The memory care business is booming in Palm Beach Gardens, where officials recently approved two new facilities to care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on opposite sides of the city.
The City Council approved Clarity Pointe, a 256-bed complex on about 6.5 acres of the former Briger tract on the south side of Donald Ross Road, Nov. 16.
Earlier in the same meeting, the Council approved a separate, 27,000-square-foot, 39-bed memory care center as an outgrowth of the Brookdale assisted living facility on Prosperity Farms Road.
At Clarity Pointe, a two-story building that can acommodate 95 residents will be home to patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A larger, four-story building for assisted living can house 161 residents.
Unlike other assisted living facilities where memory care is merely a “postage stamp” or a secondary component, evidence-based treatment is a major component of Clarity Pointe, Planner Don Hearing said.
“It’s really based on the passion of their founders, who saw their loved ones not necessarily provided for with the dignity that one might expect with the terrible disease that we have with Alzheimer’s,” Hearing told the Council. “They’re very passionate about what they do.”
Clarity Pointe’s memory care is designed to be as inviting as possible — not institutional — both for the residents’ comfort and to encourage their families to visit as part of their care, Hearing said.
It has a secure courtyard, quiet neighborhoods and private dining rooms for families, he said.
Clarity Pointe is in the biotech district of the Alton development. The 100-acre tract is reserved by a 2006 deed restriction for biotech spinoffs. Scripps Florida, the research institute, is across Donald Ross Road to the north.
But former Gov. Jeb Bush’s vision for a biotech city has since blurred, and other uses, most notably United Technologies’ $115 million Center for Intelligent Buildings, have been allowed.
Palm Beach County Commissioners signed off on construction of the assisted living facility with memory care on the restricted tract last December.
There is a science connection: Clarity Pointe will have a consulting research center through a collaboration with Florida Atlantic University, Hearing said.
Prior to the vote to approve the memory care center, the Palm Beach Gardens City Council approved reducing the multifamily and apartment residences and commerical area in the Alton master plan.
They also increased the research and development, allowed more single-family homes and permitted an assisted living facility — Clarity Pointe — in the master plan.