Wednesday Journal, May 2, 2012
Special Advertising Section
Individual wellness is the order of theday at the Oak Park Arms. With threelevels of care under one roof, residentsare able to have a well-balanced, activelifestyle. The levels are IndependentLiving, Supportive Options and AssistedLiving.
Supporting residents in an independentlifestyle takes teamwork, and the rentalapartments are designed exclusively forseniors. The Independent Living programutilizes the entire building, and it’s tai-lored for people aged 55 and older.“Living independently has been really
nice,” said John Heﬂ in. “I get all my
meals in the restaurant, the maids takecare of my linens and clean my apart-ment and nobody bothers me. If I needa ride somewhere, I ask the driver. If I
cannot read ﬁ ne print on something, I
ask a friend or a staff member for help.If I want to go to a concert, I just godownstairs and enjoy myself.”“I like that someone checks on meevery day,” said resident Sharon Sugrue.“In my house, I had nice neighbors, butI still felt isolated. Now I come and gowhen I like. I drive to see my grand-kids all the time, and I get to help mydaughter around her house.”Since the building was once a hotel,there are many different apartment sizes.People have a variety of choices for the
best ﬁ t for their lifestyle. As part of the
Oak Park Arms social model of care, extraassistance can be put in place for peoplewhen they need a little extra help whilein an Independent Living apartment.
Supportive Options is a program forindependent residents who need privateand personal assistance within their in-dividual apartments. These care servicescould include shower assistance, medi-cation reminders and more. Frequently,with this support, a resident is able toremain independent.“The Supportive Options program en-ables lots of residents to live securelywithout having to be a part of a moreintensive service program,” said JudyPeterson, Life Enrichment Director.
Assisted Living at the Oak Park Armsis licensed and is fully credentialed. Thereis frequent training for the care atten-dants and administrators to keep abreastof new trends and techniques.Assisted Living operates on the 2nd
ﬂ oor. The program offers residents the
comfort of privacy and familiarity ofhome with the peace of mind that supportis nearby. Trained healthcare profession-als are stationed on the premises 24 hoursa day for monitoring, assistance, dailytasks and to handle emergency situations.“Everyone in assisted living has a per-sonal care plan that is created by theindividual receiving services and withthe help of the support staff,” saidEnrichment Coordinator Judy Peterson.“We value the individual spirit and enjoyadapting our offerings to meet each per-son’s needs.”Residents receive contact at least everytwo hours. In addition to wake-up andtuck-in assistance, residents can receive upto four medication reminders daily and apersonal escort to all meals and activities.Assistance in bathing, laundry and house-keeping are part of Assisted Living.Customized packages can be added orcreated to meet individual needs.If additional assistance is needed, resi-dents can call the caregiver from theirhouse phone. For added security allAssisted Living residents wear a discretecall button as a necklace or as a watch inthe event of a more serious problem.
“One of the greatest beneﬁ ts to living
in the Oak Park Arms Assisted Living isthat residents are able to remain activeand social,” Peterson said. “Living withassistance should not change one’s life.People can be escorted to as many activi-ties as they choose, and there is alwayssomething going on.”“Our mission is to enable our residentsto age in a healthy and productive way,”said Executive Director Moses Williams.
THREE LEVELSOF CARE
by jill wagner
Billiards is another way residents are able to remain active and social at the Oak Park Arms.
Courtesy of PETERWAGNER
408 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302Call 708.386.4040 to schedule your personal tour,or go to www.oakparkarms.com