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North Grove Manor Opens Its Doors To Morton Grove

The North Grove Manor, a brand new Alzheimer's/Memory Care and Assisted Living Center located at 5520 Lincoln Avenue in Morton Grove hosted an Open House on Thursday evening.

For the past year I have been casually observing the construction of the North Grove Manor as I drove along Lincoln Avenue. The exterior of the building is very attractive but the interior is nothing short of a five star hotel.

I was fortunate to tour the facility with Community and Economic Development director John Said and Economic Development commissioner Al Heinrich. All three of us were thoroughly impressed with every aspect of the facility. Everything about the facility was obviously carefully planned, from its wide hallways, spacious dining areas, easily accessible washrooms and elegant bedrooms. The furniture, paint colors and fabric choices were all spot-on. It is apparent that the architects and interior designers knew exactly what they were doing when they designed and decorated this building. Any senior citizen would be proud to call this place home.

As both the Chairman of the Economic Development Commission and a ten year resident of Morton Grove I am honored to have this wonderful facility in our village. The North Grove Manor is truly a jewel in Morton Grove's crown and is representative of the positive changes that continue to come to Morton Grove.

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john October 29, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Went to North Grove Manor Thursday night and the place is really beautiful. The food was out of this world. On the downside level 4 care is $6200/month, so only the top 1% of society will be able to use this facility.
grandpa October 29, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Let's see, $6,200 mo works out to $74,400 per year or just a bit over $200 per day for a facility that has all the amenities of a 5 star resort. There is constant professional care and medical supervision of long-term patients suffering from Alzheimer's 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. That's a lot of overhead and a hefty salary component not to mention food, maintenance and other services that need to be paid for. Someone has to cover the bills. Unfortunately, that is the hard truth of the matter. We are still very lucky to have a facility of this caliber in Morton Grove, in my opinion.
sherwin dubren November 13, 2011 at 06:56 AM
Way too expensive for me. I hope I never have to use it. I wonder how many Morton Grove seniors could also not afford it? Looks like it is more attractive to those rich folks of the North Shore community. It is certainly not an affordable facility.
Pat Craig November 14, 2011 at 01:39 AM
I hope you never have to use the facility either Sherwin, because, since it is a long-term Alzheimer facility it would mean you had been stricken with an affliction that should not happen to anyone. Alzheimer care is not cheap, Sherwin, it is not affordable. nor, can it be because of the intensive care involved. Perhaps, instead of indulging in class warfare and trashing folks from the north shore your time would be better spent thanking whatever deity you fancy that you do not have to deal with Alzheimers and being grateful that such a facility exists for those who need it.
sherwin dubren November 14, 2011 at 07:31 AM
Alzheimers care is difficult to deal with, but the kind of facility we are looking at here is of a deluxe nature. Alzheimers patients are not on life support and do not need 24 hour 7 day attention. The excellent food does nothing to help their disease and in this case one has to wonder if they can appreciate it. This facility is a possible money maker for Morton Grove, but I see nothing noble about it. There is no mention of offering affordable options to at least a few of their patients. Since there is no cure for this disease, the best hope is to slow it's progress, and this can be done with proper medication. All this other 'extra care' and fancy food does very little for their residents. Rather than spend a bundle to provide a country club atmosphere for people, these expensive costs would be better spent on furthering research on how to manage this disease.
Pat Craig November 14, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Sherwin it must be difficult to be you, carrying around all that anger and envy.
Suburban Steve November 14, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I have been reading your posts since Patch began, and this one left me with my jaw hanging open. So you begrudge Alzheimer's patients "excellent food" and "extra care"? Seriously?! I thank my lucky stars that we are not related; how unfortunate it would be to have you as the family member making decisions about my future health care!
sherwin dubren November 14, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Steve, I would also be upset about draining a relative's bank accounts to pay for unnecessary niceties. To me, spending $74,400 a year for this country club treatment is excessive. Pat, I am no way envious of these rich people, especially in this case where they have a very sick relative. I was just pointing out that this facility is not a shinning humanitarian edifice and of questionable benefit.
Suburban Steve November 14, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Okay. So for you, the money it costs per year at North Grove Manor is excessive. For other people, the money they spend at an excellent facility such as this one is done so because of the love they have for their relative. For many families, it boils down to 'how good is the care my loved one is receiving?' Folks have a choice in the matter. There are many types of facilities available -- ranging from those where patients sit by themselves for hours unattended, to "average" facilities to "superior" ones. Just like with nursing homes. Walk thru them and you will see the difference. And I'm not talking about the carpeting and food choices. I'm talking about the quality of care. I am pleased this facility is in our community. Too bad you are unable to see the benefits of that.
David Lewis November 14, 2011 at 06:53 PM
"Questionable benefit?" Really? Having a first class facility such as this in our community demonstrates that Morton Grove can compete with surrounding communities and is building for the future. What's your point, Sherwin? It seems that you consistently criticize every recent improvement that has benefited the fine reputation and image of Morton Grove. Despite the horrific recession our country is suffering through, our Village is on the upswing thanks to our Mayor, village board, administrators, volunteers and citizens. This is something we should all be proud of.
sherwin dubren November 14, 2011 at 07:04 PM
David, Our mayor was very much against MG getting involved in projects that were either located in other suburbs or catered to non-residents. Seems to me that this Alzheimer project is just that. It will probably develop into a cash cow for MG, but it certainly is not going to benefit MG people directly. Seems like this is an effort to make political hay and nothing to do with improving things for the residents. Now, if MG takes some of the profits we make on this facility and uses it to restore the senior benefits they have removed, then I say it would be helpful. Steve, I have had plenty of exposure to different levels of nursing care with family members, and have tried to select the best that I could afford. Aside from better food, I don't forsee this facility doing a much better job with patients than some of the better facilities in our area. I don't begrudge the rich folks for either spending their own money or draining the savings accounts of their relatives. It's their choice.
Dan Goldberg November 14, 2011 at 09:37 PM
After looking at their website, it seems like a very reputable, private health care operation has chosen to locate one of their factilities in this village. That's a good thing and we should welcome them - as any new business. I don't understand how this health care facility makes it a "cash cow for Morton Grove" as Mr. Dubren contends? It is a private company who purchased the land and is providing a service for those in need with the means to afford themselves of the care level offered. Unless I'm wrong, we're still a democratic and capitalistic society where risk and innovation are rewarded and jobs creation is one of the benefits. Any government's role, including the village's administration, is to simply make sure this business complies with all the proper rules and regulations - not that it be required to benefit each of our citizens directly or restore so-called benefits. A government's job is providing public safety, not public handouts. This is the United States, not the the defunct USSR. Perhaps Mr. Dubren has forgotten this in is constant barrage of negativity which we've luckily not seen in some time? North Shore Manor's site: http://www.crlcares.com/assisted_living/Morton_Grove_IL/zip_60053/crl_senior_living_communities/4703
sherwin dubren November 14, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Dan, I suggest you go back and re-read my postings. I did not say we shouldn't have allowed the building of this facility. The point I was trying to make is that we should not look at this project as Morton Grove's support for humanitarianism. It's a business addition to the village, and I don't oppose it. That being said, I still feel they are over charging people, but if the public is willing to pay for it, it's their perogative. I caught your inuendo about me being some sort of communist. Really a stretch on your part. I do have strong socialist concerns, but fully support a democratic society in which we live. Now that we have heard from the right wing Republicans, maybe we can get some balance from people who have concerns for those less fortunate.

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