Oak Trace Senior Living Community Names New Administrator of Health Services

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Michelle Hart-Carlson Adds Extensive Senior Living Experience to Downers Grove CCRC’s Health Services

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Oak Trace is already one of the most well-known senior living communities in the area, and my role here is to get involved in every area of health services and continue the tradition of offering excellent care.

Oak Trace senior living community in Downers Grove has named Michelle Hart-Carlson as the new administrator of health services. Hart will oversee all health care services at Oak Trace. Health Services encompasses catered living, skilled nursing, memory support and rehabilitation services.

Hart joins Oak Trace with more than 20 years’ experience in health care services, with a specialty in working with senior living communities and Alzheimer’s care. Most recently, Hart spent three years as an administrator at The Assisi Health Care Center of Clare Oaks in Bartlett, where she worked to increase occupancy by 50 percent and restructured the program, which allowed seniors to utilize more of their Medicare benefits.

“Oak Trace is already one of the most well-known senior living communities in the area, and my role here is to get involved in every area of health services and continue the tradition of offering excellent care,” said Hart. “I’ve had experience in everything from home care to hospitals, and in each situation I worked with and became close to residents to ensure I exceeded their expectations.”

Hart joins the growing Health Services team as Oak Trace works to enhance health services and to create innovative programs for the growing number of area seniors. She will take over for Lynn Blakemore, who previously served as the administrator of health services. In the past year, Oak Trace has implemented a variety of new programs to enhance quality of care at the community and educate the community at large about the services offered. Oak Trace has also recently added healthcare outreach liaison Tracy Giglio and Dr. Subhash Shah, the rehabilitation center’s physiatrist.

Oak Trace is a Life Care continuing care retirement community, which offers independent living residents priority access to the various care levels as they may need them. Skilled nursing and rehabilitation services are also available to members of the community at large who require short-term care. The Health Center is located at 250 Village Drive in Downers Grove. For more information, call Oak Trace Health Services at (630) 769-6200.

About Oak Trace

Oak Trace, located at 200 Village Drive in Downers Grove, is a community that provides seniors a unique lifestyle experience and a variety of residential options, including maintenance-free independent living apartment homes, catered living, memory support and skilled nursing care. Residents enjoy a full range of services and amenities, such as a fitness center, hair salon, on-campus walking trail, library, and variety of dining options with chef-prepared meals. More information about Oak Trace is available by calling (630) 769-6565 or by visiting http://www.OakTraceDG.com.

About Lifespace Communities, Inc.

Oak Trace is owned and operated by Lifespace Communities, Inc. Founded in 1976, Lifespace Communities, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a not-for-profit corporation that has grown to operate 12 continuing care retirement communities in seven states, serving more than 5,000 residents and employing 2,500 team members. Communities are located in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Florida. The organization is recognized by the LeadingAge Ziegler Top 100 as the seventh largest not-for-profit senior living provider system in the country. For more information about Lifespace and its communities, visit http://www.LifespaceCommunities.com.

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