Today’s Baby Boomers are between 54 and 72 and their maturation and aging has brought both challenges and opportunities to the economy, infrastructure and institutions as they have passed through each major stage of life. Now they are set to have an impact on senior care. So existing facilities in Arlington Heights and elsewhere are preparing for that eventuality by updating and revamping their facilities and new communities are being built.
The Lutheran Home at 800 W. Oakton St. has been part of Arlington Heights since 1892, growing and changing to meet the needs of each succeeding generation. Over the past few years Lutheran Life Communities has added one structure in Arlington Heights and renovated another to prepare for the population influx they expect from aging Baby Boomers.
In mid-2014 they opened a new 78-room MyRehab facility for those who are recovering from surgeries and illnesses and need therapy before they return home. Then, in fall 2016, they opened the renovated three-story Olson Center that features private residential health care rooms, as well as a medical clinic and late stage memory care rooms. Care for earlier-stage memory care patients is offered elsewhere on campus.
“We understand that only offering private rooms in our health care center is best for infection control, so we made this change to benefit all of our residents,” said Rex Paisley, corporate communication director for Lutheran Life Communities.
The Moorings of Arlington Heights on Central Road recently opened a new assisted living apartment building on their beautiful campus. The state-of-the-art Highlands includes 73 apartment homes varying in size from 491 to 1,181 square feet and it provides residents with “assistance when they need it, and privacy when they don’t,” said Robert Werdan, vice president of marketing and public relations.
Amenities and services include 24-hour assistance with dressing, grooming and bathing; three delicious meals served daily; and licensed nurses on staff 24/7, as well as personal laundry and housekeeping services.
Elsewhere on The Moorings’ campus, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and specialized memory support are offered by trained professionals in the familiar surroundings of their own community.
Brand new in Arlington Heights is the Waverly Inn Memory Care Community, opening this summer at 515 W. Rand Rd. It is part of the Washington State-based Koelsch Senior Communities.
The Waverly Inn will consist of a 72-bed one-story memory care facility, as well as two duplex cottages that will be available for family members who wish to live nearby. The memory care facility will contain comforting touch points for residents including memorable photos of Arlington Heights and curio cabinets filled with military memorabilia, sports items and even kitchen gadgets, designed to spark memories in residents. It will also feature secure outdoor spaces where residents can enjoy nature. In fact, the central patio will feature a classic car that residents can explore and enjoy.
In addition, residents’ days will be very structured with plenty of music and art.
“With the increased incidence of dementia, it is so important to offer specialized memory care communities to care for people in a loving, safe and familiar environment,” said Courtney Bayron, director of community relations.