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Governor Pritzker signs House Bill 246 that improves care for the elderly in Illinois on May 31 at the Victory Center of Roseland Supportive Living Community

CHICAGO, June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Seniors at Victory Center in Roseland, a supportive community run by Pathway to Living, a Chicago-developer, owner and operator of retirement homes, hosted Governor JB Pritzker on tuesday 31 mayat 1 p.m. for the signing of House Bill 246.

This new legislation provides for more $500 million benefit the state’s most vulnerable seniors with additional funds to Illinois nursing home and Supportive Living, a Medicaid-funded alternative to nursing homes, care.

Through the Illinois Supportive Living program, administered by the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services, Supportive Living residents across Illinoisincluding those at the Victory Center in Roseland, can live affordably and independently in a community where personal choice, dignity, privacy and individuality are valued.

Retired South Side teacher claims supportive living benefits

Betty Jacobs88 years old, retired Morgan Park High School art teacher, who lives at the Victory Center in Roseland, spoke at the bill signing. Jacobs said she was lucky and grateful for the affordable care, comfortable housing and publicly funded supportive living offers.

After marrying his high school girlfriend from Wendell Phillips Academy and having three sons, Jacobs returned to school to earn a college degree from Chicago State University. While teaching, she earned the nickname “Tissue Donor” for always taking the time to listen compassionately to students, parents, and colleagues.

In retirement, Jacobs performed with the Trinity United Church of Christ choir across the United States and in Swiss. However, after losing her beloved husband, Jacobs was hospitalized with a debilitating illness and was unable to walk. Released from skilled nursing and rehabilitation at Victory Center in Roseland in 2019, she subsequently made a remarkable recovery.

“I needed help with just about everything, even bathing,” recalls Jacobs. “The Victory Center team has shown me incredible dignity, kindness and support to help me get back on my feet.”

With coordinated physical and occupational therapy services, encouragement from staff and family, and her own determination to get stronger, Jacobs soon returned to walking with a walker. Additionally, Jacobs is now able to take advantage of Victory Center’s signature VIVA! a lifestyle that affords him the opportunity for new friendships, art classes, daily exercise, and group travel—with last summer’s Victory Center of Roseland Camp VIVA! recreational outdoor excursion among his favorites!

The new legislation is a gift

Executive Director of the Victory Center at Roseland Crystal Testaments also commented. After three years at the helm of the Victory Center, mostly during a pandemic, Wills calls the increased funding a “gift” to Victory Center residents and the nearly 50,000 seniors in nursing homes and supportive communities. across the state.

“Additional revenue provides more funding for staffing, care, programs and amenities, so we can provide seniors with an affordable, quality housing and care option to help them achieve their dreams and achieve their goals,” Wills said, adding that since opening in 2016 Victory Center of Roseland has welcomed 520 seniors, many of whom have deep roots in the Roseland community. “Supportive Living will now be more accessible, engaging and affordable than ever for Illinois seniors who are eligible for financial assistance and whose care needs can be better met in a care facility. »

An affordable alternative

Although traditional nursing homes, skilled nursing and assisted living services are good options for many older people who can no longer live on their own and need support and care, the expenses can be prohibitive for low-income seniors. Illinois’ The Medicaid-funded Supportive Living option offers the best of both worlds—the help seniors need at an affordable price.

Like assisted living, Supportive Living offers private apartments, services, amenities, personal care and assistance as needed, as well as social opportunities and engaging programs. The difference is that Supportive Living does this at a much lower cost and financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Residents receiving state-funded financial assistance provided by House Bill 246 may remain in a supportive community if and when their personal funds are exhausted.

About Pathway to Living

Victory Center of Roseland’s Independent Living and Supportive Living community is operated by Pathway to Living, a Chicagodeveloper, owner and operator of residences for the elderly. The Company’s portfolio includes a wide range of community types – seniors’ apartment, independent living, assisted living, supportive living and memory support – covering 48 properties and more than 3,700 units (including communities in development) in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohioand Florida. Pathway to Living is owned by Waterton, a Chicagoinvestor and real estate operator based in Paris. For more information, please visit and

For more information contact:
Kathy Wolf, [email protected]
Cell: 708-987-9938

SOURCE Path to Life