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Home Plus to open third facility at Rolling Hills

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 7:15 a.m.

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Open house

Reflection Living House, 619 S. Maize Court, will have an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The dedication ceremony will be at 6 p.m.

Contractors are putting the final touches on the newest Reflection Living House, 619 S. Maize Court, which is the third Home Plus to be added to the Rolling Hills Senior Campus.

Construction started on the $800,000 Home Plus facility in November.

Co-owners Susie Engels and Jennifer Maul teamed up with Physicians Development Group for the three homes.

Registered nurses, the two women worked in home health prior to starting their business in 2006.

“We just found a huge need for other options for long-term care,” said Engels.

Physicians Development Group approached Engels and Maul about developing Home Pluses in an effort to add another level of care to the Rolling Hills campus.

“By being here, we provide that piece for a nursing home level of resident,” Maul said.

Other facilities at the Rolling Hills campus include Family Health and Rehab skilled nursing, which opened in 2007, and Avita Senior Living, an assisted living facility that opened in 2012.

The newest house will be called Rosie House, after Engels’ mother. Two other Reflection Living houses at Rolling Hills are Minnie House and Pearl House, both named after developers’ family members.

Minnie House opened in late 2011 and Pearl House opened in January 2012.

“I think it adds personability to the building,” said Matt Lillie, president of Physicians Development Group.

“Each house takes on life of its own. It’s not like you’re moving from your home into an institution. You’re moving from your home into your home again because it’s all centered around family and how to create a family experience in a place that’s not your original home.”

In addition to the Home Pluses at the Rolling Hills campus, Maul and Engels converted two houses into Home Pluses in Indian Hills and Hidden Lakes Estates.

Those two houses hold eight residents; the ones at Rolling Hills hold 12 each.

Maul said that retrofitting homes can be more difficult than building new.

“We have to make a lot of changes to make them work,” Maul said. “We do it, but it’s not as perfect as with the newer homes.”

Features include all private bedrooms and bathrooms, three living spaces, a salon and a storm shelter on the main level.

Residents can pay privately or through long term care insurance. The facilities also accept Medicaid if a resident exhausts other funding options, Maul said.

Rosie House will take its first residents on April 8 and is accepting applicants. For information, call 316-650-6117.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com.

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