New Community Empowers Resident to Take Over His Life
Mike Waddell, a 56-year-old from Plymouth Illinois, had lived in four different nursing homes in just as many years. The staff at each nursing home told him he would never be able to live on his own.
Then, he found out about Gateway at River City, a new affordable assisted living community that was designed to serve adults 22 to 64 with physical disabilities.
The chances of him being approved to move in would be a long-shot, Mike recalled thinking. He was so relieved when the Gateway staff called to let him know he’d be one of the first residents to make a reservation at the community.
“This place has empowered me to take over my life,” he said.
Crediting a big part of his transformation to the supportive staff at Gateway, Mike said they have embraced him and been loving, caring and helpful.
“I love everybody here, and even though I tease them, they still love me for who I am” he said. “I have loved every minute of being here.”