Our Commitment

Prairie Elder Care exists to provide a life worth living for people with dementia. Our small home design and engagement approach delivers the highest quality of care. Each residents’ personal strengths help us understand where they find joy and purpose. Together, we take the time to learn each family’s story to give back community, connection and control.

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Michala Gibson

Co-Founder


Michala is a Registered Nurse with 20+ years of experience in the senior care, including Director of Nursing and Staff Development. Michala works continuously with staff to increase engagement and in the community to break the stigma of dementia.

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Mandy Shoemaker

Co-Founder


For 20 years Mandy was an educator, including a elementary Principal. She focused on the wellbeing of children. Now she ensures the wellbeing of residents and families. Mandy even created the first Memory Café in Kansas City for family support.

Michala & Mandy Talk Control
Michala & Mandy Talk Connection

Two Daughters’ Love

Mandy and Michala are sisters-in-law. Prairie was conceived as a result of their own family’s need to help Mandy’s father. Through their own journey they discovered many others struggling with dementia care. Over the course of multiple family gatherings and holidays, Mandy and Michala determined a plan to take action. First starting a service for families frustrated in the search for answers, then later beginning Prairie Elder Care in 2014 to solve the quality gap on their own.

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