Lisa Odell began the process of looking for the best place for her parents to live when they moved to Kansas City to be closer to her. She didn’t want to make a rushed decision, and visited a large number of facilities and talked to many people within the area about the kind of care that was available to them. “I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices,” Odell remembers. “It was one of the most difficult decisions in my life.”

One morning she was up early researching facilities and called Galway Homes to schedule a private tour. “I was moving them from their home where they had 24 hour care. As soon as I walked in to the Galway Homes house I said to myself this is home,” Odell told KMBZ.

What she discovered was residential living for the memory impaired, and an environment very similar to the home her parents would be leaving. A place where they could relax in bed, watch television, go to the backyard and enjoy a home cooked meal together. Odell felt a huge sense of relief when she found out that Galway Homes has 2 staff in their houses for every 5 residents 24/7. It gave her confidence that her parents would always receive the highest level of care possible in a quiet and calm home setting. She decided it was a better alternative than sending her parents to a larger facility with lower staffing ratios.

Prior to moving to Galway Homes, Odell’s mom had been hospitalized and was heavily medicated. Since moving in, Odell is happy to report that her mom is now off all her medications. “I got my mom back,” she said. “The environment is less stressful and chaotic so she’s happier.”

Peter Newman, host of KMBZ Moneyline, noted that “if you’re not happy it affects you physically and mentally. Being happy is key.” Residents at a Gateway Home share the house with 4 other residents while having a private room. Odell’s parents sleep in the master bedroom together just like they would at home.

Galway Homes supports aging in place across the full continuum of care. There are residents who are completely independent and can take care of themselves with some protective oversight all the way up to end of life care. Specialized care, including memory care, is also available. As the symptoms of dementia become more severe, residents are able to stay in the house and get the level of assistance they need.

During the early stages, there can be a lot of healthy family interaction entrusting a loved one’s care at Galway Homes. They pick them up, take them out to dinner or home for a meal at their house. This allows residents to be active to the extent they can be while living in home environment when their family isn’t available.