March 23

Serving Individuals with Disabilities

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation designating March as National Disability Awareness Month. The proclamation created a special opportunity to raise awareness about the support needed by persons with disabilities as well as their right to enjoy life and to feel productive and secure.

Gardant operates two affordable assisted living communities that are designed to serve adults with disabilities who are 22 to 64 years of age at time of application/admission.

Deer Path of Huntley and GateWay at River City in Peoria are fully certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program. They are designed to serve low-income individuals who need help to maintain their independence, including those who are on or would qualify for Medicaid.

Residents benefit from being able to live in a residential environment where personal assistance and help with medications are available. Residents live in private apartments that they are able to furnish and decorate to their taste. Each of the apartments feature a kitchenette with cabinets, countertop, sink, microwave, and refrigerator/freezer; a spacious bathroom that can accommodate a wheelchair, walker or scooter; individually controlled heating and air conditioning; and emergency alert system.

In addition, residents can take advantage of the variety of indoor and outdoor community areas that are available.

Staff is on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist residents with their scheduled and unscheduled needs, including personal assistance with activities of daily living and help with medications. Three meals a day plus snacks, housekeeping, and laundry are included.

Residents also benefit from the numerous opportunities that are available to socialize with family, friends, and neighbors and to participate in social, educational, recreational, and wellness activities.

For more information about Deer Path of Huntley, click HERE.

For more information about GateWay at River City, click HERE

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