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Kathy Finnegan is now a certified Medicare Counselor

Covenant Place of Lenexa is proud to announce that its Director of Marketing and Sales, Kathy Finnegan, is now a certified Medicare Counselor for the state of Kansas through the SMP/SHIP/SHICK program. Through intensive self-study and in-person training, SMP/SHIP/SHICK counselors can educate and actively assist individuals with questions and issues about Medicare and other insurance.

Those certified with these programs can provide free, state counseling services that help seniors understand their Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap and Medicaid benefits. They provide seniors with one-on- one counseling to help them take full advantage of their benefits, and help them to avoid fraud or abuse.

Thank you, Kathy, for your hard work and dedication to providing Covenant Place of Lenexa residents, and other Kansas City-area seniors, with the education and information they need to fully take advantage of their Medicare benefit.



3 Tips for Managing Your Medication

Managing multiple medications is a difficult task, especially for people over the age of 65 who take 2-7 prescription drugs a day on average. As you begin taking more prescription drugs, accidents like skipping a dose, overdosing, or taking it with something you shouldn’t can cause dangerous side effects.

Keeping track of all your medications can get complicated. How and when you take medications, the foods and beverages you consume with them, and even where you store your pills play an important role in your health. Here are 3 essential tips to help you better manage your medication, from Everyday Health:

Know Your Medication Facts:

Educate yourself on the type of medication you have been prescribed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist questions about what you’re taking to get a good understanding on their purpose, possible side effects, how and when you should take them, and anything else that you need to know – even what to do when you skip a dose by accident.

Make a List:

Create a running list of all your prescription medications, over-the- counter drugs, herbal supplements and vitamins you take. Bring it with you to all of your doctor’s appointments, any time you go to the hospital and to your pharmacy. If possible, opt to visit the same pharmacy every time your fill a prescription, so that they can easily find records and be on the lookout for potential interactions or medication side effects.

Don’t Take a Day Off:

It is extremely important to take your pills as prescribed. Using a daily pill case will help indicate if you have taken your medication each day. Another easy way to avoid forgetting is to take your pills at the same time every day. By associating taking your medication with your daily routine, it will become a habit. Try taking your pills right before your daily walk, when you brush your teeth or at the start of your favorite program.


Types of Retirement Community Care

There are many options out there for your retirement, and it can be confusing to know what choices to make! Many retirement communities identify by lifestyle options and the type of care one may need. You will most often see the terms “Independent Living,” “Assisted Living,” “Rehabilitation,” and “Long-Term Care” through your retirement community research. In this article, we’ll explain the difference between these levels of care so you can better understand what type of community you are looking for.



Covenant Place of Lenexa Hosts An Afternoon Learning About Famous Christian Artist

Covenant Place of Lenexa is hosting a presentation put on by the Warner E. Sallman Art Collection, Inc. on Sunday, June 28th. The program, titled The Master Painter, will showcase many familiar and popular paintings of Jesus Christ, created by artist Warner E. Sallman. The presentation will take place at 2 P.M. in Covenant Place of Lenexa’s multipurpose room.

One of the most familiar and popular of all the paintings of Jesus Christ is the Head of Christ painted by Warner E. Sallman in 1940…75 years ago. This famous painting, along with Sallman’s other images, has been reproduced around the world over one billion times. He is also famous for his depiction of Christ at Heart’s Door, which is Jesus knocking at the door; Christ in Gethsemane, which is Christ praying in the Garden of Gethsemane prior to his crucifixion; The Lord is My Shepherd, and many other religious and secular paintings.



Covenant Place of Lenexa receives flag flown over United States Capitol

Lenexa, KS, March 27, 2015 – Covenant Place of Lenexa Retirement, A Covenant Retirement Community has received a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol building in Washington D.C. There was a flag raising ceremony on March 27th, Friday at 2:00 p.m. coordinated by Dennis Branson, US Coast Guard Retired.

The ceremony was a commissioning ceremony for Covenant Place of Lenexa’s three new flag poles. A four-person honor guard and bugler commemorated the first time that an American flag has flown on these poles. The ceremonial flag flew over the U S Capitol in Washington D.C. in February of 2015 as part of the Capitol Flag Program, which began in 1937. A state of Kansas flag and a Christian flag will be flown on the remaining two poles. During the ceremony, four of Covenant Place of Lenexa’s residents gave brief statements about each flag.



Founders of Covenant Place of Lenexa move in New Retirement Community (July 8, 2013)

During the month of June, a steady stream of moving trucks has made their way to Lenexa’s new continuing care retirement community, Covenant Place of Lenexa. As boxes are emptied and pictures are hung, residents are happy to see that Covenant Place of Lenexa is now open. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Covenant Place of Lenexa will hold a Grand Opening on Saturday, July 13th from 11:00 until 4:00. VIEW RELEASE


Covenant Place of Lenexa, KS Breaks Ground on New Retirement Community (March 21, 2012)

A new era in Johnson County senior living began on Wednesday, March 21 with groundbreaking for the 107-unit Covenant Place of Lenexa retirement community. Opening is set for spring of next year.  Participating in the groundbreaking event at 8505 Pflumm Road in Lenexa, KS, were municipal officials and representatives of Covenant Retirement Communities, Inc., Skokie, IL, and the local development and management teams, Scenic Development, LLC, and Pivotal Health Care, LLC.  VIEW RELEASE


Covenant Place of Lenexa, KS Community Preview (August 16, 2012)  The public is welcome to the new Covenant Place of Lenexa Community Preview Event. Thursday, August 30 at 10:30am at the Lenexa Community Center. 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS.  Once complete, Covenant Place of Lenexa will offer residential Independent Living, Assisted Living, Short-term Rehabilitation and Long-term Care to seniors seeking a wide range of housing and health care choices in a newly built community conveniently located in Lenexa.  VIEW RELEASE


Covenant Place of Lenexa, KS to Open early 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012) The Covenant Place of Lenexa Founder’s Circle members prepare to move into their new community early next year.  At the recent Founder’s Circle meeting, guest speaker Brian Walton of Assisted Moving of Kansas City spoke to the group concerning preparing for their upcoming move.  Although the community will not be ready for occupancy until Spring of 2013 the group was given great advice to help begin the moving process.  Mr. Walton encouraged the members to begin downsizing by starting in rooms that are not very full.  One of the recommendations was to use a two box and a bag approach to organizing and cleaning out each room.  This includes a box to move, a box to donate and a bag for trash.  Linda Townsend, Independent Living Director, gave members advice saying “The Christmas season will be here soon and this is the perfect time to downsize.  You can wrap the items that you would like to give to your family members.  They can’t say no to a Christmas gift.” Mr. Walton advised the Founder’s Circle concerning the advantages and disadvantages of estate sales.  He described how much easier it is to have an estate sale when all of your items are moved to your new community before the estate sales happens.  The future Covenant Place of Lenexa residents were thankful to get information that will make their moving process much easier. VIEW RELEASE


Covenant Place of Lenexa, KS Implements LifeConnect® to Promote Health and Wellness (Nov. 27, 2012) Covenant Place of Lenexa is spreading the message of LifeConnect®.  As future residents prepare to move to the new retirement community in Lenexa, Kansas they learn how to optimize their personal health and vitality.  By focusing on the various dimensions of wellness, each person can find ways to be well in each area of their life.  Covenant Place of Lenexa will partner with residents through LifeConnect® to help maximize each of the dimensions of wellness that impact their lives.  Residents will find the resources and opportunities in the community and surrounding area that will fulfill their needs, interests and goals. VIEW RELEASE


Executive Director Hired for Covenant Place of Lenexa(Feb. 28, 2013) Rick Blim has been named as Executive Director of Covenant Place of Lenexa. Blim, a native of the local area, has over twenty two years of experience as a health care administrator in the Kansas City area. “It will be a privilege to serve the residents and families of Covenant Place of Lenexa” said Mr. Blim. “I look forward to meeting all of the new residents as we get to know each other and our new community.” VIEW RELEASE