Since the final pieces of the puzzle are now in place, Aster Estates is taking applications and inviting prospective residents to an open house.
“Aster Estates provides a living style that promotes independence with caring professionals and para-professionals on staff,” said Pam Lewis, registered nurse and owner of the new venture. “This model of care is often referred to as home-plus.”
Aster Estates has received its official license from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and approval from the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The spacious home is located at 155 NW 10th Ave., a short distance from the city limits on the west side of North McKinley.
Capacity is seven people in almost 3,600 square feet of living space.
Residents must be ambulatory on their own or with a walker, and be able to stand and walk with minimal assistance. COVID testing, with a brief follow-up quarantine, are required for those who become Aster Estate residents.
The open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 5. Tours will begin every 30 minutes to adhere to social-distancing guidelines; to schedule a tour call 620-617-4281 or visit www.asterestates.com.
“We certainly wanted to take applications and guide tours last year but, like everyone else, we adapted to COVID and changed our plans,” Lewis said.
Lewis also has resumed efforts to recruit certified nurse’s aides and certified medication aides for the on-site staff.
“We are looking for professional, compassionate people who want to join us in this new venture,” Lewis commented. “Staff members will help us provide a homey, comfortable atmosphere for each resident.”
Lewis and her mother, Doris Johansen, 99, currently live in the residence.
“We are eager to have others join us to share in all the amenities of this wonderful location,” Lewis said. “Anyone who visits is sure to be impressed with all we have to offer.”
For example, everyone will have a private suite, even though the rooms are large enough for two people. “We want to offer the privacy and independence that some people are searching for,” Lewis commented.
The residence has been remodeled throughout and most suites have either full baths or half baths. A state-approved fire-alarm system was installed.
Other Aster Estates features include: three home-cooked meals a day and snacks; a swimming pool for water aerobics and relaxation with supervision; fishing pond; outdoor pool table and firepit; and large outdoor sitting/activity area.
In addition, when a resident chooses, Aster Estates staff will provide transportation to appointments and be available to attend doctors’ visits to ask questions and alleviate stress.
Erin Lewis, business manager, said residents will be “encouraged to join in activities and get involved in meal preparation, if they are so inclined. However, we understand that sometimes people just want their privacy. We respect that too.
“All these features combine to allow residents to enjoy both privacy and fellowship. Aster Estates offers a setting that is as much like home as we can make it.”
The Lewis family has a 50-year legacy of caring for senior citizens. Pam’s parents, Clarence and Doris Johansen, owned and operated the former Cherry Village. Pam followed in their footsteps, retiring in 2018. Erin, Pam’s daughter-in-law, was business manager at Cherry Village too.
For more information, call 620-617-4281.