Clarity Pointe of Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas’ first free-standing assisted living community helping those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, is one of only three communities in the region to be certified as an Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit (ASCU).
Clarity Pointe, which opened in April, received its ASCU certification from the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care. ASCUs are specialized units that offer dedicated services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, meaning there is a distinct and separate entity of care and programming for memory support.
In addition to a dedicated area, ASCU’s have specific requirements for physical design and access, assessment and individual support plans for residents, types of therapeutic activities, as well as staffing and staff training.
Areas of training focus include stages of Alzheimer’s; etiology, philosophy and treatment of dementia; behavior management; communication skills; activity programming; and individual-centered care, among others.
The three neighborhoods of Clarity Pointe Fayetteville support a total of 59 residents. Each has a private bedroom/bathroom suite in safe and secure surroundings on five acres at 1967 West Truckers Drive. The community is a joint venture between Des Moines, Iowa-based LCS and Chicago-based Harrison Street Real Estate Capital.