Yesterday the Journal-World's Town Talk column reported on plans for a new Alzheimer’s unit in West Lawrence, but said the ownership of the facility was a bit of a mystery. Well, it is a mystery no more.
Diane Ensminger, the CEO of Ballard Community Services, has confirmed that she will be the CEO/owner of the facility, which will be called Allie’s Village.
Ensminger said she plans to remain in her current position as leader of the Ballard Center, while also operating this new venture.
Allie’s Village is named after Ensminger’s mother, who has been living with Alzheimer’s since 2006. Ensminger said the facility will be structured to be a home environment instead of a hospital-like environment. Spouses will be able to live at the facility. But the facility also will be staffed by a registered nurse and medical aides on a 24/7 basis, Ensminger said.
She said she hopes to have Allie’s Village open by the first of the year.