Memory Care Center Planned for Bluffton


memoryThe area around Bluffton’s Buckwalter Place continues to develop as a new Alzheimer’s and dementia residential care facility is planned to open there by next year.

Nashville-based Memory Care America is preparing to break ground on a 44,000-square-foot assisted living community on Bluffton Parkway. The proposed facility would sit on an 89-acre site just south of Buckwalter Place, a commerce park that is home to the national headquarters of eviCore.

eviCore, a managed health care benefits firm formerly known as CareCore National, is one of Beaufort County’s largest employers and anchors the growing Buckwalter Place area.

The planned Memory Care America facility would offer 64 beds for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related challenges. “It is designed and built to feel just like a home,” Memory Care America’s vice president of marketing Ricky Perkins said Friday.

But unlike most homes, the rooms will include features — from handrails with lights and motion sensors to refrigerators with glass doors to help residents remember to eat and drink —specially designed to make life easier for patients, he said.



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