Presbyterian Manor receives PEAK award

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor was one of three adult care homes in Kansas recognized for making advances in the shift to person-centered care, which emphasizes resident choice, staff development, a homelike environment and meaningful life.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) singled out three senior living communities specifically for their work in 2016 as person-centered care homes that have moved away from institutional models of care.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor shares the honor with Heritage Healthcare Center in Chanute and the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita.

Through its PEAK 2.0 program, KDADS recognized a total of 14 adult care homes for their achievements in 2016 in providing and sustaining person-centered care for residents, and for mentoring other homes in the process, said KDADS Secretary Tim Keck.

“I want to congratulate these facilities for doing the hard work of implementing and maintaining person-centered care, a culture change which involves rethinking their values and practices from top to bottom,” Secretary Keck said. “As a result, they are caring for their residents in a way – and in an environment – that enhances the quality of life for residents.”

For the past 18 years, the Kansas Department of Aging and now KDADS has recognized nursing homes for successfully implementing positive culture change through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK) program.

Five years ago, to encourage homes to adopt person-centered care as a minimum standard, the agency created the PEAK 2.0 program to recognize these achievements.