By Rick Banas of assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.
As we celebrate Independence Day across our country with parades, barbecues and fireworks lighting up the night sky, we at BMA want to call attention to a wonderful program here in Illinois that is enabling thousands of older adults and adults with physical disabilities to live independently.
The program is called Supportive Living. It provides an attractive and affordable assisted living alternative to a nursing home or to struggling alone at home for individuals of all incomes, including those on Medicaid, who need some help to maintain their independence.
The emphasis of the program is on personal choice, dignity, privacy and individuality.
Supportive Living communities combine residential apartment-style housing with personal assistance, help with medications, and a variety of convenience and support services.
BMA is the largest provider of Supportive Living in Illinois. We operate 34 Supportive Living communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, the Metro East area of St. Louis and many other locations in northern, central and southern Illinois.
Residents live in private apartments that they can furnish and decorate to their tastes.
Certified nursing assistants are on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All three meals each day, plus snacks, housekeeping and laundry are among the included services.
Residents also benefit from all of the opportunities that are available to socialize with friends and neighbors and to participate in activities and special programs no matter what the weather.
Our focus is on providing residents with the love, compassion and dignity they deserve and the help and assistance they need. Our emphasis is on helping residents achieve and maintain as much independence as possible for as long as possible.
With the opening last week of our Heritage Woods affordable assisted living community in Freeport, Illinois, there are now more than 140 Supportive Living communities in operation in more than 70 counties in Illinois. Together, these communities are able to serve more than 11,000 individuals.
There are Supportive Living communities for adults who are 65 years of age and older, communities for adults 22 to 64 years of age with physical disabilities, two communities for the visually impaired, and five pilot projects for older adults with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
Among the beauties of the Supportive Living program is that it benefits our Federal and State Governments and us as taxpayers in addition to benefiting residents and their families.
In our Supportive Living communities, for example, approximately two-thirds of the residents receive financial assistance from Medicaid. It would cost the Federal and State Government nearly twice as much to care for these individuals in a nursing home.
As the administrator of a nursing home in Wisconsin pointed out to me as we talked last Thursday about the Illinois Supportive Living program and Heritage Woods of Freeport, this is an area where Illinois has certainly gotten it right.
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