Gardant Communities Earn Top Honors in Statewide Contest

Gardant communities take top honors in AALC Photo and Testimonial Contests

Heritage Woods of Freeport, Deer Path of Huntley and Heritage Woods of Ottawa  earned top honors in the 2021 Testimonial Contest, hosted by the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition. 

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 state’s Supportive Living Program.

The winners of the first, second and third place awards in the Testimonial Contest are residents of Gardant-managed communities.

First Place – Terri Dodds, Heritage Woods of Freeport
“I wasn’t in a good place in my life mentally or physically. Having some tragic life situations, I decided it was time for change. My first impression – welcomed and loved. Improved 110% physically, mentally, now more social, many friends that are like family to me. My family is beyond happy, at ease knowing I am loved and safe.”

Second Place – Rebekah Flores, Deer Path of Huntley
“Being fairly new to Deer Path, it was getting involved that changed my outlook of my new living arrangement. Participating in activities has allowed me to build new friendships, practice my leadership skills, and help others to do the same.”

Third Place – Joyce, Heritage Woods of Ottawa
“The folks here are so kind and friendly. When I moved in, I was nervous about meeting new people. My neighbors were excited to introduce themselves and it made me feel very welcome! I should have moved here sooner!”

Heritage Woods of Freeport and Heritage Woods of Ottawa are affordable assisted lifestyle communities that serve older adults. Deer Path of Huntley is an affordable assisted lifestyle community for adults with physical disabilities. 

Heritage Woods of Minooka and Heritage Woods of Ottawa received top honors in the 2021 Affordable Assisted Living Coalition Photo Contest, placing 1st and 2nd respectively. 

Gardant Management Solutions is the largest provider of assisted living in Illinois. It operates assisted living, senior living and memory care communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, the Metro East area of St. Louis, and other locations in northern, central and southern Illinois.

The company also manages properties in Indiana, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, ranking as one of the largest providers of assisted living in the country, according to Senior Living Executive, a publication of Argentum.

For more information about Gardant Management Solutions or the assisted living, senior living and memory care communities the company operates, visit or call 1-877-882-1495 toll-free.

Gardant Management Solutions has 20+ years of industry-acclaimed operational history in developing, managing and consulting for senior living, assisted living and memory care communities.