Memory Care facility opens for residents with ribbon-cutting

The Chamber of Commerce and city of Fort Scott welcomed the Country Place Memory Care facility at an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday evening as construction and inspections completed during the prior week, making it ready for residents.

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Visitors to the new building on Horton Street could tour the facility, which includes 12 suites, three key-padded entrances, a kitchen where they prepare their own meals, living and activity areas as well as a fenced-in area where residents can enjoy being outside.

“I love what Country Place is,” director Darcy Sinn said, saying it provides a high and customized level of care to residents with dementia or other memory problems.

The home currently has four staff along with the director, though that number could grow as more residents move in. The facility can also provide day services for families that need a relative to be taken care of for just a day.

“We’re incredibly excited to be here and see this project come to fruition,” Director of Economic Development Heather Smith said, saying this was one of the first projects she began working on when she took her position three years ago.

Chamber Director Lindsay Madison pointed out that many people were involved in the project, as it moved from considering Fort Scott to finding a location and beginning construction.

“Things like this don’t happen overnight,” City Manager Dave Martin said, adding he is proud to work with the city and the chamber in partnering with local and new businesses such as Country Place.

The location in Fort Scott is the 12th Country Place location in Kansas. With its completion, work will begin on the Country Place Senior Living facility to be located next-door, which will have 26 units.

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