Meadowlark Hills retirement community was honored for its person-centered care during a ceremony Thursday morning.
The award was Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes — the PEAK award — which is given to nursing homes for “successfully implementing culture change,” according to a press release.
Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, presented the award to Lonnie Sullivan, Meadowlark Hills CEO.
PEAK awards are given each year to homes that make significant improvements in the areas of resident choice, staff empowerment, home environment and meaningful life activities. Seven other Kansas nursing homes received the award, including Brewster Health Center in Topeka.
According to the press release from Meadowlark Hills, “Person-centered nursing homes have moved away from the institutional model of nursing home care and toward a more home-like environment in which residents have a say in their day-to-day lives.”