The Ivey memory care day center has fulfilled the founder’s and staff’s long-held dream to purchase a small but well-known parcel of land, about 3/4 of an acre, next to the day center on Park South Drive. The land will be used to build two licensed family care homes with 6 beds each, for adults with memory loss.
“This is such a happy day for us, the families we serve, and the Charlotte community,” says Lynn Ivey, founder and CEO of The Ivey, a non-profit. “It’s the perfect way to allow us to expand our service offerings for families living with the devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”
The land, at 6026 Park South Drive, was in the news last summer when a developer proposed building a 5-story hotel there. Neighbors, The Ivey, and Brighton Gardens assisted living facility on the other side of the property all opposed its use as a hotel, particularly given the area’s population of families with young children and frail older adults.
The land purchase is made possible by John V. Moore, founder and former owner of Moore Electric Supply Inc. in Charlotte. Moore donated funds to The Ivey to purchase the land in memory of his late wife, Brenda Saunders Moore, who had lived with Alzheimer’s disease and died in June.
"I love The Ivey and I want to honor Brenda," Moore says about his donation. "Alzheimer's disease ran rampant in her family as it does in so many others. Brenda lost her mother, two younger sisters and several aunts to Alzheimer's. It's imperative we look after people who have this terrible illness."
“We are so grateful to John for supporting The Ivey’s mission of serving families who are living with the challenges of Alzheimer's. The Ivey will be the cornerstone for the new campus, where people with memory loss can live safely with 24-hour care, engaging activities, and dignity,” Ivey says.
Each home will feature the same mountain lodge environment and the same personal attention, quality care and health monitoring currently provided at The Ivey. “Since the health of caregivers often suffers, one of the homes may be devoted to short-term stays for loved ones so that caregivers can enjoy a few days off to rest or visit grandchildren,” Ivey says.
Preliminary estimates of the cost of the entire project range from $3 to $4 million. Design, development, and construction of the new campus will be entirely underwritten through private philanthropy. Groundbreaking will take place once 100% of the funds have been raised.
Contact: The Ivey