A home without hassles
Couple enjoys a leisurely lifestyle at Via Christi Village
After 45 years of marriage, Chuck and Norma Dandurand decided to downsize from their west side home, avoid the hassles of everyday home and yard maintenance and dedicate more of their time to travel and doing things they both enjoyed. That was in 2010.
“Norma and I wanted to choose and make the selection on where we’d like to live in our golden years, and not get our kids involved in that process — so we scouted five senior communities in the area and fell in love with this particular apartment,” Chuck says. “We informed the kids only after we made the final decision to move here!”
Having lived in west Wichita since 1969, the Dandurands chose Via Christi Village at 3636 N. Ridge Road. In their assisted living suite, they feel no loss of freedom and appreciate no longer having the upkeep of a house.
The Dandurands advise mature adults to make the move to a retirement community while they are still physically able, rather than wait until they have to move and risk leaving the decision to family members to make for them.
“We were able to be selective and suit our own needs,” Chuck says.
They like the lake view at Via Christi Village and the fact that the community sits far enough back from the road to minimize traffic noise. They also like the wide hallways and the bright, warm interiors that felt like home to them. It’s also adjacent to the new St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
“We enjoy the leisurely lifestyle here, the staff is great … very accommodating,” Chuck says.
The Dandurands’ current activities include eating out, going shopping and making weekend visits to the farmer’s market where they purchase fresh produce to use on the BLT sandwiches which are part of their weekend traditions.
A place to ‘come home and live’
Moving for matured adults can be a traumatic and difficult experience. While Chuck and Norma are happy in their assisted living apartment, they say they are excited about the construction of a new 80-bed skilled nursing unit at Via Christi Village. Should either of them eventually need nursing care, the two connected buildings will make a future move less stressful.
Chuck chairs the Resident Council for the community and was excited to be included in the planning for the skilled nursing addition to comprise four 20-unit neighborhoods with all private beds. He was influential in including small dining areas that promote getting to know fellow residents instead of having one large, hotel-style dining room.
“We want to create a place where people can come home and live,” says Jerry Carley, president and CEO of Via Christi Villages.
In the past two decades, there have been significant advancements in the senior care world. Seniors now have more options to choose from, and can customize their home for their particular level of care.
Assisted living at Via Christi Village offers a secure and supportive environment for people who want to stay active, but prefer a little help with daily chores. Residents also have access to a dedicated professional staff, nutritious meals, interdenominational church services, transportation, beauty and barber shop, and a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a lake view.
Visit viachristi.org/senior-care to learn more about Via Christi’s senior communities and their care levels. Call 316-462-3636 to reach Via Christi Village on Ridge.
Via Christi Village on Ridge expansion project
Construction began in June 2012 on an expansion at Via Christi Village at 3636 N. Ridge Road in west Wichita. The new 80-bed skilled nursing unit will consist of all private beds in four 20-unit neighborhoods.
“We know that there is a demand for such a facility in the west part of Wichita,” says Jerry Carley, president and CEO, Via Christi Villages. “There are not many skilled nursing beds in that part of town.”
Carley notes that the skilled nursing unit adds to the continuum of care at Via Christi Village on Ridge, which presently has 60 assisted living units.
Via Christi Villages owns or manages 14 senior living communities and programs and cares for more than 1,600 residents in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.
The expansion will occupy 6.5 acres of an available 15 acres of land owned by Via Christi at the site. Once completed, the project will create 115 new jobs.
- 72,000-square-foot skilled nursing unit with targeted completion in October 2013
- All private beds in four 20-unit neighborhoods
- Prominent chapel promoting Christian values of Via Christi Villages
- Bistro area for a cup of coffee or sandwich with friends and family