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Salem City Council Gives Initial Approvals to Alzheimer Patient Cottages

September 21, 2016

If plans go through, Salem will be one of the first communities in Southern Illinois to have specialized housing for Alzheimer patients.

The Salem Cottage project is being proposed by developer Mike Greer who owns Salem Woods next door to where the two Alzheimer cottages are planned. The city council Monday night gave initial approval to Greer’s purchase of two acres of land in the west side Industrial Park and a $150,000 revolving low interest loan from the city that are needed for the project to go forward.

The project would initially include two cottages that will include 11 individual rooms in each. The total cost of the project is $750,000 to $825,000.

Greer also has to wait for state approval that could come in October. He says this is a new type of project just recently approved by the state of Illinois. He’s hoping construction can begin by November or else it likely will be put off until next spring. Green wants to build a total of 16 of the Alzheimer facilities across Southwestern Illinois, starting with Salem.

Greer says each cottage would have 10 to 12 employees.

“There will be probably a RN or LPN to manage it. And then there will be CNA’s besides that. They will also be bringing professionals in also. Consultants and stuff like that. Probably bring in Activity and Speech Therapist, usually use a music therapist, art therapist, there will be physical therapy too.”

Greer says a market study showed a need for such a facility in Salem. He notes Salem Woods is full with a waiting list. Greer says a few patients may be able to move to the new Alzheimer facility. He reports the only option now is to move a resident to an out of town facility.

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