Memory care facility to sprout at Wheatland Village

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Wheatland Village will break ground next week on a new memory care community that will promises a touch of Mayberry at the assisted living campus.

A 38-unit Memory Care Assisted Living Facility and eight independent retirement living patio homes will increase the current campus at 1500 Catherine St. from 184 living options to 230, said Executive Director Keith Walde.

The 10-month construction will kick off Wednesday in a 2:30 p.m. celebration in the parking lot at the southeast corner of the community and Walla Walla General Hospital. The project is the result of a partnership between Generations LLC and Adventist Health.

Generations Construction LLC, the same company that built Wheatland Village, is the general contractor on the $6 million expansion. The new private-pay facility is expected to bolster options for memory care services, Walde said.

“In this Valley there is only Eagle Springs for memory care, and it is full,” he said.

He likened the state-of-the-art facility plans to a version of Mayberry with a ‘50s-era diner inside, a barbershop and a tiny post office — “things that are reminiscent of the old days.”

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