Care Haven Offers Better Alzheimers and Dementia Care

So Why Haven’t You Heard of Us?

Our name doesn’t flash across your TV or glow from signs in front of our homes.

Our houses aren’t well-known local landmarks.

But Care Haven families and other professionals consistently recommend us.

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT? OUR PASSIONATE ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVING.

We’re not interested in becoming a household name. Our mission? To provide outstanding, compassionate care for people with memory loss.

This kind of care didn’t even exist 40 years ago, when my family needed it.

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My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My grandfather, who’d been caring for her, needed more help.

As a neurologist, my dad knew a lot about the disease. He had plenty of contacts in the health care field. Still, in those days no one offered the round-the-clock, personal support Gran needed.

A large nursing home was our best alternative. Gran wasn’t there long, and her days were sad.

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Virginia on Red Hat day

Long after our personal battle with dementia ended, we found a much better option: the Alzheimer’s care home. A new concept just 20 years ago, it moved memory care out of large institutions and back into the comfort of home.

I proudly introduced this model to the Kansas City area on August 1, 2005. That’s the day I opened Southmoor’s door to Virginia, our very first resident.

 

 

OVER 10 YEARS AND 150 FAMILIES LATER, WE’VE LEARNED THE SECRET TO BETTER ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA CARE

Nothing feels more natural than living at home.

We’ve become expert homemakers. We create family style settings that are safe and comfortable for people with dementia.

We begin with an attractive house in a quiet suburban neighborhood – just like yours.

Care Haven Homes - Best kept secrete in Alzheimer's and Dementia Care

One of our six homes


OUR SECRET FORMULA FOR TURNING A HOUSE INTO A CARE HAVEN HOME

    1. Remove slip, trip and other hazards, both indoors and out.
      • Add safety features: ramps, handrails, grab bars and zero entry showers.
      • Install personal alarm/paging systems and keypad door access controls.
      • Equip with an emergency generator and fire safety system, including fire doors, sprinklers and alarms.
      • Enclose the yard with attractive fencing, so residents can enjoy the deck, yard and level walking path.
    2. Redesign common living areas. In cozy but open spaces, give caregivers a clear view of when and where they’re needed.
    3. Choose furnishings that keep life simple and pleasant for someone with dementia.
    4. Give every resident a private bedroom. Let each settle in with his or her own furniture, pictures and mementos.
    5. Staff, round the clock, with dedicated caregivers. Maintain a typical ratio of 1 caregiver per 4 residents. dementia care in our homesBe sure each caregiver is a Nursing Assistant or Medication Aide certified by the State of Kansas.
  1. See that a nurse visits each resident almost daily. Make a nurse available for emergency care 24 hours per day. See that the Nursing Supervisor oversees every resident’s health care, including diet, medication and continence management.
  2. Coordinate house calls with a broad range of medical providers. Arrange for a geriatrician, podiatrist and dental hygienist to visit regularly. Have nurses schedule in-home lab work, x-rays, diagnostic testing, therapies and hospice services.
  3. Arrange other special services, too. Include hair styling, local transport and the delivery of medication and continence supplies.
  4. Most important, make sure caregivers and activities assistants help residents do what they enjoy. Tailor everything to their individual abilities and preferences. See that everyone leads a relaxed daily life at home. The birder fills backyard feeders, sweeping away stray seeds. The family cook helps snap beans before setting the table. The guys head for a tour of the car museum, while the ladies enjoy a spa day.

ANOTHER SECRET – THE ONE YOU’LL LIKE THE BEST

One of the most important things we’ve learned is how to help people stay in our homes.

dementia-care-overland-parkOur six houses cater to different levels of cognitive & physical ability. We offer more help as it’s needed, so you don’t have to search for a new home. Settle in, knowing your loved one will be treated with kindness, dignity and respect.

We know how to provide solace at the end of life, too. We often partner with local hospices. Together, we help avoid painful and upsetting medical or behavioral crises. You spend your remaining time together in peace. With closer attention and reduced stress, you may even enjoy more of it.

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Maybe you’re just learning about your long-term care options. Or you need to move your loved one this month. We’d love to show you around.

Take a tour. You learn a lot by looking around someone’s home. I think you’ll like what you find in ours.

Neil Barnett
Owner/Operator


Want a preview of your tour? See what a day in the life of a Care Haven resident looks like.