Heritage Woods of South Elgin Affordable Assisted Lifestyle Community to Host Anti-Senior Bullying Seminars

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The first anti-bullying session hosted by Heritage Woods will focus on the challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors face as they enter senior housing or other long-term care communities. The event will take place on Feb. 7 and include a panel discussion and viewing of the Gen Silent documentary.

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We want everyone to feel welcome when they walk through our doors and decide to make our community their new home.

As part of an ongoing series on bullying, Heritage Woods of South Elgin is hosting a panel discussion and viewing of Gen Silent, a documentary that follows the lives of six lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors who are forced to hide their sexuality to survive in the long-term health care system.

The viewing will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the community, which is located at 700 N. McLean Boulevard in South Elgin. The original Jan. 31 date was changed due to the extreme winter weather conditions in the Chicago area.

Heritage Woods’ senior bullying series will identify bullying behavior, and outline how to create a positive environment that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

This week’s documentary discussion comes as LGBT adults are faced with the dilemma of remaining true to themselves or hiding their identity as they enter long-term care facilities.

In the past, the challenges that these seniors face has not been at the forefront in the senior living industry, and that is something that Heritage Woods of South Elgin wants to change.

“We are dedicated to providing supportive living and memory care communities that offer services to older adults free of discrimination and fear,” said Heritage Woods Administrator Scott Cozza. “We want everyone to feel welcome when they walk through our doors and decide to make our community their new home.”

Panel members will include Cozza, Heritage Woods resident Nancy Poor and Britta Larson from The Center on Halsted.

A light dinner will be served during the event, which is open to the public.

There is no charge to attend.

For more information or to reserve your seat for the documentary viewing, call 847-531-8360.

Heritage Woods of South Elgin is certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living Program and is managed by Gardant Management Solutions, the largest provider of assisted living in Illinois.

The campus also includes White Oaks at Heritage Woods of South Elgin, an affordable memory care community, and White Oaks at Spring Street, a private-pay memory care community.

Heritage Woods features affordable assisted lifestyle apartments for adults 65 and older who need some help to maintain their independence. Personal assistance, help with medications, and a variety of convenience and support services, including meals, housekeeping and laundry, are available.

“Our focus,” says Rod Burkett, CEO of Gardant Management Solutions, “is to provide the residents of Heritage Woods of South Elgin with the love, compassion and dignity they deserve and the help and assistance that they need.”

Communities managed by Gardant include the Heritage Woods assisted living and memory care communities in Huntley and McHenry.

Gardant also operates several affordable assisted lifestyle communities in Chicago and the Heritage Woods communities in Batavia, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Gurnee, Manteno, Plainfield and Yorkville.

For more information about Gardant Management Solutions, the assisted living, senior living and memory care communities that the company operates; and the company’s management, development and consulting services, visit http://www.gardant.com or call 1-877-992-1495 toll-free.

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