Caregiving ‘visionary’ to lead new Innovation Center for Aging and Dementia in Cedar Rapids – The Gazette

Kathy Good will retain role as director of Family Caregivers Center of Mercy

Michaela RammMichaela Ramm

Sep. 24, 2021 7:15 am, Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 7:55 am

Caregiving ‘visionary’ to lead new Innovation Center for Aging and Dementia in Cedar Rapids

Kathy Good, seen in April 2019 in Cedar Rapids, is director of Family Caregivers Center of Mercy. She also has been named the new director of the Innovation Center for Aging and Dementia at HallMar Village. (The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Progress on a new senior living community in northeast Cedar Rapids that’s set to be completed in 2023 is underway.

HallMar Village is a 237-unit complex on 42 acres at 9000 C Ave. NE that’s set to be complete in spring 2023. In addition to senior housing that ranges from independent living to long-term care, officials hope to make it a comprehensive center for seniors with dementia and other chronic conditions.

The project is a joint venture between Mercy Medical Center and Presbyterian Homes & Services, a Minnesota-based housing and service provider for older adults.

Officials broke ground on the project in June.

What’s happened since

Though it’ll still be some time before the first residents move into HallMar Village, officials behind the project have begun naming the leadership who will help implement the services and resources for older adults in the area.

Kathy Good has been named the new director of the Chris & Suzy DeWolf Family Innovation Center for Aging and Dementia that will be part of HallMar Village.

In her new role, Good will lead the development of the center, which aims to be “a hub of research, training and education” around the best practices in aging and dementia care, Mercy officials say.

“I’m excited to see this expansion,” Good said. “I’m excited about being able to think about and start something that’s in its infancy and help it develop.”

She will retain her role as the director of the Family Caregivers Center, which she founded in 2015.

“Kathy is an exceptional visionary and leader who led the design and implementation of the Family Caregivers Center from a mere concept to the comprehensive service it is today,” Mercy President and CEO Tim Charles said.

The Innovation Center will be housed in the former Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, a 23,000-square-foot building off C Avenue NE.

The space will house various services and resources that focus on aging people living with chronic conditions, including dementia, and their families.

That includes a think tank that will test and pilot new methods or services for patients and their families. These innovations will be implemented within HallMar Village, but also shared with other senior living communities statewide.

“If (older adults) live with meaning and purpose and dignity and respect, they live longer and they live better,” Good said. “That’s part of our goal too.”

Good said she also will bring many concepts from the Family Caregivers Center, which is opening a second location within the Innovation Center. The Family Caregivers Center was inspired by Good’s experience as the primary caregiver for her husband, Dave Good, throughout his 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“It’s taking that process we’ve used and transferring it in a bigger arena in a certain sense,” she said.

Good holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa.

HallMar Village will house a long-term care facility, independent and assisted living apartments as well as a range of other services for the growing population of older adults across the region. The project will replace HallMar Nursing Home, the 55-bed residential care facility on Mercy’s campus in Cedar Rapids’ MedQuarter that opened in 1960.

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