New Alzheimer’s center in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Homestead Hills in Winston-Salem has spent 9 million dollars building a new addition which includes a memory care and skilled nursing center.

Joyce Reavis, Healthcare Administrator at Homestead Hills, says they began noticing a need for more memory care in the area, as many of their residents started having a tough time finding a place specifically designed for those with Dementia and Alzheimer's.

"There is a very big need in Winston-Salem for memory care and skilled care. More families are needing help, it's hard to care for loved ones when they need memory care," says Reavis.

The center has enough room for 18 residents along with family style dining, around the clock nursing care, a wellness center, whirlpools, one and two bedroom suites and activities all day long.

The Alzheimer's Association says there are more than 89,000 people who need some type of specialized memory care in North Carolina, but staff at Homestead Hills says many of those people have trouble affording or don't live in areas with a center like theirs.

After years of looking for a place, Doreen Olson is happy to be moving her mother to Homestead Hills.

Olson says she found a place much like home and feeling she's been looking for.

"It's not a place for me to dump my mother, it's a place for her to live in dignity and she's just worth it," says Olson.

While Homestead Hills Memory Care Center hasn't yet opened, it's already full and there is a waiting list.

Susan Baker, Resident Care Director at Homestead Hills, says that's proof.

"You have a huge need for assisted living and skilled nursing care in the Winston-Salem area."