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Innovative memory care facility to open in Tyler

Sundance at Oakhill is a new premier memory care facility that is scheduled to open Monday in Tyler. The folks there take pride in their state of the art patient monitoring system.

And there is one room uniquely designed specifically to help Alzheimer's patients.

KLTV 7's Shaley Sanders takes you inside ...

Inside the facility you will find a an incredible view of the night sky, but it comes from a surprising place. The snoezelen room, also known as a multisensory room, is designed to ignite the senses, reduce stress and relax those with Alzheimer's.

After sitting in the chair for a few minutes.  I can tell you it lives up to it's name, which means to explore and relax.

"With Alzheimer's patients they can go into fits of rage and violence and frustration and so this room brings gentleness and tenderness and compassion to be able to communicate with a resident on a level that you can't get with medication or with any other source," says managing partner, Matt Stanley.

Sundance staff members say they have a personal connection to the mission of the facility.

"Every member of our team here has been affected in either their immediate or extended family with some form of Alzheimer's or dementia so there's really a lot of empathy, compassion and understanding," says executive director, Lonna Emerson.

That understanding is evident in the design of the building as well. Everything from the floor plan to the paint color was specifically chosen with an Alzheimer resident in mind. The facility is also equipped with Ciscor, an electric monitoring system that alerts staff of unusual resident behavior.

"We're very intentional everyday to connect with a resident in a meaningful way," says Emerson.

With innovative approaches to health care, the staff at Sundance hopes to provide comfort and hope for those families who ask for their assistance.

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