Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned for Memory Care Expansion in McHenry

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White Oaks at McHenry, a $12.3 million memory care expansion project in McHenry, Illinois, will open in April of 2017. The community is designed to serve older adults with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.

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A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 for White Oaks at McHenry, a $12.3 million memory care expansion project.

The groundbreaking will take place next to Heritage Woods of McHenry, 4609 West Crystal Lake Road, an assisted living community that serves seniors who need some help to maintain their independence. The expansion includes 40 apartments – 32 studio units and eight companion suites – and will open in April.

White Oaks at McHenry, the new memory care community, will cater to older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The program will provide opportunities for residents to maintain a sense of purpose and belonging throughout the seasons of dementia.

“We focus on abilities rather than limitations because we understand that as we age our hearts, hopes and desires do not,” said Rod Burkett, CEO of Gardant Management Company, which will continue to oversee day-to-day operations for the community.

The nearly 36,000 square-foot addition completes the master plan for the 4-acre Heritage Woods site that opened in 2008. Each of the private apartments at the memory care community will feature a spacious bathroom with shower and grab bars, individually-controlled heating and air conditioning units, and an emergency alert system.

In addition, White Oaks will have other community areas, including two dining rooms, multi-purpose rooms, a winter garden, sun rooms, a fitness area and salon.

Certified nursing assistants, working under the direction of a licensed nurse, will be on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

White Oaks at McHenry residents will pay for the cost of living at the community with their private funds; the Heritage Woods property is an affordable assisted living community that serves older adults of all incomes, including those on Medicaid.

Both communities will share the same management company – Gardant Management Solutions – and will further expand Gardant’s mission of providing residents with the love, compassion and dignity they deserve in addition to the help with medications and personal assistance they need.

Worn Jerabek Wiltse is the architect for the expansion project, and construction will be completed by Horve Construction LLC.

When fully occupied, the White Oaks expansion campus will provide 30 full-time jobs. Annual payroll with benefits is projected to be $1.35 million.

Heritage Woods of McHenry is one of more than 40 communities operated by Gardant Management Solutions, including White Oaks at Spring Street and White Oaks at Heritage Woods of South Elgin, two other memory care communities. White Oaks at Huntley is another Gardant-managed memory care expansion currently under construction.

Gardant is the largest assisted living provider in Illinois and the 12th largest provider in the nation.

Individuals who would like to have their names added to the interest list to obtain further information about White Oaks at McHenry can call 815-344-2690.

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