By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions
One of the annual events hosted by the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC) is a Photo and Testimonial Contest.
The focus of the contest is to highlight the important role that the Illinois Supportive Living Program plays in the lives of older adults and adults with physical disabilities. The program provides a wonderful alternative to a nursing home for individuals who need some help to maintain their independence. Individuals of virtually all incomes, including those on Medicaid, can qualify for residency.
Gardant manages more than 40 communities in Illinois that participate in the Supportive Living Program. The winners of the first, second and third place awards in the Testimonial Contest are residents of Gardant-managed communities.
Nancy Hall – Heritage Woods of Watseka
“I love living on my own at Heritage Woods. There are so many things to do, plus I have my own apartment. Since moving to Heritage Woods, I have been able to use the transportation and go many places on my own or with the activity department. I love the freedom that I have here!”
Art Lingenfelter – GateWay at River City
“I really enjoy living here at GateWay at River City. I am free from isolation and loneliness. When I lived at the nursing home, I felt like no one cared or had time to just talk, but here at GateWay, I feel like I am family. The staff and residents are never too busy to talk, and now I know how it feels like to be loved. I no longer have the fear of being alone and isolated. I have family I can go with on outings with, play cards with, or just sit around talking and laughing. GateWay has given me freedom to be me, to be loved and treated as a human being instead of a castaway. I am overwhelmingly happy with my life at GateWay at River City.”
Eva Buis – Heritage Woods of Manteno
“Having planned activities has given me the opportunity to share new experiences with people who have the same interests. It is fun to go places that I might not have had a chance to see and gives me something I look forward to doing. My family is very happy with my new home and the care I am receiving. They feel at ease knowing that I am safe, taking my medications on time, eating healthy meals, and making new friends. They enjoy visiting.”
Heritage Woods of Manteno and Heritage Woods of Watseka are affordable assisted lifestyle communities that serve older adults of all incomes. GateWay at River City is an affordable assisted lifestyle community for low-income adults with physical disabilities. The community is located in Peoria, Illinois.