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'Memory care facility' to go up in Grand Forks

A group of North Dakota investors announced plans Tuesday to build a $4 million, 36-room "memory care facility" in Grand Forks for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

A group of North Dakota investors announced plans Tuesday to build a $4 million, 36-room "memory care facility" in Grand Forks for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

It will be called Maple View Memory Care Community, located at 4650 S. Washington St., a block from the Aurora medical complex, said Rob Kondos, Minot, who is the chief financial officer of the parent company, Grand View.

Its owners include Tim Crary, a Grand Forks real estate broker and developer, Jim Nostdahl, a Grand Forks attorney and owner of Boston's and Speedway restaurants, and Gaylin Schmidt, a Minot commercial developer. Grand View's partners see a need for such facilities in North Dakota because of its growing population of senior citizens, Kondos said.

Grand View has a similar facility in Bismarck, with 28 residents, using the Montessori style of "structured activities," to help seniors with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, such as stroke-caused memory problems, Kondos said.

Grand View also has an assisted living facility in Minot with 75 residents, and a second facility for people with Alzheimer's in Bismarck with 16 residents, Kondos said.

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Construction at the Grand Forks site will begin today, and the facility is scheduled to be open by December, he said.

Rooms will cost $145 a day -- or nearly $53,000 a year -- and the place will have 24-hour care by a trained staff and a secure living arrangement for the residents, some who might be prone to wander, he said.

Maple View will have 25 employees, including part-timers, with a payroll of about $475,000 a year, he said.

Kondos said he has worked in senior health care for 20 years, including managing Edgewood Vista's 18 facilities in five states, including a facility in Minot.

Maple View's Montessori approach will use a program developed by Cameron Camp of the Myers Research Institute in a suburb of Cleveland, Kondos said.

Maple View's staff will be specially trained to care for people with Alzheimer's, to give them dignified, safe living in a way that allows families to remain part of their lives, he said.

Kondos and Stacey Robertson, who will be Maple View's CFO, will hold a public informational meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Suite D at 1551 28th Ave. S., Grand Forks.

For more information, call (701) 772-3400 or log on to www.lifeatmapleview.com .

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Reach Lee at (701) 780-1237; (800) 477-6572, ext. 237; or send e-mail to slee@gfherald.com .

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