Topeka (WIBW) - Gov. Mark Parkinson took time Thursday to honor this year's winners of the Department on Aging's "PEAK" awards.
PEAK stands for Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes. The Department on Aging started the program in 2002.
It supports a so-called culture change in nursing homes. PEAK encourages instituting non-traditional models of care with home environments.
PEAK takes a dual approach in Kansas. It recognizes those nursing homes pursuing progressive models of care. In addition, it provides education to nursing home providers on how to institute change and to document the value of innovative change in providing long-term care.
The Department on Aging selected eight nursing homes as PEAK award winners for 2009. Representatives of those facilities were invited to the governor's office Thursday.
Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook and Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan were among the honorees. Also on the list were Cornerstone Village, Pittsburg; Greeley County Health Services Long Term Care Unit, Tribune; Grisell Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Ransom; Pleasant View Home, Inman; Rush County Nursing Home, LaCrosse and Village Shalom, Overland Park