With careful research and consideration, it’s possible to find the highest level of comfort and care for your loved ones. This guide explores some of our area’s best-regarded facilities for enrichment and community in your silver years.
Aging is a natural part of life, and it eventually comes with day-to-day challenges. So, why do we often feel unprepared to tackle the challenges and necessary choices in our later years?
Many families work together to carefully select what’s best for their loved ones well in advance, but it’s not something most are eager to discuss or even think about. Some people plan ahead to create a smooth transition into their retirement years; others may be forced into quick decisions after an unexpected hospital stay or diagnosis.
With careful research and consideration, it’s possible to find the highest level of comfort and care in our region.
Whether you face health complications or just need a little extra help with daily living, there are many excellent options that meet the housing and health care needs of seniors. The senior communities profiled in this guide provide state-of-the-art amenities and individualized plans to cater to your specific needs.
Each has its own unique amenities, but all focus on providing an experience that will continue to keep your loved ones happy and engaged throughout their later years.
This guide can assist your family in navigating the many options available in senior housing. Our area’s experts stand ready to help when the time comes for this often challenging, but important, conversation.
Highview in the Woodlands
1000 Falcon Point Place, Rockton, Ill. | (815) 624-6700, Highviewseniorliving.com
In the deepest part of our hearts, we have an innate desire to help others. Driven by this desire, people can be moved to do things that change lives. In 1904, two dynamic and determined women began a movement that resulted in Highview as it’s known today.
Highview in the Woodlands is nestled in a park-like, natural setting. Residents can enjoy spring blossoms, summer roses, changing leaves and snow on the pines. They’re able to view all the seasons in their colorful display. Nature abounds at Highview.
Highview’s interior is eclectic with antiques that enrich the environment and were given as gifts over the years to be enjoyed by all. The residents have a social life with each other and take excursions to various plays, parks, sporting events, the conservatory and great restaurants.
Although individualized care is central to what is provided in both Assisted Living and the Alzheimer’s unit at Highview, it is the overall culture that energizes everyone. Members of a trained, professional staff are there for each resident, quietly fulfilling their needs. The staff strive to make any transition a smooth and pleasant experience as each resident enters new phases of life at Highview.
The staff at Highview believe the secret to a happy life is where you are, who you’re with and what you’re doing. And while a sense of place goes far, it is the people and experiences that truly make our happy times. Highview strives to achieve this dynamic for each resident, making them feel at home, making them feel loved, and making sure they are loving what they’re doing.
The staff believe residents should continue to live with dignity and enjoy their special interests. Residents are encouraged to make new friends, go on new adventures and explore new surroundings. They should thrive at Highview.
With more than a century of experience providing for seniors, Highview in the Woodlands continues to refine its legacy of care. The experienced leadership, dedicated staff and fully-licensed facility ensures that residents will enjoy an optimum quality of life.
The facility offers 36 one- or two-bedroom private apartments on the Assisted Living side and 26 private suites in the secure Alzheimer’s unit. The staff takes great care in creating a traditional and safe environment that feels like home for all residents.
Conveniently located in Rockton, Ill., Highview is just a short drive for family members traveling from Rockford, Belvidere or Beloit.
The Highview staff encourage you to browse highviewseniorliving.com in its entirety and to call when you are ready to learn more. It would be their pleasure to answer your questions and give you a tour of the facility.
Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center
3470 N. Alpine Road, Rockford | (815) 877-1441, www.fairhaven.cc
Fairhaven’s mission statement is “to provide a comfortable lifestyle and exceptional care which enhances quality of life in a manner that glorifies God.”
More than 375 Fairhaven residents enjoy a comfortable lifestyle that provides many opportunities. The property includes more than 100 duplexes, nearly 100 independent living apartments, a supportive care center and a health center.
“We’re very committed and we never lose sight of why we’re here and who we’re here for,” says Chris Hintzsche, assistant administrator at Fairhaven. “When people ask me what sets Fairhaven apart, I tell them our Christian focus, continuum of care, wonderful views from large windows letting in lots of natural light and our dining experience.”
Affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church denomination, Fairhaven offers a lifetime of care to people of all faiths age 62 and up.
First Free of Rockford provides a worship service at Fairhaven on Sunday mornings in the Sjostrom Center Chapel.
“When people talk about why they’ve chosen to live at Fairhaven, our spiritual focus is among the reasons why they’re here,” Hintzsche says.
A hallmark of Fairhaven’s dining experience is its quality comfort foods, good chefs and helpful wait staff.
“The home-style cooking is what our residents were used to in their own homes, and so we want them to enjoy home-cooked meals here, too,” Hintzsche says.
Inside the main building, where the dining room is located, residents enjoy an engaging atmosphere that includes a family room with computers, a video chat unit, a library, restaurant-style dining, a gift shop and a fitness center with classes guided by a fitness coordinator.
Residents are invited to participate in various educational sessions and attend picnics and musical performances, among other events. A pet may also live with duplex residents.
Hintzsche counsels people to visit the retirement communities they are considering, talk to residents and ask them about their experiences.
“Fairhaven residents enjoy a loving, supportive and active community,” says Hintzsche. “They’re genuinely excited when someone new is moving here. They love to share their personal stories and to listen to the stories of others.”
Generations At Neighbors Rehab & Post-Acute Care
811 W. Second St., Byron, Ill., (815) 234-2511, GenerationsNeighbors.com
This around-the-clock rehabilitation and post-acute care community provides top-notch service and loving care to residents of Byron, Ill., and the surrounding area.
Whether families are looking for a short-term stay, rehabilitation services after a hospital visit, or long-term care, rest assured your loved one will be greeted with a welcoming and loving staff who care about their residents.
Located close to the Rock River, Generations at Neighbors can satisfy both short-term and long-term needs. This skilled nursing and sub-acute care community offers several services in a family-like setting, including 24-hour skilled nursing care, wound care, pain management and on-site dialysis.
Generations at Neighbors’ short-term rehab program was created for anyone who has an illness, injury or a recent operation. The rehab program offers a wide range of individualized therapy, such as joint replacement, stroke recovery, post-surgical mobility rehabilitation and amputation recovery. Outpatient therapy is also available for individuals needing continued support after their return home.
The community was designed to give residents similar luxuries they’d have at home. There are 131 beds available, and residents have the option of private or shared rooms, depending on their individual needs and budget.
The subacute rehab rooms were designed to remind guests of the comforts of their own homes by offering wood flooring, window treatments, high-speed Wi-Fi and bathrooms with a step-in shower and safety bars. Short-term rooms are equipped with their own microwave and mini-fridge.
The concierge level gives residents access to additional services, including a therapy gym, family lounge, restaurant-style dining and post-acute rehabilitation.
Residents can enjoy their meal in the main dining area, which features a soothing and natural look. There’s also a family lounge with a fireplace, ice cream parlor with internet café and a beauty shop.
Residents are provided with stimulating activities throughout the day, including sing-alongs, bingo, video games and movies. There are several other events and social activities offered throughout the year, like cooking classes and live entertainers.
If your loved one wants a little bit of fresh air, they can visit the outdoor patio and picnic areas, which lets guests take time to themselves or spend time with their fellow residents in a safe and comfortable environment.
Guided tours are available for prospective families, and staff members can provide additional information about Generations at Neighbors during a visit. A virtual tour is also available online at GenerationsNeighbors.com.
4730 Squaw Prairie Road, Belvidere, (815) 544-9495 | 202 N. Show Place Dr., Rockford, (815) 332-3700 | gardant.com
Heritage Woods is more than just a community. It’s a home where residents of all incomes can enjoy the privacy of their own apartments with the benefits of a caring staff around the clock, restaurant-style meals and plenty of social and volunteer opportunities that give meaning and fullness to their lives.
The affordable, assisted lifestyle community is designed for seniors 65 and over who want to exercise their independence while enjoying safety and security. Licensed as supportive living, this community can serve seniors of all income levels, including those on Medicaid.
Both Heritage Woods locations offer studio and one-bedroom apartments, each with a kitchenette, spacious bathroom and shower, emergency response system and independent climate control.
You’ll also find plenty of common spaces to enjoy, including an activity room, country store, library and lounges with fireplaces, patios and a gazebo.
“You’ll rarely find a place with so much heart,” says Yvonne Peterson, director of marketing. “I’ve been here for over 12 years and I stay because of the wonderful people who live and work here. It’s very special, and you feel it the minute you walk in the door.”
Crimson Pointe Senior Living
7130 Crimson Ridge Drive, Rockford | (815) 398-7792, lifeatcrimsonpointe.com
Crimson Pointe Senior Living creates a home-like environment for the residents of this assisted living community.
Residents of Crimson Pointe are exposed to a comfortable environment that includes three meals a day and many activities through the Lifestyle 360 wellness program.
Residents can live in a studio or one-bedroom apartment and they can enjoy amenities including a large social room with a fireplace, a den with a library and large-screen TV, a beautiful courtyard with a water fountain, restaurant-style fine dining and a private dining room for special-occasion use by families, among other things.
Crimson Pointe also offers other care types on the premises, including physical, speech and occupational therapy along with home health care and hospice partners.
“Knowing full well how challenging a move can be for residents and their families, I believe our staff does a great job of making sure residents are in a new place to call home as they retain, if not gain, independence,” says Mike Barr, marketing director. “At the same time, they’ll have people around to help them when needed.”
1234 S. Park Blvd., Freeport, Ill | (815) 232-8612 | parkviewhome.org
As its name suggests, Parkview Home in Freeport provides great views of Krape Park, and it’s ideally located near Highland Community College, the YMCA, a hospital and medical clinics, a country club, dining and shopping.
But that’s just the beginning of a community that provides a continuum of care through maintenance-free homes, individual apartments, assisted living, a health care center, memory care and rehabilitation services.
This cozy community boasts plenty of home-like amenities, including a library, barber and beauty shops, outdoor terraces, sun porches, activities, transportation and delicious meals, all within a lovely, landscaped neighborhood.
Other types of on-site care include restorative care, 24-hour monitoring by licensed nursing staff and licensed therapy services.
“What makes Parkview unique is our continuum of care, which allows residents to move from one level of care to another within the same community without leaving the facility,” says Chris Kempel, director of marketing and human resources. “As the resident’s needs increase and more care is required, the cost of that care increases. The lifetime care plan guarantees if a resident loses their ability to pay for their stay, they do not have to leave, and they’ll be taken care of for the rest of their life.”