Asbury Gardens residents, staff turn retirement community into ‘home’
BY DENISE MORAN For Sun-Times Media
Denny Diehl of Batavia poses with his mother, Evelyn Diehl, 92, at Asbury Gardens.
Senior citizens from all walks of life have chosen Asbury Gardens, 210 Airport Road in North Aurora, as the place where they want to spend their golden years.
Nina Klimpke worked as a medical transcriptionist for Fox Valley Cardiovascular Consultants in Aurora for 20 years. She retired on her 70th birthday. Today, she is a resident at Asbury Gardens.
“I’ve lived here for three years,” Klimpke said. “They spoil us rotten. I love it here. I was always told that if you want to feel young, you should hang with older people. I am truly blessed to know some of the people who live and work here. I feel that this is my home. They make it easy to live here.”
Denny Diehl of Batavia comes to Asbury Gardens to visit his mother, Evelyn, who is 92 years old. Evelyn has been a resident for the past two years.
“I can’t say enough good things about Asbury Gardens,” Denny said. “The staff takes good care of my mother.”
Father Peter Campbell, a retired priest who is also a resident of the retirement community, offers mass in the chapel every morning. The chapel also offers Bible study, hymn sings and nondenominational church services.
Asbury Gardens resident Charlotte Naden likes to volunteer her time to work at the Country Store inside the retirement community. The store sells everyday items that residents might want to buy without having to leaving the facility.
Joan Bukovitz, 90, has been a resident for the past two years. She has five sons: Frank, Joseph, Robert, David and Tony Scarpino. She also has 13 grandchildren.
“I like the people here,” Bukovitz said. “I do exercises and read health magazines. I love to talk to everyone. Time passes quickly here. I like having people around me.”
Asbury Gardens has 10 acres of beautifully manicured grounds with a gazebo, walkways, garden benches and patios. Three different floor plans include a classic studio, deluxe studio and one-bedroom apartments. The apartments are designed with kitchenettes, full bathrooms, emergency call devices in each bedroom and bathroom, closet space, and individually-controlled air temperature. Each wing of the two-story, campus-style facility is connected by a glass-enclosed atrium, encircling two courtyards.
Services for residents include three meals a day; weekly housekeeping and laundry services; medication reminders and assistance; ongoing health monitoring; assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing and grooming if needed; 24-hour staffing and security; on-site outpatient therapy service (physical, occupational and speech therapy); in-house physician services; pharmacy delivery service, and a variety of fun activities.
Financial assistance programs are available to those who qualify, which makes Asbury Gardens an affordable lifestyle for all.
“We offer three levels of care: supportive living, memory care and skilled care,” said Executive Director Joseph Chase. “Memory care activities are all about flexibility. If a resident does not want to do a certain thing, we can change the activity. We try to keep structure, but we can become what the residents want us to be.”
Chase said that Asbury Gardens has opened its facility so that the community can find out more about the services it offers.
“The Elgin Symphony performed here,” Chase said. “We also hosted an art show. We hold events that cater to the community.”
There are many activities to keep the residents busy. For example, on Tuesday Feb. 5, activities included church service, watercolors, a sit and stretch exercise class, poetry reading, glee club, walking club and Whammo.
Off-site shopping trips take residents to places like Jewel/Osco, Wal-Mart Super Center and Target. Residents have also been taken to shows, the gambling boat, and restaurants. Parties are held to celebrate holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. Residents can watch movies like “Sleepless in Seattle” and videos such as “The Lone Ranger,” “Bonanza” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
The mission statement for Asbury Gardens is “to promote the highest standard of senior retirement living based on providing an environment of compassion, dignity and service. We are dedicated to responding, without question, to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each member of our family.”
For more information, contact (630) 896-7778; visit online at www.asburyretirement.com/gardens.htm.