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PEAK logoIn 2012, PEAK was revised and became PEAK 2.0. Building on the successful history of PEAK, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is moving in expanding directions. PEAK 2.0 replaces the phrase “culture change” with “person-centered care.” The latter best describes the kind of practices KDADS wants to encourage. Additionally, PEAK 2.0 is now a Medicaid pay-for-performance incentive program. Homes that engage in system changes to support person-centered care or who have demonstrated implementation of person-centered care receive financial incentives through Medicaid reimbursement. The program focuses on five domains essential to person-centered care: The Foundation, Resident Choice, Staff Empowerment, Home Environment, and Meaningful Life.

KDADS contracted with Kansas State University to administer the program in 2012. KDADS continues to oversee the program and apply the incentive to Medicaid reimbursement, but Kansas State University handles administrative functions of the program, such as application, training, and evaluation of participants. In addition, the Center on Aging strives to be a support to homes as they navigate the program.

The program is open to all long-term care providers in the state of Kansas.  Greeley County Health Services is actively working with this program.  They have begun educating staff and the resident council.  Look for more improvements in the very near future!!

To better meet the needs of the community a new 32 bed Long-Term Care facility was constructed in 2000. This facility has allowed residents and their family to experience an atmosphere that feels more like home. While long-term care is the primary function of the facility there is an active Respite Care and Adult DaycareProgram which is designed for those in need of a shorter stay. These programs are ideal for families that wish to continue caring for their loved ones at home, but may need to be gone for short periods of time. Other amenities offered by GCHS include:

Greeley County Long Term Care Services was recently recognized for their second PEAK Award.  The PEAK Awards is designated by the Kansas Department on Aging and was created to “Promote Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes” (PEAK) to support nursing homes instituting non-traditional models of care with home environments, a movement known nationally as “culture change.”  Nursing homes from across the state are invited each year to submit an application describing the changes they have made during the previous year.  A PEAK Application Review Committee, consisting of representatives from AARP, Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Kansas Advocates for Better Care, Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Kansas Silver-haired Legislature, and the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman reviews the applications received and selects homes for site visits.  The PEAK Travel Team, with representatives from Myers & Stauffer, L.C., the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Kansas State University’s Center on Aging, and KDOA, visits the homes selected to verify information submitted in the application.  Melissa Walk was also named as the 2007 Activity Director of the Year.  Congratulations to the residents and staff of the Greeley County Long Term Care.

Recent renovations and changes at the facility include a remodeling project to create a lovely sitting area, cybercafé and library for the LTC elders, hospital employees and community residents to enjoy.

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Izzy- The Long Term Care Companion

izzyIzzy came to live at the Greeley County Long Term Care at the end of January 2014.  She is a Jack Russell Terrier and is three and a half years old.  Jo Lobmeyer, a Tribune resident, graciously donated Izzy to brighten and comfort our residents and staff’s lives on a daily basis.  Izzy has made her permanent home at the LTC.

She has a growing assortment of toys that include a squirrel, pig, raccoon, and a foam Easter egg.  Izzy has made friends with many of the residents, and she sleeps on their laps, goes for walks, and joins them in their activities.

Izzy now has her own Facebook page, Izzy Spotty. Go and friend her today and see if your loved ones are “spotted” in any pictures with her!

Izzy makes the residents so happy, and now they can enjoy another luxury they had at home, here with us.

*PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas) started in 2002 as a recognition and education program to encourage providers in Kansas to adopt culture change. Kansas State University’s Center on Aging has a long history with PEAK. The center was responsible for the development of culture change educational modules.

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