Heritage Woods of South Elgin Affordable Assisted Lifestyle Community Hosts Anti-Senior Bullying Seminars
BRADLEY, IL–As part of an ongoing series on bullying, Heritage Woods of South Elgin recently hosted a panel discussion and viewing of Gen Silent, a documentary that follows the lives of six lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors who are forced to hide their sexuality to survive in the long-term health care system.
Heritage Woods’ senior bullying series will identify bullying behavior, and outline how to create a positive environment that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
The recent documentary discussion comes as LGBT adults are faced with the dilemma of remaining true to themselves or hiding their identity as they enter long-term care facilities.
In the past, the challenges that these seniors face has not been at the forefront in the senior living industry, and that is something that Heritage Woods of South Elgin wants to change.
“We are dedicated to providing supportive living and memory care communities that offer services to older adults free of discrimination and fear,” said Heritage Woods Administrator Scott Cozza. “We want everyone to feel welcome when they walk through our doors and decide to make our community their new home.”
Panel members included Cozza, Heritage Woods resident Nancy Poor and Britta Larson from The Center on Halsted. The free event open to the public featured a light dinner.
Heritage Woods of South Elgin is certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living Program and is managed by Gardant Management Solutions, the largest provider of assisted living in Illinois.
The campus also includes White Oaks at Heritage Woods of South Elgin, an affordable memory care community, and White Oaks at Spring Street, a private-pay memory care community.
Heritage Woods features affordable assisted lifestyle apartments for adults 65 and older who need some help to maintain their independence. Personal assistance, help with medications, and a variety of convenience and support services, including meals, housekeeping and laundry, are available.
“Our focus,” says Rod Burkett, CEO of Gardant Management Solutions, “is to provide the residents of Heritage Woods of South Elgin with the love, compassion and dignity they deserve and the help and assistance that they need.”
Communities managed by Gardant include the Heritage Woods assisted living and memory care communities in Huntley and McHenry.
Gardant also operates several affordable assisted lifestyle communities in Chicago and the Heritage Woods communities in Batavia, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Gurnee, Manteno, Plainfield and Yorkville.