It was something that no other retirement community in the area had done before, but Lakeview Village, a continuing care retirement community in Lenexa, Kansas, was up to the challenge: transporting almost 100 residents from their nursing care neighborhood to enjoy this past Wednesday at a spring picnic in nearby Black Hoof Park.
In order to transport these residents and ensure their needs were met, the residents were matched one on one with a Lakeview staff member or volunteer. Over 200 people attended the Spring Picnic to enjoy a day filled with delicious food grilled by Lakeview staff, outdoor games for the residents to enjoy, and the chance to be immersed in the beauty of Lake Lenexa in the center of the park.
“No other retirement community does an event like this,” Lakeview Village President James Frazier. “They might take a few of their residents out at a time, but nothing on this scale.”
To make the spring picnic possible, staff planned every detail extensively to provide the same quality of care for their Centerpointe Care Center residents as they do on the Lakeview campus. To facilitate this, Lakeview knew that transportation was key- residents were able to come to and leave the picnic whenever they wanted due to the availability of the Lakeview bus and six rented wheelchair accessible vans. Lakeview Village staff held several fundraisers to raise the money to rent the wheelchair accessible vans.
After the outing, Frazier described the picnic as a “positive” and “enjoyable” experience for the residents, staff, and volunteers who participated in the event.
“This is a very unique event,” Frazier said. “You have to imagine that when you do an event of this type and scale, the risk goes way up, but we knew that this was the right thing to do.”