Welcomes First Residents to Specially Remodeled Overland Park House
Prairie Village, KS, January 19, 2017: Care Haven Homes, LLC (“Care Haven”) has opened its sixth Alzheimer’s care home, near I-435 and Roe Boulevard. The house is designed to create a safe, comforting community for up to eight people living with dementia.
Locally owned Care Haven opened its first Alzheimer’s care home in 2005. According to Neil Barnett, company founder, it had just five beds. With the opening of its sixth home, Care Haven’s houses are licensed to care for a total of 49 residents.
“I began learning about Alzheimer’s when my grandmother was diagnosed,” said Barnett. “That was more than 40 years ago. I discovered first hand that dementia is more than memory loss. Its physical, psychological, emotional and behavioral challenges demand special, round-the-clock care. Extra training, compassion and staffing are critical. Flexible routines, personal attention and a calm, secure environment are key. I’m pleased we can offer all that to the growing number of families looking for care.”
The demand for dementia care is increasing, locally and nationally. Barnett cited recent statistics from The Alzheimer’s Association1, 2 :
- Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia.
- 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease (51,000 Kansans).
- Every 66 seconds, another American develops the disease.
- The chance of receiving a diagnosis increases with age. 1 in 9 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s – 1 in 3 people age 85 and older.
- By 2050, a record number of Americans will reach the age range at greatest risk for Alzheimer’s. As baby boomers grow older, the number of people in the United States with the disease may nearly triple.
Care Haven’s sixth home is in one of Overland Park’s quiet residential neighborhoods. The company acquired the ranch-style house in late 2015. Extensive remodeling took nearly a year to complete. The house features eight private bedrooms. Residents share a family-style setting, assisted by professional caregiving and nursing staffs.
About the Company: Care Haven operates four Alzheimer’s care homes in Overland Park, KS and two in Leawood, KS. Its headquarters are in Prairie Village, KS. The company has 65 employees. Neil Barnett has been Care Haven’s Owner/Operator since its founding, in 2004. Barnett is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
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For more information, contact:
Neil Barnett, Owner/Operator, Care Haven Homes
About Home Plus: Each Care Haven home operates as a “Home Plus,” licensed by The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. A Home Plus cares for up to 12 residents who need help managing all areas of everyday life.3 Twenty licensed Home Plus facilities currently provide memory care in Johnson County, KS.4
About remodeling a house for use as an Alzheimer’s care home:
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Links to Sources of Background Information:
1 “What is Dementia?”” Alzheimer’s Association, 2017. Web. 8 Jan 2017.
2 “2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia. Chicago: Alzheimer’s Association, 2016:12(4). Web. 8 Jan 2017.
3 Kansas Survey, Certification and Credentialing Commission. Statutes and Regulations for Licensure and Operation of Home Plus Facilities. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, 2013. Web. 8 Jan 2017.
4 Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Kansas Adult Care Provider Directory: Home Plus Providers. Web. 8 Jan 2017.