Our community embraced Merle after Lucille, his wife of nearly 70 years, passed away. Heritage Woods was their home, and Merle says nothing could convince him to leave  now – not even winning the lottery.


Heritage Woods of Sterling is home for this chapter in Ruth’s life. The services we provide make her life easier, and she can spend time sharing her kindness with the world. Deeply rooted in her faith and family, Ruth says Heritage Woods is close to heaven on Earth.


Heritage Woods helped Pat regain her independence. As our resident council president, she is an advocate for our community. Her sons feel better knowing she is safe here, and her church friends say she is a new woman. Pat couldn’t agree more.



The community, which is designed to serve adults 65 and older of all incomes who need some help to maintain their independence, was the first affordable assisted lifestyle community in the Sterling and Rock Falls area of North Central Illinois.

The community opened in 2009 and is managed by Gardant Management Solutions, the largest provider of affordable assisted living in Illinois.

A Wonderful Alternative

Heritage Woods of Sterling provides a wonderful residential alternative to a nursing home or to those struggling alone at home.

Residents have the opportunity to:

  • Live in a private apartment. Each of the apartments features a kitchenette, spacious bathroom and emergency alert system.
  • Receive personal assistance and help with medications. Certified staff are on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support services, such as three daily meals, housekeeping and laundry are also included.
  • Enjoy the companionship of friends and neighbors and participate in social and recreational activities.

The emphasis at our community is on providing residents with the dignity they deserve and on helping each resident maintain as much independence as possible for as long as possible.

Focus on Love, Compassion and Dignity

Gardant Management Solutions, the company that manages Heritage Woods, is a mission-driven company based in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The company has made a commitment to Touching Lives by providing Dignified Lifestyles that are enhanced by the values of Love, Compassion & Dignity.

Gardant is one of the nation’s largest assisted living providers.

To arrange a visit or to obtain more information about Heritage Woods of Sterling, call 815-625-7045.