BMA Assisted Living Community in Carbondale to Host Island Paradise Senior Prom

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Prairie Living at Chautauqua, a BMA affordable assisted living community in Carbondale, Illinois, is hosting an Island Paradise Senior Prom on May 3. The Prom will be co-hosted by students from Giant City Grade School in Carbondale.

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"Shine your dancing shoes and come enjoy the music and dancing at our Island Paradise Senior Prom"

Prairie Living at Chautauqua, a BMA affordable assisted living community, is hosting an Island Paradise Senior Prom at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

The community, which is located at 955 Villa Ct. in Carbondale, Illinois, serves older adults of all incomes, including those on Medicaid, who need some help to maintain their independence.

Students from Giant City Grade School in Carbondale will be assisted Prairie Living in hosting the prom.

“We invite older adults to shine up their dancing shoes and come and enjoy the music and dancing,” says Heather Laughland-Etherton, Administrator of Prairie Living. “This year, the theme of our Prom is Island Paradise.”

The prom is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

For more information about the prom or Prairie Living at Chautauqua, call 618-351-7955.

Prairie Living is the only senior living community in Jackson County to be certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program. The community is managed by BMA Management, Ltd., the largest provider of assisted living in Illinois.

“We provide a wonderful alternative to a nursing home or to struggling alone at home,” says Etherton. “Residents benefit from living in a residential apartment-home environment and receiving personal assistance and help with medications.”

Each of the private apartments at Prairie Living features a kitchenette, spacious bathroom with shower and grab bars, individually controlled heating and air-conditioning, and emergency alert system.

Certified nursing assistants are on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All three meals each day, housekeeping and laundry are among the included services.

“Residents also benefit from all of the opportunities that are available to socialize with friends and neighbors and to participate in activities and special events such as our annual Senior Prom,” says Etherton.

BMA Management, the company that manages Prairie Living, is based in Bradley, Illinois. The company operates 36 senior living communities that together house nearly 3,400 homes and apartments.

“Our focus is on providing residents with the love, compassion and dignity that they deserve and the help and assistance that they need,” says Rod Burkett, President and CEO of BMA. “Our emphasis is on helping each resident to achieve and maintain as much independence as possible for as long as possible.”

Communities managed by BMA Management include the Heritage Woods affordable assisted living communities in Benton, Flora, McLeansboro and Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and the Cambridge House affordable assisted living communities in the St. Louis Metro East area.

BMA also manages Heritage Woods of Centralia. The community in Centralia, Illinois features affordable assisted living apartments, assisted living apartments and rental homes for low-income adults 55 and older.

For more information about BMA Management and the assisted living and senior living communities that the company operates, visit or call 1-877-882-1495 toll-free.

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