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Help your Aging Parents

Since Eastgate Manor opened in 2000, it’s always fostered an environment that puts residents first. It was the first certified supportive living community in McHenry County, and, today, they’re still committed to each resident they have the opportunity to serve. As residents’ needs change, Eastgate Manor’s compassionate and caring staff ensure their lives remain purposeful and fulfilling. They help all residents continue to live life to its fullest, even when health and financial situations may change. The Eastgate Manor staff shares more: 

What is the difference between assisted and supportive living?
Supportive and assisted living properties offer similar housing style options. Most prospective residents are able to choose a specific apartment floor plan that will best suit their needs. Additionally, supportive and assisted living options offer a wide range of services and amenities that keep residents engaged. While the services are similar, the expense for the experience often is not. Supportive living communities allow residents to pay for their housing through Medicaid once their personal funds are depleted, while assisted living plans do not allow the use of Medicaid. Instead, once residents can no longer privately fund their stay, assisted living residents are asked to leave the community. Supportive living options allow residents to stay in their apartments for as long as possible. 

What are some of the services Eastgate Manor offers?
The Eastgate Manor supportive living community offers 24-hour certified nursing assistants; 12-hour daily registered nurses; medication reminders; grooming assistance; maintenance and cleaning services; an emergency response system; individually-controlled heating and air conditioning; all utilities, excluding phone and cable; daily trash removal; weekly housekeeping; optional weekly laundry service; three restaurant-style meals a day; and a packed activity calendar. 

Tell me more about your fabulous meal options.
The Eastgate Manor menu is voted on by residents and the resident counsel, and nothing is repeated for at least eight weeks, unless it’s a favorite and was requested. If a resident doesn’t like the meal of choice that evening, we invite them to order off of an alternate menu offering extensive menu items. Everything we do at Eastgate Manor is based on each resident’s individual needs. We understand each person is unique, and we make sure everyone’s needs are being met. 

What options are included on your event calendar?
We offer a wide range of activities, including exercise, such as tai chi and Wii bowling; spiritual activities, like church services and bible classes; arts and craft groups, including baking and jewelry classes; game nights, with trivia and bingo; and much more. In addition, we schedule outings, such as a boat ride on Lake Geneva, a visit to the Chicago Symphony, a trip to the Botanical Gardens, etc. The residents and resident counsel vote on all activities. When residents move in, we do an activity assessment to find out their needs and likes and send them reminders when those events are occurring to make sure they’re engaged in the activities they enjoy.

What happens if a resident’s needs change?
As an affiliate of Lexington Health Network, should an Eastgate Manor resident need short-term rehabilitation or skilled nursing, he/she can visit another Lexington-affiliated center, and we will hold their apartment for them indefinitely. Many other supportive living communities don’t make these accommodations. Should someone need long-term care, he/she can transfer to one of 10 Chicagoland Lexington locations, having priority status. Residents don’t have to worry about the next step; it’s taken care of for them.

How do residents describe the staff?
They describe us as being happy, friendly and always available for their needs. The staff at Eastgate Manor is exceptional and very genuine and tender. When residents come to Eastgate Manor, they become part of our family.

The Eastgate Manor staff invites you to come have lunch or take a tour. To set up an appointment, call Maureen at (847) 458-2800.