By Jen Bookhout
Dove Estates Senior Living Community will soon open its doors for new residents. It has taken approximately one year and $11 million to complete the project, but for Dove Estates Marketing Director Jill Steiner, the finished product makes the late nights worth it.
The project progressed without challenges over the last year, with the exception of factors out of their control.
“The only challenge we have faced within this past year has been Mother Nature—the snows from the 2013 winter and lots of rains throughout late summer,” Steiner said. “I’m not complaining about the moisture we received in the area, but it slowed construction by many months.”
Once the land dried out and construction resumed, Steiner was able to focus on the details of the facility’s interior. From the outside, Dove Estates has a modern façade; however, on the inside, modern elements are mixed with designs representative of Kansas.
“The building is beautifully decorated with cheerful colors, and our designer, Janelle King with JK Designs, helped us bring colors and textures of Kansas indoors,” Steiner said. “Kansas photos by local photographer Bob Benson are displayed throughout the facility.”
The goal was to make it feel new, yet like home, Steiner explained. Dove Estates met, and in many areas exceeded, ADA standards throughout the facility.
“First of all, you really have to walk in and see the difference,” Steiner said. “We have designed Dove Estates with our residents in mind. It’s single-story, so there is no need to negotiate stairs or wait on elevators. We have spacious apartments, and large open social spaces with plenty of room for activities and family get-togethers.”
The senior living community is licensed to care for 80 assisted living residents, and also has 24 independent living villas available. Residents in both facilities have access to three meals a day in the dining room, which serves food from a restaurant-style menu.
Additionally, all residents can use the library, the game room, the fitness center, one of two enclosed courtyards, the salon and barber shop, the chapel and the private family dining room. Dove Estates also provides computer workstations and Wi-Fi access, scheduled transportation and 24-hour security monitoring.
However, the most important aspect is creating a sense of community among the residents, Steiner explained. Dove Estates is family-owned and operated, which contributes to its identity, Steiner said. When hiring, they considered how the applicants would fit into the environment.
“We have hired a superior staff, many from the surrounding area who take great pride in working for a locally-owned business,” Steiner said. “We take what we are doing very personally and want each person that works and lives in our community to feel part of this extended family.”
As residents move in, and Dove Estates becomes a strong part of the community, Steiner hopes it will have a positive effect on the city of Goddard.
“Bringing more than 100 new residents to the Goddard area is positive growth,” Steiner explained. “I hope to see business owners consider joining us in this progression.”
As the finishing touches are put on the facility, the doors are open for visitors, Steiner said. The first move-ins are expected for the weekend of Feb. 28-March 2. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m., and the grand opening for Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
“The community has expressed excitement with building this new community,” Steiner said. “We are looking forward to opening our doors and truly taking care of the needs of our seniors, the way they deserve to be cared for.”
For more information on Dove Estates Senior Living Community, call 316-550-6343 or visit www.doveestateskansas.com or the Dove Estates Facebook page.