[caption id="attachment_6157" align="alignnone" width="625"] At Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, our Memory Care neighborhood is designed with special features to help make those in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease feel at home. Each apartment has a kitchenette, and residents often engage in familiar tasks of daily living, such as baking cookies together in the community kitchen.[/caption]
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has recognized 14 adult care homes in Kansas for their achievements in providing and sustaining person-centered care for residents in 2016, KDADS Secretary Tim Keck announced on Aug. 7, 2017.
“I want to congratulate these facilities for doing the hard work of implementing and maintaining person-centered care, a culture change which involves rethinking their values and practices from top to bottom,” Secretary Keck said. “As a result, they are caring for their residents in a way – and in an environment – that enhances the quality of life for residents.”
The facilities recognized for their work as person-centered care homes that have moved away from institutional models of care in 2016 are:
The facilities recognized for their work in sustaining person-center care in 2016 are:
- Atchison Senior Village – Atchison, KS
- Attica Long Term Care – Attica, KS
- Bethesda Home – Goessel, KS
- Leonardville Nursing Home – Leonardville, KS
- Sharon Lane Health Services – Shawnee, KS
The facilities recognized for their work as Mentor Homes, facilities that have mentored other adult care homes in implementing person-centered care in 2016, are:
- Brewster Place – Topeka, KS
- Dooley Center – Atchison, KS
- Evergreen Retirement Community – Olathe, KS
- Medicalodge Columbus – Columbus, KS
- Pleasant View Home – Inman, KS
- Schowalter Villa – Hesston, KS
For the past 18 years, the Kansas Department of Aging and now KDADS has recognized nursing homes for successfully implementing positive culture change through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK) program. As a result, accommodating the personal preferences of nursing facility residents has become as important as providing the vital services and supports their residents need.
KDADS recognizes that developing person-centered care in all nursing homes will not happen overnight. Five years ago, to encourage homes to adopt person-centered care as a minimum standard, the agency created the PEAK 2.0 program and redesigned the performance incentives included in the Medicaid nursing home reimbursement formula to recognize achievement in the areas of resident choice, staff development, home environment and meaningful life.
There are more than 705 adult care homes in Kansas, 337 of which are nursing facilities and of those, 174 are enrolled in the PEAK program.
KDADS continues its contract with the Kansas State University’s (KSU) Center on Aging to develop training materials and provide assistance to nursing home providers transitioning to person-centered care and continues to develop PEAK training and educational opportunities for nursing facility management and staff.