Facility for memory loss residents will be the first of its kind in Connecticut.

The Watermark at East Hill, a senior living community located in Southbury, broke ground Thursday on The Villa, a $2.1 million free-standing, 7,024 square foot assisted living home designed to provide innovative memory care for residents with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of memory loss.

The Villa will be the first of its kind in Connecticut to use an innovative model in the delivery of care and the living environment for residents.  Employing a “universal caregiver” concept, The Villa will have only 14 residents at full capacity, providing them with a variety of health, social and related support services.  Each resident will have a minimum of two dedicated caregivers during day and evening shifts, and one overnight.

The Villa represents the latest investment in the East Hill community and local economy by Watermark Retirement Communities, which has invested more than $10 million since acquiring the community in 2007.