A $1.5 million expansion at Kendal at Oberlin for a dementia care unit received planning commission approval Wednesday.
The expansion is at the Jameson House at the Stephens Care Center. It calls for renovating the 7,596-square-feet center and constructing a 3,333-square-foot addition.
The skilled nursing wing at the center will be converted into a 12-bed unit for residents with dementia or other memory disorders.
It will include a dining area and doors with alarms that would sound if a resident with a “wandering impairment” approaches, said architect Anthony Hiti of the Cleveland-based firm Herman, Gibans Fodor.
Residents who wander would wear bracelets that trigger the alarm. Hiti said the goal is to allow them “freedom of movement within a dedicated area” and to make the expansion fit with the existing condition of the campus.
Barb Thomas, Kendal CEO, said after the commission meeting that work is scheduled to begin later this month and be completed in May.
Construction will be done by the Parma-based Charles Schultz Building Co. Other projects by the company include work at The Village at Marymount, Garfield Heights Nursing Home, and The Slovene Home for the Aged in Cleveland.
Kendal’s 110-acre Oberlin campus has about 340 residents from 34 states and the District of Columbia.
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Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune Barb Thomas, Kendal at Oberlin CEO, shows where construction will be done for a $1.5 million expansion of the Jameson House at the Stephens Care Center.