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Merrill Gardens Memory Care Center in Santa Maria gets major upgrade

SANTA MARIA, Calif, - General manager Audie Sherberg of Merrill Gardens gave a tour inside

its Memory Care Center where crews are remodeling the facility.

“We bought the property in 2000 and throughout the courses of the years
we’ve been done some upgrades here and you know and continue to keep it
fresh … but this is the first real major remodel that we’ve done," said Sherberg.

Garden house director Gary King says their residents are priority.

"Dementia is my passion … and these people need somebody to help them
everyday … and their's nothing like seeing them smile," said King.

Program directors believe in doing all they can to help give residents a
sense of purpose in their lives.

"Especially those with dementia and alzheimer's … they still have so much
to give … I think they’re gonna love it when they walk in … there already
getting to see the progress … and they just love what’s going on," said program director Erica Consebida of Merrill Gardens Memory Care Center.

Sherberg said the memory care center is at full capacity.

They’re hoping to become a model for memory care facilities across the
central coast.

"The key when it comes down to memory care … is the social aspect … what are
we doing with new programs for music and painting and exercise and how
do we actually work kind of like a Montessori type of programming … work
with an individual on their ability and that’s critical I think for memory
care," said Sherberg.

“My hope is that everybody’s going to be so happy when we’re done," said King.

Construction of the facility is expected to be complete this summer.

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