Aster Estates, a new assisted living facility in Great Bend, is now taking applications and inviting prospective residents to an early March open house.
“Aster Estates provides a living style that promotes independence with caring professionals and para-professionals on staff,” said Pam Lewis, registered nurse and owner of the new venture. “This model of care is often referred to as home-plus.”
The recently licensed home is at 155 NW 10th Ave., a short distance from the city limits on the west side of North McKinley.
Capacity is seven people in almost 3,600 square feet of living space.
The residence has been remodeled throughout and most suites have either full baths or half baths. A state-approved fire-alarm system was installed.
Other Aster Estates features include: three home-cooked meals a day and snacks; a swimming pool for water aerobics and relaxation with supervision; fishing pond; outdoor pool table and firepit; and large outdoor sitting/activity area.
Residents must be ambulatory on their own or with a walker, and be able to stand and walk with minimal assistance.
The open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 5. Tours will begin every 30 minutes to adhere to social-distancing guidelines; to schedule a tour call 620-617-4281 or visit www.asterestates.com.
Lewis has resumed efforts to recruit certified nurse’s aides and certified medication aides for the on-site staff.
“We are looking for professional, compassionate people who want to join us in this new venture,” Lewis said. “Staff members will help us provide a homey, comfortable atmosphere for each resident.”
Lewis and her mother, Doris Johansen, 99, currently live in the residence.
The Lewis family has a 50-year legacy of caring for senior citizens. Pam’s parents, Clarence and Doris Johansen, owned and operated the former Cherry Village. Pam followed in their footsteps, retiring in 2018. Erin, Pam’s daughter-in-law, was business manager at Cherry Village too.
For more information, call 620-617-4281.