Parkside and Bethesda homes recognized for person-centered care

Parkside Homes in Hills­boro and Bethesda Home in Goessel were two of nine adult care homes in the state recognized last week by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services for their achievements in sustaining person-centered care for residents during 2015.

“I want to congratulate the management and staff of these outstanding facilities for their hard work and excellence,” said Tom Keck, KDADS interim secretary.

“They have made significant progress in changing the way nursing home services are provided to frail, elderly Kansans and in improving their quality of life.”

The other seven facilities recognized are: Atchison Senior Village, Atchison; Attica LTC, Attica; Bethesda Home, Goessel; Leonardville Nursing Home, Leonard­ville; Prairie Mission Retire­ment Village, St. Paul.

For the past 16 years, KDADS has recognized nursing homes for successfully implementing positive culture change through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK) program.

As a result, accommodating the personal preferences of nursing facility residents has become as important as providing the vital services and supports they need.

To encourage homes to adopt person-centered care as a minimum standard, four years ago the agency created the PEAK 2.0 program and redesigned the performance incentives included in the Medicaid nursing home reimbursement formula to recognize achievement in the areas of resident choice, staff development, home environment and meaningful life.

There are more than 350 adult care homes in Kansas, and 212 of them participate in the PEAK 2.0 program.

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