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Caregiver Discovers Treasure for Son at Deer Path Assisted Living

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

By Amber Ellis of BMA Management, Ltd.

Marilyn Korovesis is a natural caregiver. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and her son has Spina Bifida.

The resident of McHenry, Illinois was looking for information for her mother when she attended a caregiver’s conference with her sister earlier this year. She found that – and much more- when she discovered Deer Path of Huntley.

Deer Path of Huntley Community Rendering

Deer Path is an affordable assisted living community for adults 22 to 64 years of age with physical disabilities that is under construction in Huntley, Illinois. The Village of Huntley is located in the northwest suburban area of metropolitan Chicago.

The community, which will be managed by BMA, is being developed and will operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program so it will be able to serve adults of all incomes, including those on Medicaid. It will combine residential apartment-home living with the availability of personal assistance, help with medications, and a variety of convenience and support services.

Marilyn had no idea what Supportive Living was until she spoke with Gail Williams, the Director of Marketing for Deer Path. Within minutes, she knew that Deer Path was the kind of place where her son, Jeffrey, could thrive.

Deer Path “was the answer to my prayers. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Tears actually started rolling down my checks,” Marilyn recalls.

Deer Path of Huntley Resident Jeff Korovesis

“I went looking for support for my mom and discovered a treasure for my son,” she says.

Marilyn and Jeff (pictured left), who is 48, made an appointment to visit Deer Path a few weeks later. Jeff was impressed. He loved the place and felt that the community was being built “just for him.”

Jeff is planning to be one of the first residents to move into Deer Path when the community opens for occupancy later this summer. Jeff and his family are excited about the opportunities that await him when he arrives in Huntley.

“We are so looking forward to the move,” Marilyn says, and “feel a whole new world is opening up for him.”

Deer Path of Huntley is being developed on property on Regency Parkway, west of Rte. 47, in Huntley, Illinois. It will be the first affordable assisted living community for adults 22 to 64 with physical disabilities to be located in the northwest Chicago suburban area. For more information,
call 847-515-1800 or online at www.deerpath-dslf.com


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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With Strokes, Think FAST

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

By Rick Banas of BMA Management, Ltd.

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With May designated as National Stroke Awareness Month, we wanted to share with you some important information about strokes that can help save lives.

The information comes from the National Stroke Association.

Strokes do not just strike seniors. Anyone of any age, race or gender can have a stroke.

Many of the risk factors for stroke are controllable. These include alcohol use, atherosclerosis (the build-up of plaque in the walls of your arteries), diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, and the use of tobacco and smoking.

With strokes, every minute counts so it is vital for you to think FAST. The most effective treatments for stroke are only available within the first three hours of experiencing the first symptoms of a stroke.

The following are common symptoms of a stroke:

SUDDEN numbness or weakness of the face,
arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

SUDDEN trouble seeing in one of both eyes.

SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance,
loss of coordination.

SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.

To help you remember how to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and how you should respond, the National Stroke Association recommends that you think FAST.

F Face Ask the person to smile.
Does one side of the face droop?
A Arms Ask the person to raise both arms.
Does one side drift downward?
S Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.
Is the speech slurred or strange?
T Time If you observe any of the signs of a stroke,
call 9-1-1 immediately.

To help you remember how to Think FAST, the National Stroke Association has provided a FAST Wallet Card that you can download and print to carry with you. Click the link to the right to view the Fast Wallet Card http://goo.gl/dHYcs

The National Stroke Association also urges you to note the time you first experienced the first symptom of a stroke. The information is important to health care providers and can affect treatment decisions.

For more information about how you can become a Stroke Champion by helping raise stroke awareness during the month of May and throughout the year, visit theStroke Awareness Resource Center.

Post Script Heritage Woods of Flora, a BMA affordable assisted living community in Flora, Illinois, is hosting a Stroke Awareness Mother-Daughter Tea in partnership with Clay County Hospital at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2013.


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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Back in the Driver’s Seat

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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.


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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