Wichita Senior Living Center Planning Redevelopment

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

A long-time senior living center has redevelopment plans for its campus in northwest Wichita.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, near 13th Street and Zoo Blvd., will invest millions of dollars to bring new residential choices there.

Dorothy Rowden has been a resident of the living center since 1999. She looks forward to the changes, even though it will mean moving for residents while construction is going on.

Presbyterian Manors was built in the early 1970s on what is described as a medical model for seniors. So the living center will be making a more than $35 million investment to remodel the campus.

Bruce Shogren, Presbyterian Manor President and CEO says, "New senior communities are built on a residential model. More intimate, more open spaces, bigger rooms. And that's what we're looking for," says Bruce Shogren, Presbyterian Manor President and CEO.

He also says marketing studies tell them the residential model is what future retirees will be looking for.

"That just gets us ready to serve the baby boomers when they do come," Shogren says.

When completed, there will be 50 to 60 new units, which will almost double the assisted living units. One change will be the addition of 24 assisted living memory support suites.

Shogren says, "The market studies that we had done definitely shows that there is a need for memory support."

Dorothy hopes to be back when it’s completed.

"Now they have found it,” she says. “This is where we're going. All these beautiful things will be done. I just regret I won't see it all completed. Of course, if I do, I will be at the ceremony for cutting the ribbon for it all."

If everything goes according to plan, all those changes will be accomplished by the winter of 2015, or just over three years from now.

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