East Wichita News
January 2015 / Volume 32 / Number 1
Two decades ago, Charles and Mary Lou Stark had no idea they would be setting a new standard for dementia care in Kansas. The family was diligently working to care for Charles’ parents, both of whom were needing care because of dementia. They wanted to create a different kind of long-term care environment, and those efforts eventually led to the state creating the designation of HomePlus.
The 219 Home established by the Stark family eventually became the first HomePlus in the state of Kansas, and the concept they pioneered has grown dramatically over the past two decades. ComfortCare Homes now has eight homes providing care to Residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The homes are all on the eastside of Wichita and serve Residents with early to late stages of dementia.
“21 years ago, the Starks said there had to be a better way, and now the HomePlus concept is very popular,” said Robert Miller, Vice President of Company Development for ComfortCare Homes, Inc. “It is the alternative to a nursing home for people with dementia.”
In 1997, son Doug Stark took over as president of ComfortCare Homes, and today the company sets the standard for dementia care in a home setting in Wichita. The company operates seven private homes that have been converted to dementia care, as well as Founders Crest, a larger home built in 2014, that provide a higher level of care for Residents with advance dementias.
“What continues to set ComfortCare Homes apart is the wide range of personalized services offered,” Miller said. Those services range for varying levels of care for earlier stages of dementia to complete care as needed. “We can change our level of care as someone’s needs change,” said Miller. “We work with all types of dementia, and at all phases. It’s a very wide range of care.”
This year marks an important milestone for ComfortCare Homes. Its first home in Wichita has now gone through a complete renovation, and will be featured during an open house on Jan. 14. For more information on the open house or a private tour, call 316-685-3322.
For more information on ComfortCare Homes and the services offered in Wichita, visit www.comfortcarehomeswichita.com.
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I cannot say enough good things about Maurita & Susan (CareGivers) at 219. They are always caring & cheerful & positive. They have gone out of their way (I feel above & beyond) to help my aunt adjust to her new home. They call me at the first sign of any concerns or changes in my aunt. They treat her as part of their family. I am very grateful every day that my aunt is in their care. It is comforting to know she is where she belongs. I feel like they are a great team!
- Carla Barnard