Kansas City’s Residential Alzheimer’s Care Home Pioneer Adds 5th House

Sunflower HouseCare Haven Homes has great news. We’ve purchased Sunflower House, an Alzheimer’s care residence, from A New Day at Home, LLC.

Sunflower House will be our 5th memory care home – our 2nd in Leawood. Like other Care Haven homes, Sunflower House is a ranch-style residence. It’s specially designed to provide better Alzheimer’s care in a family-style setting.

Sunflower House is located near 92nd and Lee Boulevard.

Answers to Your Top 5 Questions

  1. Why did A New Day sell Sunflower House to Care Haven Homes?

For 17 years, A New Day has delivered professional in-home assistance to Alzheimer’s caregivers. It opened Sunflower House a year ago. It hoped to continue serving memory care clients when their need for safe, round-the-clock care required a move out of the family home.

“Operating an Alzheimer’s care residence is very different from delivering professional in-home care services,” according to Norman Grant, A New Day’s Managing Director. “We’re returning to what we do best.

“But we’re keeping our promise to provide better Alzheimer’s care to our residents, too – care based on the best research and practices. We approached Care Haven because of its reputation for doing just that.”

  1. Did the purchase affect Sunflower House’s licensing?

Like the rest of our Care Haven Homes, Sunflower House is licensed by the State of Kansas to operate as a “Home Plus.” A Home Plus cares for up to 12 residents who require help managing all areas of their everyday lives.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services approved Care Haven’s application to operate Sunflower House.

  1. How will the purchase affect Sunflower House?

Like our other Care Haven homes, Sunflower House stresses best practices. Its caregivers provide person-centered Alzheimer’s care in an environment that looks and feels like a real home.

Sunflower operates at the same high caregiver staffing level as our other Care Haven homes. Its nurses and caregivers demonstrate the same commitment to compassionate, personalized assistance. We look forward to working side-by-side with them, providing better Alzheimer’s care to more of our neighbors.

  1. How will the purchase affect Care Haven Homes?

We are the leading, most experienced local operator of residential Alzheimer’s care homes in Johnson County.

But we plan to continue our small ways.

  • Each Care Haven home provides a family-style setting, typically for 8 residents,
  • Each home operates with high caregiver staffing levels to provide dignified, individualized care.
  • All our homes are clustered together in Leawood and Overland Park. Senior managers easily make daily rounds and emergency visits to each.
  • Our family-owned business is headquartered in nearby Prairie Village – convenient for hands-on oversight of each home.
  1. Why grow?

Unfortunately, the need for Alzheimer’s care is growing.

  • As a person ages, he or she is more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Increasing numbers of Americans (and Kansans) are aged 65 and older.1,2
  • In 10 years, the number of Kansas seniors living with Alzheimer’s is projected to increase 24%, to 62,000.3
  • An increasing proportion of people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are advancing from the mild stage into moderate or severe stages.4 (Again due to increased age and life expectancy.)

More and more families are forced to seek better Alzheimer’s care outside their own homes.

[su_note note_color=”#e8f6fc” class=”standout”] I entered the residential Alzheimer’s care home field nearly 10 years ago. I was intrigued by the possibility that this approach could significantly improve the lives of people with dementia.

A decade later, we’ve traveled from possibility to proof. Person-centered care in an intimate, family-style setting is today’s industry gold standard.5 We’re proud to be in the position to offer better Alzheimer’s care to more of our neighbors.

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I hope I’ve answered all your questions and concerns about our purchase of Sunflower House. If you need additional information, please contact me, Neil Barnett, at (913) 643-0111 or Neil@CareHavenHomes.com. [/su_note]


“2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia. Chicago: Alzheimer’s Association, 2014. 19. 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. http://www.alz.org/downloads/Facts_Figures_2014.pdf.

“Kansas Alzheimer’s Statistics.” Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia. Chicago: Alzheimer’s Association, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. http://www.alz.org/documents_custom/facts_2014/alz_ff_kansas.pdf?type=interior_map&facts=undefined&facts=facts.

3 Ibid.

Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease – A National Imperative. Chicago: Alzheimer’s Association, 2010. 9. 2010. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. http://www.alz.org/documents_custom/trajectory.pdf.

“What Is Changing?” Pioneer Network. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. http://www.pioneernetwork.net/Consumers/BetterCareOptions/WhatIsChanging/.