November 16

Gardant Assisted Living Residents Express Gratitude

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

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November is National Gratitude Month. It is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for; a time to celebrate and give thanks for our many blessings.

Throughout the month, we are posting Blogs that feature the thoughts on gratitude from residents of the senior living, assisted living, supportive living, and memory care communities Gardant operates.

In today’s Blog, we highlight residents of the Grand Prairie affordable assisted living community in Macomb, Illinois.

Macomb is located in western, Illinois. The city serves as the county seat for McDonough County and is home to Western Illinois University.

Earlier this year, Grand Prairie was named one of the best assisted living communities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

The community is certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program and serves adults 65 and older who need some help to maintain their independence. Gardant has managed the community since March 2010.

Here are the Attitudes of Gratitude from residents of Grand Pairire:

Jeanie E.

I am thankful to be an American and to our Veterans. I am thankful to live where I am today.

Sandy H.

I am thankful for my family and friends.

Tom T.

I am grateful to have Jesus Christ in my life. When we die, we’re going to meet Him. We either go live with Him or go the other way. I’m also grateful for all the help here. Everyone is cheerful and neighborly; there is no stranger among the residents.


I am grateful for having selected Grand Prairie to be my “Forever Home.” The workers are kind; always smiling and help when help is needed. The meals are great; could use gravy on some meat. The cleaning crew does a thorough job, and everything is in place as it was in our apartments. Things are done with care.

Shirley S.

I am grateful for my family. My children and grandchildren; and my brother.


I really appreciate all the different activities and events planned for us to participate in. An active Activity Director with a good sense of humor. Monthly printed calendars. The friendliness of most residents and the helpful staff. A great place to live.

Delores P.

I am so grateful for my apartment; for all the help from the staff; and the good food. All the nice people.

Lorna V.

I am grateful for Wendy and Lance and all my grandchildren

Daryl G.

I am grateful for my good friends here and also the staff. Amanda does so much for all of us and keeps us pretty busy. Jennifer is always very helpful too.

Connie D.

I am grateful for walking, family, being able to live alone, my grandkids and great grandkids and my 4-legged grands. Being happy; all my old friends and all my new friends. Jim still living across the street.

Connie P.

I am grateful for the love, friendship and care I have received while living here almost three years.

Mary H.

I am glad to live in a nice friendly and clean place. I also feel safe, and I enjoy all the activities that I can go to with Amanda. I am also grateful I can have my cat, Kallay Jo, with me and that everybody is nice to her.

Ginger A.

I am grateful to have a nice warm place to live. Friends to enjoy, help when we need it and a staff who cares about us. We have so many things to be grateful for every day and not just at Thanksgiving.

Pauline H.

My family both here and overseas.

My eyesight.

Weight Loss.

My friends.

Linda S.

  1. I have Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior!
  2. My children and grandchildren and great-great grandsons!
  3. Mary Shelton and I have been friends since 1957 – 65 years!
  4. All my friends and neighbors here.
  5. I’m counting the staff as friends also!
  6. The apartment Rocket and I have
  7. Food that ya fix for me, even if I can’t eat it
  8. The health I have
  9. My ability to have Rocket here
  10. Just what I have

Nancy S.

I am grateful for my husband, my family, including grandchildren and great grandchildren.

I am grateful for all my blessings from the Lord. I am grateful for my new family at Grand Prairie in Macomb, IL. It is a very nice place and clean. The food is good, and the residents seem very nice.

For more information about Grand Prairie of Macomb, click here.

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