Last week, I met a senior citizen who came into my office (Keller Williams-Hyde Park) looking for help . She is currently living in a situation that challenges her ability to complete certain tasks on a regular basis. She lives in a senior living facility but is not pleased with the fact that she has to buy her own groceries, perpare her own meals, do her own housekeeping, etc. What she needs and wants is an assisted living situation where she could get help with day to day tasks. Now I don't about you but I feel that when you've reached a certain age there are certain things that you should not have do! So I promised to do what I could to help her find something that will fit within her criteria.
In an assisted or supported living facility a senior can receive assistance with food preparation, cleaning and his/her own living space while developing friendly relationships with other residents. Now, of course, this is out of my range of expertise and I knew that I most likely would not get a commission from this transaction but I felt motivated to assist her the best way I could.
So I get on the phone to an old friend who runs a seniors facility in South Shore and he immediately directs me to a place called Pioneer Gardens also known as "Miracle on 38th Street." Its located in the heart of Bronzeville, at 3800 South King Drive. This facility provides supportive living to seniors who do not need constant medical attention but may need help with certain tasks. Pioneer Gardens offer spacious studio apartments along with other amenities. I'm talking 3 Meals a day AND snacks, weekly housekeeping/laundry, free telephone installation, free cable service, 24 hour security...well you get the picture. Amenities are in abundance (they had me at 3 meals a day!).
A little something about Pioneer Gardens: Pioneer Gardens (opened April, 2006) represents the culmination of a three and half year quest on the part of the South Park Baptist Church at 3722 South King Drive, Chicago, to fill a critical, affordable housing gap in Senior Housing that has developed in our community. In observing the elderly age in place in Pioneer Village, this independent living facility, there was a need for an affordable housing alternative that would provide vital supportive services to allow seniors to retain independence in their living and not be faced with moving to a nursing home. (Source: http://pioneergardensslf.com/)
After researching this facility and all it has to offer, I believe that this could be a nice alternative for seniors who want to maintain some independence and receive assistance with day to day tasks. This type of service do come with a cost that may be hard to swallow for some, especially social security recipients. But when you consider all of the amenities that a supported living facility has to offer, the price can be worth it. Ultimately, the choice is up to you. It's certainly an alternative for seniors who want to maintain independence while receiving assistance with day to day needs.
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