The Cedars, located in McPherson, received word that the McPherson County Community Foundation awarded The Cedars a challenge grant to help support fund raising efforts for the soon to be opened Special Care Center.

The foundation will match gifts dollar for dollar each of the next three years up to a designated annual cap.

“We are pleased to provide a matching opportunity for the Special Care Center at The Cedars. Fulfilling needs and promoting quality of life for McPherson County residents is the primary focus of our grant funds. This facility will not only benefit seniors in our area, but families as they seek options to care for their loved ones,” said Becky Goss, president and CEO of the McPherson County Community Foundation.

Construction began in December of 2016 for a new 17,000 square foot Special Care Center, designed to house persons dealing with the challenges of dementia.

The goal is to create an environment for the resident that is as close to what the person experienced prior to the onset of dementia. All staff – including nursing, housekeeping, dining, laundry, and maintenance – who interact with the resident will receive special training funded by a grant from a former resident’s trust.

Within the next 13 years, the senior population will double. Today, one of every two persons age 85 and older struggles with dementia-related issues.

“The Cedars is most appreciative of the grant from the McPherson County Community Foundation. We strive to meet the changing needs of elders in McPherson County who will be the beneficiaries of the services provided by the new Special Care Center,” said Steven Gustafson, vice president for advancement with The Cedars.

Two market studies commissioned by The Cedars showed a need in 2017 for at least 15 additional memory care beds in the city of McPherson and 32 memory care beds in McPherson County.