Carmel’s Story Cottage welcomes first residents


Last week, residents began moving into Story Cottage, a 10-bedroom memory care home in northeast Carmel. The 5,000-square-foot building is on the southeast corner of Carey Road and Beech Drive in the Maple Acres neighborhood.

The home is designed to be much smaller than traditional memory care facilities and offer its residents a comfortable and predictable environment. Story Cottage has a 3-to-1 caregiver to resident ratio, which allows each resident to receive personalized attention and services.

“Each of these individuals has their own story,” Story Cottage Vice President Carrie Cash said. “They may not remember it from day to day, but (our small size) allows us to really get close to the residents, get close to the family, meet them where they are and engage with them in meaningful ways.”

In addition to the bedrooms, the building includes a large living area, an open kitchen, a gathering area that can be closed off to host family gatherings, a patio and a salon area. Every detail is planned with memory care in mind, as the centrally located library also serves as the nurses’ station, and a bar for hanging two outfits is next to each closet in the bedroom, giving residents a choice in dressing for the day but not overwhelming them with options.

The first Story Cottage home opened in July 2019 at 86th Street and N. Washington Boulevard in Indianapolis. Story Cottage President David Morgan, a Carmel resident, said the company plans to continue expanding and is eyeing other sites in and around Hamilton County.

Caregiving services are provided by Senior Home Companions, which also is owned by Morgan. The Indianapolis-based company has been providing in-home care for more than 25 years. Other medical professionals are expected to visit the home a couple of times per week.

“Memory loss is so challenging, because the person that you know and love is still there in physical form, but their mind isn’t there,” Morgan said. “We are able to help people in their homes (through Senior Home Companions) as long as they want to do that, then we can smoothly transition them to a smaller intimate setting like this.”

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