Alzheimer’s care facility coming to Brandywine Blvd. in F’ville

It has been a few years since any significant economic development has surfaced in recession-battered Fayetteville. But things are changing on Brandywine Boulevard off Ga. Highway 54 West with the grading on 4.33 acres that will be the site next spring of the Hope Assisted Living and Memory Care Center.

Company founder Earl Schoepf said the center will specialize in dementia care, with an emphasis on residents with Alzheimer’s disease.

“We see a great need and demand for Alzheimer’s care,” Schoepf said Monday.

The 49,309 square-foot center will have four separate wings, or sections, designed to permit residents with similar levels of memory loss and loss of cognitive abilities to be grouped together in the same wing, Schoepf said. The wings will be referenced as villages, he added.

The center will provide living arrangements for 64 residents and create 52 jobs, according to development plans that have been approved by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The center will feature individualized care plans, concierge and a host of other services along with respite and elder day care. Schoepf said the center is expected to open in April or May 2013.

As for locating the assisted living center in Fayetteville, Schoepf said the selection was based on demographics. The company already has a facility on the east side of metro Atlanta. So when looking to establish on the south side, the Fayetteville/Peachtree City area was in the heart of a 10-mile radius that has a large retirement population, Schoepf said.

In terms of the center’s location in Fayette, it is noteworthy that a past study performed by the Atlanta Regional Commission cited Fayette as having the third fastest growing senior population in the 10-county ARC area, with Fayette expected to see a 450 percent increase in its senior population in the next three decades.