This artist's rendering shows the expansion planned at Monarch Landing in Naperville. | Submitted
Updated: December 21, 2012 6:10AM
When John and Joyce Foulkes decided to move to Monarch Landing in Naperville, it was with the understanding that their needs would always be met and that they’d be able to remain together.
“There’s an old joke that ends with the punch line, ‘I’d like to die at 105, shot by a jealous husband.’ Not realistic but we’re well along the way to 105 and would like to get there happily as a couple as long as possible,” they wrote in a letter to the leader of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.
Monarch Landing, a senior retirement community in Naperville, introduced its independent living apartments for individuals ages 62 and older six years ago. Now in fulfilling its commitment to provide continuing care to seniors, the community is set to begin its next phase of development.
The new construction project was approved recently by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board with 10 officials, including Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel, speaking in support of the project, and 42 Monarch Landing residents in attendance to also show their support.
When completed, the new project will offer assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation and skilled nursing services to residents and the community-at-large.
The addition to Monarch Landing, which was designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, will consist of 96 skilled nursing apartments in eight households of 16 units each and 28 assisted living/memory support apartments in two households of 14. Both will be attached to Monarch Landing’s independent living apartments through common areas, and will include a department for physical, occupational and speech therapy, a beauty shop and a bistro.
Estimated cost of the new skilled nursing facility, to be completed in spring 2014, is $24 million.
Monarch Landing residents Marge and Edward Karlovsky are able to live independently, however are very aware of the fact that this may change in the years ahead.
“At our age, anything can happen unexpectedly,” Marge said. “We do not want to be separated by long distances if one of us should become ill and have to go into health care outside of our apartment,” they wrote in a letter to the chairperson of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.
Renee Garvin, executive director of Monarch Landing, said that she is pleased to be able to proceed with the project.
“Our goal is to enable residents to remain at home (on the Monarch Landing campus), even when additional care is needed. The addition has been designed to be warm and welcoming. Every household has its own country kitchen and living room for socialization,” she said.