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Decatur, IL

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Senior Living

The Legacy opened in June of 2012, offering 20 supportive living dwelling units for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other related dementia impairments. The building features two houses of 10 studio dwelling units each as well as a central commons area that features a variety of resident amenity spaces and staff support areas. This project was made possible through a special pilot program administered by the State of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Supportive Living Program. It is one of the five memory care focused supportive living projects licensed during the first phase of this program. The one-story building is part of a larger campus that includes Evergreen Place Decatur, a 93-unit Supportive Living Facility.

Each 10-person house at The Legacy has its own kitchen, dining room, family room, living room and sunroom with direct access to a secure, interior landscaped courtyard. The houses are arranged with all common spaces facing the courtyard in order to maximize the indoor / outdoor connection and allow natural daylight to filter throughout the living spaces. They connect to a welcoming visitor entry and staff conference area as well as a large central commons area. The central commons includes a variety of resident amenities, including a fitness room, cyber cafe, soda shop, laundry facilities, spa, fireplace great room and winter garden. Residents may also access a second, secure courtyard from this central commons area. In addition to resident areas, the central commons also includes a staff respite room, staff support space and a connection back to the 3-story supportive living building.

The Legacy has been designed to increase resident health and well being, support resident independence, and provide a strong connection to nature. The residential scale and finishes of the building provide a familiar and welcoming environment for residents, visitors and caregiving staff to engage in a variety of activities aimed at maintaining the autonomy and dignity of residents and to respond to the unique challenges brought about by dementia.

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