Clemson Downs to break ground Thursday on $9 million expansion

March 18, 2014

CLEMSON — Clemson Downs Retirement Community will break ground at 3 p.m. March 20 on two new facilities, investing $9 million in “purpose built” facilities and programs.

The project includes a new memory care building and a skilled nursing expansion to provide private rooms in a “resident-centered care” model.

Both services will be first-of-their-kind offerings to the Upstate market and afford an unprecedented continuum of senior care that includes independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing services and soon, memory care. Construction on the projects is forecasted to be completed in stages, and slated for opening within one year.

The two-story memory care building – sometimes referred to as dementia care or Alzheimer’s care – will include 32 private rooms. Residents will receive dedicated care tailored to their specialized needs on a round-the-clock schedule.

“People who experience the effects of cognitive decline respond best to a specialized environment that addresses the challenges they face each day,” said Dr. John LeHeup, Clemson Downs’ executive director. “There is great need in our area for a focused approach to all details of a patient’s care, from accommodations and food service to exercise and special program considerations. Our new memory care unit will provide that high level of care in a dedicated, ‘purpose-built’ environment.”

Also included in the project is an expansion of Clemson Downs’ current skilled nursing facility to include 16 private rooms with 24-hour personalized care. The site will feature expanded space for special programs and events.

“Throughout Clemson and the surrounding area, we continue to see strong demand for private skilled nursing residences, and so we decided to provide a level-of-care not currently available on this scale,” said Dr. LeHeup.

Clemson Downs holds the distinction as one of the largest employers in the town of Clemson with more than 100 employees. The expansion is expected to add over 40 permanent jobs and bring more than $4 million of annual economic impact to the area.