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Tucson Alzheimer Centers to Open

By Bethany Barnes for The Arizona Daily Star

The Copper Canyon Alzheimer’s Special Care Center at 5901 N. La Cholla Blvd., operated by Washington-based JEA Senior Living, is to open in October. JEA has 30 adult-care communities with 10 more in the works, development director Carl Sanders says. Photo Credit: Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

A multimillion-dollar specialty care center for people with Alzheimer’s disease is scheduled to open in Tucson this fall, and another center is in the works.

JEA Senior Living Opens in October

JEA Senior Living plans to open the nearly $9 million, 66-bed Copper Canyon Alzheimer’s Special Care Center at 5901 N. La Cholla Blvd. in October.

The facility covers roughly 33,000 square feet and will have between 45 to 60 employees, said Carl Sanders, JEA director of development.

The for-profit center is typically private-pay, but will accept long-term care insurance, Sanders said. It will not accept Medicare. The center would not disclose rates, saying they have yet to be finalized. The project’s total cost is approximately $8.9 million, Sanders said.

Tucson Medical Center and Handmaker Foundation Partner Up

Tucson Medical Center and the Handmaker Foundation, the fundraising component of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, are teaming up to create The Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz Elder Care Center. The two-story center will handle Alzheimer’s, dementia and geriatric psychiatry care.

The 16-bed second floor will be TMC’s focus and will provide highly specialized psychiatric care, while the first floor will be a venture by Handmaker that will provide long-term Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

The center will take Medicare, Martin said, noting that since it is a nonprofit, patients won’t be asked to leave if their financial resources run out. The center is being funded by Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz Family Foundation of San Francisco through a $3 million challenge grant.

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