LOUISVILLE, KY (October 31, 2016) – Independent Healthcare Properties (IHP) and Morning Pointe Senior Living announce the new Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Louisville is on schedule to open by mid-summer of 2017.

The 39,000-square-foot memory care community will be the newest addition to the Morning Pointe of Louisville campus, which recently opened in 2015 at 4711 S. Hurstbourne Parkway.

The Lantern will feature 44 specially designed apartments for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other related cognitive conditions.

Answering to the increasing need of memory care and caregiver support programs in Kentucky, the Lantern will offer a full spectrum of Alzheimer’s and dementia care services, including the Meaningful Day™, an innovative program designed to improve the quality of life for seniors with memory loss, and SimpleC™ Companion, an intuitive, non-drug therapy using touch screen applications to promote improved engagement and memory. Cuddle Therapy, also available at the community, is a recognized Alzheimer’s program with specially created, lifelike dolls to help residents feel a sense of calm and purpose.

Upon opening of the freestanding Center of Excellence, the memory care wing at Morning Pointe of Louisville will be converted to additional senior living apartments.

“With the growing number of individuals in need of Alzheimer’s and memory care services, Morning Pointe is expanding to provide seniors and their families with more options and choices that enrich the quality of life,” says Greg A. Vital, president and CEO of IHP and Morning Pointe Senior Living. “We are continuing Morning Pointe’s tradition of providing senior care services for more than 20 years by expanding our services to 10 locations across Kentucky.”

Construction of the new Lantern will create approximately 200 jobs and 125 permanent healthcare positions. The creation of new jobs provides a positive economic impact of an estimated $12 million annually for Jefferson County, considering payroll, property taxes and the local purchase of goods and services.

Professional service providers participating in the Kentucky expansion include Neuhoff Taylor Architects PC and ETSB LLC – both boasting a long track record of successful development plans throughout the Southeastern U.S.

Morning Pointe is the region’s choice for senior living and memory care in Kentucky. In addition to the Louisville campus, the healthcare services company operates communities in Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Richmond and Russell.