The first thing to note about this facility is that while it appears in the "Assisted Living" category, it is not directly comparable to most other facilities in this category. More accurately, this is a facility designed to accommodate those on the most dependent end of the "assisted living" continuum (their first floor) and on those requiring even more consistent care due to significant mental and physical impairments (their second and third floors).
This is a relatively small facility in a distinctly urban environment readily accessible to the North/Northwest/West sides of Chicago, and reasoanbly convenient to the Southwest side and most near west/northwest suburbs. The building is an unassuming structure that reflects its age appropriately, though the management has maintained a consistent schedule of improvements to the building and the interior components. While there are few frills, the building is very evidently well cared-for. The overall setting here is rather intimate, with a very strong communal aspect to the environment.
Like most facilities, they have a full calender of activities suited to the competency levels of the residents, and meals are served in the common dining area. The accommodations feature 2, 4, or 6 residents to a room. The small size of the facility and trained staff make for meals that are a notch above mere institutional food.
The strength of this facility is their ability to deal with impairments comprehensively as this is, in essence, a rehabilitation facility. Their therapy programs are individually tailored for the needs and expectations of each resident. In reflection of its urban neighborhood, the facility maintains a staff including native Spanish and Polish-speaking individuals; for many residents, this is a very comforting element of their care. Some residents are there temporarily, with expectation to move to a less restrictive facility or a private home, whereas others will require the higher level of care provided here indefinitely; their care is adjusted accordingly.
The environment here is intimate, and the staff is clearly dedicated and professional, many of them having been here for well over ten years. For individuals requiring this kind of care, it is clearly an effectively-run facility. However, two issues are primarily responsible for our "neutral" designation as opposed to a higher rating. First, the lack of any grounds clearly restricts a resident's exposure to the outdoors, as well as providing decidely uninspiring views from most windows; combined with the limited common areas, one might find this place a bit restrictive. More important, though, is the pricing schedule; though the level of care available here is decidedly above what is available at most assisted living facilities, this alone does not quite justify the rates here, which START at roughly $5000/month. For similar rates, it is possible to find facilities that offer this level of care with considerably nicer furnishings and amenities. This is a very competent facility, ideal for those requiring a definitive period of rehabilitation, and well-suited for those who will continuously need a high degree of care for the balance of their lives. For those still having a distinct awareness of their environment, and/or for those who have adapted to their(stabilized) physical limitations, there are many better values available.