Masonic Home starts $5.1 million project

The Kansas Masonic Home is embarking on a $5.1 million project to remodel its skilled nursing unit so that it's less like a hospital setting and more like a "neighborhood."

The remodeling will decrease the overall number of beds but provide a better quality of life for residents, said Jill Laffoon, director of marketing.

Each of the nursing unit's two floors will have two "neighborhoods." Each of those four areas will have a living room, kitchen, dining area and laundry, with residents' rooms around them.

One area will be for short-term rehabilitation and one will be for memory care, Laffoon said.

The Masonic Home project will take about two years.

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