Prime Time 2017: Area senior communities build, remodel

Northeast Kansas facilities expand amenities, update furnishings




For active seniors age 62 and older who want to own a home but not have to deal with its maintenance, Village Cooperative of Lawrence might be the answer. Sales manager Cathie Rodkey said the occupant-owned, 4 1/2-acre housing development on Lawrence’s west edge is still under construction but is taking reservations and expected to be open by year’s end. The secure cooperative features 52 one- and two-bedroom homes that have appliances, a laundry room, storage area and deck or patio. Residents also can take advantage of its community room with kitchen, club room with bar, raised garden beds, exercise room, two guest suites and underground heated parking garage, craft room, workshop and car wash. The cooperative also offers While You Are Away Services, such as watering plants, forwarding mail and checking thermostats while residents are on extended trips.



Treating residents, their loved ones and employees as family is the customer-service model used by Americare-owned Monterey Village. The 20-acre campus at 3901 Peterson Road, which opened Jan. 18, is comprised of 30 assisted living apartments, 16 private and semi-private memory care apartments and 14 independent living cottages. The assisted living unit includes a spa, beauty salon, 26-seat movie theater, library, exercise area, dining room and patio. The secured memory care unit, called The Arbors, has many of the same amenities. The one- and two-bedroom cottages feature a full kitchen with appliances, heated floors, screened-in porches and a nearby clubhouse. Jack Wigoda, corporate sales specialist/assisted living division, said the senior community is phase 1 of a project that eventually will include additional duplexes and expansion of the existing memory care community. “It’s a $11.6 million commitment,” Wigoda said. In addition to the Lawrence development, Americare will be opening facilities in Manhattan and St. Joseph, Mo.



When Brewster Place decided to expand its senior independent living community, its administrators sought input for its design from those most likely to live there. The result is Cottonwood Villas, a 14-villa complex at S.W. Lincoln and 31st streets. Construction started in early August and is expected to be done by August 2018. The complex will feature one- and two-bedroom villas with 9-foot-high ceilings, dens, wall-mounted ovens/microwave ovens, full-size washer/dryers, zero-entry showers, up to 2 1/2 baths and balconies, as well as access to courtyards, under-building parking, an exercise room and a safe room. “Eleven villas are already sold,” said Claudia Larkin, vice president and chief operating officer. Future development calls for the building of an indoor spa/pool, restaurant and lounge, cultural arts center, greenhouse and parking garage. Larkin said the total cost of the project, which will be finished in late 2019 or early 2020, is estimated at $22.5 million.



Aldersgate Village has a new look. The lobby, dining room and kitchen at its independent living Manchester Lodge have been remodeled and six new age-in-place villas have been built on the campus at 7220 S.W. Asbury Drive. Renessa Lolley, director of sales and marketing, said the Manchester Lodge kitchen has new appliances and was reconfigured to make it more functional, while new furniture and flooring were installed in the dining room and half-walls removed to make it wheelchair-accessible. The lobby’s decor includes new furnishings, a large-screen TV and mosaic tile on the fireplace. The open-space-concept villas feature kitchens with handicap-accessible appliances, zero-entry showers, a garage, covered patio and laundry. The villas also have caretaker suites or a third-bedroom that could alternately be used for an office or dining room. “There’s only two villas left,” Lolley said. “The rest are booked.”



The name of this west Topeka senior care community reflects its goal: the successful pairing of quality health care and the personalized hospitality of a resort. The Healthcare Resort, which opened in August 2016 at 6300 S.W. 6th Ave., has 70 beds in its short-term rehab/long-term care units and 24 beds in its assisted living wing. The facility also provides respite care. “We want to create a warm environment that focuses on the patient and their family,” said Ben Leiker, business operations manager. The entrance to The Healthcare Resort features a receptionist’s desk, bistro and lounge area under circular chandeliers. Nearby are a therapy gym, pub, patio with fire pit, hair salon and spa with jetted tub. The long-term care and rehab wings offer private and semi-private room options, a satellite kitchen, dining room and commons area with TVs. The second floor features assisted living apartments, a dining room with kitchen, a pub and movie theater.



Recognized worldwide for its person-centered approach to senior living, Meadowlark Hills is continually updating its facilities and planning for the future, said Sarah Duggan, community relations director. Within the past year or so, two independent living cottages were built; the Pizazz Hair and Body Boutique added a new sink, flooring, paint and decor; and the Prairie Star Restaurant received new paint, wallpaper and a collapsible glass wall. Remodeling efforts are underway to expand Verna Bell’s Cafe and construct an outdoor courtyard. Its main building at 2121 Meadowlark Road has received new interior paint and carpeting, and future plans include expanding its fitness center. The main building also features a pool room, library, game room, pub and movie theater. On its grounds is Bayer Pond, which has a gazebo, fishing dock and trails. Meadowlark Hills, with about 350 residents, offers independent, assisted living and skilled nursing living options, post-acute recovery care, dementia care/memory support, long-term care and home health care services.



Stoneybrook Retirement Community, 2025 Little Kitten Ave., and Homestead of Manhattan, 1923 Little Kitten Ave., are among the Midwest Health Inc. facilities in Kansas that are being “refreshed.” New paint and flooring and updated furnishings and furniture are among the changes being made “to create a home-like atmosphere and to accommodate accessibility and comfort,” said designer Dani Lang-Shaw. “There’s a slew of refresh projects underway. I’m working on eight to 10 now.” Lang-Shaw said a priority is creating a mood that is appropriate for the use of the room. For example, bright colors can enhance an exercise room while dark colors can add to the confusion of memory care patients. Stoneybrook offers nursing care, rehabilitation and assisted living, while Homestead is an assisted living community. Jared Holroyd, vice president of sales and marketing, said other Midwest Health projects include refreshing Homestead of Topeka and the construction of the Ranch House, a skilled nursing and assisted living facility in Garden City.



Ascension Living — Via Christi Village has undergone an extensive facelift over the past year. Most stunning at the assisted living, independent living and long-term care/acute rehab community at 2800 Willow Grove Road is the installation of a massive stained glass window in its chapel. The 1930s-era window, which depicts St. Joseph holding the child Jesus, was purchased from St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Erie, Pa. Brandan Rose, director of health care sales and marketing, said the former window was clear glass with a decal of Jesus at its top. Other changes being made at Ascension Living — Via Christi Village include new interior wall paint, light fixtures and flooring; new coordinating beds and medical carts; roof renovation; refreshing of its receptionist area; new parking lot; 93 new long-term beds; and an art wall featuring works by residents or their family members. “We’re trying to brighten everything up,” said Skyler Odgers, director of facilities. “When I first started here (a year ago), everything looked the same — sterile and a hospital look. We’re not (a hospital). It’s (the residents’) home.”



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