After 50 years of being there for some of the toughest times that many families have had to endure, here are the questions we’re asked the most. And, we’d imagine you have a few more of your own, so we’re looking forward to speaking or meeting with you - when the time is right for you.
Q. What is meant by “continuing care?” A. Continuing care refers to the various levels of supportive services provided within our community to meet our resident’s needs – throughout Independent Living and Assisted Living.
Q. What is the benefit of living in a continuing care retirement community like Prairie Homestead Senior Living?A. You know us …. Prairie Homestead Senior Living offers nearly 50 years of experience in senior living. Each day Prairie Homestead strives and meets the commitments we have made to our residents. The life style is an active one if you so choose, or can be more laid back, if this is what you desire. Every day is filled with conveniences and opportunities for warm and interesting social interactions. There is a special connection that comes from living at a not for profit, faith- based community, along with a sense of belonging and being a part of an extended family.
Still, many residents believe the most important aspect of living at Prairie Homestead Senior Living is having a secure plan for the future. Prairie Homestead Senior Living residents and their family members have planned for the future knowing that as changes come about, you have the freedom to hire services into your independent living residence or transition to the assisted living, where more services can be secured to ensure the aging in place concept.
Multi-generations of families now reside at Prairie Homestead Senior Living because they know from personal experience the importance of aging in place in one community and being among friends and neighbors. They know us, and have chosen Prairie Homestead – again.
Q. How young can I be to apply for residency?
A. The minimum age for residency is 62 years. In the case of a couple, only one needs to be 62. The ability to live independently is the key to residency rather that an arbitrary age.
Q. How do I know if I can afford to live at Prairie Homestead? A. Diane Hull, our Administrator, or Pam Boggs, our Director of Marketing, will discuss this with you and assist you in evaluating your resources for your present and future needs. Generally, someone with a retirement income who owns a home or has equivalent assets can afford the security and benefits of Prairie Homestead.
Q. Who owns Prairie Homestead Senior Living? A. Wichita based American Baptist Estates, Inc., doing business as; Prairie Homestead Senior Living is who we are. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation responsible for providing services to the residents of Prairie Homestead Senior Living.
Q. Who runs Prairie Homestead Senior Living? A. Under direction of local Administrator Diane Hull, a management team is responsible for the day-to-day operations. The American Baptist Estate, Inc. Board of Directors, which is comprised of up to twelve volunteer members, works directly with Diane and is focused exclusively on Prairie Homesteads' programs, quality of care and service, master campus planning. The Board of Directors are also responsible for approving the budget, maintaining financial stability. In addition, the Board of Directors are focused on enhancing the strength of the entire organization, ensuring fulfillment of its mission and recognizing its full potential for providing services to seniors. Our Board of Directors are local people who know and understand Prairie Homestead’s history. They too, have loved ones who live or have lived with us.
A. Not at all. While Prairie Homestead’s beginning and life is very much a part of the American Baptist tradition, our community welcomes and accepts residents of all faiths.
Q. Does Prairie Homestead allow pets? A. Independent Living residents may have an indoor pet such as a dog or indoor cat, 25 lbs. or less upon approval by the Administrator. When pets are outdoors, they must be kept on a leash at all times and the owners must clean up after them. All local pet laws must be observed. Pets do not reside in Assisted Living; however, we welcome family and friends to bring their pets to visit.
Q. Does Medicare pay for independent living or assisted living? A. Independent and assisted living communities do not fall under the Medicare guidelines for payment of services. The cost is paid by the individual(s).
Q. How Many Prairie Homestead Senior Living Communities Are There?
A. Just Us! No other Prairie Homesteads exist. Our focus is on you and our residents. We were founded right here in Wichita by a local Baptist Minister and members of a Baptist congregation almost 50 years ago.
Q. I have more questions – who can I contact? A. Pam Boggs, our Director of Marketing, welcomes your phone call or email (or, just stop in) and will be happy to answer all your questions (and perhaps a few you haven’t yet thought of to ask). You can reach Pam at our main number, 316-263-8264. Or, email Pam at email@example.com. Or use our Contact Us page. Regardless of how you find us …