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A homey place for dementia patients

Photo courtesy of Memory Lane Cottage.The courtyard's multiple walking paths at Memory Lane Cottage are easy to spot in this aerial photo.

Photo courtesy of Memory Lane Cottage.The courtyard's multiple walking paths at Memory Lane Cottage are easy to spot in this aerial photo.

NEW TAMPA — Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia can be difficult for families.

When the time comes to make a decision about assisted living, family members often have many questions. At Memory Lane Cottage in Tampa Palms, administrator Grace Marco strives to deliver answers and ease concerns.

"That's what makes this community unique is that my background is in social work and has been for 16 years," Marco said. "I've worked with the elderly population out in the community with the county."

Memory Lane Cottage is a 20-room, state-of-the-art assisted living facility for people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia-related disease. All rooms are private and fully furnished, complete with full bathrooms. A special feature is the absence of long hallways, which could cause confusion for residents.

"Our setup is unique in that when someone exits their room, they exit into a common area," Marco said. "It feels more like home."

Memory Lane Cottage features an 11,000-square-foot facility and a 13,000-square-foot secured courtyard surrounded by a nature preserve. The courtyard offers multiple walking paths and is accessible 24 hours a day. Marco said the staff encourages residents to go outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.

The facility also offers personalized care and activities for their residents.

"We're very, very unique with our care plans," Marco said. "Our activities are all designed for the individuals, as opposed to just having groups."

Memory Lane Cottage is located at 5175 Cypress Preserve Drive. To schedule a tour, call (813) 632-1270, or visit for more information.

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A homey place for dementia patients 10/29/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:23am]
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