Cedar Lake Village Operates as One Big Family

Senior Living Community Prides Itself on Building Lasting Relationships

Article by Hayley Hyer

    Kelsie Tryon, assistant marketing director at Cedar Lake Village describes the community as one big family. And the family is big, indeed! As a top-notch senior living community, Cedar Lake Village offers memory care services, post-acute rehabilitation, independent living villas and apartments, and respite care and day services.

    'Sharing God's Love Through the Work of Health, Healing and Comfort'

    The founders and employees of Cedar Lake Village all have one main thing in common—they view their jobs as opportunities to love and care for people. 

    “At Cedar Lake Village, we are centered around building relationships,” Kelsie says. “We have longevity with staff, many having worked for the Good Samaritan Society for 10 years or longer, and we even have some of the same residents that moved in 18 years ago when Cedar Lake Village opened. We cherish the relationships we form with the residents, staff, families and our referral partners.”

     In September 2001, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and the Olathe Medical Center formed a partnership to open Cedar Lake Village. They now have 36 assisted living apartments, 24 memory care assisted living apartments, 22 villas and 102 independent living apartments. 

    “We are proud to be the only senior living community in the Kansas City metro area that is located on a major hospital campus, offering services from birth to end of life,” Kelsie says. “The campus currently includes acute and non-acute health care services; home health and hospice services; the Kansas Cardiovascular Center; The Birth Place and Level II NICU; the Kansas Joint Specialty Center; the Olathe Health Cancer Center; 24-hour emergency services; Hoeger House, a post-acute rehabilitation center; and Good Samaritan Society-Olathe, a skilled nursing facility with a specialized dementia/Alzheimer’s unit.”

    Making and Protecting Memories

    In March 2016, Cedar Lake Village opened the memory care branch of assisted living. Kelsie explains that Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are rapidly growing among seniors in the U.S., and they want to offer all services that can help slow the effects for their residents.

    Thanks to the generosity of donors, Cedar Lake Village is able to provide every resident with an MP3 player pre-loaded with their favorite music. This has been found to help with memory retention and also create a calming, comfortable atmosphere for residents.

    Independent Living

    Cedar Lake Village also offers villas and apartments for independent living. These are full-service with all Cedar Lake Village amenities available, such as the dining room, swimming pool, gym, cinema, and daily life and wellness activities. These activities include nondenominational Bible studies, Spanish classes, aquacise, beanbag baseball and so much more.

    “We offer a multitude of free and exciting events to the community,” Kelsie says. “Our next event is a workshop featuring a realtor and moving/downsizing specialist, where prospective residents and their families can attend and get questions answered, such as, ‘How do I even start the downsizing process? How do I decide what to keep and what to downsize? What is the real estate market presently like in my area? What do I need to do to my home to ensure a quick sale?’” 

    If you are interested in attending with a senior in your life, the housing event will be Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m. in their Worship and Life Center.

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