A 60-bed care facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients is coming soon to west Medford.
The 24,700-square-foot Kinsington Oak Grove will be built on a 2.4-acre lot at 77 Oak Grove Road, just south of Bi-Mart.
The plan was approved unanimously in mid-June by Medford’s Site Plan and Architectural Commission, according to city Planning Director Matt Brinkley.
“Memory care is a service that is in higher and higher demand, certainly so in Jackson County,” Brinkley said. “As we have more people getting older and life expectancies continue to increase, more of us will continue to experience the need for these services.”
According to a market analysis prepared for the Department of Human Services outlined in city documents, there is a “significant need for these beds in Jackson County.”
The study found that after counting current beds and beds under construction, there is a shortage of 1,209 beds for Jackson County residents 65 and older, 335 of which are needed for those 85 and older.
“It’s a really significant need, and memory care is highly specialized care,” Brinkley said.
Kinsington Oak Grove will have a mix of single-occupancy and shared occupancy bedrooms distributed into three “neighborhoods” of 20 residents, according to plans by the builder, John Chmelir of JCS-Oregon LLC. Each bedroom will have a private toilet and sink.
Each neighborhood will have its own living, dining and TV rooms, as well as a kitchen where food prepared in the central kitchen will be served by caregivers. There also will be a small dining room in which families can have a private meal with their loved ones.
Kinsington will be a secured facility with memory care endorsement and will accept Medicaid residents, according to the plans.
JCS-Oregon also constructed Kinsington at Redwood Park and Kinsington Place Residential Care Facility in Grants Pass.
Brinkley said there is not yet an estimated cost or start date for construction.
“These things usually aren’t cheap and do take some time, but I assume everyone plans to proceed with this as quickly as possible,” he said.