” said Diana Olsen, marketing director.

Garden Terrace’s staffing will work out to one employee for every six or five residents –– a better ratio than the typical 1-to-8, according to Olsen.

She said most of the workers are from the south King County area, though some applicants were from the East Coast. Nurses are the hardest positions to fill because of an industrywide shortage of nurses, she added.

Alzheimer’s, first described in 1906 by German physician Alois Alzheimer, causes the gradual loss of brain function, ending in death. The disease advances at different rates, lasting from three to 20 years.

At the height of the disease, a patient needs complete care. There is no cure.

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