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105 Birthday Candles for Valentine’s Day

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Beulah, who lives in our Fontana home, is Care Haven Homes’ oldest resident. Last Valentine’s Day, we were privileged to help celebrate her 105th birthday.

The whole county got behind us! The Best Times magazine ran a feature on the birthday girl. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners issued a Certificate of Special Commendation; Chairman Ed Eilert and Commissioner Jason Osterhaus presented it at Beulah’s party.

From the article:

Beulah Montgomery Janssen was born just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day 1913.


Elsewhere, suffragettes marched. Woodrow Wilson practiced his inaugural address. Henry Ford tinkered with the first moving assembly line. Fellow newborns Rosa Parks, Jimmy Hoffa and Mary Leakey napped.


Leakey would go on to discover the earliest human footprints. Most footprints young Beulah saw blew away. She came of age in north central Kansas during what she called “the Dirty Thirties:” the Dust Bowl Era.


Beulah Montgomery was born in a farmhouse near Covert, Kansas – now a ghost town. . . .

READ Beulah’s story, from her ornery youth, to a courting as a “flirty hasher,” to family life without indoor plumbing on the farms and oilfields of northwestern Kansas. See page 10 of The Best Times’ March-April 2018 issue for the rest of the story.

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Care Haven Opens 6th Alzheimer’s Care Home

Welcomes First Residents to Specially Remodeled Overland Park House

Care Haven Expands Alzheimer's Care with Sixth Home

Prairie Village, KS, January 19, 2017: Care Haven Homes, LLC (“Care Haven”) has opened its sixth Alzheimer’s care home, near I-435 and Roe Boulevard. The house is designed to create a safe, comforting community for up to eight people living with dementia.

Locally owned Care Haven opened its first Alzheimer’s care home in 2005. According to Neil Barnett, company founder, it had just five beds. With the opening of its sixth home, Care Haven’s houses are licensed to care for a total of 49 residents.

“I began learning about Alzheimer’s when my grandmother was diagnosed,” said Barnett. “That was more than 40 years ago. I discovered first hand that dementia is more than memory loss. Its physical, psychological, emotional and behavioral challenges demand special, round-the-clock care. Extra training, compassion and staffing are critical. Flexible routines, personal attention and a calm, secure environment are key. I’m pleased we can offer all that to the growing number of families looking for care.”

The demand for dementia care is increasing, locally and nationally. Barnett cited recent statistics from The Alzheimer’s Association1, 2 :

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia.
  • 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease (51,000 Kansans).
  • Every 66 seconds, another American develops the disease.
  • The chance of receiving a diagnosis increases with age. 1 in 9 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s – 1 in 3 people age 85 and older.
  • By 2050, a record number of Americans will reach the age range at greatest risk for Alzheimer’s. As baby boomers grow older, the number of people in the United States with the disease may nearly triple.

Care Haven’s sixth home is in one of Overland Park’s quiet residential neighborhoods. The company acquired the ranch-style house in late 2015. Extensive remodeling took nearly a year to complete. The house features eight private bedrooms. Residents share a family-style setting, assisted by professional caregiving and nursing staffs.

About the Company: Care Haven operates four Alzheimer’s care homes in Overland Park, KS and two in Leawood, KS. Its headquarters are in Prairie Village, KS. The company has 65 employees. Neil Barnett has been Care Haven’s Owner/Operator since its founding, in 2004. Barnett is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

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For more information, contact:
Neil Barnett, Owner/Operator, Care Haven Homes
(913) 643-0111

About Home Plus: Each Care Haven home operates as a “Home Plus,” licensed by The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. A Home Plus cares for up to 12 residents who need help managing all areas of everyday life.3 Twenty licensed Home Plus facilities currently provide memory care in Johnson County, KS.4

About remodeling a house for use as an Alzheimer’s care home:

Overview of different senior living options:

Links to Sources of Background Information:

1 “What is Dementia?”” Alzheimer’s Association, 2017. Web. 8 Jan 2017.

2 “2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia. Chicago: Alzheimer’s Association, 2016:12(4). Web. 8 Jan 2017.

3 Kansas Survey, Certification and Credentialing Commission. Statutes and Regulations for Licensure and Operation of Home Plus Facilities. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, 2013. Web. 8 Jan 2017.

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Kansas Adult Care Provider Directory: Home Plus Providers. Web. 8 Jan 2017.,P901_SOURCE:XX5,P

Care Haven Homes Buys Sunflower House

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 [/su_note]


“2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia. Chicago: Alzheimer’s Association, 2014. 19. 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

“Kansas Alzheimer’s Statistics.” Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia. Chicago: Alzheimer’s Association, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

3 Ibid.

Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease – A National Imperative. Chicago: Alzheimer’s Association, 2010. 9. 2010. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

“What Is Changing?” Pioneer Network. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

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