KDADS Secretary Howard to Present PEAK 2.0 Awards to Kansas Adult Care Homes

For Immediate Release

October 2, 2019

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos

Public Information Officer

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Laura Howard will recognize adult care homes in Kansas for their achievements in providing and sustaining person-centered care for residents at the LeadingAge Kansas 2019 Fall Conference in Lenexa tomorrow. Seventeen adult care homes in Kansas have earned a 2018 Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK) award.

“The management and staff of these outstanding facilities have committed to person-centered care and have worked hard to achieve this level of excellence,” Secretary Howard said. “They have made a positive change in the way nursing home services are provided to Kansans and in improving the quality of life for those who live in these homes.”

Facilities recognized for their work as person-centered care homes that have moved away from institutional models of care in 2018 are:

  • Asbury Park – Newton, KS
  • Atchison Senior Village – Atchison, KS
  • Attica Long Term Care – Attica, KS
  • Caritas – Wichita, KS
  • Hill Top House – Bucklin, KS
  • Prairie Mission Retirement Village – Saint Paul, KS

Facilities recognized for their work in sustaining person-center care in 2018 are:

  • Bethesda Home – Goessel, KS
  • Brewster Place – Topeka, KS
  • Medicalodge Columbus – Columbus, KS
  • Pine Village – Moundridge, KS
  • Schowalter Villa – Hesston, KS
  • Sharon Lane – Shawnee, KS
  • Sterling Presbyterian Manor – Sterling, KS

Facilities recognized for their work as Mentor Homes, facilities that have mentored other adult care homes in implementing person-centered care in 2018, are:

  • Dooley Center – Atchison, KS
  • Evergreen Retirement Community – Olathe, KS
  • Leonardville Nursing Home – Leonardville, KS
  • Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community – Manhattan, KS

Nursing homes that have successfully implemented positive culture change through the PEAK program have been recognized for the past 17 years. 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 oversees the PEAK Nursing Homes Initiative. PEAK 2.0 awards are issued annually to homes that accomplish significant improvements toward person-centered care in the targeted areas of resident choice, staff empowerment, home environment and meaningful life. Person-centered nursing homes have moved away from the institutional model of nursing home care and toward a more home-like environment in which residents have a say in their day-to-day lives.

There are more than 300 adult care homes in Kansas, and 165 of them participate in the PEAK 2.0 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.

LeadingAge Kansas is an association of 160 not-for-profit aging services providers dedicated to serving the needs of aging Kansans. The association advances policies and promotes practices and learning that empowers its members to help seniors live fully as they age.