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A Decade of Love, Compassion & Dignity

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

By Rick Banas of assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.

Heritage Woods of Benton - Exterior Front Entry

What a difference ten years makes.

When we were here ten years ago, the WOW story was the opening of an 80,000-square-foot building on what was an open field just blocks east of Franklin Hospital, said Rod Burkett as the Heritage Woods of Benton affordable assisted living community celebrated its 10th Anniversary last week.

Rod is President and CEO of BMA Management, Ltd., which has managed Heritage Woods of Benton since it opened for occupancy in August 2003.

The community serves older adults who need some help to maintain their independence.

Ten years later, the new WOW story is that more than 500 individuals have been able to call Heritage Woods of Benton home. They have enjoyed a lifestyle that combines residential apartment-home living with the availability of personal assistance, help with medications, and support services such as housekeeping, laundry and three daily meals.

Residents also benefit from all of the opportunities that are available to socialize with friends and neighbors and participate in social and recreational activities.

In addition, Rod noted, thousands of family members have benefited from the peace of mind and security of knowing that their family members have been able to live here.

Heritage Woods of Benton 10 Year Anniversary - Nicole Garrett and Ruth Brooks
Administrator Nicole Garrett &
Resident Ruth Brooks (L to R)

Our company was created with the mission of providing Love, Compassion & Dignity to older adults of all incomes.

Heritage Woods of Benton is one of 36 senior living communities managed by BMA that are certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program.

The Supportive Living program is the best affordable assisted living program in the nation, Rod emphasized.

He thanked Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost, who was in attendance for the 10th Anniversary celebration, for his on-going support of Supportive Living.

Mike represents the 115th District in the Illinois House.

Supportive Living is “the right way to go,” Rep. Bost said.

It provides a wonderful alternative to a nursing home and saves both the State and the Federal government money over the cost of nursing home care. In addition, the program makes it possible for private investors and private companies to provide the housing and services.

Heritage Woods provides an invaluable service to seniors, truly providing a home away from home, said Gary Kraft, Mayor of Benton. |Town History|

As part of the Anniversary celebration, Heritage Woods honored two residents and four employees who have been with the community all ten years.

The employees who were recognized are Mary Curl, certified nursing assistant, who also was celebrating her wedding anniversary on the day of the 10th Anniversary party; Kim Hickam, certified nursing assistant; John David, cook; and Laura Potts, dietary manager.

Heritage Woods of Benton 10 Year Anniversary - 10 Year Staff
Laura Potts | Kim Hickam
Mary Curl | John David (L to R)

Both residents who were recognized, Ruth Brooks and Josephine Allen, moved into Heritage Woods of Benton on the day it opened for occupancy.

Ruth moved in when she was 84 years of age. She feels the affordable assisted living community is a good place to live.

She has been a member of the Heritage Woods Wii bowling team and continues to lead an active lifestyle through reading, sewing, quilting and painting. Her handiworks decorate her apartment.

She says she has no plans of stopping anytime soon.


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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St. Louis TV Story Highlights Lifestyle at BMA Affordable Assisted Living Communities

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

By Rick Banas of assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.

Last week, the BMA Blog highlighted five reasons why you should consider an affordable assisted living community operated by BMA Management, Ltd., if you or someone you love needs some help to maintain their independence.

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Today, I want to bring to your attention a wonderful story about the Cambridge House affordable assisted living communities that BMA manages in the Metro East area of St. Louis.

All three Cambridge House communities operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program, which enables the communities to serve adults 65 and older of all incomes, including individuals on Medicaid.

The story by KSDK reporter Julie Tristan was filmed at the Cambridge House community in Maryville, Illinois, and aired on the local NBC television affiliate in St. Louis.

The story highlights comments from residents of the affordable assisted living community and from Tracy Skaer-Henry, Administrator of Cambridge House of Maryville.

I invite you to watch and listen to what they have to say here.


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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5 Reasons to Consider a BMA Affordable Assisted Living Community

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

By Rick Banas of assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.

If you or someone you love needs some help to maintain independence, here are five great reasons why you should consider an affordable assisted living community operated by BMA Management, Ltd.

1. You will find the monthly fees to be surprisingly affordable, especially when compared with other options. Often, they are much lower than other assisted living communities. Plus, there are no Entrance Fees, Community Fees, or leveling charges that increase the amount you pay if you need additional help or services. This can mean hundreds and even thousands of dollars in savings.

5 Reasons to Consider BMA2. For those who do not have the financial resources to afford the monthly fee, either at the time of move-in or somewhere down the road, a financial assistance program is available.

3. The communities are attractive, warm and comfortable. You are not paying hundreds of dollars a month for flowery wallpaper, Queen Anne-style furniture, and tablecloths and fresh flowers on the dining room tables for every meal.

4. You will find that a higher percentage of what is spent to operate the communities goes toward what is most important to residents and their families – staff members who provide direct care for residents.

5. Resident satisfaction at the communities is no different than the high levels of satisfaction enjoyed by assisted living communities that charge much more. More than 98% of residents at the affordable assisted living communities managed by BMA would recommend the community to others.

Especially for the cost-conscious, BMA affordable assisted living communities offer great value at a great price.

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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Health Benefits of Consuming Cantaloupe

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

By Rick Banas of assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.

Cantaloupe

The other night our daughter cut into a cantaloupe that we had purchased a couple of days earlier from one of the vendors at the Farmers Market in our hometown of Palatine, Illinois. The cantaloupe that we had picked out was nice and firm, round and heavy. There were no soft spots or bruising.

The sweet aroma permeated the kitchen, and we enjoyed the juicy flavor.

Since childhood, cantaloupe during the summer season has been one of my favorite treats.

Little did I know of the many possible health benefits associated with eating cantaloupe.

Here are some of them:

The water content of cantaloupe is high, which helps protect us from dehydration and the effects of summer heat.

Cantaloupe contains an abundance of antioxidants that provide protection against a range of diseases and conditions from the common cold to cancer, including age-related macular degeneration, asthma and high blood pressure.

Cantaloupe contains high amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Vitamin A helps promote good vision and plays an important role in helping us maintain healthy skin, teeth, bones and our immune system.

Vitamin C is good for your skin and bones, helps your body heal, and helps your body absorb iron.

Your hair also is likely to benefit from your intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Information posted earlier this month on the Medical News Today website about the health benefits of cantaloupe suggests that you “mash together” cantaloupe and avocado, smooth the mixture onto your hair, and “leave it one for ten minutes to replenish moisture and add shine.” (MNT – Article)

Cantaloupe is one of the foods that are high in potassium. Eating foods that are high in potassium are associated with decreased blood pressure, reduced risk of stroke, protection against muscle loss and a reduction in the formation of kidney stones. A word of caution if you are taking a beta-blocker; you should consume foods that are high in potassium in moderation.

With its high water and fiber content, cantaloupe can help you maintain a healthy digestive tract and prevent constipation.

I enjoy eating cantaloupe just by itself or as part of a fruit salad, with watermelon, banana, pineapple, mandarin oranges, blueberries. On those occasions when I want to indulge and am not concerned about calories, I will scoop some ice cream onto cantaloupe and top with chocolate sauce.

I found another interesting suggestion on how to incorporate more cantaloupe into your diet on the Medical News Today website, which I have to try; “muddle cantaloupe into your glass of lemonade, iced tea or water for a burst of fresh fruity flavor.”

What suggestions might you have?

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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Need for Affordable Assisted Living Enormous

Friday, July 11th, 2014

By Rick Banas of assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.

Steve Moran - Senior Housing Forom

Over the past couple of weeks, Steve Moran of Senior Housing Forum posted a series of Blogs that focused on affordable assisted living for low-income seniors.

In Part One, Steve laid the groundwork for why affordable assisted living is needed.

In Part Two, he highlighted six trigger points that our company, BMA Management, find to be important when deciding if and where to develop affordable assisted living communities.

BMA is the largest provider of affordable assisted living in Illinois and ranks as the 16th largest provider of assisted living in the country. Thirty-six of our communities operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program, a Medicaid-waiver program that enables us to serve low-income seniors and adults with physical disabilities. On average, two-thirds of the residents in the communities are receiving financial assistance through Medicaid.

Both of Steve’s Blogs are based on a conversation that Steve had during the 2014 Assisted Living Federation of America Conference & Exposition (ALFA) in Phoenix with Rod Burkett, President of BMA Management, and Wayne Smallwood, Executive Director of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC).

Here are links to the Blogs:

Part One:
Exploring Low Income Assisted Living
with Rod Burkett and Wayne Smallwood

Part Two:
6 Trigger Points for Developing Affordable Assisted Living
with Rod Burkett and Wayne Smallwood

Looking at both the current population of older adults in our country as well as the coming tsunami of Baby Boomers, the need for affordable assisted living is enormous.

Here are some of the reasons why:

Today’s Older Adult Population

Data indicates that a significant percentage of the older adult population that is of an age where they might likely need assisted living simply cannot afford the cost of living in an assisted living community.

A 2012 MetLife Survey indicates that the monthly average base rate for assisted living as of a couple of years ago was $3,550, which equates to $42,600 a year. In addition to the base rate, many assisted living communities charge extra for any services or assistance that are beyond what is included in the base rate. From my experience, I have seen these extra charges run from as low as $300 a month to as high as $2,000 or more.

As of 2014, an estimated 45% of the households headed by individuals 75+ have annual household incomes of less than $25,000 and more than 60% have incomes of less than $35,000.

Among the 85+ population, nearly 53% of the households have annual household incomes of less than $25,000 and 69% have incomes of less than $35,000.

The Baby Boomers

Pundits estimate that 50% of Baby Boomers will likely not have enough money to last them through retirement. When they reach the age where needing assisted living or nursing home care will be likely, they will not have the financial means to afford it.

With the phasing out of traditional pension benefits, they will need to rely entirely on Social Security benefits for income.

They lack any substantial savings.

They have little or no housing wealth.

They have substantial credit card debt.

Affordable Assisted Living

The Illinois Supportive Living program serves as a wonderful model for making affordable assisted living available for low-income individuals. As Steve notes, the communities we operate are not “stripped-down, minimalist” versions of assisted living communities. They are warm and comfortable environments where love, compassion and dignity are the focus.

The state and federal governments benefit because the cost for an individual who is receiving financial assistance from Medicaid is 45% less in a Supportive Living community than in a nursing home.


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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