BMA Management Affordable Assisted Living Community to Host Programs on Gardening, Fresh Produce and Dulcimer Music

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Heritage Woods of Sterling, a BMA affordable assisted living community, is hosting programs of gardening, fresh produce and dulcimer music on April 2. The community in Sterling, Illinois, serves seniors of all incomes, including those on Medicaid.

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"We invite you to come and hear the dulcimer music of the String-a-Longs"

Heritage Woods of Sterling, a BMA affordable assisted living community, is hosting a program on Gardeining and Fresh Produce at 10 a.m. and a dulcimer music performance at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.

The community, which is located at 2205 Oak Grove Ave. in Sterling, Illinois, serves older adults of all incomes, including those of Medicaid, who need some assistance to maintain their independence.

"We invite you to come and hear Dietitian Joan talk about the benefits of fresh produce and gardening and the dulcimer music of the String-a-Longs," says Dawn Powell, Administrator of Heritage Woods of Sterling.

The programs are open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

For more information, call 815-625-7045.

Heritage Woods of Sterling recently was recognized as one of the Top 20 assisted living communities in Illinois by Assisted Living Today, a provider of on-line news and information about senior living and elder care.

"Our community provides a wonderful alternative to a nursing home or to struggling alone at home," says Powell. "Residents benefit from living in a residential apartment-home environment and receiving personal assistance and help with medications."

Each of the studio and one-bedroom apartments at Heritage Woods of Sterling 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 social activities and educational programs," says Powell.

The community is certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program and managed by BMA Management, Ltd., of Bradley, Illinois.

BMA is the largest provider of assisted living in Illinois, operating 36 senior living communities with more than 3,300 homes and apartments.

"Our focus is on providing residents with the love, compassion and dignity that they deserve in addition to 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."

Among the communities managed by BMA are the Heritage Woods affordable assisted living communities in Aledo, Belvidere, DeKalb, Moline, Ottawa and Rockford, Illinois.

BMA, in partnership with the Stephenson County Nursing Center Foundation, is developing a Heritage Woods affordable assisted living community in Freeport, Illinois. Heritage Woods of Freeport is scheduled to open for occupancy this summer. Reservations are neing accepted.

For more information on BMA Management, Ltd. and the managed senior communities, please visit

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