Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Kari Bruffett announced Tuesday that 10 adult care facilities throughout the state have been recognized with a 2015 PEAK 2.0 Award for sustaining person-centered care for their residents.
“KDADS remains committed to ensuring high quality services for Kansas nursing home residents,” Secretary Bruffett said. “I want to congratulate the management and staff of these winning facilities for their extraordinary effort and the excellent care they provide.”
Person-centered care nursing homes have moved away from the institutional model of nursing home care and toward a more homelike environment in which residents have a say in their day-to-day lives. Mentor Homes are PEAK 2.0 facilities that have mentored other adult care facilities in implementing person-centered care.
The following facilities were recognized:

• Brewster Health Center, Topeka – Mentor
• Evergreen Community of Johnson County, Olathe – Mentor
• Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Manhattan – Mentor
• Pleasant View, Inman – Mentor
• Medicalodges Columbus, Columbus
• Schowalter Villa, Hesston
• Dooley Center, Atchison
• Parkside Homes, Hillsboro
• Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade (Meade District Hospital long-term care unit)
• Pine Village, Moundridge
For more than 10 years, the State of Kansas has recognized nursing homes for successfully implementing this positive, person-centered approach to caring for adults through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK) program.
In 2012, PEAK was revised and became PEAK 2.0, 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. This initiative redesigned the performance incentives included in the Medicaid nursing home reimbursement formula to recognize achievement in the areas of resident choice, staff development, home environment and meaningful life. There are now 234 adult care home facilities participating in PEAK 2.0.
As a result of this culture-change movement, accommodating the personal preferences of residents has become as important as providing the vital care, services and supports they need.