Tallgrass Creek opening completes community care services

04/01/2014 10:34 AM

04/01/2014 10:34 AM

Tallgrass Creek has completed its $20 million, 104-unit expansion, adding memory-care support and skilled nursing residential units to the continuing care community.

Continuing care centers offer apartments that provide varying levels of help for tenants. Most of Tallgrass Creeks’ 325 residents live in its 226 independent living units in two buildings at 13800 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

Tallgrass opened 32 assisted living units last year in its third residential building, adding a level of care for those who can’t live independently. This week it opens the remaining units of that building.

The new units include 28 apartments where residents with dementia will be able to live and receive needed care. The remaining 44 units provide skilled nursing care on both a temporary or extended basis and includes rehabilitation services.

“It completes the program of a continuing care concept,” said Peter Crane, executive director of Tallgrass.

Completion of the 104-unit building adds 120 jobs to the senior living facility. That’s about 50 percent more than Tallgrass had expected when it announced the expansion in December 2012.

Construction on a third independent living building is underway and set to be completed this year.

Tallgrass is managed by Erickson Living, the Maryland-based company that operates 17 retirement communities in 10 states. Tallgrass is its only Kansas property.

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