The facility is currently under the watchful eye of Regional
Administrator Cathy Sparks. Sparks said her role at Copper Creek is
to get the facility running smoothly with residents taking
occupancy. She said once she is satisfied that all is going well, a
new administrator will be hired for the Lincoln facility, and she
will move on to another project. She added, though, not to expect
that to happen any time very soon. She is dedicated to making sure
that the Copper Creek facility and staff offer the best possible
quality of life for those who have been entrusted to their care.
Coming into the parking lot and making one's way to the front door,
guests are greeted with a stone and water feature, a long canopy
walkway with lovely landscaping. A double set of sliding glass doors
protect the interior from the elements and lead to a small foyer.
The building is divided into two segments, each identical to the
other. For the open house, guests were invited tour one of the
Throughout the building, one can’t help but notice the outstanding
pieces of artwork, from the water feature in the front entry, to
metallic chip trees on a lovely water landscape, to a display of cut
wood and another of common household gadgets, Sparks says that the
art has a specific purpose for the residents.
She said that each piece of art in the building is designed to be
touched. She explained that the sensory experiences are calming and
therapeutic to those who suffer memory loss.
Beyond the foyer and down a long wide hallway guests viewed the
community dinning area, which has doors that led to an outside patio
area. On Saturday, Copper Creek was serving a variety of foods, and
guests were taking advantage of the opportunity to sit inside or
outside and enjoy a good meal.
Looking ahead, one could see a multitude of colors as each apartment
has its own cottage-style façade with a mock window and window box
filled with flowers. Sparks explained that the building is set up
with a spacious staff area, an activity area, and a “living room” in
the center. The cottages line the exterior walls all around this
portion of the building. Sparks pointed out that the facility is not
a “home” it is a “neighborhood,” where residents will feel
comfortable and have some things that are uniquely their own. She
said the facility in total has 30 apartments, 15 in each section.
Each apartment has its unique façade. Inside the apartment, she said
residents would be able to bring their own furnishings and favorite
things. They will also be allowed to decorate their apartments as
they wish. Again, this is important she said, that they have some
sense of home while they are living at Copper Creek.
The apartments will come with refrigerators, but no cooking
equipment. Sparks explained that when caring for those with memory
loss, there are things that are very important, such as loving,
caring staff, giving residents a sense of community, and keeping
them safe from harm without restricting them too much.
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In the apartments, she noted there would be no cooking appliances,
not even microwaves. She also pointed out that residents will be
able to open their windows for fresh air whenever they wish, but the
windows are secured so that they may not be opened wide enough for
someone to get in or out. Asked if residents would have to wear some
type of tracking device, she said absolutely not. What Copper Creek
offers instead is a motion sensor system that helps staff know where
residents are at any given time, without offering such a restriction
as a tracking device.
Often we hear of people who are suffering from dementia or
Alzheimer’s diseases wandering away from home and getting lost
and/or hurt. Sparks said Copper Creek’s goal is to offer a safe
environment. With the motion sensors, staff will know, through a
multiple stage warning system, if a resident is approaching an exit
or in some other situation that could indicate they are ill or in
need of assistance.
She said each apartment has a call system, so if a resident is
inside and needs assistance, he or she will have easy access to
In addition to the apartments, Copper Creek offers a large private
dining area where family may come and share a meal alone with a
resident. There is also a large activity area. Sparks pointed out
that the table in the activity area is taller than normal. She said
that often, those who suffer memory loss are more anxious, and not
prone to sitting for longer periods of time. She said though chairs
are offered, the table will allow residents to participate in
activities such as arts or even cooking projects while standing and
The living room area offers comfortable sofas and chairs with a
large screen television, and a fully stocked fish tank. Sparks
pointed out the popcorn machine in the corner and said that
residents and their guests would be able to enjoy popcorn and a
movie any time of the day.
In addition, there is a salon for haircuts and styles, and a staff
laundry room. Asked if staff would do all the laundry, Sparks said
yes they would, but if a resident wanted to help with folding items
out of the dryer that would be permitted.
Asked about the staffing, Sparks said there would be a registered
nurse in the building daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on-call from 7
p.m. to 7 a.m. She also explained that the number of staff on duty
daily would depend on the number of residents. In general, she said
that the staff to resident ratio is much higher in a memory care
facility than other assisted living facilities. As the population of
the residents grows, staff will be added to make certain that there
are plenty of loving, caring professionals on hand to look out for
On Wednesday, July 13th there will be a Lincoln/Logan County Chamber
of Commerce ribbon cut for the new business in town. The ribbon cut
will take place at 11:30 a.m. The building will also be open for
self-tours from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The community is invited to
Note: For the tour,
one apartment was furnished for guests to see. Sparks noted that the
furniture had been loaned to Copper Creek for the open house by
Jakes Furniture in Lincoln. She said she particularly wanted to
thank them for their generosity.