A newly built community for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is preparing to open this month in Clearwater.

The Memory Care facility, the first phase of Aravilla Clearwater, is based on technology and design to provide a safe environment for residents.

It was developed in a partnership between Autumn Senior Living, a senior housing development and management company based in Lakewood Ranch. Small Brothers, a real estate development company based in Naples, Florida; and Cleveland Construction, a trading company with offices in Florida.

Construction of the two-story, 65,000-square-meter storage facility with 84 residential units and 95 beds was completed in January. Work on the second phase of the project, a three-story, 105,000-square-meter assisted living center, will begin shortly. The two buildings will be connected on a nearly eight acre campus near the intersection of Union Street and McMullen Booth Road.

There is a growing demand for assisted living facilities that provide specialized care for the elderly, according to Grand View Research, a San Francisco-based research and advisory firm. A report by Grand View said several trends are driving the growth of the assisted living industry:

• Rising healthcare costs, awareness of the benefits of assisted living facilities, which provide more affordable care than hospitals, and affordable reimbursements are key drivers of growth.

• The development of sophisticated and user-friendly devices and services should stimulate the market.

• The concept of old-age provision is gaining importance for senior citizens with high disposable incomes, as residents do not have to move when additional care is needed.

Aravilla Clearwater’s memory maintenance facility includes a “Yellow Brick Road,” a clearly defined path that guides residents through the building and minimizes the risk of becoming confused or upset. Each of the 84 residential units has a living-style veranda as well as high-end features.

Aravilla maintains evidence-based practices like the Yellow Brick Road to keep residents as comfortable as possible. The walkway is a clearly defined path with numerous sights and waypoints to guide residents comfortably through the building.

Aravilla Clearwater has also partnered with CarePredict, a Fort Lauderdale-based digital health company. CarePredict’s technology monitors residents’ daily activities and behavioral patterns for changes that precede health decline, according to a press release. It includes a smart wearable device called Tempo with keyless access to the door, a concierge service button, and two-way voice communication that residents can use to speak to staff and receive timely assistance and confirmation.

Other amenities in the new community include Mediterranean-inspired dining freshly prepared by an on-site chef, entertainment and dining areas, indoor and outdoor hangouts, a resort-style aquatherapy pool, outdoor garden, and water features .

The outdoor fountain provides a beautiful and scenic spot for residents to chat with each other and with their visiting family members.

Aravilla has special memory maintenance activities for residents and daily music on their boardwalk, which has a coffee bar and a place to play checkers or work on a puzzle.

The property is owned by 1990 N McMullen Booth Road LLC, which shares an address with Small Brothers. The company bought the then vacant land for $ 2.85 million in 2019 and has since spent approximately $ 10.5 million on construction, according to approval data filed with the Pinellas County real estate appraiser.

Autumn Senior Living also manages assisted living communities in Aravilla Sarasota and Cabot Cove of Largo, and plans additional communities in Florida.