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Media Release

Tedra White


Adrian Assisted-Living Facility to Add New Dementia Care Unit This Fall

posted on: 11/28/2011

ADRIAN, Mich., May 19, 2011 – Charlotte Stephenson Manor, a ProMedica assisted-living facility in Adrian, has announced plans to renovate 10 of its existing rooms to create a safe, home-like environment for residents coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The new unit will include private rooms, a multi-purpose room and secure patio area. Construction will begin this summer and be completed in the fall.

Staff will receive special education in how to care for individuals with dementia including instruction on how to design engaging and stimulating programming specifically for these residents.

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, 240,000 Michigan residents have dementia, which is a loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly.

“In Lenawee County, about 1,500 residents are coping with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kathy Quigley, director, Charlotte Stephenson Manor. “Our community does not have adequate assisted-living options that address the special needs of these residents. That means many families must move their loved ones to secure facilities in neighboring communities, often 40 to 50 minutes away from their homes. We are proud that ProMedica can address this crucial gap in services for our community members.”

Frank Dick, a community philanthropist, has donated the lead gift to the ProMedica Physicians & Continuum Services Foundation campaign to raise $550,000 for the renovations at Charlotte Stephenson Manor. His gift honors his wife, Shirley, a resident of the facility until her death in 2010. Mr. Dick and David Hickman, both long-time community members and health advocates, will co-chair the campaign.

“Shirley received loving care while at Charlotte Stephenson Manor. This project allows our family to honor Shirley, recognize the staff who cared for her and help to fill an important need for our community. We hope others will join the fundraising campaign and help us provide quality, safe care for the members of our community coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

ProMedica’s Charlotte Stephenson Manor provides assisted living in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere. Residents enjoy independence while receiving help with daily activities such as monitoring medications, bathing, dressing, maintaining a healthy diet, and participating in a variety of social and physical activities. The facility is located on the campus of Bixby Medical Center.

For questions about the new unit, call 517-266-0943. For more information about Bixby Medical Center, visit www.promedica.org/bixby.


Bixby Medical Center is a member of ProMedica, a mission-based organization that is ranked the No. 2 most integrated health system in the U.S. ProMedica was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization with nearly 14,000 employees; 3,000 physicians and more than 306 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica serves more than 2.73 million patients annually and includes 11 hospitals; ProMedica Continuum Services with senior, hospice, rehabilitation, and integrative services; ProMedica Physicians, a network of more than 315 primary care and specialty physicians; and Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.