Tallgrass Creek to Open its Continuing Care Neighborhood on April 3

WHAT: A Thursday, April 3, Grand Opening of memory care and post-acute rehabilitation units at Tallgrass Creek's new continuing care neighborhood in Overland Park, KS. The continuing care neighborhood, which opened its first phase late last year with assisted living, now has a total of 104 apartments and suites and brings unprecedented holistic Person-Centered Care assessment to Kansas. The addition of this continuing care neighborhood fulfills Tallgrass Creek's commitment to residents and their families in providing all levels of health care at one site.  With baby boomers turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 per day, the new neighborhood also meets the demands of a growing senior population. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, April 3, from 4 - 6 p.m., at Tallgrass Creek, 13800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. Tours of the new neighborhood will be held from 4 - 5: 30 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception will be held from 5:30 - 6 p.m. More than 100 guests will attend the grand opening event. Steven D. Wilkinson, the President and CEO of Menorah Medical Center, will serve as the keynote speaker. Tracey Osborne, President of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, and Debra Doyle, Chief Operating Officer for Erickson Living, the manager and developer of Tallgrass Creek, will join Wilkinson.  Other company and community leaders, current residents, and area health care and service professionals will also join members of the Tallgrass Creek community for the special event DESIGN: The Continuing Care neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek includes private apartment suites with full private baths and showers, walk-in closets, and granite countertops.  Spas and salons, a theater room, family-style kitchens, and outdoor courtyards are just some of the neighborhood amenities residents will also have the opportunity to enjoy. ECONOMIC IMPACT: The addition of the neighborhood is also a significant creator of employment opportunities in Johnson County, having made available over 120 new positions in variety of areas from nursing and social work to culinary services and maintenance. The Continuing Care neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek was designed by the award-winning firm of Lantz-Boggio Architects.  Brinkmann Constructors  served as the general contractor for the project. ABOUT PERSON-CENTERED CARE: The Erickson Living Person-Centered Care model at the new continuing care neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek integrates health and wellness by blending mission, vision, and values. A resident's daily life experience is influenced by how well staff can serve in helping each reach his or her highest potential.  It is a dynamic way of seeing, caring for and serving residents. "All staff members regardless of position go through the same training on the person-centered approach program prior to beginning their jobs," said Tallgrass Creek Executive Director Peter Crane. "It truly emphasizes the well-known practice that we should treat others like we want to be treated.  It creates a wonderful environment no matter if you live or work in our community." Person-Centered Care is about putting the resident first, looking at each person from a holistic perspective, and recognizing them as an individual. There is no labeling or stereotyping. Intensive focus on the Person-Centered approach philosophy includes how to blend this approach and the Erickson Living Hospitality Program into every resident interaction, resulting in purposeful engagement throughout a resident's day. Employees learn about the normal aging process, dementia and how an individual experiences the dementing symptoms, understanding actions and expressions, as well as experiencing vital hands-on training in caring for an individual with cognitive impairment. In addition, all mandatory trainings such as blood borne pathogens, infection control, and safety are included.