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Villa Communities - Health Care

Health Care 

When residents need more than occasional assistance, our Health Care Center is there to provide the comfort, security, and care. 

Our Health Care Center promotes wellness, helping to maintain each resident’s quality of life and independence. Our team of professionals work with the resident and family to develop comprehensive care plans specific to meet their needs. 

Resident-centered care encourages residents to continue to enjoy personal interests while making choices regarding their individual schedules. Quality of life is enhanced by a full schedule of group and individual activities including intergenerational opportunities. 

Click here to download a health care application.

Care for those experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s

We approach care of our community members from a holistic perspective. While one person’s decline from dementia or Alzheimer’s initially may not involve many physical needs, we realize their needs will change and become more complex as time passes. Therefore, our care environment supports the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of our residents.

Studies show that more than half of the people living in long-term care have some level of dementia. These statistics remind us that memory care is needed beyond the boundaries of a few rooms or specific wing. This is the primary reason all caregivers at Schowalter Villa are trained to recognize the symptoms and stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s and to respond appropriately to each individual’s needs.  

Serving the whole person

For us, providing care for a person with any memory impairment means:

  • Customized structure – As much as possible, each member of our community is encouraged to make his or her own choices for meal, bed and bath times, and for other daily routines. Keeping personal routines may provide comfort in the midst of changes that persons are experiencing. 
  • Activities – From tending raised gardens to playing piano; from making cookies to relaxing with Zoey the therapy dog, each day is filled with a variety of settings, stimuli and opportunities to suit each unique individual. Some residents take comfort in repeating daily activities they have enjoyed throughout their lifetime, such as folding laundry or setting the table. Caregivers continually adapt to each individual's needs, searching for options that bring satisfaction and enjoyment.

  • Socialization – Consistent human contact has been found to reduce the impact of dementia.  One important and distinctive part of life at Schowalter Villa is the daily interaction with youth of all ages- babies through college age. The babies, toddlers and preschoolers from Hesston Intergenerational Child Development Center, located on the Villa campus make their way through the Villa each day.  Hugs, playtime and craft activities are shared. The Hesston College campus is next door to Schowalter Villa, creating an intentional opportunity for college students to interact and build relationships with Villa residents.  The past is often more clear than the present for persons with memory impairment, making these times of sharing stories a delight for residents.

  • Regular exercise – Spend a few minutes at Schowalter Villa and you likely will see a caregiver walking hand in hand with a resident. Exercise and socialization join together in a relaxed, natural way for the individual with memory impairment.

  • Spiritual support – Our full-time chaplain, Wendy, is sensitive to and treasures each person’s unique place in life, encouraging them through prayer, bible study, visiting, or “walking down memory lane”.  Pastoral visits, hymn sings and times of worship are a regular part of life at Schowalter Villa.  These routines provide comfort through structure and familiarity for many who struggle with some memory impairment. 


  • Numerous social, cultural, spiritual, and recreational activities
  • Intergenerational activities with college students, preschoolers, and others
  • Use of community areas for family events
  • Opportunities to audit classes atHesstonCollege    
  • Gift shop, branch bank, and ice cream shop
  • Outpatient therapy services available
  • Aviary / atrium

Bluestem Communities is a family of progressive retirement communities dedicated to improving quality of life and providing residential choices, community services, and personalized care with Christian compassion.

Contact Us
200 W. Cedar Hesston, KS 67062
Ph. 620-327-0400 • email: