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2019 ONLINE Adult Care Home Operator's Course

Posted: Thu, 11/29/2018 - 1:19pm

LeadingAge Kansas is partnering with GERTI

This 7-week course combines online learning with in-person sessions and includes all the requirements from the state-approved operator's course for assisted living and state licensed only adult care homes. In addition to the state-mandated elements, the importance of person-directed living concept of service, dementia and how dementia impacts the lives of elders is covered. This course is convenient and facilitates learning and builds relationsips with the faculty and other students. A state-mandated test to become a certified operator will be administered after successful completion of the course. After passing the test, the student is qualified to become the operator of a state licensed only adult care home in Kansas.

2019 Online Adult Care Home Operator's Course

Denim & Dazzle - April 6, 2019

Posted: Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:00am

Denim and Dazzle

Date: April 6, 2019

Time: 6-10 PM

Location: Regnier Center, Johnson County Community College

Please join us for our signature fundraising event, Denim and Dazzle.


All proceeds go to support residents of Evergreen Community of Johnson County. Evergreen Community has been serving Johnson County for over 150 years. Help us make 2019 the best year yet!

We're also looking for help to make this event even better and would greatly appreciate your assistance. Sponsor or donate today.  Contact Belinda Vierthaler at or call (913) 477-8242.

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Can My Veteran's Benefits Pay for Senior Living?

Posted: Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:00am

Come to enjoy breakfast and learn how to apply for VA Aid and Attendance at a FREE PRESENTATION at Evergreen Community on

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8:30am to 10:00am

Presentation by Shepherd Elder Law Group

Attorney Maureen Lester - Presenter

For more information, call Justine at (913) 477-8227.

Medicaid & Veteran Benefits presented by KC Elder Law - Tuesday, August 21

Posted: Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:11pm



 One of the biggest fears that many people have today is the fear of having their life savings wiped out if they end up in a nursing home. What a shame to see someone's life savings of 30, 40, or 50 years wiped out in a matter of months. Whether you or a family member is in a crisis or not, it is important that you understand what you can do to protect your hard-earned assets! Most of the public does not yet realize that the laws on asset protection and long-term care planning have changed. It is extremely important that you know about these changes and how they may affect your long-term planning! A brand new, free informational workshop hosted by local Elder Law Attorney, William G. Hammond with KC Elder Law, will be held:

Tuesday, August 21st 6pm-7pm at

Evergreen Community of Johnson County, 11875 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, KS 66061


At this meeting you will discover:

  • How to avoid having your life savings wiped out by a nursing home spend down.
  • How the new law restricts protection of assets and the steps you should take now to protect your loved ones.
  • The asset protection language that most people don't have in their power of attorney documents, which can help protect their life's savings.
  • Veteran's benefits that most people know nothing about.
  • How Medicaid works and the steps you need to take now to protect your family under the new rules.
  • How to find the right Senior Care Community and what to expect in the process.
  • How to get good care at a Senior Care Community.
  • Senior Care options for independence; planning for today and the future. 

Attendance at this brand new meeting is free, but seating is limited. You can reserve your spot by calling 913-338-5713.  Special bonus- we will also be distributing a FREE copy of "The Consumer's Guide to Medicaid Planning and Division of Assets."  (Limit 2 guides per household)

Annual Fund Drive 2017

Posted: Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:20pm

Our mission is to provide the best person directed care possible to Evergreen Community residents, regardless of their resources, and to continue this mission we rely on the generosity of individuals like you. Your contributions help us enhance the lives of those we serve. Our promise to you is we will ensure your financial support directly impacts Evergreen residents through services and enhancements that contribute to a more meaningful life.

A son of a resident of Evergreen Community shared a conversation he had with his mother. While waiting to leave the hospital his mother said, “You’re not going to make me move into a nursing home, are you?” He said, “Mom, you’re going back to Evergreen.” She replied, “Oh good!  I’m so glad I’m going home!” When she arrived back at Evergreen Community from the hospital she waved her hands and said, “I’m home!

An Evergreen employee shared, “It brought tears to our eyes hearing that. We love that many of the residents don’t see Evergreen as a nursing home. It’s just their home.”

At Evergreen, we lift up individuals 365 days a year in their home with dignity and respect. It is a balancing act due to stagnant Medicaid reimbursement rates and rising supply, equipment, and wage costs. The purchase of new therapy equipment is planned for the first quarter of 2018. However, it will only be successful if we can raise the necessary $10,000 from generous individual donors like you.

Our plan is to purchase a Sit-To-Stand Trainer and a StepOne Recumbent Stepper with the funds from the Annual Fund Drive. We would like to be able to provide a greater level of safety and mobility for those individuals living at Evergreen. The Sit-to-Stand Trainer actively assists the standing motion with support at the knees, trunk, and arms. It provides graduated support of the standing and sitting motion even in individuals who have not stood in years to enable safe, effective strengthening of weight-bearing muscles. The StepOne Recumbent Stepper helps to counteract gradual weakening of lower extremity function and to recover strength, endurance, and range of motion by training the lower and upper extremities. Together the equipment enhances the independence and dignity for individuals by improving the ability to stand, transfer, and maintain optimal independence. '

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ECOJC Employees Named to the 2018 Class of the Center For Leadership

Posted: Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:53am

Stacey Braden, Health Coach and Quality Assurance Nurse, and Cristal Hernandez, Staffing Coordinator, have both been named in the LeadingAge Kansas 2018 Class of the Center For Leadership. This it the ninth year for the program. Congratulations to Stacy and Cristal! Read more about the program here.

Evergreen a Recipient of Proceeds from Days of Wine & Rotary

Posted: Wed, 03/29/2017 - 8:48am

Join The Olathe Rotary Club and Rotary Club president Larry Rinne for an evening of wine and gourmet food tasting benefiting Rotary’s charities: Olathe Public Schools Foundation Fund-a-Need program, Elizabeth’s Kids (Deb’s House), Kid’s TLC, Inclusions Connection, Evergreen Living, Woodland Charities and the Olathe Rotary Foundation.

  • Taste approximately 40 wines from many noted producers. KC Bier Co. has graciously agreed to be a part of our event. Although it’s hard to imagine that someone may not love wine, those of you who love KC Bier Co. more will love this addition.
  • Savor specialty entrees and desserts from the area’s top restaurants
  • Participate in silent and live auctions of fine and rare wines, trips, gifts, and collectibles
  • At our new location, the Ball Center, Olathe

Participants must be 21 years of age.

This year’s event offers a new freshness and unique twists that will ensure the event remains one of the most anticipated and best attended events of the year. One of the most notable additions is a $5,000 Travel Voucher Raffle.  The winning ticket will be drawn during the May 6 event. Additionally, commemorative wine glasses will be etched with the Rotary logo and distributed as event souvenirs.

Evergreen Resident and Marine Turns 100

Posted: Fri, 01/06/2017 - 9:43am

Retired Marine 1st Lt. John J. O'Leary recently celebrated his 100th birthday at the Evergreen Community of Johnson County, Olathe, Kansas. O'Leary is one of a fraction of the more than 16 million Americans who served in World War II still alive today.

He joined the Marine Corps following the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to lead a shore beach party with the 3rd Joint Assault Signal Company. In June 1944, he fought to retake the island of Guam from the Japanese. He later witnessed the bombing of Iwo Jima from his troop's ship. "I had to become a good ducker," O'Leary said. "I spent a year and a half on Guam. That's a long time. I have a lot of memories." O'Leary's birthday coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve, established by President Woodrow Wilson on Aug. 29, 1916. "The Marine Corps is a great organization," O'Leary said. "It's full of a lot of dedicated individuals. I'm very proud of my time as a Marine."

JCYM Homes Tour

Posted: Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:09pm

The 25th Annual JCYM Home Holidays Tour and Boutique is Tuesday, November 15th from 9:30am - 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the tour. The 2-day Holiday Boutique is free. All proceeds benefit seven local charities, one of which is Evergreen Community of Johnson County. ECOJC will be spotlighted at the the home located at 12711 W. 160th, Overland Park, KS.

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KSHB Channel 41 News Interviews interim CEO, Chris Osborn

Posted: Tue, 02/09/2016 - 8:47am

KSHB Channel 41 News visited Evergreen Community and interviewed Chris Osborn, interim CEO, and Ruth Martinez, family member of an Evergreen resident, about the KanCare application delay for funding. To learn more, click on the picture below.


Evergreen Receives 2015 PEAK Award

Posted: Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:11pm

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ (KDADS) Secretary on Aging, Kari Bruffett, presented the PEAK Award to Evergreen Community of Johnson County.Mrs. Bruffett was at ECOJC on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 for a reception at 9:30am where she recognized and presented the plaque for winning the PEAK award.

For the past thirteen years, KDADS (formerly Kansas Department on Aging) has been recognizing nursing homes for successfully implementing culture change through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes program commonly known as PEAK. Although the phrase “culture change” may have different meanings, in healthcare the term refers to the change from an institutional, medical model of care, to a home atmosphere where individual care and services are provided.

Evergreen Community of Johnson County is one of only four homes in Kansas being recognized as achieving the Sustaining Person-Centered Care Home category through the PEAK 2.0 program (221 homes applied for recognition). This in turn has propelled Evergreen to the highest tier of recognition: Person Centered Care Mentor. Evergreen has been recognized through the PEAK program multiple times in previous years.