Kennybrook Village Wins 2021 Best of Assisted Living Award From SeniorAdvisor.com

GRIMES, Iowa — Kennybrook Village is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2021 Best of Assisted Living Award Winners on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. Kennybrook Village has won this award three years in a row.

 

SeniorAdvisor.com is in their 8th year of hosting the Best of Senior Living Awards SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of 2021 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top 2-3 % of senior care providers across the United States and Canada.

 

The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Senior Living Awards tabulates over 240,000 family created reviews to find the highest quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 45,000 communities currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, just over 610 were recognized with this prestigious award.

 

Kennybrook Village is one of three winners in Iowa, and regularly receives exceptionally positive reviews from their senior customers and their families like this one: “The staff is great and the people are very nice and so caring. The staff truly cares about the people living here. We lived in another community and that community couldn’t come close to this one. I commend the staff!!

 

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2021 Awards, care providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving five or more new reviews between November 17, 2019 and October 18, 2020. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on SeniorAdvisor.com.

 

About SeniorAdvisor.com LLC

SeniorAdvisor.com is the largest consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home care providers across the United States and Canada with over 150,000 trusted, published reviews. The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior care decision, and features trusted reviews and advice from local residents and their loved ones. For more information, please visit www.SeniorAdvisor.com or call (866) 592-8119.

 

About Kennybrook Village

Life is great at Kennybrook Village. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. Designed with active seniors in mind, Kennybrook Village provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment in independent living, assisted living, assisted living memory care, short-term rehab, or long-term care. Everything you need is right here at Kennybrook Village. 

 

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Kennybrook Village Earned Five-Star Ratings in Each CMS Rating Category

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Grimes, Iowa – Kennybrook Village earned five-star ratings in each Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rating category during their 2020 annual survey.

Kennybrook Village’s Executive Director Ryan Stuck said, “Our team’s everyday goal is to provide the greatest care possible in every aspect of this community. Receiving a five-star rating in every category shows that the Kennybrook team is truly an amazing group of people.”

As a Medicare-certified care center, Kennybrook Village undergoes a rigorous onsite inspection survey by CMS staff each year. A CMS five-star quality rating ranks Kennybrook Village in the top 10% of retirement communities in the state, according to the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System: Technical Users’ Guide.

CMS created the five-star quality rating system to help individuals, families and caregivers compare retirement communities and rehabilitation centers more easily. The five-star rating system is based on information from annual state health inspections, staffing ratios, and a range of different quality measures such as cleanliness, staff responsiveness, rehospitalization, infections, and pain management. Scores in each of these three individual areas are then used to determine the overall star rating.

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ABOUT KENNYBROOK VILLAGE

Life is great at Kennybrook Village. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. Designed with active seniors in mind, Kennybrook Village provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment, free of the day-to-day burdens of home ownership. Everything you need is right here at Kennybrook Village

Important Information Regarding the Coronavirus

 To Our Residents and Family Members:

We know many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us here. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. At this time, we don’t have any cases in our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19. Below are some examples of how you can help protect the residents, as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.

At this time, we request that family and friends do not visit the community. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all visitors to our community unless absolutely necessary. We are posting signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of this policy and actively screening individuals, including staff, who need to come into the building.

We understand that connecting with your loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or social media. If you believe a visit to the community is necessary, we request that you contact Alyssa Poland (515-369-3900), prior to your arrival.

Please make sure we have your most current, emergency contact information. We want to make sure we efficiently communicate with you should there be any new developments. Please reach out to Alyssa Poland (515-369-3900), with your updated contact information.

Residents, please help prevent the spread of infection by exercising proper hand washing hygiene as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette. We offer hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, which you are welcome to use. Please also avoid shaking hands and hugs with any individual. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath, please let a staff member know immediately.

We are following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who present symptoms. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change. In addition, we are in close contact with the local and state health department, and we are following their guidance.

We train for emergencies and disasters annually, and we are trained to handle a pandemic situation. Our Infection Preventionist is highly skilled and trained on how to deal with a variety of sicknesses and situations.

We will notify you if any residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at KennybrookVillage.com or call (515) 369-3900.

For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

Sincerely,

Ryan Stuck, Executive Director at Kennybrook Village

Kennybrook Village Wins 2020 Best of Assisted Living Award from SeniorAdvisor.com

Grimes, Iowa – Kennybrook Village is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2020 Best of Assisted Living Award Winners on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada.

SeniorAdvisor.com is in their 7th year of hosting the Best of Senior Living Awards. SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of 2020 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top 2-3 % of senior care providers across the United States and Canada

The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Senior Living Awards tabulates over 240,000 family created reviews to find the highest quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 45,000 communities currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, just over 610 were recognized with this prestigious award.

Kennybrook Village is the only winner in Grimes and regularly receives exceptionally positive reviews from their senior customers and their families.

“As SeniorAdvisor.com’s ’Best of Senior Living’ awards enters its 7th year of honoring the top family rated communities and care providers, we are proud to say that the bar has been raised. In order to ensure only the best communities and care providers win, we decided to make the criteria harder than ever this award season and over 610 senior living and home care providers rose to the occasion. Each year we are increasingly impressed with the quality of winners and look forward to spreading the word about these award-winning organizations.”

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2020 Awards, care providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving five or more new reviews between November 17, 2018 and October 18, 2019. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on SeniorAdvisor.com.

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About Kennybrook Village
Life is great at Kennybrook  Village. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. Designed with active seniors in mind, Kennybrook Village provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment, free of the day-to-day burdens of homeownership. Everything you need is right here at Kennybrook Village.

About SeniorAdvisor.com LLC SeniorAdvisor.com is the largest consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home care providers across the United States and Canada with over 240,000 trusted, published reviews. The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making senior care decisions, and features reviews and advice from community residents and their loved ones. For more information, please visit www.SeniorAdvisor.com.

Congratulations to Our Leadership Academy Graduate!

Our Executive Director Ethan Walton graduated from the Iowa Health Care Association Leadership academy in October.

The academy is an intensive one-year leadership course for licensed nursing home administrators, assisted living directors, home care agency directors, and directors of nursing who work in long-term care and assisted living communities. Through the academy, professionals build and grow leadership skills to drive quality improvements within their communities. Specific areas of focus include achieving workplace excellence, managing change, assuring quality, improving organizational performance and navigating the post-acute care landscape.

The professionals completed academic surveys, an orientation webinar, in-person meetings, and networking conference calls during the year-long program. They also completed an individualized quality improvement project for their organizations as part of the course. Project topics ranged from reducing staff turnover, improving customer satisfaction, and improving clinical outcomes for the patients they serve.

This is the third group of graduates to complete the academy. The academy is made possible by a sponsorship from Healthcare of Iowa.

Again, congratulations to Ethan on this outstanding accomplishment

Kennybrook Village Receives Deficiency Free Rating from Annual Survey

GRIMES, Iowa – Kennybrook Village received a deficiency free rating from its annual Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals survey.

Over 400 Iowa facilities are tested through this unannounced survey every year, and only 2% of them receive a deficiency free rating, according to ProPublica.

Surveyors conduct their survey for several days, and they review over 500 quality, safety and performance measures. Team members are interviewed, resident care is observed, and medical records are checked for their compliance to regulations on care, confidentiality, cleanliness, residents’ rights, and quality of services.

Kennybrook Village’s Executive Director Ethan Walton says, “Our team, our residents and their families, and our volunteers work hard to make Kennybrook Village a wonderful place to live and work. The goal for this team is to be our best in all aspects of our work, and this rating shows we’re accomplishing that.”

To see more of Kennybrook Village’s awards and recognitions, go to KennybrookVillage.com/Awards.

About Kennybrook Village
Life is great at Kennybrook Village. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. Designed with active seniors in mind, Kennybrook Village provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment in independent living, assisted living, short-term rehab, or long-term care. Everything you need is right here at Kennybrook Village.

Medicare vs. Medicaid

Exploring the Differences and Determining What’s Right For You

What’s in a name? Great question. Medicare and Medicaid sound very similar, but their names give little in the way of answers. When it comes to insurance, the fine print can often make heads spin. Even if you still have health coverage through your employer or your spouse, it is important to know how these programs may relate to you now or in the future.

You may already be eligible for some of these services, you may have been paying into these services each tax year, or maybe you are already enrolled but want a few more details to make sure you’re in the right place. Learning more about these two programs will hopefully point you in the right direction and encourage you to make sure you have the coverage that fits your needs.

 

Medicaid vs Medicare 101

So what is the difference? Medicare is a federal program that offers coverage to adults aged 65 and over, as well as individuals with certain disabilities. Medicaid is a state and federal program, offering free or low-cost health care to low-income individuals and families. These programs are very different but can be used simultaneously, independently, or not at all depending on your preferences and needs.

 

Medicare

All adults become eligible for Medicare when they turn 65. You may automatically be enrolled if you are already getting Social Security benefits or if you have been receiving disability benefits for 24 months. If you are automatically enrolled, you will receive your card in the mail when eligible and will be enrolled in Part A and Part B. You will need to contact Medicare if you don’t want Plan B coverage, as there are often premiums attached that you will be responsible for.

If you aren’t automatically enrolled, you will need to enroll during your enrollment window unless you are still covered by another policy. Joining or amending your policy outside of these dates may not be possible or may incur penalties. You can enroll online, in person, or over the phone with your local Medicare office.

Medicare is an individual policy. Many spouses have shared insurance policies throughout their lives and may make the assumption that one spouse being enrolled means the other is covered as well, which is untrue. Please be sure that you are actually enrolled if you are counting on Medicare as your coverage.

 

Part A

Medicare has several different parts, allowing you to customize for your needs. Part A is mainly hospital cover but also can cover short-term skilled nursing care, hospice, and home healthcare.

If you or your spouse have been paying into Medicare through your employer for a minimum of 10 years, Part A is completely free. If you haven’t been paying into Medicare, there will be premiums attached. You can use this calculator to determine what your expected premiums could be. Depending on the size of their premiums, some people opt not to use Medicare for their coverage.

 

Part B

Part B covers medical services like ambulance service, medical equipment, doctor’s visits, and outpatient care. It also covers preventative medicine like vaccinations or diagnostic testing.

Most people will opt to have at least Part A and Part B coverage when using Medicare, but keep in mind that you will likely have to pay a premium for Part B services. There are often co-pays and deductibles to meet with Part B services as well. These can be offset by Medicaid if you qualify or by purchasing Medigap insurance. If your needs change, add or remove Part B during open enrollment in order to avoid penalty fees.

 

Part D

Part D is for prescription drug coverage. This is an optional add-on that covers you for, you guessed it, prescription drugs. This policy will also include monthly premiums, which can vary quite a bit. If you do elect to add this on, be sure to do it during open enrollment to avoid penalty fees.

 

Medigap

Medigap is offered through private companies, and it helps pay for some of the extras not covered by Medicare like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Some even can include health coverage while you travel outside of the States! They don’t usually cover those extras like vision, dental, or hearing aids, and they never include prescription drugs.

Keep in mind that you must have Medicare Part A and Part B in order to have a Medigap policy. You pay a monthly premium in addition to your Part B premium for the service.

 

Medicare Advantage Plans or Part C

Medicare Advantage Plans are offered by private companies as an all-in-one bundle. Medicare pays these companies for your care, and in exchange, they follow a host of rules in covering you. These companies are approved by Medicare and their policies include the benefits of Part A, Part B, and often Part D. Some will cover the extras like vision and dental as well.

As these plans are offered in the private market, some different rules about coverage can apply. It is best to learn the ins and outs of your policy, your fees, and your coverage and keep on top of them as they can change year to year. One rule that is true across the board, however, is that you cannot have a Medigap policy with a Medicare Advantage Plan. If anyone tries to sell you this, please report them as it is illegal.

 

Medicaid

Medicaid offers insurance coverage for low-income earners at any age. Since it is funded and run at both the state and federal level, the strict income requirements for eligibility vary by state. These programs are generally free or at least come at a low cost, variables which are decided by your income level and state of residence. You can apply for Medicaid through the Health Insurance Marketplace during open enrollment or through your own State Medicaid agency.

Typically, Medicaid covers hospitalization, lab services, clinic treatment, pediatrics, x-rays, and family planning. Each state can decide if it wants to cover extras like vision, dental, prosthetics, and physical therapy. You can check online for a more comprehensive list of coverage details as it relates to your state.

Once you turn 65, if you were already covered by Medicaid you may still qualify for coverage even after you join Medicare. Medicaid would then pay your Plan B premiums or possibly still offer you full benefits. It also can be used to cover long-term care for patients with depleted savings.

 

No matter where you fall in the insurance spectrum, it’s important to remember to check your policy each year. Laws have been changing rampantly in the insurance space. But also as you approach each new phase of life, you may find your own needs or financial situation changing each year as well. And if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, rules can change annually. Keep on top of your needs and make sure that you are still being covered by the program that is right for you from year to year.

And, most importantly, it is impossible to be an insurance expert unless you are an insurance expert. There is no shame in hiring one to help you navigate the choices you need to make when deciding on a coverage. Insurance is undoubtedly complicated, however, it is also immensely important through all stages of life. Knowing the basics helps you ask smart questions and can move you in the right direction, but an expert hand may be on order to make sure your confidence in your coverage is where you want it to be.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kennybrook Village Is Now A 5-Star CMS Community!

GRIMES, Iowa – Kennybrook Village, a continuing care retirement community in Grimes, IA, is proud to announce they received a five-star rating from theCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

As a Medicare-certified care center, Kennybrook Village undergoes a rigorous onsite inspection by CMS staff each year. A CMS Five-Star quality rating ranks Kennybrook Village in the top 10% of retirement communities in the state, according to the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System: Technical Users’ Guide.

Kennybrook Village’s Executive Director Ethan Walton said, “I’m so excited for the Kennybrook team because this five-star rating shows how much we value and care for our residents, and it recognizes the hard work every team member gives each day.”

CMS created the Five-Star quality rating system to help individuals, families and caregivers compare retirement communities and rehabilitation centers more easily. The Five-Star rating system is based on information from annual state health inspections, staffing ratios, and a range of different quality measures such as cleanliness, staff responsiveness, rehospitalization, infections, and pain management. Scores in each of these three individual areas are then used to determine the overall star rating.

To see more of Kennybrook Village’s awards, go to KennybrookVillage.com/Awards.

About Kennybrook Village
Life is great at Kennybrook Village. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. Designed with active seniors in mind, Kennybrook Village provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment in independent living, assisted living, short-term rehab, or long-term care. Everything you need is right here at Kennybrook Village.

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Kennybrook Village Receives 2019 Customer Experience Award from Pinnacle Quality Insight

GRIMES, Iowa – Kennybrook Village, a continuing care retirement community in Grimes, IA, is proud to announce that they are the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2019 Customer Experience AwardTM. Qualifying for the award in the categories of independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing, Kennybrook Village displays a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services.

Executive Director Ethan Walton of Kennybrook Village says, “Our team works hard every day — not for an award — but for our residents. These awards are just proof of the wonderful people we have working here.”

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Throughout its eight year history of serving the community, Kennybrook Village has placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that the individual needs of every resident are met. Over the course of 2018, a sampling of Kennybrook Village’s customers and their families have participated in monthly telephone interviews that include open-ended questions, as well the opportunity to rate Kennybrook Village in specific categories.

Every month, Kennybrook Village has gathered its real-time survey results to gain a better understanding of the resident’s needs and make improvements when necessary.

By qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award™, Kennybrook Village has satisfied the rigorous demand of scoring in the top 15% of the nation across a 12-month period.


About Pinnacle Quality Insight
A customer satisfaction measurement firm with 23 years of experience in post-acute healthcare, Pinnacle conducts over 150,000 phone surveys each year and works with more than 2,700 care providers in all 50 US states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

About Kennybrook Village
Life is great at Kennybrook Village. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. Designed with active seniors in mind, Kennybrook Village provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment in independent living, assisted living, short-term rehab, or long-term care. Everything you need is right here at Kennybrook Village.

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