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With so much going on in the world the past few months, it is hard not to feel overwhelmed.

At the beginning, many wondered what coronavirus was. I, myself, thought, “oh boy, here we go; what now?”

As the coronavirus started to get so much media attention, I was starting to think, “wow, this is getting more serious and a little scary.”

Mass information, precautions, government officials on TV, doctors and county health officials all over the news… They were all sharing what they knew about this deadly virus. I am not going to go into all that. We have all heard the news– the good and the bad– and do not even get me started on the toilet paper crisis!

What I would like to touch on is how our little county in northern Illinois stepped up to the task to help its most vulnerable residents.

No one is more important than the next guy, but the residents that I am talking about are the senior citizens that reside at Heritage Woods of McHenry. I understand that this whole pandemic has been hard on everyone, but imagine being an older adult living in a communal setting, in an apartment. You may or may not have a compromised health issue, and you depend on other people to care for you. Everyone is asked to self-isolate themselves.

How do you take care of 100 residents that live under one roof? How do you keep all these people safe? How do you get all the equipment and necessities needed when all the store shelves are empty?

This is where the McHenry County Health Department stepped in. Between the County Health Department and Gardant, our management company, we were not only able to get the equipment needed, but they kept us up-to-date on the latest information related to the pandemic. We received numerous shipments from the health department and when in need of any special item that was hard to find, Gardant Management worked their magic and came through for us.

There is so much we have learned about our company, our county officials, and our own employees at Heritage Woods. In the scariest and most difficult times, people stepped up and renewed my faith in the human spirit. I am proud to be a part of this community, company and what it stands for. 

– Janet Michel, Resident Services Coordinator