Las Ventanas at Summerlin to Celebrate Memory Care Community Grand Opening on Jan. 25

The Ronald Reagan Memory Support Suites will feature 16 new and secure residences

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 14, 2016) – Las Ventanas at Summerlin, Nevada’s only not-for-profit continuing care active adult community, will unveil the Ronald Reagan Memory Support Suites with a grand opening ceremony on Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. The Memory Support Suites will be staffed around the clock and be home to individuals afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, the Memory Support Suites will address one of the most urgent medical needs impacting Southern Nevada and its growing senior population. The Ronald Reagan Memory Support Suites will adopt the innovative Best Friends Approach to care, which trains caregivers to empathize with residents and make them feel safe, secure and valued.

The Ronald Reagan Memory Support Suites is unique to the Las Vegas area in its embrace of a household model, where staff and residents strive to create a home environment by eating and cooking together, doing simple chores, and engaging in life-affirming, interesting activities to fill each day.

“There is a lack of advanced memory care services in Las Vegas, and the Ronald Reagan Memory Support Suites will help fill a void in our community,” said Jonathan Boyar, Executive Director of Las Ventanas at Summerlin. “This will be a secure, safe and caring home environment, and the Best Friends Approach to care is designed to meet the unique needs of each individual resident.”

The construction project transformed eight existing residential units into 16 new and secured residences. The Ronald Reagan Support Suites will add a fourth level of care to Las Ventanas at Summerlin, which also offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing services.

The Ronald Reagan Memory Support Suites will feature a separate dining room, activities area, lounge, and outdoor patio/garden area for its residents. Construction was made possible by the fundraising efforts of the Las Ventanas Foundation Committee, which raised more than $1.5 million.

The Ronald Reagan Memory Support Suites will encourage family members and loved ones to be an important aspect of patient care. Support from family and friends, coupled with Las Ventanas’ progressive treatment approach, will give the Las Vegas Valley a much-needed option for Alzheimer’s and dementia care.