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Oak Creek — Azura Memory Care, which broke ground on a few Oak Creek facility in November, is also working to break new ground in caring for those with memory loss.

The facility will feature private rooms, enhanced suites, specialized spa and salons, outdoor courtyards and other elements specifically designed "to support those with memory loss in the community," the firm said in a news release on the recent groundbreaking.

"We want to make it as home-like as possible," Josh McClellan, the founder and CEO of Azura Memory Care, said at the Nov. 17 groundbreaking.

McClellan, who said the city "has been amazing to work with," is shooting for a July 2017 opening of the facility at 8772 S. Mayhew Drive. He said the facility would be able to care for over 40 people.

Special training

One important element is how the company trains its staff through the company's unique MOSAIC program, which stresses to care for those with memory loss due to dementia and Alzheimer's.

"You can have the best building on the block, but if you don't have amazing people there, it's not going to work," he said.

Paula Gibson, Azura's director of engagement and communication, added the program helps teach staff how to approach and communicate with those who have dementia.

"It's a system of care that allows us to tap into every personalized joy," Gibson said.

Symbolic gesture

During the groundbreaking, representatives from both the city of Oak Creek and Azura Memory Care shoveled dirt with a rainbow of handles.  Gibson said the colors were like a mosaic because it "takes all colors and all kinds of people" to make a venture like this successful.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi said the new facility is a "great addition to the city," adding this was a needed service.

This facility is joining 13 other Azura Memory Care facilities in Wisconsin.

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