A Kansas City company specializing in senior care and living is building its first center in the Northland. Tutera Senior Living & Health Care has begun construction on a continuum-of-care retirement community at 9191 Ambassador Drive in Tiffany Springs. The center is expected to be open to residents by summer of 2017.
Tutera runs 45 senior living centers in 13 states, including about a dozen in the Kansas City area. The Tiffany Springs location represents the first time the company is building a continuum-of-care center from the ground up. This kind of facility includes independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation and memory care all at the same site.
Randy Bloom, Tutera’s president and chief operating officer, says the plans for the new facility are constructed based on the best practices they have learned from operating facilities across the country – many of which Tutera owns and operates but did not build.
The architecture will focus on natural light and exterior views, rather than what Bloom calls the “double loaded corridors,” which can give a senior facility more of an institutional feel. Every room will also be private at all levels of care.
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Tutera chose the Tiffany Springs location because of its proximity to hospitals in the Northland.
The finished facility will have 300 units and include more than 300,000 square feet of space when completed. Instead of purchasing into the program, residents rent the services of the facility on a month-to-month basis for services used. The model is the same throughout the Tutera system.
It was developed to help with ease of entry into the facility.
“Most senior communities require a buy-in or large upfront payment,” Bloom said. “The Tutera model is based on a rental option and gives residents on both sides of the metro area more choice.”
The company’s business model is strongly based on individual choice. Staff asks residents what they want in terms of care. The company’s “inspired by you” model is based on the philosophy that people should have a right to make choices.
“It is a way to help people maintain their dignity and individualism,” Bloom said. “ ‘Inspired by you’ is not just a tagline for us. We can’t expect to know what people want. So we ask questions all the time about what people want on an individual basis.”
The family-owned Kansas City company has been around for 30 years. It recently opened a rehabilitation facility at 128th and Quivera. Tutera is also building a memory care and independent living facility in Prairie Village and will be breaking ground on a skilled nursing center next month in Belton.
Applications for space at the Tiffany Springs location are not yet available. The company’s website will have more information in the next couple of months.