PEKIN, Ill.–A dementia care facility is coming to Pekin.
The facility will be called Pekin Supportive Living Memory Care. It’s going to be connected with John Evans Supportive Living located at 1320 Executive Ct. in Pekin.
This comes after the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ Medicaid Department announced they’re bringing 40 new dementia sites to the state.
The Supportive Living Program began in 1996 and currently has 152 providers across the state.
This program will now add on nearly 1,600 Medicaid members.
It will add 50 private apartments at John Evans facilities in Pekin.
John Evans’ Marketing Director Lauri Hill says this will keep dementia patients who are born and raised in Pekin close to home.
“What’ll be great is then we will have this for people to come. If somebody can’t afford to pay privately, that’s not a problem for us. We will apply for Medicaid, it is a Medicaid facility. If somebody has money and their funds exhaust, then they can stay. They don’t have to move,” said Hill.
“When you have Alzheimer’s or Dementia, any move is really hard on them. So even if it’s being close to everybody, and seeing people that they recognize, I think it will be very helpful for them,” Hill said.
John Evans opened in 2007 and is owned by the Laborers Development Corporation, who will also own the dementia care facility.
Currently, John Evans has 76 apartments. They are individual apartments; studios and one bedrooms.
While the Pekin Supportive Living Memory Care is the only dementia care coming to Tazewell County, two dementia care facilities are coming to Lasalle County. One is called White Oaks at Heritage Woods and it’s located at Ottawa 801 East Etna Ottawa, IL 61350. White Oaks will have 40 apartments.
The other is Legacy LaSalle and is located at 1445 Chartres LaSalle, IL 61301. Legacy LaSalle will have 40 apartments as well.
Two are also coming to Livingston County. One will be coming to Pontiac called New Day at Pontiac and is located at 120 North Deerfield Road Pontiac, IL 61764. This will have 19 apartments.
The other is White Oaks at Heritage Woods of Dwight and is located at 701 East Mason Avenue Dwight, IL 60420. This facility will have 30 units.
McLean County is also getting one in Normal. It will be called The Legacy Normal and will be located at 1701 Evergreen Village Boulevard Normal, IL 61761. This will have 40 apartments.