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Artesia Council Approval Paves the Way for a New Memory Care Facility

The Artesia City Council held its first meeting of the year on Tues., Jan. 13, 2014 and approved more than a dozen items one of which gave the okay for the Artesia Christian Home to build its new residential Memory Care facility.

Located at 18105 Mundare Ave., the facility will provided care for elders with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy Body and other related dementias. The facility is licensed by the State as a residential care facility for the elderly and will be licensed and supervised by the Department of Social Services.
Artesia Christian Home’s existing facility was not well suited to offer the services and care needed for individuals with memory impairments. Designed as a residential dwelling, there will be two separate houses with each having 14 beds and will hold a maximum of 28 residents. Typically, persons with middle stage dementia wander and have difficulty finding their way around a larger facility. The new residence will have two smaller homes located around the living area so residents will never be far from their rooms.

Community Development Projects
The Council approved the use of a $109,072 Community Block Grant for improvement projects. On the list is the Teen Center Rehabilitation at AJ Padelford Park; the Teen Program (public service) at AJ Padelford Park and lastly, sidewalk repairs. All the projects are scheduled for completion by June 30, 2014.

A portion of the grant, a little over $16,000, will be used for the Teen Program, which provides afterschool teen programs including special events and excursions. The program will utilize the maximum of 15% of funds which can be used for public service programs. The Residential Home Improvement Program will supply grand funds of $50,000 to the City’s existing Pilot Resident Home Program to assist low income residents with needed home improvements.

The remainder will be used to repair city sidewalks for ADA compliance. The areas slated for improvement are at the Northwest corner of Pioneer Blvd. and Arkansas St. and Norwalk Blvd. from South St. to 186th St.

Certificates of Appreciation
The Council presented a certificate of recognition to Lee Omar, who after 23 years of service as a bus driver, retired from the Oldtimers Foundation. The winners of the 2013 Home decorations contest were also present to receive their certificate of recognition and gift card.

First place for “Best Use of Lights” went to the residents of 18435 Roseton Ave. and second place went to the home at 11231 Carver Ln. The residence at 11457 187th St. received the top spot for “Best Lawn and Roof Display” and second place went to 11953 168th St. Under the “Animated Display” category, first place went to 11402 Curry Ln. and 18128 Elaine Ave. took second. The first place winner in the “Total Display” category went to 18505 Corby Ave. and second went to 11949 Ashworth Ave.