Markle Health holds Chamber ribbon cutting
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
The Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Markle Health and Rehabilitation, 170 Tracy Street, Markle, on Tuesday, April 24 at 1 p.m. The ribbon cutting was in celebration of the opening of the newly refurbished Alzheimer’s area at the facility.
The new memory care center, Auguste’s Cottage, is named in memory of the person in whom the features of Alzheimer’s disease were first recognized. In 1906, a woman passed away after suffering for several years with memory loss, paranoia, auditory hallucinations, unpredictable behavior and a decline in the ability to care for herself. The 56-year-old woman was a patient of German neurologist Alois Alzheimer. Her name was Auguste D., of Frankfurt, Germany. Her diagnosis formally began the world’s understanding and treatment of memory loss. Markle Health and Rehabilitation has named the new memory care program “Auguste’s Cottage” in her honor, according to Belinda Clancy, MDS/Admissions at Markle Health and Rehabilitation.
Vicki Shepherd, executive director, at the facility said “we want Auguste’s Cottage to feel like home to the patient; warm and inviting, safe and secure. The décor tells a story of times gone by and encourages residents to reminisce. Plants adorn the halls and pets visit frequently. The secured grounds are lush and beautiful; perfect for supervised strolls or bird watching.”
The newly remodeled area at Markle Health and Rehabilitation was completed with a sizable investment and includes a new setting area, newly decorated walls to draw attention to patients when they become confused and a new outside recreation area that has a handicap ramp that makes the outside more accessible for the patients.
Markle Health and Rehabilitation gave all in attendance a tour of the new facility and treated everyone to a light meal and an assortment of beverages. For more photos, visit the Chamber at www.facebook.com/huntingtoncountychamber.
Pictured in the ribbon cutting photo from left, are Steve Kimmel, executive director, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce; Terry Miller, Huntington University and Chamber Ambassador; Paula Marquardt, memory care facilitator, Markle Health and Rehabilitation; Vicki Shepherd, executive director, Markle Health and Rehabilitation; Steve Godfroy, Western Southern Financial and Chamber Ambassador and Belinda Clancy, MDS/Admissions, Markle Health and Rehabilitation and Chamber Ambassador.