Growing need for continuum of care fulfilled
By denise moran For Sun-Times Media
Asbury Gardens, 210 Airport Road in North Aurora, has expanded its facility so it can satisfy the ongoing needs of its almost 200 residents.
The residents who find they require more assistance today than they did in the past do not need to seek those resources at another facility. Asbury Gardens has made it possible for them to get what they need while continuing to live on site.
“We’re getting ready to open our skilled rehabilitation wing soon,” said Executive Director Joseph Chase. “There will be 75 beds available.”
Chase said that Asbury Court, 1750 South Elmhurst Road in Des Plaines, broke ground so that it can also build a skilled rehabilitation facility.
According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, in 2013 there were an estimated 44.4 million people with dementia worldwide. This number will increase to an estimated 75.6 million in 2030 and 135.5 million in 2050.
Asbury Gardens provides a safe, caring environment for people who are dealing with dementia.
“Our Memory Care unit is thriving,” Chase said. “We can accommodate people as their needs increase.”
Asbury Gardens has 10 acres that include 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 such as crafts, sit and stretch exercises, walking club and Whammo.
Financial assistance programs are available to those who qualify, which makes Asbury Gardens an affordable lifestyle for everyone.
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.”
Solange Cataldi, 87, said she and her daughter visited 13 different care facilities before she decided to become a resident of Asbury Gardens.
“This place beats them all,” Cataldi said. “They are so compassionate here. It’s like you are with family. Everyone here will do everything to make sure you are comfortable. You can’t get this anywhere else.”
Joan Bukovitz, 91, also said she is very happy living at Asbury Gardens.
“I love to talk to people,” Bukovitz said. “I’m also a reader. I read the newspapers every day, and I have read every book that Danielle Steele ever wrote. I’m lucky that I still have good eyes.”
Bukovitz also serves as a Eucharistic minister at Asbury Gardens. There is a chapel where residents can hold a Bible study, hymn sings and church services.
“I go to Mass three times a week on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday,” Bukovitz said. “I enjoy it here. We have a bus to take us anywhere. We go to restaurants. We also have big parties for the Fourth of July and Christmas. We were given beaded necklaces and paczki (Polish jelly donuts) for Mardi Gras.”
“When you go to the dining room, they are very good about giving you substitutes if you ask for them,” Cataldi said. “You can have a fruit plate as an option. You can go to the lounge and play cards. It’s just like you are home.”
For more information, call (630) 896-7778 or visit www.asburyretirement.com/gardens.htm.