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Rapid Recovery Suites at Kansas Masonic Home open to patients

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 2:22 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, July 19, 2013, at 6:56 a.m.

The Kansas Masonic Home started moving patients to its new $4million Rapid Recovery Suites this week.

The new 14,400-square-foot building, built on the Masonic Home’s campus at 514 S. Martinson, is specifically for short-term therapy patients.

“They’ll stay for one to three weeks typically,” said Matthew Bogner, CEO of the home. He explained that the suites are designed for those who are leaving a hospital and need therapy before going back home.

The building features 20 private rooms in Spanish-style architecture, and it includes a den, study, dining room, beauty parlor and therapy room, along with a courtyard and private chef.

“It’s much more like a resort, and that’s what people are demanding now for therapy stays,” Bogner said.

There will be nine to 11 staff members in the Rapid Recovery Suites at all times, said Jill Laffoon, director of marketing.

“We cross-train them in multiple jobs so they’re less task oriented, so when a resident needs help it’s not ‘That’s not my job,’” Bogner said.

The suites are part of $22million in renovations planned for the 15-acre campus. The renovation plan is expected to be completed within two years and make nearly all of the more than 220 rooms private, Bogner said.

In about two months, renovation of the assisted living towers will be complete. That $5million project will be for the buildings’ 54 apartments, common spaces and Old English-style pub, Bogner said. The towers were previously independent living.

“The units in that building were a little small compared to other independent living competitors, but when we move to assisted living, they become some of the biggest in the market,” Bogner said.

In 2016, the home will likely start another project for independent living on the property, since the towers have been redesignated as assisted living, Bogner said. The new independent living buildings will likely be duplexes and not apartments, Laffoon said.

That project would be outside the scope of the $22million in planned renovations, which also include the assisted living manor, which has three floors of apartments that will be converted to “homes” with one household per floor, each with its own den, living room and kitchen for residents. Two of the floors will be for memory care.

The health center, or pavilion, which has about 120 beds, will be converted into the “home” concept, including one for memory care.

The renovations are designed to further the organization’s culture change, Bogner said.

“Culture change in aging services is moving away from a medical model of care to a more homelike environment. … You can rip down and build a beautiful homelike setting, but if you still provide care in the same way, it isn’t really home,” Bogner said.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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