FOWLER — Three area retirement and residential care homes have received a zero-deficiency rating from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services recently.

Lone Tree Retirement in Meade and Manor of the Plains in Dodge City have been joined by Fowler Residential Care as the latest to earn the rating.

"It is tough to get that rating," Fowler Residential Care administrator Barbara Whitney said. "It is the highest regulated care in the nation. The state and federal surveyors come in and tour the facility, talk with staff and residents and their families and conduct interviews.

"We are very small and do our best to make it more of a home-like environment. The biggest perception to get away from is the medical model. We want our residents to make their decisions on their care whether its what meals to eat and activities to take part in."

According to Whitney, Fowler Residential Care has a five star staff to resident ratio and is listed as one of the top tier nursing homes by U.S. News and World Report.

"We may be small but we have a lot to offer," she said. "It is hard to achieve a zero rating in this industry but we appreciate it very much.

"We have been working so hard for years and everyone has devoted all their time and focus on providing the best care possible.

"When they needed to step up to the plate, they did so in a big way."

Fowler Residential Care is located at 401 E. 6th Street in Fowler. For more information or questions, they can be contacted at 620-646-5215.

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