John Evans Supportive Living has received approval from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to develop an affordable memory care community that will operate under the Illinois Supportive Living Program.

The memory care community will be developed on property adjacent to the John Evans affordable assisted living community at 1320 Executive Drive in Pekin. John Evans Supportive Living was developed by the Laborers’ Home Development Corporation and opened in November 2007.

“We are excited to be one of the 40 new supportive living dementia care sites to receive approval from HFS,” said Melanie Daniels, the administrator at John Evans.  “There is a tremendous need in the Pekin area for an affordable memory care community that can serve older adults of all incomes.”

The state approved the development of 50 private memory care apartments.

Everything about the memory care community – from the apartments and community areas to the staff, services and activities – will be designed to meet the special needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

“We are anxious to get started as soon as possible,” says Daniels.

The Illinois Supportive Living Program was developed in 1996 to provide older adults and adults with physical disabilities with an appropriate alternative to a nursing home. The program emphasizes personal choice, dignity, privacy and individuality.

John Evans is one of 152 communities in Illinois that are certified to operate under the Supportive Living program. The communities are located in more than 70 counties throughout the state. Only five of those sites are approved as supportive living dementia care settings.

The John Evans supportive living community features 76 private studio and one-bedroom for older adults who need some help to maintain their independence.

Residents are able to receive the help and assistance they need to maintain their independence. Each of the apartments features a kitchenette, spacious bathroom with grab bars and shower, individual heating and air conditioning and an emergency alert system. Three meals a day plus snacks, housekeeping and laundry services are included.

Certified staff is on-duty 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Residents also benefit from all of the opportunities that are available to socialize with family, friends and neighbors and to participate in a wide variety of social, recreational, educational and wellness activities.

“Our emphasis is on providing residents we the love, compassion and dignity they deserve in addition to the help and assistance they need” says Rod Burkett, Chief Executive Officer of Gardant Management Solutions, the company that manages John Evans.

Based in Bourbonnais, Illinois, Gardant operates 40 of the 152 supportive living communities in Illinois.

The company operates White Oaks at Heritage Woods of South Elgin, which is one of the current supportive living dementia care settings approved by the state. The company also operates memory care communities in Huntley, McHenry and South Elgin, Illinois; Noblesville, IndianaBerlin, Maryland; and Williamsburg, Virginia.

“In the memory care communities we operate, our focus is on providing residents with opportunities to maintain a sense of purpose and belonging in all seasons of dementia,” says Burkett.