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The Carrington at Lincolnwood in the News – The Bluhm Family’s Foray into Senior Living

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The Carrington at Lincolnwood recently received coverage in the Chicago Tribune in a piece titled, “The Bluhn Family’s Foray into Senior Living.”

Here is that article in its entirety…

With a strong commitment to their community and a growing demand needing to be addressed, the Bluhm family of Chicago has co-developed the newly-opened The Carrington at Lincolnwood. The highly acclaimed rental senior living community offers independent living, assisted living and memory care with no expensive upfront buy-in fees. Our affordable monthly rates start at $2,800.

“It’s no secret, given the boom of the aging population, that there’s a tremendous need for senior housing in general, and in the Lincolnwood area specifically. Residents have little in the way of quality choices if they wish to stay within their neighborhood,” said Andrew Bluhm. “There’s hasn’t been anything built here in many years, and the existing inventory is outdated. The Carrington is the antitheses of that, having been carefully created with all the latest bells and whistles. It’s modern, bright, airy, and alive with energy.”

Located in the bustling heart of Lincolnwood situated on a lush 13-acre campus, Bluhm said that The Carrington community is a gem in a park-like setting that is easily accessible to the amenities of the city. “It’s not often you find a parcel of this size and quality in such a unique location, providing a setting and experience unlike anything in the market,” he said. Among many amenities, The Carrington offers fine dining services from culinary experts, transportation for personal needs, and hands-on housekeeping to make residents’ lives easier. Other distinctive characteristics of The Carrington include its indoor aquatic and fitness center, multiple libraries, hair salon and spa, gardens, a dog-friendly environment, and walking paths. Large and engaging courtyard areas on the campus provide a beautiful and safe outdoor environment for the residents. Should someone need more support, a natural transition can occur to the best-in-class assisted living and memory care residences. Our memory care programming is anchored by our Heartfelt Connection® program focusing on care, respect, dignity and optimal quality of life by highly-trained and caring staff with person-centered activities.

The Bluhm family is well known throughout the area for their successful business enterprises and even more importantly, for their dedication to philanthropic pursuits. Most recently, they donated $25 million to their eponymous Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, to further advance study and treatment of cardiovascular disease. “We are very dedicated to caring for the people in our community. The development of The Carrington reflects this, as it’s important to us that our seniors have access to the best possible care, as well as the best possible lifestyle,” said Bluhm.

The Bluhm family collaborated with South Bay Partners (SBP) from Dallas on The Carrington. “It was important for us to align ourselves with the best partners in the industry,” said Bluhm. “SBP has an impeccable reputation, with more than 25 years of experience in retirement living.” SBP has been responsible for the ground-up development of 70 retirement communities in 13 states, and strategic redevelopment of 11 additional properties.

Life Care Services, an LCS company®, the nation’s leading manager of full-service senior living communities is managing The Carrington. Lif Care Services also oversees several other senior living communities in the area, including The Clare in downtown Chicago. “The Clare is a magnificent property, and we are excited to be able to offer our own wonderful option a little bit further north,” said Bluhm. “The combined expertise and commitment of the partners developing and managing the beautiful new campus, along with all of The Carrington’s amenities, guarantee an unparalleled choice for the seniors in our communities. ”

For further details about life at The Carrington, please go to www.TheCarringtonatLincolnwood.com or call the friendly staff at (847) 973-6262.

The Carrington at Lincolnwood and Residents Featured in Chicago Tribune Prime Time

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The Carrington at Lincolnwood, and two of its residents, Marvin and Sandra Weisenberg, were recently featured in an article in the Chicago Tribune Prime Time publication by reporter, Jane Adler.

Here is an excerpt from the article…

“Several weeks ago, Marvin Weisenberg and his wife Sandra moved to the Carrington at Lincolnwood, a new retirement community in the north suburb. After 30 years in a three-story townhouse, they were ready for something a bit easier to manage. They looked at other retirement communities, but one with an entrance fee was out of their financial reach.

“The Carrington is a beautiful place,” says Marvin. The couple has a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath apartment on the fourth floor with views of the surrounding neighborhood. They’re meeting new friends and enjoying the activities, such as a recent jazz concert. Another favorite is the aquatic workout in the indoor salt water pool, kept at a comfortable 80 degrees. The Carrington is like living on a cruise ship, says Marvin.”

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Finding the Value: What A Senior Living Community Could Mean To You

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Considering a move to a full-service retirement community can bring up a lot of issues. Some are related to long-held concerns about aging. Others are misconceptions about what exactly it’s like to live in such a community. For example:

“I don’t want to give up my independence.”

“I can’t bear leaving my home.”

“I don’t like confronting my mortality.”

“I’ll spend all my savings and have nothing left for my heirs.”

“I’ll have to give up my hobbies and interests.”

Now consider looking at senior living a different way.  For example, ask yourself:

What does peace of mind mean to me at this stage of life?

How can I maximize years in retirement?

Would I appreciate a new level of security and freedom that enhances my quality of life and lets me spend my days as I choose?

Would I enjoy having dining venues, swimming, fitness, a salon, movies and more within walking distance, as well as services like scheduled transportation, all covered in a monthly fee?  

When you examine your life now, you might realize that you’re not as “free” as you think. You may be tied to a large house with never-ending repair needs and maintenance issues.  You’re paying for insurance. Lawn care. Security. Perhaps there are stairs in your home that make it harder for you to get around. Driving at night is something you avoid so you’re actually missing out on familiar pleasures like the theater, movies, events and more.  Maybe you’re tired of eating alone.

And if you had a health crisis, what would you do?  

Many retirement-aged people are discovering that instead of their world growing smaller when they move into a retirement community, it actually opens up in ways they never thought possible. Buoyed by the reassurance that they are no longer alone if a crisis should occur, they can now turn their attention and energy into new pursuits, familiar hobbies and new friendships. Traveling is a breeze because all they have to is close the door and go. They enjoy having a new residence with modern design features and the perks of regular housekeeping as well as all maintenance handled by a friendly staff.

And choosing a rental community such as The Carrington at Lincolnwood means no entrance fee, so you can protect your investments and still enjoy a carefree lifestyle worth of a resort.

Maintaining and even enhancing your quality of life in a safe environment is what healthy aging is all about.  At The Carrington at Lincolnwood, you’ll find genuine value that benefits you as well as your family.  We welcome your questions. Call us at 847-941-0793.

What to do if your Siblings Can’t Share Caregiving Duties

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Caregiving is an important role when it comes to your parent’s emotional or physical needs, which is why it’s important to recognize the roles each sibling and other family members will take on.

While it would be ideal for everyone to take part in caregiving for Mom, that’s not always possible.

To learn about options you can take if your siblings can’t take on their share of responsibilities, CLICK HERE.

The Carrington at Lincolnwood Hosts Education Sessions on How Best to Assess Senior Living Care Options

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The Carrington at Lincolnwood recently hosted several educational events for professional audiences and prospective residents and their families, offering facts about care options for assisted living and memory care. The programming was designed to help attendees and their families be prepared, protected, and best equipped to determine the right fit in communities and services.

The guest speaker for the events was Dr. Joan Roche, Ph.D., RN, GCNS-BC, a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontological Nursing. 

Dr. Roche covered a wide range of topics during the presentations, including:

• Major factors to consider when evaluating assisted living and memory care communities and services 

• Assisted living and memory care – dispelling the myths and misconceptions 

• How to determine the most appropriate care and support option 

• How “memory care” assisted living differs from traditional assisted living 

• A guide to understanding the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease and the major benefits of specialized memory care assisted living environments for those with cognitive impairment 

• Understanding the various assisted living and memory care pricing models 

• A comparison of assisted living costs to living at home 

• Little known ways to make needed care more affordable, including a Veterans Affairs pension ranging between $1,176 and $2,169 per month that veterans and their surviving spouse may be eligible for 

If you’d like to visit with a representative from The Carrington at Lincolnwood to learn more about the tips and recommendations shared in this presentation to help with your decision making, please contact us at 847-973-6262.

The Carrington at Lincolnwood Hosts “First Tour” Event

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Once the doors to The Carrington at Lincolnwood senior living community opened, it was time for a fabulous First Look event unlike any other!

Guests from near and far arrived for this special occasion, held May 3, to receive a first look at the fresh interior design, the wide array of services and the outstanding, multiple dining venues available to residents. It included tours of the entire campus, offering a perfect opportunity to experience the lifestyle that will forever change your view of senior living.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event but would like to schedule a personal tour of The Carrington at Lincolnwood, call us today at 847-232-6192.

Being Social is Easy at The Carrington – and Good for You!

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When you start envisioning your retirement lifestyle, what do you see?

A vibrant atmosphere filled with good friends, stimulating activities and lots of opportunities for pursuing lifelong wellness? Do you see yourself meeting new people and building new relationships?

Or do you wonder if you’ll be primarily alone, isolated from the “action”, feeling set apart and lonely? When you consider that many people will spend 25 percent of their life in active retirement years, it’s an important topic to consider. Statistics will tell you…social interaction is not only a lot more fun than sitting alone, it’s imperative for your good health and wellness. In fact, people 60+ are most likely to cite “loving family and friends” as extremely important to their happiness.

According to The National Institute on Aging, social relationships are consistently linked to health and wellness.Having a positive social life has been associated with lower levels of an inflammatory factor implicated in age-related disorders such as osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and some forms of cancer. The Harvard School of Public Health found evidence that older adults in the U.S. who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline.

Being around people you care for also can boost your immune system and raise your “feel good” hormones, giving you focus, energy and optimism. It also can reduce stress and pain.  Studies show holding hands or even a brief hug can lower blood pressure and the positive effects last all day!

Social isolation and loneliness, on the other hand, can affect an older individual on both a physical and emotional level, even serving as a risk factor for morbidity and mortality.

It’s just better for you to be around people who care about you, and have friends close by who share your experiences. That’s why at The Carrington at Lincolnwood, we have created a carefree lifestyle for those who enjoy active independence with more fun, more friends and more freedom—and fewer daily worries.

In our community, engaging in social interaction is easy to do. And it’s more than just saying hello in the hallway! Think wine tastings in our sports bar. Visiting area attractions as a group. Discussing a bestseller in the library. Meeting a neighbor each day for a morning walk. joining other dog owners in Carrington’s dog park. Dining with friends in the Bistro.

Here, every individual has the opportunity to realize his or her greatest potential for positive, self-directed living—and have fun doing it! The Carrington at Lincolnwood sets the stage for you to stay connected to the people, places and pleasures that you cherish, while offering you new opportunities for growth, connection and choice.