By Sam Jack
GODDARD – Civic and business leaders gathered Thursday, Nov. 15, for a groundbreaking at Dove Estates. Dove Estates is expanding beyond its existing assisted and independent living offerings to build a memory care home.
The 6,000-square-foot home will accommodate 16 residents. If the winter weather cooperates, it should open in fall 2019, according to managing partner Jill Steiner.
“I get emotional about the mission that we have here at Dove Estates,” Steiner said during the groundbreaking ceremony. “One of the definitions for ‘mission’ is a specific task which a person or group is charged to carry out – humanitarian work. That’s what we do here, day in and day out, at Dove Estates, and I think we do it extraordinarily well.”
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Steiner’s parents, John and Marilyn Dugan, were among the first assisted living residents when Dove Estates opened in October 2013. Steiner said she feels a sense of destiny about how Dove Estates has grown and developed to the point where a memory care home makes sense.
“I really didn’t think we’d be doing it so soon, but there’s such a need. We turn people away all the time, because we are an assisted living facility. Memory care has been something the area needs,” she said. The next project on the docket for Dove Estates is no-maintenance patio homes for seniors.
Maggie Seiler, First National Bank of Hutchinson, congratulated Steiner and her team on behalf of the Goddard Chamber of Commerce.
“Dove Estates offers beautiful facilities and allows loved ones to stay close to their families throughout their entire lives,” Seiler said.
People with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will be served in the memory care home. Each resident will have a bedroom and bathroom, and everyone will share a kitchen, dining room, living room and salon.