By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

James had been looking for a place to live for a very long time, but could not find housing that was that was suitable and was able to cater to his medical and physical needs. The 65-year-old veteran had multiple family members and case managers searching to find the right fit for him.

James knew he wanted to reside in a place where the people were inviting and would treat him with kindness and love.

His case manager from the VA and his sister, Jewel, reached out to the Montclare at Lawndale, a Gardant-managed affordable assisted living community in Chicago that is certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program. They asked about the community. They asked if the community had great activities; if the community had nursing staff that would assist him; and if the community had comfortable and livable units.

The staff at Montclare at Lawndale confirmed the community had all those things and more. The community had private apartments that featured a kitchenette, spacious bathroom with shower and grab bars, and emergency alert system. Certified nurses aides were on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist residents with activities of daily living and help with medications. Three meals a day plus snacks, housekeeping and laundry services were included.

Residents enjoyed plenty of opportunities to socialize with family, friends, and neighbors and to participate in the scheduled social, recreational, educational, and wellness programs and events.

The mission of the staff is to provide residents with the Love, Compassion, and Dignity they deserve in addition to the assistance they need. The goal is to help each resident achieve and maintain as much independence as possible for as long as possible.

James applied to be a resident, and a few weeks later his sister, Diane, and her husband came by for a tour. They fell in love. They loved that the community was clean and had nursing staff available. They loved that the staff was kind and that the community had wonderful food options for their brother. You could tell that Jewel, Diane and Diane’s husband had a lot of love for James and wanted to be sure his needs would be met.

They took pictures and talked with James about what would soon be his new home. James was impressed.

When James signed his lease, he received the keys to his apartment. Upon opening the door, James and his families’ eyes lit up. They loved how the apartment was set up and the furniture the community was able to provide.

Staff presented him with a welcoming gift, and James smiled greatly. His sisters smiled as well and thanked the Montclare team for everything.

James says he is happy with his decision to move to Montclare. He continues to thrive in a place that perfectly fits his needs.

The Montclare at Lawndale is one of 60 senior living, assisted living and memory care communities that Gardant operates.

For more information about Montclare at Lawndale, click here.

To see a list of other Gardant-managed communities, click here.


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