By Rick Banas of BMA Management, Ltd.
His recent move to the Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook affordable assisted living community has put the founder of the Bolingbrook Police Department back in the driver’s seat.
Robert Kampf is a big NASCAR fan. Back in the day, he drove stock cars on the track at O’Hare Stadium, which was located across from O’Hare Airport on the southwest corner of Mannheim and Irving Park Roads in Schiller Park, Illinois. The native of Melrose Park also attended the stock car races at the Santa Fe Speedway in Willowbrook for many years.
Today, a poster of Jeff Gordon, his favorite driver, decorates his apartment at his new home at Heritage Woods in Bolingbrook in Bolingbrook, Illinois
His story was heartbreaking , says Laura Kelly, Administrator. Ten years ago at the age of 57, he went to the hospital for a routine procedure. While recovering from the surgery, he suffered a severe stroke. For ten years, he was bounced from nursing home to nursing home and was forced into a secured dementia care unit on the second floor of one facility because there were no long-term Medicaid-beds available.
Robert’s son, who lives in Aurora, Illinois, learned about Heritage Woods and thought it would be perfect for his father.
Fortunately, Robert had made sufficient progress in his recovery to qualify for residency, and he moved into his apartment on the third floor at Heritage Woods on August 17, 2010.
“Sure enough, I like it,” says Robert. “It is much better than the nursing home.”
“The people here are very nice.” He especially enjoys the freedom to once again do whatever he wants to do.
The kicker, says Kelly, is that he is living back where he started the Police Department and served as the first police officer.
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