Heritage Woods -- Deficiency Free

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

For the second consecutive time since opening two years ago, Heritage Woods of Aledo affordable assisted lifestyle community has been awarded a deficiency-free certification from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

The community, which houses 66 private apartments, is designed to serve adults 65 and older of all incomes who may need some help to maintain their independence but do not require skilled nursing care.

In the annual survey process, representatives from the Healthcare and Family Services visited Heritage Woods to conduct a detailed review of all aspects of the facility's operation, including the physical plant, nursing and ancillary services, maintenance, food service and disaster preparedness. The survey process also included interviews with residents.

As the first supportive living community in Mercer County, Heritage Woods combines residential apartment home living with the availability of personal assistance and support services.

"With our ability to serve older adults of all incomes, we especially benefit the older adult population in the area who cannot afford private pay assisted living," says Leondra Magedanz, R.N., administrator.  The community currently serves nearly 60 older adults.

Residents of Heritage Woods receive the personal assistance they need and benefit from the availability of three meals a day, housekeeping and laundry services. They also enjoy the companionship of friends and neighbors and the opportunity to participate in social, recreational and educational activities.

Certified nurses assistants are on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide help with medications, bathing, dressing, grooming, and ambulation. Therapeutic diets and licensed nursing services, including health assessments, health monitoring, education and physician communication, are available.

"We strongly believe that supportive living communities such as Heritage Woods serve as a great alternative to nursing home care or to struggling alone at home for older adults who need some assistance to maintain their independence, but do not require skilled nursing home care," says Magedanz.  "Our emphasis is on maintaining the health, wellness, dignity and independence of each resident."

Information about supportive living or Heritage Woods can be obtained by calling the community at (309) 582-1132.