If there’s one thing that is a widely agreed upon fact, it is that 2020 has been a stressful year for all of us. In an effort to alleviate this common stress and bring a smile to the face of our friends at H.O.M.E., one gloomy Tuesday in October our team set out on a mission with the help of Ashland Addison Florist Company.
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
The Summer of 2020 has brought changes and new experiences to all our lives. Face masks and hand-sanitizer are our new everyday essentials, along with hand-washing and socially distanced gatherings. With these new changes we have all adapted and reworked our lives and spaces to reflect our new normal. Within this time, we at H.O.M.E. have been looking at how we can alter and redesign spaces within the Good Life Residences to make them more enjoyable and comfortable for our residents, how we can support social activities while maintaining social distance. A challenge, no doubt! And while our Leadership Team worked to develop and implement a fundraiser to redesign the Nathalie Salmon House Garden Room, the housing staff at H.O.M.E. was putting together their own project: the Concerned Resident Association.
Topics: senior living
For over 30 years, H.O.M.E. has been committed to helping seniors in Chicago maintain independent and enriched lives within their communities. Our work reaches beyond the Good Life Residences located on North Sheridan in Chicago -- it expands to the South and West sides of Chicago, where many of our upkeep & repair and shopping bus customers reside.
In the days before Governor Pritzker issued the shelter in place order in Illinois, I was overcome with feelings of insecurity. Stories of government mandated lock-downs and climbing infection rates had already begun to dominate traditional news outlets. On social media, friends shared pictures of packed parking lots and notes of relief for having scored a 32-pack of toilet paper the week prior. In the building I live in, a neighbor struck up a well-meaning, but unsettling conversation, “At least we’re young. We should be fine.”
Topics: community, senior living, intergenerational housing, senior independence, food security, senior hunger, Older Americans Month, senior health, aging in community, intergenerational relationships, senior isolation
As you may or may not know H.O.M.E. owns, manages, and maintains three residential buildings dedicated to intergenerational living, which enables low-income seniors to live in either individual apartments or shared living.
Every May we are given the opportunity to celebrate older Americans and focus on their contributions in our lives and communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance which began in 1963 offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. The theme for 2020 is “Make Your Mark”, selected to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities even in these unprecedented times.
Your support ensures residents in our independent living apartments get homes that come with all the amenities.
April is Fair Housing Month. H.O.M.E. is proud to uphold fair housing laws in its housing and to ensure our resident population is diverse in every way.
Today's guest blogger is Pam Smith, who is co-founder and executive director at the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago. She is a historian and genealogist and a long-time Chicago consultant for nonprofit organizations.
Pam served as a senior press aide to Barack Obama in his primary campaign for US Senate and to Jesse Jackson in his 1988 presidential bid. She teaches history at National Louis University and is coeditor of The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North.
We all know someone who has put off getting glasses or hearing aids because it will somehow make them seem “old” or diminished.