When my mother-in-law Helen Kemper was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the early 1980s, our family quickly discovered there were very few alternatives for us as her disease progressed. So I decided to do something about it.

As a Registered Nurse, I knew that the care needs for someone with memory loss were very different from someone needing skilled nursing care. Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias suffer from a relentless disease which drastically affects their personality and mental condition. Skilled nursing care is centered on the physical condition of a person.

Many people ask why Kemper House is so different. Although many places have a mission statement, at Kemper House we live our philosophy. For us, it’s personal. Our employees are trained to see our residents not as sick or ill, but as people with talents, gifts, and abilities. Our staff is here to help the residents live out the rest of their lives in a fulfilling and meaningful manner.

Kemper House is also different because it is one of few places that exclusively cares for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for the rest of their lives. It is not our usual policy to transfer your loved one to a nursing home once they require heavy care as the disease progresses.

The sole purpose for Kemper House is to provide outstanding dementia care in a residential, family atmosphere. I know firsthand the many challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. We are here to help meet those challenges with a way of living that affirms individuals’ dignity and celebrates every moment.

Very Truly Yours,


Betty J. Kemper, RN
President, Kemper House