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  • Heritage Woods of Sterling

    Discover the best community
    that fits your needs

    The choice for an affordable assisted lifestyle community in Illinois

  • Heritage Woods of Sterling

    Your choice for an
    affordable assisted lifestyle

    The premier choice for an affordable assisted lifestyle community Illinois

  • Heritage Woods of Sterling

    An attractive community
    that is comfortable and affordable

    Read more about what our residents and staff have to say about our beautiful community

  • Heritage Woods of Sterling

    Nationally Recognized

    Heritage Woods of Sterling was awarded with the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living 2022 Bronze Quality Awards. Bronze award status recognizers providers that have developed a foundation and begun a continuous journey of quality improvement. 

  • Heritage Woods of Sterling

    Best of
    the best

    The designation of 2022-23 Best in Assisted Living was awarded only to the communities that earn the highest possible rating on consumer satisfaction surveys of residents and family member of residents.

  • Heritage Woods of Sterling

    A Great
    Place to Work

    Heritage Woods of Sterling was awarded with the A Great Place to Work in 2023! 

Welcome to

Heritage Woods of Sterling


Welcome to a gracious, affordable assisted lifestyle in your community. At Heritage Woods of Sterling, you’ll enjoy friendly neighbors to share common life experiences and an active community full of choices. The emphasis is on lifestyle and fun while maintaining your health, wellness, dignity and independence at Heritage Woods. When you need a helping hand or personal attention to do the activities you may no longer be able to do safely on your own, our courteous and caring staff is always ready to assist you. Contact us to learn about current move-in specials!

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Focus on Love, Compassion & Dignity

Heritage woods of sterling serves adults 65 and older who need some help to maintain their independence

A financial assistance program is available to those who qualify, making the Heritage Woods lifestyle affordable to all. If you or a loved one would benefit from our assisted lifestyle community, but are concerned about financial arrangements, please do not hesitate to ask our staff about this financial assistance program.

The Supportive Living Program is available in Illinois for seniors 65 or older who need help maintaining their independence regardless of their financial resources. Seniors on Medicaid who only receive minimum Social Security income can qualify.

An Affordable Community

Heritage Woods of Sterling is an affordable assisted lifestyle community in whiteside County

Heritage Woods of Sterling opened in 2009 and is especially designed to serve the older adult. It was the first affordable assisted lifestyle community in the Sterling and Rock Falls area of North Central Illinois. Heritage Woods of Sterling is the most sought-after supportive living community in the area, and apartments are renting quickly. Call 815-625-7045 today to make Heritage Woods of Sterling your new home.

A wonderful alternative

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

At Heritage Woods, residents:

  • Live in the privacy of his/her own apartment, which has been conveniently designed for senior living.
  • 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.

A full array of amenities and helpful services will make your days fulfilled and comfortable for you and your family.

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Touching Lives

Merle’s Story
Losing the Love of His Life and Finding Family Here
Merle loves Heritage Woods of Sterling so much that he likes to tell us that even if he hit the jackpot, he’d still live here.

“Why would I turn my back on Heritage Woods when they were there for me when I needed them?” he asks without hesitation. Heritage Woods is his home. We are his family. When Merle lost his wife of 68 years, we paid our respects during Lucille’s funeral, and we’ve been there in the difficult days that have followed. Our compassion was a reminder of what Merle said when they moved here, “If Lucille goes first or I go first, we will always have our home here.”
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Ruth’s Story:
Finding “Heaven” at Heritage Woods
When you see Ruth, it’s hard not to notice her hat collection. Some people even call her the Hat Lady.

Since moving to our community three years ago, Ruth has taken on an active role at Heritage Woods. She and her family take our themed days and parties very serious. Ruth goes out of her way to make everyone feel welcome whether it’s a good friend or a resident who doesn’t get out and about much. She has played a large role in fostering community programs, and she is the brains behind our annual tea party, which is now in its third year. She pushed to have a Bible study class at Heritage Woods, and the group is now a strong presence in our building.
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Pat’s Story:
With Her Newfound Independence, She is a New Woman
Each day when Pat wakes up, she thanks her lucky stars for her freedom.

Before she moved in last year, Pat lived in a nursing home. She fell through the cracks and ended up in a place that was not a good fit for her. Everyone deserves a warm place to call home. Pat doesn’t take her place at Heritage Woods for granted. These days, Pat says she finally feels like she is getting her life back. The simple things bring her so much job. The snack bar and fresh fruit available at any time? She loves it. “Wow,” she says. “ What a luxury!” Pat also enjoys homemade meals, the hospitality of our staff and the activities we offer. Her schedule is busy these days. She presides over our community council, attends morning exercise classes, goes to weekly devotionals and shops at the Caring Center.
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