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Center for Seniors

5320 N Kedzie Ave

Chicago Illinois 60625

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Center for Seniors

Amenties

  • On-Site Medical Staff
  • Chef Prepared Meals
  • Dietary Accommodations
  • Transportation Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • 24-Hour Staff
  • Medication Management
  • Security
  • Planned Activities
  • Pet Friendly
  • Multiple Floor Plans
  • Private Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Activity Space
  • Theater Room
  • Beauty Salon
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Walking Paths
  • Free Wi-Fi

Living Types

  • Senior Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living
  • Memory Care
  • Nursing Home
  • At-Home Care
  • Respite Care

Description

‘The House of Joy’ is the fourth home of the Chicago Senior Health Center. Wheeling Village, a 12,000 sq ft house built on a 1.5 acre site on the west side of one block in the Cultural Center. We have worked hard for the past 25 years and have prepared a fun and efficient program for the elderly in a healthy environment. There are more than 40 kinds of playgrounds, including many athletic equipment, organs, baduk, 윳, fireball, beachball volleyball, etc. It’s a fun place to get to know the time. One of the things that can not be missed is the nutritional and homemade flavor that is perfect for the elderly.

History of Us

In September 1993, the Center for Seniors (the Center) opened the doors with only seven participants and three volunteers, consisting of registered dietitian, social worker, and nurse, on the seventh floor of Uptown National Bank on Lawrence and Broadway, Chicago. The need of adult day services (ADS) for Korean seniors was so great in the Uptown community that the Center grew rapidly in a short span of time. Without losing individualized attention and care, the Center has grown over 25 years to a total membership of 400 participants, an average daily census of 200 participants in four facilities with 30-plus staff and the board of directors, committed to the caring of the elderly clients.

In May 1996, in less than three years after the founding of the Center, as the Center was not able to accommodate the growing number of participants at the Uptown National Bank location, we ran our first capital campaign to purchase a building at 2645 W. Peterson Avenue in Chicago with $200,000, and gave a significant renovation to the space to fit for adult day services. As this location also became too small for our operation, the Center decided to look for a vacant lot to construct a brand new building, accommodating facility and other aging-related needs of the Korean American population. As this building was sold at $440,000 in 2001, the proceeds became a major portion of the fund to construct our first facility on Kedzie Avenue.

We were able to dedicate a two-story building at 5320 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, on the Christmas Eve of 2001, giving indescribable joy to senior citizens, and the staff and board alike. This first facility of the Center, which is now called the Kedzie Center, has a spacious program and congregate dining area consisted of 19,000 square feet with parking lot across the street. Korean and other seniors who reside mostly in the Albany Park, North Park, and Uptown communities, attend the Kedzie Center with transportation provided by the Center. A beautiful garden in East Asian style is landscaped with pine trees, cherry blossom, azalea, forsythias, goldfish pond, pavilion, and rock stone pagodas. From late spring till the middle of autumn, even during cold winter days, many senior members enjoy strolling the garden upon arrival, stretching their hands and breathing in fresh air. This beautiful environment contributes to create a homelike cozy feeling.

As the Korean community was rapidly suburbanizing, and as the growing number of the first cohort of the Korean immigrants who live in the north suburban Cook County began to retire, the Center in July 2008 opened the doors of another building at 5844 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove. This Lincoln Center is a one-story facility, built on 10,000 square feet with the adjacent parking lot of 6,000 square feet.

In January 2012, the Center opened its third facility in Schaumburg, named the Green Center, with a building square footage of 12,000 in the 1.5 acre land and a beautiful view of a pond over the windows, giving a unique and serene pleasure. The Green Center has been meeting the service needs of the growing number of Korean senior citizens in northwest suburban Cook County with Schaumburg serving as the region’s hub.

In October 2017, the Center opened its fourth facility, which we named the Joy Center, at 8900 Capitol Dr., Wheeling, IL 60090. The elegant and gallery-like Joy Center, with immense sunlight coming into the building from all directions, has a total program space of 13,300 square feet in the 1.5 acres lot. With proximity to Lake County, the Joy Center is attracting a growing number of Korean senior attendees, who reside in Lake County.

In addition to these four spacious and elegant facilities, the Center purchased in July 2014 a lot on 2812 Jackson Drive, Arlington Heights; we are still drawing plans on the land use on how best to expand aging services to increasing Korean Americans in northwestern suburbs.

As Jae Kwan Ha, the founding Executive Director, retired in December 2017 after 25 years of service and assumed the new role of consultant for the Center, Young Ha, who has been serving from the inception as program coordinator/registered dietitian, has inaugurated as the President/CEO of the Center. This incredible husband-wife duo team has been dynamic, building four brand new facilities, in order to meet the ADS needs of low-to-moderate income frail senior citizens within and outside the Korean community.

Eligibility

US citizens or permanent residents over the age of 60 with medical conditions such as heart ailment, hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, dementia, helplessness, or depression are eligible to apply.

Senior citizens stay at the Center for six hours, arriving at the Center around 8am and going home around 2pm. The Center vans provide most of the seniors with round trip transportation, but some choose to drive on their own.

Upon arrival, they are served with hot breakfast, and participate in morning reflection and all-center morning stretch exercise. There are two hour-long sessions of activities, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, engaging in 40 varied activities, including arts and crafts, volleyball, bocce, shuffle, bingo, pool, table tennis, Go, Korean chess, autobiography writing, ESL class, etc.

The most enjoyable of the day is to be served with nutritionally balanced and MSG-free Korean cuisine, invoking the flavors of traditional Korea that seniors left behind. Upon their departure from the Center around 2pm, seniors are offered with carry-out snack.

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