The Sanctuary at St. Cloud is celebrating its first year of serving area seniors and their families by hosting an Anniversary Open House.
This event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the community, which is located at 2410 20th Avenue SE in St. Cloud.
Tours will be available, and treats will be served during the Open House with a sparkling toast for residents and guests at 12:15 p.m.
A session will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to introduce attendees to Dementia Friends, a worldwide movement to make communities dementia-friendly, and develop a better understanding of what dementia is, the different types of dementia, what it is like to live with the disease and how to better communicate with someone who has Alzheimer’s.
The Sanctuary at St. Cloud is the first 100 percent trained dementia-friendly community in the state of Minnesota. The community hosted its first dementia education seminar this summer, and the sessions continue to grow in popularity. Future sessions are scheduled for Feb. 19, March 19 and April 16, and after that, they will be held on the third Tuesday of each month.
Last January, The Sanctuary opened with 15 employees, and by the end of that month, the community had welcomed 23 residents. Today, the community has 70 staff members and has welcomed more than 80 residents.
“This was a very exciting year. To open such a beautiful community and make it home for so many has been very rewarding for all of us,” said Sanctuary Administrator Kristi Keller-Smith. “We look forward to making The Sanctuary at St. Cloud “home” for so many more this year. Our first anniversary marks the start of another wonderful opportunity, and we look forward to meeting everyone who comes to visit us.”
The Open House is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.
For more information about this event or to schedule a tour at another time, call 320-252-6325.
Click here to view a flyer for the anniversary open house.