Benton House preparing to break ground on memory care addition

Benton House will be expanding to the north.
Benton House will be expanding to the north.

The Benton House senior living community in Prairie Village is preparing to break ground on a project that will add 14 new rooms to its memory care facilities, effectively doubling the size of its memory care operation.

The expansion is the second phase of construction on the site, and was approved as part of the initial planning commission submission after Hunt Midwest bought the Somerset Elementary property in 2011.

The new construction will sit adjacent to and north of the existing facility.

Benton House says the addition will cost approximately $1,800,000. Construction should be complete in time for an early 2015 opening.

Benton House has more than 60 residents at present, and it has 14 memory care rooms that serve residents with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia. The addition will include 12 new private memory care rooms and two new semi-private rooms.

“It will essentially be a mirror of the facilities we have now,” said Benton House Executive Director Marly Mayyahi.

Benton House say it expects to hire 15-20 new employees to serve residents in the new rooms.