by Josh Heck, Wichita Business Journal
Comfort Care Homes is preparing to re-open its eighth senior living home.
The company, led by Doug Stark, is spending $490,000 to expand and refurbish a home near Douglas and Woodlawn.
The first three residents are expected to move in the week of Jan. 19.
The Home has a 10-person capacity.
This was the first home Comfort Care opened 21 years ago to provide memory care for seniors in a residence, which the Kansas Department on Aging later classified as Home Plus.
Stark says the home launched Comfort Care in the memory care business. Now, the company has come full circle with the property.
“It’s a magical thing for me,” Stark says. “I remember the first day this home opened.”
The home closed for remodeling last year after the resident were moved to Comfort Care Home’s Founders Crest, which provide care for people with advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Founders Crest is Comfort Care’s first ground-up project.
Renovation work on the home started in July.
Accell Construction is the general contractor. Tom Compton of Compton Associates is the lead architect on the project.
The size of the house was increased to 6,100 square feet, up from 4,400 previously.
Halls and doors were widened to better accommodate residents who use wheelchairs. Additional common spaces and bathrooms were built in. LED lighting has been incorporated throughout. Outdoor decks and additional landscaping will be added.
Starks says the home was gutted and reconfigured using the company’s latest design standards.
“This has been a labor of love,” Stark says.
He says the Home Plus designation allows care to be provided in a smaller setting.
The designation allows providers to care for up to 12 people in a home environment.
Typically, actual houses are purchased and converted for senior care. No exterior signage is put up so the homes blend in with the surrounding residential neighborhood.
Last year, Comfort Care awarded licensing for a home in Newton.
Under Comfort Care’s licensing model, homes are independently owned and operated, but the owners have ongoing access to regulatory support from Comfort Care.
Comfort Care also has licensees in Baldwin City, Kansas City, Pittsburg and Omaha.
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