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Best of Chicago Senior Living 2016

Placing a beloved senior member of the family in home or facility where they get care and attention can be a difficult decision for many people. There is a level of comfort that comes with knowing that a senior family member is getting the best care, even when other family members can’t visit as often as they’d like. That’s where can be a valued resource. Look for the “2016 Best of Senior Living Awards” to find the providers who consistently get the highest ratings from residents and their families.

Assisted Living

Assisted living programs allow seniors to live independently and offer assistance how, when, and where they need it. Personal care, homemaking, cooking, and transportation are some of the common amenities in assisted living programs. Here are the 2016 winners:

Brookdale Lake View won the 2016 Best of Senior Living award for a caring staff, beautiful grounds, good food, and choice of activities.

Brookdale Lake View offers on-site and off-site activities, and devotional services. Nutritious and tasty meals are provided daily. Medical staff includes nurses, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and a doctor on call. Residents may age in place, so they don’t have to move if their health worsens. Residents may have a car or use the complimentary transportation. They can also bring their dog or cat if they choose.

Many residents and families wrote strong reviews. Most of them commented about how dedicated and caring the staff is.

Autumn Green at Midway Village won the Best of Senior Living award in 2015 and 2016. The facility offers condominium living with full kitchens, raised electrical outlets, wide doorways and lever door handles. The common areas include a library, computer center, fitness center, and a games lounge. The facility hosts a variety of fun activities. Reviewers raved about the cleanliness and caring staff.

Alzheimer’s Care

Facilities that train staff in dementia and memory care are experts in helping residents maximize their brain function in an environment that protects them and keeps them safe.

Colfax Manor won the 2016 Best of Senior Living Award for Alzheimer’s Care. Colfax Manor personalizes services for each resident. The facility offers personal care, laundry services, safety checks and meals. Medical professionals and therapists are available to monitor and address medical needs.

All of the reviews are 4 or 5-star ratings with notable comments from residents about their appreciation for the one-to-one attention.

Independent Living

Some seniors want to make the most of retirement. They enjoy facilities that offer lots of activities and outings. Independent seniors want some of their basic needs taken care of so that they have more time to enjoy their lives.

Senior Suites of Central Station boasts living among a community of friends. The facility includes housekeeping services and safety features for one of the most affordable rates in the city of Chicago. The facility is culturally diverse and is located in an architecturally rich area. Senior Suites of Central Station offers options of independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care so seniors can age in place.

One resident reviewer said, “This senior community exceeded my expectations. The building is very well managed as evidenced by its cleanliness, tenant attitude, and facility usage.”

Reviewers voted Senior Suites of Central Station the 2016 Best of Senior Living in Alzheimer’s Care.

Brookdale Lake View receives two best awards, one for Alzheimer’s Care and as previously noted, one for Assisted Living. Brookdale offers multiple levels of care and will help with senior financing options. Amenities are plentiful, including 24-hour staff, transportation, medical assistance, and full-service dining.

One reviewer noted that her mother is happy there and she feels like she chose the right place for her.

Senior Group Homes

Senior group homes are large homes with congregate living. Residents have a small living space of their own and they have access to common areas where they can enjoy the company of other residents.

Colfax Manor won the 2016 Best of Senior Living award in the Senior Group Home and Alzheimer’s Care categories. Resident reviewers give this facility an average rating of 5 stars.

One resident commented that she chose the facility because they have staff that is trained in dementia care, but she was pleasantly surprised that younger people also lived there. She loves the small group feeling the facility provides.

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