Columbus adult care home receives deficiency-free survey

COLUMBUS - They say you can learn a lot about a culture by how they treat their elderly and disabled. If that's the case then there sure is an awful lot of positive things you could say about Cherokee County. Autumn Place of Columbus recently added an accolade to that notion on July 3, when the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) announced that the Autumn Place Memory Care Unit received zero deficiencies as a result of the facility’s survey conducted by the department on May 10.

"Congratulations to Connie Bennett and the Autumn Place staff for a zero deficiency survey with Kansas Department on Aging," said CEO Carrie Homer in a statement. "This honor takes hark work on behalf of all the employees and recognizes the exceptional care given to our residents! I am very proud of you all!"

Located at 311 S. East Ave., Autumn Place of Columbus provides quality care to area seniors through their residential care and senior independent living apartments. The Memory Care Unit in Columbus is a resident-centered open environment combined with structured activities that are critical for those afflicted with Alzheimer's and related dementia disorders. At Autumn Place Memory Care Unit, the staff is heavily involved and remains dedicated to the quality of life enhancement for their residents.

Services and amenities for memory care residency include: 24 hour certified staff, nurse on call 24 hours a day, assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, incontinence management), medication management and memory retention training, three home cooked meals per day plus snacks, private and semi-private room preference, daily housekeeping and bed making, full laundry/linen services, multiple daily activities with social interaction, beautician on property weekly transportation (doctors appointments, shopping, etc.), and respite/Adult Day Care program.

KDADS

The Survey, Certification and Credentialing Commission promotes excellence in the health care and living conditions of more than 18,000 individuals residing in adult care homes through application of federal and state regulatory standards. Licensed adult care homes include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, home plus, adult day care and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through ongoing annual surveys, state surveyors assure that residents receive care that meets acceptable standards and state regulations. Other regulations assure that residents’ rights are protected and they are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation. In addition, the surveyors examine the physical environment to assure facilities provide safe and sanitary conditions for residents. The Commission is required to survey all adult care homes within an overall 12 month average, with no individual facility exceeding 15 months.

“The Autumn Place Memory Care Unit should be very proud of this accomplishment,” KDADS Secretary Tim Keck said.