Villas for rotator Nov. 29

Kayla Rogers, executive director of the new Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care, Rantoul, stands in one of the two-bedroom assisted living units at the facility. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the complex and gourmet meals will trumpet the official opening of the facility Saturday.

RANTOUL — A "bee hive" of workers were putting the finishing touches on the new Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care last week.

Resident move-in time is nearing for the 65,000-square-foot complex located in the Stone Bridge subdivision in west Rantoul that will include 50 assisted-living apartments and 28 memory-care units.

Kayla Rogers, executive director of the assisted-living and memory care unit, said people have already reserved some of the rooms, and she has been getting calls asking when they can move in.

It won’t be long.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by tours from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Gourmet meals will be served until 3 p.m. Door prizes will also be awarded.

The assisted-living portion of the complex includes one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom deluxe apartments that include a living area, kitchen area, bedroom, large bathroom, walk-in closet, microwave and refrigerator.

"It’s their home," Rogers said. "It’s a place where they can feel safe and get some help if needed and to bring peace of mind to family members because they don’t have to lay awake wondering if mom fell."

Memory care unit residents can choose a suite, and memory care therapies will include a sensory room, horticulture therapy, art therapy, music therapy and cognitive activities.

The memory-care unit will be a locked facility, where residents cannot exit the building unless staff takes them out in the courtyard or they go on an outing.

"The whole goal is to keep people stimulated and active and enjoy their retirement years," Rogers said of the memory-care portion of the complex.

"We like to encourage independence and being active, and once residents move in they become family with staff and one another."

Rogers served at the Villas of Holly Brook in Gibson City for the past two years, and said that facility is full. The primary difference between the new Rantoul facility and the Gibson City one is the memory care unit.

"I’m really excited to open," Rogers said. "I’ve got my staff all hired, and we’re getting everything cleaned and ready to go to show Rantoul that we’re simply the best."

The facility will initially employ 24-hour staff totaling 20 employees, including nursing staff with a registered nurse, certified nursing assistants, resident assistant and a dietary staff with cooks and dietary aides, plus an activity director, housekeeping staff and the administrative staff, which includes Rogers and her assistant. Additional hiring will take place as more residents move in.

The Rantoul facility marks the 17th in the Villas of Holly Brook family of units. All but two have memory-care units.

"With each community, something new and unique is added," Rogers said. "They keep on improving (the) facilities."