ComfortCare Homes pioneered the concept of residential dementia care in Wichita, Kansas. Founded by the Stark family in 1993, our story began a few years earlier after J.W. and Reola Stark were both struck with dementia. The Stark’s son, Charles, and his wife Mary Lou, felt strongly committed to keeping their parents’ care close to the family.
With Charles and Mary Lou leading the effort, they enlisted the help of their own children, Doug and Leigh Ann. The process followed a path common to many families coping with a dementia diagnosis. For a while, daily check-ins were adequate, but the Starks’ needs soon increased, and Charles and Mary Lou made the decision to bring J.W. and Reola to live with them.