Kansas is a state that is in the forefront of culture change and innovative and services for elders!
Last week the Kansas Department on Aging honored seven nursing homes for their efforts to transition from traditional institutional nursing home care to progressive home-environment models that put the needs and desires of elders first.
Kansas’ first Green House® Project home at Asbury Park Retirement Community in Newton is among the organizations honored with a 2011 PEAK award (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas). The PEAK awards recognize innovations in “culture change” that engage the residents and their families in the decision making process and create environments where both elders and staff can grow and thrive.
Asbury Park is a continuing care retirement community that seeks to support life while enhancing physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness through innovative programs and a caring staff. Asbury provides a full continuum of care from independent living and assisted living to residential nursing care in Asbury’s Green House homes.
Rooted in the tradition of the Eden Alternative, a model for cultural change within nursing facilities, the Green House de-institutionalizes long-term care by eliminating large nursing facilities and creating habilitating, social settings.
Its primary purpose is to serve as a place where elders can receive assistance and support with activities of daily living and clinical care, without the assistance and care becoming the focus of their existence. At Asbury Park, groups of 10 elders share a house with private rooms and bathrooms.
Each PEAK award winning community will be recognized by Kansas Secretary on Aging, Shawn Sullivan, during an individual site visit on the dates listed below:
The 2011 PEAK winners are:
• Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, Arkansas City- Friday, September 9, 2011.
• Medicalodges Gardner, Gardner- Tuesday, August 23, 2011.
• Schowalter Villa, Hesston- TBA.
• Pleasant View Home, Inman- TBA.
• Asbury Park, Newton- Friday, September 9, 2011.
• Newton Presbyterian Manor, Newton- TBA.
• Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook- Monday, August 15, 2011.
“Person-centered care is an important step forward in providing residents an opportunity to have input in their care and lives,” Secretary Sullivan said in a release. “These communities embrace practices that enable elders to drive their own lives, creating a healthy homelike setting that fosters freedom, choice and a strong social network. Culture change restores control to elders and those who work closest with them.”
Kansas began recognizing adult care homes through the PEAK Awards in 2002.