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Stunning History Exhibit Helps Kick Off Lakeview’s Golden Jubilee Celebration

By Jim Price

Construction on Lakeview Village

Construction on Lakeview Village

Part of its 50th anniversary celebration, a new, rich, and varied insight into Lakeview Village’s history is now on display in the Lakeview History Exhibit on the Lower Level of the Eastside Terrace.

The debut of the ongoing exhibit coincided with the birthday party yesterday that kicked off Lakeview’s months-long anniversary celebration.

The exhibit represents an enormous amount of research and coordination work, which primarily took place during the past several months, by a special committee of residents led by Alan Boley and Tom Porter.

“It’s quite an undertaking,” Boley said with a smile, “and we sometimes find ourselves wondering, ‘what in the world have we started?’ But we’re glad we could do what we’ve done, and will continue to do. It’s been very revealing and educational.”

Members of the committee are:

History & Archives Center: Margaret Davisson, Sharon Vojtko and Don Simmons. History Writers: Eldor Kaiser, Ken Smith, Mary Rhea Waller, Lucille Gille, Kay Goodnow and Jo Ann Brown.

History and Art Gallery Display: Tom Porter, Alan Boley, Kay Goodnow and Don Simmons.

Administration Representatives: Shellie Sullivan and Jamie Frazier.

The writers are coordinating their efforts with Margaret Dalke, editor of the Lakeview Journal, which will highlight historical stories in the issues ahead.

The first issue of the Journal in April will feature fascinating write-ups about the founders of Lakeview: Lucille Gille writes about U.S. Grant, and Mary Rhea Waller uncovers the real Kenneth Berg; Eldor Kaiser provides a fascinating look at some of the founders’ foibles, including Berg, and original board member Glen Lindell.

Kay Goodnow is writing an article about the Lakeview Pantry, which was established 30 years ago.

“I’ve enjoyed working on the display, and pulling together the information for these stories,” Goodnow said. “The Pantry has an interesting history too; I think it will make good reading.”

Jo Ann Brown rounds out the writers’ group; one of her topics will be the history of the What Not Shop, a secondhand store run by resident volunteers, one of the most popular venues at Lakeview.

There are more stories to come: Mary Rhea Waller is developing an article about the Lakeview Library, and Ken Smith is working on a variety of human interest stories.

“The stories and the exhibit really represent a celebration of life, and of the lives of the people who have worked to found, grow and improve Lakeview Village,” Smith said.

“There are interesting ties to Wyandotte County that go back even beyond the founding of Lakeview. The stories in the Journal will reveal a lot about the people who made Lakeview possible, and the people who have continued to invest and grow in this community.”

“This has been a relatively informal group of residents who want to help uncover, collect, restore and coordinate materials – pictures, artwork, maps, newspaper articles, materials from archived issues of Lakeview publications – and pull everything together and present a cogent and interesting presentation,” Boley said. “The one common thread is that everything we do is with the people in mind. The physical facilities are the evidence of the work of a lot of people, but for us, the real history is the story of the people and their experiences.”

Members of the group have invested uncounted hours in the project.

While Boley serves as the “ex officio” chair of the committee, Porter has been the group’s photographer and visual media “manipulator;” he’s “re-processed” and improved many very old photographs, and completed the mounting of all the illustrations and photos that are included in the Exhibit.

“Essentially I’ve been upgrading many of the old photos and pictures from the History Room, and then shooting new ones as well,” Porter said. “There’s a wealth of information and materials to work with. And as we roll out new sections of Lakeview history, all of the previous materials will stay up, so the Exhibit will continue to grow and expand as we add to it.”

Margaret Davisson, Sharon Vojtko and Don Simmons have been working to coordinate and categorize the formidable volume of historical materials.

“The range of historic materials is fascinating,” Davisson said. “Our job is to coordinate and organize everything we’ve found. Some of the articles are going into the first two sections of the History Exhibit, but there’s so much more to come. A lot of it will move into the Exhibit through the months ahead. And once materials come down, they’ll be organized and stored in the archives of the History Room we’ve set up in Heritage Place. At least we hope that’s how it will work, we’re doing our best.”

She emphasized, “we’ve had terrific help from Sharon Vojtka and Don Simmons, who have been helping organize and categorize everything, and [the photographer] Tom, and the writers. Alan Boley is guiding the project, and he’s very organized and has such good ideas. They all deserve a medal!”

The group’s hard works lays the groundwork for comprehensive and ongoing Lakeview History Exhibit displays of Lakeview’s history. The materials on display now represent only the first part of collected historical materials that will be revealed in “sections” throughout the next several months.

The first two exhibit sections trace Lakeview’s history, from 1960, to its founding in 1964, and on through 1980. This period covers all the people involved – the founding fathers and members of the early administration – and showcases many maps, pictures and memorabilia of the first physical part of the village, Heritage Place, and through the development of the Lakeview cottages.

The debut of the History Exhibit coincided with the 50th anniversary kickoff party in Heritage Hall. On hand for the event, in addition to the sizable crowd of Lakeview residents and staff were the Board of Directors and several members of the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce.

President and CEO Jamie Frazier spoke briefly at the party about Lakeview’s first 50 years and about the excitement surrounding this special milestone. Jamie reminded everyone of Lakeview’s vision; that Lakeview is “the best place to live, work and grow.”

For Lakeview, there is a lot more celebrating of Lakeview’s Golden Jubilee in the months ahead.

Later this year, on Tuesday, April 29, the What Not Shop will sponsor a “50 Years of Fun” Fashion Show with music and movies highlighting the past five decades.

A gala event, with a live band, dancing, food and fun on Tuesday, October 21, will mark the conclusion of Lakeview’s 50th Golden Jubilee celebration.

Each month from April through October, the historical Committee members will be adding new and exciting elements to the History Exhibit on the Lower Level of the East Side Terrace, as well as providing new historical perspectives in each monthly issue of the Lakeview Journal.

1964: Lakeview, and a whole lot more!
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A lot of major events had passed through the pages and TV screens of the media during 1964, the year Lakeview Village became a reality.

Here a just a few of the highlights:

Lyndon B. Johnson became president in January, after winning a landslide victory over Barry Goldwater, 43 million to 27 million.

The population was just shy of 192 million, and life expectancy was pegged at 70.2 years.

A first-class stamp cost 5 cents, and unemployment stood at a (comparatively) mere 5.7 percent.

Notable deaths that year were Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur and Harpo Marx.

The first prime-time soap opera, “Peyton Place,” debuted on ABC, and the Beatles appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show, launching the “British invasion.” Interestingly, not a single juvenile crime was reported in New York City the night of the group’s appearance.

The Record of the Year and the Song of the Year was “The Days of Wine and Roses” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. Top movies that year were “My Fair Lady” (best picture of the Academy Awards), “Seven Days in May,” and “Dr. Strangelove.” The most popular book (fiction) was “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” by John LeCarre. Charles M. Schultz’s “I Need All The Friends I Can Get” was the most popular in nonfiction.

In sports, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 in the World Series, Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby, and UCLA and Alabama were the top teams in basketball and football, respectively (UCLA went 30-0 that year!). Arnold Palmer won his fourth Masters title. The 1964 Summer Olympics were in Tokyo, Japan, and the Winter Games were in Innsbruck, Austria. Kansas’ own Jim Ryun ran a 3.5 minute mile at the age of 17, foretelling a world-class athletic career.

The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy issues the Warren Report, which concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Jack Ruby is convicted of murder in the slaying of Oswald.

Jimmy Hoffa receives an eight-year sentence for fraud, conspiracy and jury tampering.

The Supreme Court upholds the Civil Rights Act.

The Dow Jones average hits a high of 891; its low as 776. The inflation rate is 1.28 percent.

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev falls from power and is ultimately replaced by Leonid Brezhnev.

Anchorage, Alaska, is hit by a massive 9.2 earthquake.

President Johnson signs the Medicare bill.

The Soviet Union begins using spy satellites.

The World’s Fair is held in New York.

Ford introduces one of its most popular models ever, the Mustang.

Britain and France announce their intention to build a tunnel under the English Channel.

The Surgeon General announces that smoking may lead to major health problems, including lung cancer.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

Washington, D.C. residents vote in a presidential election for the first time.

And at the end of the year, Lakeview became a reality. 1964 . . . what a year!

Learn more about Lakeview Village–the senior neighborhood of choice in Lenexa, Kan.–by visiting our website, or checking us out on Facebook.

Coming Home: Lakeview Village Resident Moves into Community Apartment Enjoyed by her Mom
Lakeview Village Resident Sharon Camp

Lakeview Village Resident Sharon Camp

Although it’s pretty common to hear about a son or daughter moving into their parents’ longtime home, it’s pretty rare to hear about a son or daughter who chooses to move into their parents’ former retirement community apartment—which is just what Sharon Camp did.

The Lakeview Village resident, who has lived in the Lenexa, Kan., community since 2008, said it wasn’t a difficult decision to move into her parents’ former apartment at the continuing care retirement community, which is celebrating 50 years serving the community this year.

“I moved to Lakeview because my parents lived here and I knew that it was a really nice community to live,” Sharon Camp shared.

And Camp isn’t alone. There are several Lakeview Village residents who were likewise inspired to move to community after seeing the amenities Lakeview offered their parents and family members during their time here. The group of “second-generation” residents recently got together for tea and conversation.

Sharon Camp’s Story

Camp said she made her decision to move to Lakeview Village five years ago, confident that the community would provide her with “outstanding service” in an environment she knew.

“Lakeview reaches out to people and ensures that residents are put first,” Camp said. “There are a variety of activities here and the staff at Lakeview wants everyone to get involved.”

Camp keeps herself busy; she is one of the residents in charge of the on-campus library. When not working in the library, she divides her time between participating in Lakeview’s fitness and extracurricular programs and reading on the campus grounds.

Above all, Camp appreciates the commitment provided by Lakeview staff and the friendliness of the entire community.

“The people, the camaraderie at Lakeview, stands out the most,” Camp said.

Lakeview Today

When Lakeview opened its doors in 1964, its first residents moved into the building now known as Heritage Place.

Current residents enjoy several new and improved buildings added to the campus in recent years, including the addition of a new nursing care center, three new apartment buildings, garden cottages and villas.

In 2010, Lakeview introduced the Community Wellness Center, which provides residents amenities such as a bistro, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation services, a swimming pool and a fitness center.

According to residents like Camp, one thing that has not changed about Lakeview is the community’s commitment to quality care.

“Lakeview provides as excellent service now as when my parents lived here, if not more so,” Camp said.

What Is Your Number? Do You Know?

By Jackie Halbin,
Lakeview Village Wellness Manager

Jackie Halbin

Jackie Halbin

Maintaining strength, endurance, balance and flexibility is very important in our lives, no matter what the age – so stop thinking this is for the athlete or the fittest of the fit – it is for YOU! How do we know if we need to maintain or improve our abilities? How do we know if your functional fitness is up to par for our age? We need to test, of course!

The Senior Fitness Test is a great way to assess your level of fitness or function. The SFT was designed to give adults older than 60 a simple, easy way to measure performance through a series of six tasks. The tasks were chosen as they relate to the way we move and perform during our normal daily activities, which then transfer over to any other types of fitness or athletic activities we perform. The SFT is safe, enjoyable, and meets scientific standards for reliability and validity. The test was performed on more than 7,000 men and women ages 60 to 94 to derive the standards.

So how does all this relate to Lakeview Village? Well, for one we perform the assessment and highly suggest everyone be tested at least twice a year. We, your Living Well staff, keep all of your data and give you a nice report of your results. We also provide you with some ideas or ways to continue to improve or maintain your scores. Each time you perform the assessment you will see your baseline data and your current results – so you can see right away what is going on.

We believe in the SFT so much we want you to believe it in it, too. First, if you have not received your assessment, or it has been awhile, please contact any one of the Living Well staff: Jackie, Debbie or Nancy. Also, each month, starting in April, we will introduce a practice station in the Fitness Center at Eastside Terrace where you can perform the exercise as much as you want. All of the instructions, equipment and scorecards will be provided. In May we will introduce the Arm Curl; In June, the 2-Minute Step; In July, the Chair Sit & Reach; In August, the Back Scratch, and in September, the 8-foot Up-and-Go.

I hope you will stop by and try the Chair Stand station in April! Also, get signed up to complete your full assessment so you can start practicing and improve your score!

Learn more about Lakeview Village, the “senior neighborhood of choice,” in Lenexa, Kan., by visiting our website, or checking us out on Facebook.

Lakeview Village Residents Enjoy Peace of Mind

By James K. Frazier,
Lakeview Village president and CEO

James K. Frazier

James K. Frazier

Peace of mind is a state of mind enjoyed by most Lakeview Village residents, and the reason why is Life Care. For 50 years, our community has prided itself in taking the worry out of aging by offering Life Care contracts in a continuing care retirement community setting centered around wellness and affordability.

When someone moves into our community, they are signing off a laundry list of worries that afflict most seniors: What happens if I have a medical crisis? Do my kids or spouse have the resources to find quality care for me? Do I have enough money should I need skilled nursing? What will I do to stay in shape? Who will take care of my house if I need to go to the hospital? Will I have enough money to leave my children, and my favorite charities?

Seniors moving to Lakeview answer all of those questions when they sign their Life Care contract, and remove much of their worry and stress, which can often lead to health issues.

One of the compliments I get most often about our services, and a compliment I can’t hear often enough comes from adult children: “Lakeview is the best gift our parents could have given us.” When I hear that, I know that those children are sleeping at night—and that their parents are, too. Lakeview Village is happy to provide families with that security and comfort—it’s how senior living should be.

As a community that is celebrating 50 years in business this year, we have encountered countless success stories that strike a similar chord. The residents who have lived here as long as 25 or 30 years are benefitting tremendously from entering into a Life Care contract when they moved here in the 1980s or ‘90s, as are residents who have had to spend several years in skilled nursing (provided under the Life Care umbrella). By entering into a Life Care contract, those skilled nursing residents have peace of mind knowing that they and their children won’t be billed $80,000 a year or more for mounting health care; their monthly fee doesn’t spike and drain their remaining assets. And I’m sure many residents would attest to the great tax benefits Lakeview provides on an on-going basis.

All you have to do is look at the smiling faces of our residents to know that they are enjoying our more than 90 clubs and regular activities that give them the opportunity to have fun, be engaged and stay active and healthy. We have three employees dedicated to spearheading our wellness program, and a state-of-the-art fitness center and aquatics center that rival many area gyms (except you don’t have to pay a gym membership—that’s also included in the monthly fee).

What are the top two worries for seniors? Finances and staying healthy. At Lakeview Village, we work to wash those worries away. And I fall asleep knowing that, too.

Learn more about Lakeview Village–the senior neighborhood of choice–by visiting our website, or checking us out on Facebook

A Celebration of Life

By Ken Smith, Lakeview Village resident

Several long-time friends in my old neighborhood have asked me how I’m doing. Sometimes that phrase is just a polite greeting with no meaning beyond the greeting. On the other hand, it could express a real interest in my home at Lakeview Village. My former next-door neighbors may suspect that I really miss my old place, but maybe they would be interested in Lakeview as a future home. I know them very well; and now that a year has passed, this might be a good time to give them an update. I am even surprised myself as to how I really am doing where I live now.

The beginning was not so good, by which I mean the decision period was difficult. I was having my own problems making decisions of any kind, and my son wanted me to move to West Virginia, to be with my family and five grandchildren. He felt that strongly, and I respected his reasonable persistence, even though it added some guilt to my consideration.

My wife Dorothy and I had visited senior living centers about 10 years earlier as I watched the change in her health; but with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, our plans changed. It was now my plan to hunker down and give full attention to her needs in her familiar setting. I have never regretted that, but after her passing in 2010 there was just too much of being alone, and even a bit of feeling sorry for myself. The idea of a community with events and social life might add something to get me out of my funk. I went back to look at some of the same senior communities, but with a different perspective.

I am frugal to a fault. How much will this decision really cost? What are the real benefits? Sometimes I am quietly skeptical even when the lawyer and financial planner are trying to represent my own best interests. It’s hard to make sense of selling a seven-room house, in a bad market, to move to a one-bedroom apartment!

Now that I have lived here more than a year, I must say that while my decision was based on rather practical issues, those factors have little to do with my life right now. Life has everything to do with the people here, that something called “community.” This is what comes to me as a surprise. The word “community” is everywhere–on the logos, the buses, the maintenance trucks. The Lakeview Village Statement of Values says, “We are responsible for each other.” Of course, any place can use the word “community,” but is it the “ding an sich” (the thing in itself)?

Over the months of living here, I have been surprised by what I have witnessed: people who push wheelchairs so that the physically restricted can come and go to events; visits by residents to old friends now in health care units; the camaraderie of shared transportation, and the personal relationships between student-servers and residents who can no longer read the menu or recall what they ordered. It’s a remarkably happy place to be: well- fed, well- served, and no tipping. There’s a courtesy and kindness that seems infectious. Sometimes I wonder if there exists some mysterious self-selection by which gentle people decide to live here, or do regular people begin some transformation by a form of osmosis in this environment? Maybe I’m actually changing myself; but then it takes time, and I’m just a newcomer.

One of the best things about this community is communication. The leadership wants you to be happy, if possible. Posters are everywhere, where you pick up your mail and where you go to dinner. In the elevators you can read going up or down. There are opportunities to play bridge, go to classes, exercise, hear music or lectures, go to church or vespers and volunteer for almost anything. Back in our own rooms we have our own Lakeview TV channels to get the latest updates. Community and communication hold much in common.

Among the posters we note the “Celebration of Life,” and we know what that means. Living here is a benefit of adequate age, and the passage of one of us will not go unnoticed. The community of residents will join the family of the life we celebrate, and we will say goodbye together.

I have seen all these things of which I speak. They have very little to do with a contract that I signed.  Some call it the “buy-in,” as though you could set a price for community. The truth is that I wasn’t aware of what I was getting into at the time. I wasn’t so smart, after all.

You probably get the idea. I’m pretty much happy in this life-care community called Lakeview Village, “the place I now call home.”

Learn more about Lakeview Village–the senior neighborhood of choice–by visiting our website, or checking us out on Facebook

Lakeview Village Makes Way for New Patio Homes

By Colette Panchot
Lakeview Village Director of Sales and Marketing

Garden cottage demolition makes way for patio homes

Garden cottage demolition makes way for patio homes

Proactive organizations constantly look for ways to grow and improve. As we prepare to celebrate Lakeview Village’s 50th anniversary of service to the greater community, what better time to announce some exciting plans for the future?

Starting later this month, you will notice bulldozers tearing down the garden cottage at 9017 Salem Circle to make room for a brand-new home style called the Patio Home.

This 1,565 sq. ft. duplex will fill a gap between our largest original cottages–measuring 1,300-1,400 sq. ft.–and the villas, which start at 1,860 sq. ft. Over the years, we have enlarged existing four-plexes into beautiful and spacious duplexes, but this is the first time since the villas that Lakeview has started with an empty lot for new homes.

This Patio Home represents the best practices in “green” construction and design, as well as being a size home that fills an underserved niche in retirement community housing.

The new style features a modern exterior with siding and brick, as well as lots of windows to maximize the angle of the sun. This fully accessible home offers a two-car garage, two bedrooms and a den/office, a spacious rear patio, and an optional basement finish. The open floor plan includes vaulted ceilings in the living and dining rooms, hardwood floors, and a gourmet eat-in kitchen with solid quartz countertops.

We will be launching the Patio Homes at several Marketing events beginning this month. If you have friends who might be interested in learning more, please call us at 913-744-2449.

In addition, you are invited to attend an Open House of our furnished model homes of all sizes on Thursday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Lakeview residents and staff. These newly renovated apartments and cottages are in Heritage Place, Gardenview, Northpointe, and the Garden Cottages. A bus will be available starting at Heritage Place at 11 a.m. and traveling to all eight models. Or you may wish to walk to selected homes within each building or make the trip by car. A list of the homes will be posted in the elevators and on Channel 4 in advance. We hope to see you there!

Learn more about Lakeview Village–the senior neighborhood of choice–by visiting our website, or checking us out on Facebook.

Leaving a Legacy

By Emerson Hartzler

Emerson Hartzler

In one way or another I think each of us wants to leave some mark on the world: leaving the planet in better shape, making things better for the next generation, or at least not having to rent our pallbearers. The part of that equation I get to deal with on a regular basis is the question clients often ask: “What should I do with the money I will leave behind when I go to my eternal reward?”

My ancestors were pretty much agrarian, and so the legacy of the family farm was almost a sacred trust. Had that small patch of Ohio farmland not been passed down to my father, the Great Depression might have wiped out my parents and my six older siblings, and mom and dad might have had some second thoughts about my conception in 1941! Luckily there were animals in the barnyard (milk and meat), vegetables in the garden and fruit hanging from the trees. My sisters wore dresses fashioned from chicken feed bags (true story – you can’t make this stuff up!), but the patterns were carefully chosen.

So for today’s seniors, the natural assumption is that the estate must go to the children, and of course they all have to be treated equally. I would suggest you ask yourself two questions before coming to those conclusions:

  1. Is it possible to love your children equally, but treat them uniquely?
  2. Will your child’s receipt of a large inheritance be a blessing or a curse?

With the Hartzler family, this (necessary) tradition of handing down the family farm, which was started soon after our arrival in this country in 1750, ended with my parents. Only one of the seven children in our household was ever engaged in farming, and by that time the small acreage we still had was no longer economically viable. So our two children (who seem to be doing better financially than we had ever imagined when they were teenagers – the jury was out for quite some time!) have been advised to expect token amounts at our demise. I’ve met a few “trust fund babies,” and I try to keep my distance! Of course, if any of my family had special needs, they would get every penny of my estate.

My model for treating children uniquely comes out of my faith, believing there is a God who loves each human creature equally. But this same creator has certainly treated us uniquely. Every time I hear an operatic tenor soar gracefully to that signature high C, I know the world is not fair! Following that model, I would not have any crisis of conscience in treating my children differently in distributing my legacy, doing so according to their unique needs.

Now once you have carefully considered the needs of your heirs, you may have other causes about which you care deeply, and there is real joy in giving to those causes. Like many other not-for-profit organizations, Lakeview Village has a Foundation, and every day I enjoy some benefit provided by a generous fellow resident through that Foundation.

Some would strongly advocate “giving when you’re living, so you’re knowing where it’s going,” but I think legacy giving is also a viable option. In any case, such generosity can be a most satisfying part of your legacy. Just maybe, you really can make a difference!

Emerson Hartzler, MBA, is a Lakeview Village resident, and, though he lives in a retirement community, he continues working as a financial advisor for Triune Financial Partners, LLC, at Lighton Plaza, 7300 College Blvd., in Overland Park, Kan. Reach Triune at 913-825-6100.

Learn more about Lakeview Village—the senior neighborhood of choice, and the largest retirement community in Kansas—by visiting our website at lakeviewvillage.org, or checking us out on Facebook.

Stormy Weather—Never Fear: Lakeview Village Staff Spend the Night and Deliver Meals to Residents

By Stacey Axler, intern

The Lakeview Village grounds crew stays on top of the snow

The Lakeview Village grounds crew stays on top of the snow

Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kan. plans ahead for upcoming winter weather by preparing the sidewalks and delivering meals to make sure its residents are safe.

“In a community where our entire population is made up of seniors—many of whom lead very busy lives–staying ahead of storms like the one we’ve experienced is paramount. Our entire community comes together to make sure that all our residents are safe and secure,” said Jamie Frazier, Lakeview Village president and CEO.

Lakeview Village staff members take pride in preparing the senior living community for snow. Before snow even begins to fall, managers set up schedules for staffing, and implement plans to ensure that service is continuously provided.

“The staff here is very careful about getting our walkways and our paths clear. Lakeview is a big campus, but the staff makes sure we can access everything we need,” said Lakeview resident Helen Anderson, who has lived at the community for seven years.

Many essential staff members spend the night at the community; Lakeview staff uses empty guest rooms, offices and extra mattresses in empty apartments to keep staff at the community, helping all residents including those in nursing care, in-patient rehab and assisted living.

As early as possible, the grounds manager applies salt to the sidewalks and roads to stop the formation of ice. If snow is already on the paths, the staff will use snow blowers to clear walkways.

“The staff really goes the extra mile here to keep us safe, and they seem happy to do it. They want to help [residents] with anything they can,” Anderson said.

Dining services prepares to-go meals for cottage and villa residents, which servers then hand-deliver.

Dining services prepares to-go meals for cottage and villa residents, which servers then hand-deliver.

Residents do not need to worry about getting meals during a snowstorm, either. Meals are delivered to more than 200 cottage and villa residents: The director of dining services, senior food and beverage manager, volunteer coordinator and community life manager will drive, and servers—along with our human resources coordinator, catering manager and other staff—run meals to every resident’s door.

In her seven years at Lakeview, Anderson remarked that this winter storm is unusually heavy. Even so, she says that the staff at Lakeview strives to put comfort and safety first when residents “prepare to be out of doors.”

Throughout the winter weather, the community keeps residents up to date about the weather and affected activities through updates on the community’s television channel.

Lakeview Village prepares to continue operations as normal despite winter weather.

“Lakeview is a very caring place to be,” Anderson said. Lakeview Village is a nonprofit, continuing care retirement community in Lenexa, Kan. To find out more about Lakeview Village, check out our website and find us on Facebook.

Lakeview Village Reveals Renovations to Centerpointe Care Center

By Stacey Axler

Residents and staff members of Lakeview Village welcomed new renovations and technological advances after months of fundraising and remodeling resulted in a major facelift for the community’s Centerpointe Care Center.

The revitalized look of the first-floor common areas and hallways shows that Lakeview Village strives to reflect a resident-centered approach and philosophy.

These restorations were primarily funded by the “I Care Campaign,” which is a fundraising effort of the Lakeview Village Foundation.


Renovations to Centerpointe Care Center

“The goal of the I Care Campaign was to bring the dated look of the center’s public areas up to the standards of care we provide,” Jan Pearson, director of Health Services at Lakeview said. “Since it first opened in 1991, the 24-hour skilled nursing center has served literally thousands of senior adults and their families. And with a capacity of 120 residents, there has never been a comprehensive overhaul of the center until now.”

The total renovations included the addition of new furniture, signage and art,ceiling grids and tiles, two-way hall lighting, hallway paint and trim, wheelchair-accessible handrails, and plank flooring.

Along with the new additions, many other aspects of the community have also been upgraded, such as four specialized bathrooms, a dining room, and three resident rooms. The renovations also included the purchase of eight sets of chests and dressers, 15 electric hi-lo beds and 109 specialty mattresses.

“We used a lot of creativity and teamwork during the project,” Pearson said. “For example, while work was under way, we used field trips and special events as a means to move residents and clear the way for the renovation. When residents were unable to use the dining room, staff from all over the campus helped transport residents to the dining room in another building. “

The residents are not the only people at Lakeview who enjoy the renovations, as each caregiver was given a laptop computer to access the new system of electronic records.

“Lakeview Village is one of the first long-term care centers in Kansas to convert to electronic medical records,” Pearson said.

According to Jamie Frazier, Lakeview president and CEO, the I Care Campaign has raised nearly $800,000 to date.


A renovated corridor

Much of the money raised by the campaign comes from families and residents associated with Lakeview Village.

A Lakeview couple, Roger and Jeanne Blessing, donated to the current CenterPointe renovation project. They also allocated an additional $100,000 gift for the future renovation of the second floor of the care center.

“Jeanne and I have chosen to live out our lives at Lakeview and consider the residents our friends, neighbors and family, for whom we want the best,” Roger Blessing said. “I am convinced the new appearance will enhance marketing efforts, which ultimately helps all residents.”

Donations are still flowing into the I Care Campaign, ranging from a small donations to thousands of dollars. Those interested in donating can contact the Executive Director of the Lakeview Village Foundation, Nelson Rumore at 913-744-2430.

The residents of Lakeview are excited to see the continued enhancement of the center.

“Lakeview residents are an optimistic group, and they are concerned with improving not only their homes, but our home for future residents,” Frazier said. “They are supportive and determined, and they’re willing to step up to the plate when the need arises. There’s no better example of that love than the dedication and commitment they’ve shown for the Care Center effort.”

Lakeview Village is a continuing care retirement community in Lenexa, Kan. To find out more about Lakeview, check out our website and find us on Facebook.

Ready, Set, Lose! Lakeview Village Staff Begin Biggest Loser Challenge This Week

By Stacey Axler, intern

Lakeview Village staff members recently began participating in The Biggest Loser Challenge, a weight-loss competition inspired by “The Biggest Loser” television show that will yield $600 for the winners.

The challenge, which began on Jan. 17, is amongst teams, each team comprised of four Lakeview staff members. The teams weigh-in every week, and participate in numerous exercise and nutrition challenges throughout the competition.

In order to encourage and motivate the staff members participating in The Biggest Loser Challenge, Lakeview Village added weekly group exercise classes at 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“After New Years, everyone talks about diets,” Michael “Mike” Bernard, housekeeping manager at Lakeview Village, said. Since the competition began “everyone is enthusiastic about that goal because you are working with a team.”

Bernard is a member of the team “The Clean Sweeps.” He wanted to participate in The Biggest Loser Challenge because he “never competed in a competition this big before.”

More than 15 teams are participating in The Biggest Loser Challenge. The goal of the competition is to help people lose weight and learn healthy lifestyle options that will continue after the challenge ends in three months.

“The competition shows people how to be more conscientious in order to improve your diet and your health,” Bernard said.

The Biggest Loser Challenge is based on the television show “The Biggest Loser,” which debuted on NBC in 2004. The show has spanned 15 seasons, and encourages viewers to form Biggest Loser Challenges in their communities.

At Lakeview, The Biggest Loser Challenge will end on April 25.

The winners will be determined based on the highest percentage of body weight lost overall for a team.

Even though The Biggest Loser Challenge started one week ago, Bernard said the competition is already fierce, especially among the team called “Pigs in a Blanket,”comprised of four Lakeview Village chefs.

“Because they cook the food, the rest of us are at their mercy,” Bernard joked.

Not only will the winning team receive the cash prize, but also the title of “The Biggest Loser.”

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