Striving to provide an enriching senior living experience and building relationships with its residents and their families, Randall Residence will be bringing quality assisted living and memory care facility to Wood Dale.
With construction scheduled to be completed in September and accepting residents in November, the Wood Dale location near the intersection of North Wood Dale Road and East Irving Park Road will provide an engaging and compassionate community that older adults will be able to call home.
“We’re excited to be coming to Wood Dale and we truly like to become part of the community,” said Christopher Randall, CEO of Randall Residence.
When Chuck Randall was 4 years old, his grandmother moved in with their family, and his mother’s passion to provide elder care began. This led her to start the first purpose-built nursing home community in Michigan in the late 1940s. She would go on to build several more in the 1950s and 1960s.
In 1975, Chuck and his wife Barbara Randall purchased White Oaks Assisted Living in Michigan to turn a struggling nursing home community around. Their son, Christopher, recalls living in the family’s apartment on the community campus. Working in every position in the business from washing windows and serving meals to working in the office, he also remembers getting to know the individuals who lived there.
“We joke that I had 70 grandparents,” he said.
Continuing the business with his father, Christopher said their mission remains to care for some of the more vulnerable population and build relationships with them.
“Understanding the demographics will demand more of this community; we believe we are one of the premier providers and offer a Randall Residence version of senior living,” he said.
Christopher said there are several criteria in which Randall Residence evaluates when determining a location, of which Wood Dale fit them all.
“There is very much a demand. There is a need in the area. There is access to health care,” he said, adding. “One of which is a location that is visible, close for families to where they work, live and shop
so it is convenient to visit their loved ones.”
Randall Residence remains focused on the Great Lakes, with nine locations in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois and two new locations under construction in Wood Dale and East Peoria. By staying as a regional provider, they will keep quality and the relationships the best, he added.
Randall Residence also strives to be part of the community. Other locations are providing meeting space for area service clubs, serving as a precinct voting location and hosting art shows. This way residents can maintain the relationships built within the community
“We will look for ways to ensure that our residents can continue to engage in their community and that the community at large can feel comfortable coming on site and engaging with our residents and our community,” he said.
The Wood Dale community will include 146 units, 104 for assisted living care and 42 for memory care. Christopher explained the assisted living care is designed to help individuals who may be fairly mobile and independent but need assistance with daily living such as preparing meals, medication supervision, assistance with bathing or showering or getting dressed. Often, these residents may have lost a spouse who was previously assisting with those tasks or may have had an incident such as a fall or a bout with the flu and may be too weak to care for themselves.
“In the assisted living, we’re able to provide that help as needed. They are able to maintain independence but we provide the support network to help them in those ways they need assistance,” he said.
For a senior who is diagnosed with a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Randall Residence memory care provides a safe, secure environment along with the assisted living services to help these individuals live a richer, fuller life despite their disease. Christopher explained there is a higher staffing ratio and a structured daily routine to engage the residents.
Randall Residence has developed a 40-year history as a senior living facility that has not only met the state’s requirements, but also the trust of those who choose Randall Residence, praising the spacious accommodations and the caring staff. While Randall Residence will be new to the Wood Dale community, they hope they have built a reputation this community can trust.
He said, “It is what our reputation hinges on and hangs on. Our mission is to create a senior living environment worthy of our parents and our grandparents. This isn’t just someone else’s family member. We need to treat them as if they are our grandparents and care for them in that way.”Health Care
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