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Linda Dugan RN, BSN, LHNA

Caring for our Seniors has been my passion my entire career as a nurse, beginning in 1998 where I was the supervisor of a geriatric unit at a psychiatric hospital and cared for dementia residents in crisis.  I started working in long-term care in 2001 as Director of Nursing for a 120 bed facility. By 2003 I became the Nursing Home Administrator and remained in that same facility until 2010. In 2010 I became Director of Operations for a large Nursing Home Operator and worked my way up to Vice President of Operations and oversaw 26 homes in 6 states.    I have been fortunate to be a part of the “Culture Change” movement in trying to create a “Home-Like” environment within the facilities.

In 2015, while visiting family in Wichita over the Thanksgiving holiday, my cousin by marriage, Jeff Woods, shared with me the Home Plus model and introduced me to Doug Stark, founder of ComfortCare Homes of Wichita.  I toured several of the homes in Wichita. It was so nice to go into traditional, real houses in established neighborhoods and see small numbers of dementia residents living in these homes. As hard as we may try in this industry, to make a facility a “home-like environment”, most often it didn’t feel like home to the residents.  In the ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, I witnessed a calmness in the homes, and saw true one on one interactions between the residents and the CareGivers, without interruptions of call lights sounding, alarms going off or overhead pages. I knew this was going to be my next step in my career in caring for our Seniors with dementia. I feel very fortunate that I have been able to make that dream come true by starting our own Home Plus, ComfortCare Homes of Kansas City.  

Linda Dugan RN, BSN, LHNA
Owner/Operator

Jeff Woods

I realized the need for alternatives to long-term care for Dementia when Mrs. McCool, my next door neighbor I grew up with, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was put into one of the “top memory care facilities” in the Kansas City area.  I would visit her whenever I was in town and always felt like I was visiting the hospital. This facility touted a 7:1 resident to caregiver ratio, but it felt like 20:1 because there was almost no interaction between the cook, medicine giver or cleaners.  It was literally one person watching everyone. I knew there had to be a better way.

As a member of Rotary in Wichita, I was fortunate enough to get a tour of ComfortCare Homes in Wichita and knew I had found the better way.  We are excited about the services we offer at ComfortCare Homes of Kansas City and we are very proud to be associated with the company that pioneered this care model in Kansas.

Jeff Woods

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