One Kenton Place is alive and well!
As readers may remember, I had previously blogged about One Kenton- as an innovative new community for individuals living with dementia.
To remind you, One Kenton was designed with state of the art dementia/age friendly collaboration with Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation at Western. It offers a home like setting designed exclusively for those with dementia. It was funded by B’Nai Brith of Canada
One year or so after opening their doors, One Kenton was on the verge of bankruptcy. At $7500 per month, they were unable to fill their 44 beds.
Fast forward to the present time. I am glad to say, One Kenton Place, with a new name and new management, is alive and well. Families may still find it a challenge to meet the monthly financial requirements (starting at $6,975/monthly) however for those that can afford it, it provides a nurturing setting that works to truly appreciate the individuality of the resident.
The hope is that OneKentonPlace can serve as a model, a model of care that can be duplicated in other communities. We need options and creative ways to continue to support our loved ones, especially those we are losing to dementia.
Sad to say, I view dementia as our biggest health challenge and it is not going away any time soon.