New construction projects, innovations in health services, and 43 new move-ins were highlights from the 2016 “State of the Village” presented by President and CEO Jamie Frazier.
New construction, routine maintenance propel Lakeview Village above other Johnson County retirement communities
Last year was busy for the remodeling crew, as they completed 58 apartment remodels and a total of 111 capital projects. In addition to completing the fourth major phase of burying overhead power lines around campus, installing new street signs and repairing a storm water pipe, the community worked with Don Julian Builders to complete its first two Patio homes and started on two more. Lakeview Village also demolished three vacant cottages to make room for new Don Julian homes along 91st Terrace, including a rare single-family home.
Some of these new homes are part of the 50 agreements for independent living approved in 2015. Lakeview Village welcomed new neighbors to homes in cottages, villas, and apartments in Northpointe, Gardenview, Southridge and Heritage.
A lovely home within a larger community is just one benefit of living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Lakeview Village’s health and wellness focus and numerous programs is another. Our wellness team is happy to report that, on average, , our residents see improvements year after year in upper and lower body strength, cardiovascular endurance and dynamic agility; as well as reduction of fall risk. In addition to general wellness, we have begun offering the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR) fitness program, which includes a circuit, aqua and pole walking class for those focused on delaying the effects of Parkinson’s. Lakeview Village also partnered with KU’s Alzheimer ’s Disease Research Center to present Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention (LEAP) programming for residents on campus. This program involves an emphasis on exercise and eating well to help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer ’s disease.
Our wellness focus helps residents thrive longer in independent living
Our wellness team presented at the International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) Annual Conference and at the Annual Parkinson’s Foundation Symposium. Not only is our wellness team focused on helping Lakeview Village residents live healthier, longer, they undergo training to stay at the forefront of programming and best practices for optimal senior health.
Quality, caring health care services, should you need them
The third major benefit of retirement community living is access to on-site healthcare, as needed. Our annual health survey for the Care Center and Assisted Living apartments were both well above average. Our Assisted Living survey hasn’t had a deficiency recorded since it opened in 2010.
Eastside Terrace Sub-Acute Rehabilitation was very busy in 2015. This service is available to Lakeview Village residents and the Johnson County community at large. It is a waystation between the hospital and home for those recovering from a stroke, heart attack, hip or knee replacement and many other orthopedic procedures.
In 2015 we served about 850 patients whose length of stay was well below state and national averages. Our Return to Hospital rate was only about half of the national average. We continue to be a 5-star rated community by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This quality rating helps savvy consumers differentiate between rehabilitation providers, as quality in this industry varies widely. You can check community ratings at cms.gov.
In addition to our sub-acute rehabilitation services, we have 64 therapists working on in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, including speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. We have therapists certified in SAEBO, Vital Stim and LSVT BIG and LOUD programs. We also received accreditation to become a free-standing outpatient therapy clinic, so Lakeview Village can expand services to off-site locations. We are managing two clinics in area assisted living communities. Therapists performed 45,000 rehabilitation sessions in the last year.
The Lakeview Village Foundation raises funds for Lakeview Village improvements and the Good Samaritan Fund
The Lakeview Village Foundation provides assistance to Lakeview Village residents through the Good Samaritan Fund and also contributes to overall campus improvements. For example, the Foundation secured $12,000 from the Nettleton Foundation for Beauty Salon Improvements. Last year, the Foundation received $508,000 in donations from 380 donors. The donor wall in Eastside Terrace lists 782 names of donors who have given from $500 to more than $100,000 each in donations.
The Good Samaritan Fund helps cover the costs of the monthly service fee for residents who, through no fault of their own, can no longer afford the full monthly fee. This means that residents are never asked to leave Lakeview Village due to an inability to pay.
New construction projects, dozens of new neighbors, and specialty certifications for our wellness team and new accreditations for health services made 2015 a year of progress at Lakeview Village. We continue to make improvements across our community to remain the most innovative retirement community in Johnson County. You can learn more about Lakeview Village and our future plans during a personal tour.