"Our residents are the people who paved the way for our communities. We have an obligation to provide them the best possible experience and care."
Heritage Health - Beardstown opened in 1997 in an adjoining building to the former "Old Beardstown Hospital." Prior to that, we were known as Heritage Manor West and located on Grand Avenue. In 1999, we opened a Supportive Living Facility (SLF) called Evergreen Place with 26 apartments. A SLF is an alternative to a nursing home for low-income seniors under Medicaid. It combines apartment-style housing with personal care and other services.
Our facility is wonderfully family-oriented. When you walk in the door, you immediately see staff taking a personal interest in the residents and their families. You see a lot of communication and activity. We believe in residents' choices. We strongly encourage residents to bring items from home to personalize their rooms and make them feel more comfortable. We want residents and families to feel like they are part of our extended family.
"Our residents are the people who paved the way for our communities," says Administrator Dennis Toohill. "They have helped lay the groundwork for many of the things that we enjoy today. We strive to provide an environment full of dignity, self worth and joy. We have an obligation to provide them best possible experience and care."
At Heritage Health, we try to do things a little differently to make it seem more like home. We have buffet dining, gardening, and enjoy many activities. We hold many community events at Evergreen Place and make donations to area senior centers. We believe that communication is one of the keys to our success. Thus, we have a resident council and an "open door" policy. We also have a special room set up with items like bedspreads, radios, and plants for short-term Medicare residents whose goal is to discharge and go back home. We also provide wireless internet service for guest and visitor use.
We take a lot of pride in our facility. It's evident the moment you step inside the door. Nursing home care doesn't have to feel "institutional;" it should feel more like home.