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CARE CENTER TO EXPAND

The celebration of the first anniversary of the Parkview Special Care Center was coupled with the announcement Monday of a major expansion.

The center is home for 28 residents suffering from Alzheimers or other dementia.

Dr. Jay Patel, who with his wife, Bharti, owns the facility, said plans call for the construction of a mirror duplicate.

His architect, Richard Turi, was to go before the Brookings Planning Commission Tuesday night for approval of the major expansion.

The need for the addition was indicated by the facility reaching near capacity. It can accommodate as many as 32 residents. One of the beds is held open to accommodate families seeking respite care.

Dr. Patel said the residents of the home come from all over the western states, but the center has not been marketed outside of the region.

With the new addition, the marketing will be expanded, he said.

Dr. Patel said it has not been decided whether to build all of the addition immediately, or to proceed in phases. The work will start fairly soon. He is looking to the spring.

The expansion was not a surprise to the city. Dr. Patel said that when the current building was constructed, the city was advised of the expansion plan.

Why is such a big investment indicated when there could be a cure found for Alzheimers?

Dr. Patel said that from the standpoint of a doctor, he hopes a cure will be found. He said it is a terrible disease. But, he said, he is not taking the possibility of a cure into consideration. They are proceeding with the thought the need is there.

All but two of the residents who started when the facility opened are still with them, he said. With proper care, those suffering from Alzheimers can enjoy long lives, he said.

The anniversary was celebrated with a rib barbecue. Staff and others then joined for a fashion show that amused the residents and their guests. It was presided over by Margaret Robison, administrator.

Taking part in the show were Nancy Rivas, Mandy Scoggins, Peggy Lee, Jeff Smith, Ashliegh Smith, Alisha Rubio ad Victoria Weller.

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