New assisted living facility focuses on Alzheimer’s, dementia

New assisted living facility focuses on Alzheimer’s, dementia

A Florida doctor aims to turn the former Garden House nursing home into assisted living for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Garden House, at 1358 Manchester Drive N.E. near Rockdale Medical Center, abruptly closed in May 2013 because of an unexpected foreclosure on its landlord. The shutdown displaced 50 residents and ended 25 jobs.

Dr. Prem Shah bought the building 10 months ago with the plans of opening a facility similar to one he runs in St. Petersburg, Fla., called Bristol Court. He hopes to have it in operation by January, assuming his pending state license request goes through.

“It’s definitely something much-needed in the community,” said Shah, who once interned at DeKalb Medical in Decatur. “The reason I decided to come to Georgia is the shocking need for this type of care.”

 

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