By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Almost Home rally’s support for week-long celebration of assisted living
Residents of Almost Home enjoy live entertainment and sing-a-long hosted by Walt Pennington during National Assisted Living Week.
Residents Create COMPASSION by engaging in a pick-me-up art session, creating their own seasonal pick-up truck to display on their door.

Almost Home joined tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country for the festivities of National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 12-18. Honoring this year’s theme, “Compassion, Community, Caring,” they made it even more personal by adding a 4th C – Comfort (of home), unique to the quality of care provided by their HOMEplus, non-profit health-care option located in Great Bend.  

“After a year of challenges in the health-care industry, this year’s National Assisted Living Week took on even more meaning,” said Leilani Schenkel, executive director of Almost Home. “Our mission would not be possible without the community’s support and this week, numerous local businesses and organizations stepped up to show their support to our residents and staff in this week of celebration.” 

Events throughout the week of celebration included displays of encouragement, crafts, food, live entertainment, and some special involvement and visits from the community and neighbors (a few furry four-leg friends, included). All events took place within the comforts of the residential HOMEplus located at 1919 Van Buren Street in Great Bend. 

“‘Compassion, Community, Caring and Comforts (of home)’ reflect the hard work and dedication of all the caregivers in assisted living communities and highlights the importance of family and remaining connected to those you love.”, said Schenkel. “We are so fortunate to provide residents all the benefits of living at home, but with professional medical staff on hand 24/7 to help ensure their comfort and wellness.”

Events this week focused on the 4C’s of National Assisted Living week with support from the local business community, acts of kindness from one local church, and of course, a huge show of gratitude for the health care providers that have been stretched so thin during this pandemic year-and-a-half.

A special thanks to the local Dillon’s food store and Florist, Dilly & Doc, and Papa Murphy’s for treating the Residents of Almost Home and our followers on Facebook to fun and giveaways. 

Almost Home provides all the comforts of HOMEplus quality healthcare with a personal touch. As the only non-profit HOMEplus facility, it is the first of its kind in Great Bend, Kansas - helping residents live well and age well - while offering lower resident-to-caregiver ratios and providing our residents with the best possible care.

Residents of Almost Home enjoy all the benefits of living at home, but with professional medical staff on hand 24/7 to help ensure their comfort and wellness. You can learn more about potential job and residential living opportunities

About NALW

National Assisted Living Week ( was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance inspires assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinct aspect of long-term care.