When Becky Bright was ready to transition to retirement living, she went from her home in Paola to an assisted living apartment at Aberdeen Village. That was a year and a half ago, and she knows she made the right choice.
“I chose assisted living because it was the right fit for me and provided the support when I needed it,” Bright said. “Independent living could have been an option with in-home service, but I didn’t want to move twice. I also liked the idea of not cooking anymore, plus getting help with showers and medication when I need it.”
Many of her friends in Aberdeen Village assisted living started in independent living and transitioned when they needed help with some of the activities of daily living. But assisted living doesn’t mean being inactive. Bright said she has plenty to do at Aberdeen Village, since all of the amenities available to the independent living residents also are available in assisted living.
“We have lots of activities and good programs,” she said. “This morning, I went to exercise class.”
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Aberdeen Village’s community relations director, Suzanne Willey, introduced Bright to Aberdeen Village. “Suzanne spoke at our church a few years ago about Aberdeen Village and I decided when I was ready to move out of my home, that was where I wanted to go,” Bright said.
Willey said the assisted living program provides residents with all the comforts of home while providing the care they need.
“It’s an apartment-style setting with all of the residents’ needs taken care of,” Willey explained. “It’s peace of mind for their families that we have professional licensed care around the clock.”
In addition to providing three meals each day, assisted living includes housekeeping and laundry, along with assisting in needed areas of daily living.
Since all phases of retirement living at Aberdeen Village are under one roof, assisted living residents have access to the same amenities as independent living residents, including the indoor swimming pool, putting green, chapel, library, exercise facility, salon, cappucinno bar and more.
Resident’s lifestyle and interaction with the greater community doesn’t end upon moving to Aberdeen Village. Residents attend a variety of activities such as theater, museums and restaurants. As part of Presbyterian Manors of Mid America, the faith-based, Christian community has a chaplain, satellite church and vesper services, plus Bible study groups and opportunities for spiritual enrichment. Bridge groups, fitness classes, such as tai chi and yoga, wellness and health programs and other activities can be tailor-made for residents.
And for those assisted living residents who are less mobile, the outside world comes to them. Aberdeen Village frequently hosts various entertainment, guest speakers and special classes.
“There are so many things to do. We are able to bring life to you,” Willey said.
Willey said Aberdeen Vilage’s assisted living area offers studio and one-bedroom apartments. No entrance fee or community fee is required.
In addition to assisted living and independent living, Aberdeen Village also offers all levels of healthcare, including rehabilitation and memory care. Aberdeen Village is a full continuum of care community, so residents can transition among all care levels.
The best way to learn about the variety of living options available at Aberdeen Village is to visit, Willey said. “We like to suggest experiencing Aberdeen Village rather than ‘touring.’ Touring is merely visual, and to really grasp what it’s like here, it’s important to engage the other four senses, as well. Folks are invited to come for lunch and join an activity to better understand what life is like.”
Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has been providing retirement communities for more than 65 years. To view a video, visit AberdeenVillage.com.
Location: 17500 W. 119th St., Olathe.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Contact: Mary Catherine Almond, marketing director, 913-599-6100.