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Speaking Out for Supportive Living

April 17th, 2015

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

On Wednesday, residents and staff from Supportive Living communities in Illinois gathered together in Springfield, Illinois for the annual Affordable Assisted Living Coalition’s (AALC) Day at the Capitol.

Residents with Governor Bruce Rauner

They were there to meet with Governor Bruce Rauner (seen above) and advocate for the Illinois Supportive Living program. The program is considered the best affordable assisted living program in the country and a model for other states to follow.

The program provides seniors and adults with physical disabilities with a more appropriate and cost-effective alternative to a nursing home. It combines housing with personal assistance; help with medications; and support services such as three meals a day, housekeeping and laundry. Residents also benefit from all of the opportunities that are available to socialize with family, friends and neighbors and to participate in social, educational and recreational activities and events.

Currently, the cost to the State of Illinois for an individual on Medicaid living in a Supportive Living community is 48% less than in a nursing home.

On average 60% of the residents in the Supportive Living communities currently in operation are on Medicaid.

Next week, Supportive Living communities throughout Illinois will be celebrating Supportive Living Week 2015. The annual event is coordinated by the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition.

Our communities will be hosting a variety of events and special programs.

We invite you to learn more about the Illinois Supportive Living program; to speak out for the program to your Illinois State Senator and State Representative; and to participate in the Supportive Living Week activities at our communities that are open to the public. Just click on Upcoming Events on a community’s website.

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Eagle Ridge of Decatur residents and staff with
Illinois 13th District Representative Rodney Davis

All affordable assisted living communities managed by Gardant Management Solutions are certified and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. All assisted living communities are licensed and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“Gardant Management Solutions is the leading provider of assisted living in Illinois
and one of the 20 largest providers of assisted living in the United States.”

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The Boomer Generation and Senior Living

April 9th, 2015

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

The Boomer Generation

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to serve as a panelist for a discussion on “How Senior Living Providers are Reaching Boomer’s” at the 2015 What’s Next Boomer Business Summit that was held in Chicago.

Steve Moran of Senior Housing Forum led the discussion. Also serving as panelists were Bailey Beeken of SMASH, Paula Ledbetter of Mather LifeWays, and Katie Roper of Caring.com.

I highlighted how we place a significant focus on social media as those in the Boomer generation are using the social media to learn about the senior living, assisted living and memory care options that are available for a loved one. They also are checking us and our communities out on the Internet before stopping in to visit or calling in for more information.

We are using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. We are posting a Blog at least once a week and publishing an E-Newsletter once a month.

Our Blogs and E-Newsletters feature news and information that would be of interest to older adults and their families, especially Baby Boomers, in addition news and information about our company and the communities we operate.

Some of most recent Blogs, for instance, focused on Billy Crystal’s call for Baby Boomers to lower the boom on ageism, family members citing the benefits of assisted living, and tips for making the holidays more enjoyable and safer for seniors.

Through our working relationship with CareMerge, we also are now using a web-based communication app to send messages, photos, activity calendars, and reminders about upcoming activities to residents and their family members.

While at the conference, I had the opportunity to attend other sessions, listening to what others had to say. Here are some of the things I found most intriguing.

Sally Abrahms, writer and blogger on senior housing, aging and Boomers, talked about aging in place technology and the movement toward co-housing and bringing services to people.

Lisa McCraken of Ziegler noted that Baby Boomers will likely have greater chronic health care needs because of the prevalence of such health issues as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. Addiction and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression also are more prominent in the Boomer population.

Terry Clark of the United Health Group indicated that nearly two-thirds of those 50 years of age and older have at least two chronic health care conditions and that people are living longer with the chronic conditions.

There was a lot of talk about the Boomers desire for more options and more choices on one hand and the tremendous need for affordable housing options on the other because of the high percentage of Baby Boomers who are not prepared financially for retirement. The estimates are that two-thirds of the Boomer population have almost no savings and will be relying on Social Security to get them through their retirement years.

In her keynote address, Nora Super, Executive Director of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, talked about how we need to rethink how we achieve financial security in retirement and expand the options that are available to us to save for our retirement years.

After all, we have gone from relatively few people living in retirement for maybe five years to many people living for 25 to 30 years.

Nora also talked about the need to focus on ways to encourage healthy aging and healthy habits – preventing illness and managing chronic conditions; ways to provide training and support to professionals and family members who serve as caregivers; and ways to prevent abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults.

What are your thoughts?


All affordable assisted living communities managed by Gardant Management Solutions. are certified and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. All assisted living communities are licensed and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“Gardant Management Solutions is the leading provider of assisted living in Illinois
and one of the 20 largest providers of assisted living in the United States.”

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BMA Changing Name to Gardant Management Solutions

April 2nd, 2015

By Rod Burkett, President and CEO

Since our founding more than 15 years ago, our business has changed a lot, and the changes have been for the better.

We now manage 3,675 assisted living, senior living and memory care apartments and villa homes.

We have grown to become the 14th largest assisted living operator in the nation and are the largest in Illinois.

We have developed and operate communities in urban, suburban, mid-size cities and rural areas.

We have developed a business model that brings Value and Vitality to our business partners to whom we provide development, management and consulting services and to the residents we serve in each of the communities we operate.

We have evolved and grown to the point that we’ve decided to change our name to better reflect the future direction of the company.

We are excited to announce that we are transitioning from “BMA Management, Ltd.,” to “Gardant Management Solutions.”

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“Gardant” is reflective of our optimistic, forward-looking, forward-thinking focus on service-enriched housing and the growth potential we see in the industry. “Management Solutions” reflects the value and vitality we create for our clients and our residents.

While some things such as our name and logo are changing, I want to assure you that many are not.

Our focus of Residents First, will not change.

Our commitment to providing a dignified, enriched environment and lifestyle for residents will never change.

Our focus on operating communities that deliver industry-leading business results will never change.

Our dedication and passion for service-enriched housing and the way we relate to our business partners, residents and their family members, staff and vendors will never change.

Stay tuned as we announce more details about our new name and new brand, including changes to our website [gardant.com].

We look forward to the journey ahead.


All affordable assisted living communities managed by Gardant Management Solutions are certified and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. All assisted living communities are licensed and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“Gardant Management Solutions is the leading provider of assisted living in Illinois
and one of the 20 largest providers of assisted living in the United States.”

          

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Country Nurse Tells Ultimate Story of Giving

March 26th, 2015

By Rick Banas of BMA Management, Ltd.

As Barbara Fout Tackitt notes in the prologue to her book that was published last year about being a traveling country nurse, her first job was in a small 20-bed hospital in Flora, Illinois. She was the second shift supervisor and only RN. After 5 p.m., she became a “one-woman show.”

Flora is where BMA opened its first affordable assisted living community in 2001. The Heritage Woods of Flora community operates through the Illinois Supportive Living program and serves adults 65 and older of all incomes who need some help to maintain their independence. It houses 52 studio and one-bedroom apartments.

Located in Clay County, Illinois, about two hours east of St. Louis, Flora is a rural community. Its main industry is agriculture. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,070.

In November 1985, Barbara became a home health nurse for the Clay County Health Department. She spent nearly 30 years traveling small rural county roads, going to the homes of older adults who were very ill and frail.

Movin' On Book Cover

Her book “Movin’ On” is a collection of stories about the people she encountered along the way.

Rod Burkett, who is the President and CEO of BMA Management, is a native of Clay County. He had the opportunity to work with Barbara when he was with the Clay County Health Department.

His comments about Barbara’s book are featured on the back of the book jacket.

While Barb describes her “journey of providing care and compassion to her patients, the reader is captivated by the lessons she learns by simply being open-minded and engaging with all that the universe has to offer. She captures the deep, rich characters that were her patients, while reflecting the powerful Midwestern values that were reinforced in her,” Rod says.

It is a great message for “health care professionals and for everyone who is interested in continuing personal growth and development.”  It is “the ultimate story of sincerely giving to others… and receiving much more in return.”

Barbara’s primary job was to educate her patients and provide them with the tools they needed to care for themselves.
Along the way, she says, her patients helped shape her into the person she is today and taught her much about life.

After each story about her patients, Barbara talks about what she learned from them.

Those lessons include: “sometimes in life, you just have to take a leap of faith,” “maybe we don’t have it as bad as we think we do,” and “the key to being happy is to find joy in everyday life.”


All affordable assisted living communities managed by BMA Management, Ltd. are certified and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. All assisted living communities are licensed and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“BMA Management, Ltd. is the leading provider of assisted living in Illinois
and one of the 20 largest providers of assisted living in the United States.”

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Tips for Caregivers

March 19th, 2015

By Rick Banas and Jo Ellen Bleavins of BMA Management, Ltd.

Caregiver with senior

As we continue to live longer in the United States, a growing number of individuals are being thrust into the role of being a caregiver regardless of their knowledge, experience or capability.

A study by PEW Research indicates that almost 40% of those 18 years of age and older in the United States are caring for a loved one with significant health issues.

A study published by the RAND Corp. notes that informal caregiving by family and friends ranks as the primary source of long-term care for older adults in our country.

The responsibilities of caregiving can tax a person’s physical abilities, compromise a person’s immune system, and lead to high levels of stress, physical health problems, depression and premature death.

The stress associated with caregiving can also create complications with existing chronic health conditions.

For those in the “Sandwich Generation,” caregiving can cause significant challenges in trying to balance family, work and caregiving responsibilities.

Here a few tips to help caregivers take better care of themselves as they take care of others:

Support Groups & Information

Support groups offer the opportunity to talk with others, seek advice and share stories with others who are in a similar situation.

You can access a variety of support groups on the Caring.com website. Groups are available for those Caring for a Spouse, those Caring for a Parent, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, COPD, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart, Stroke and End of Life. {link}

Support groups, chat rooms and message boards are available through the Alzheimer’s Association. {link}

AARP has an on-line Caregiver Resource Center. You’ll find information on providing care, caring for yourself, managing stress and support for caregivers. {link}

A Caregiver Forum and caregiver support are available on the AgingCare.com website. {link}

Apps for Caregivers

CareZone is a free app that caregivers can use to help manage the health needs of family member. You can use it to document the medications the person is taking; when refills are needed; and when doctor’s appointments and rehab therapy sessions are scheduled. You can document symptoms and incidents so they are conveniently available for discussion with a doctor, and you can document the doctor’s instructions. You can privately share the information with other family members. {link}

You also can find information about apps that can be helpful to caregivers in a Blog by Carol O’Dell on “Top Apps to Help Steer through Caregiving” that was posted on the Caring.com website. {link}

Local Resources

Be sure to check with local organizations such the Senior Center, churches, Area Agency on Aging on what resources such as support groups and respite care services are available to caregivers in your immediate area.


All affordable assisted living communities managed by BMA Management, Ltd. are certified and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. All assisted living communities are licensed and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“BMA Management, Ltd. is the leading provider of assisted living in Illinois
and one of the 20 largest providers of assisted living in the United States.”

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment and let us know.

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