- On-Site Medical Staff
- Chef Prepared Meals
- Dietary Accommodations
- Transportation Services
- Laundry Service
- 24-Hour Staff
- Medication Management
- Planned Activities
- Pet Friendly
- Multiple Floor Plans
- Private Rooms
- Fitness Center
- Activity Space
- Theater Room
- Beauty Salon
- Outdoor Patio
- Walking Paths
- Free Wi-Fi
- Senior Living
- Assisted Living
- Independent Living
- Memory Care
- Nursing Home
- At-Home Care
- Respite Care
Smith Senior Living
About Smith Senior Living
Smith Senior Living has been a leader in residential and healthcare services for senior adults since 1924. A not-for-profit corporation, Smith Senior Living sponsors the only two Life Plan Communities in the southwest sector of Metro Chicago — Smith Village in Chicago and Smith Crossing in Orland Park.
Smith Senior Living has been providing a welcoming atmosphere and superior services for seniors for more than 90 years. Smith Village and Smith Crossing are Life Plan Communities, providing residents with a full spectrum of services including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, Skilled Nursing, Rehab in addition to educational and wellness programs. Even in challenging financial times, we have been able to offer affordable residences, excellent care, and high-quality services.
The primary advantage of Smith Senior Living for residents and their families is that we are a not-for-profit organization. All of our income is reinvested in our communities rather than taken as profit. And thanks to generous donations to our well-maintained endowment, our financial outlook remains stable even when the economy stumbles, allowing us to offer peace of mind to our residents and their families.
A Rich History
The history of Smith Senior Living dates to 1917, when Englewood neighborhood resident Susie Woodman, Dr. William Gregg and a group of volunteers founded Oakhaven Old People’s Home. The community, which adopted the name “Smith” in 1929 to honor a generous gift from the estate of Emilie Smith, evolved to become Smith Senior Living.
We are proud to have been a part of the fabric of the greater Chicago area for over 90 years. Our history, combined with amazing staff and community support, is what makes Smith Senior Living retirement communities such a great place to live.
Susie Woodman of the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago approaches Dr. William Gregg with the idea to build a home for the elderly. They recruit notable Illinois residents like Senator Joseph McCormick, Jane Addams, Governor Charles Deneen, John G. Shedd and attorney Clarence Darrow to help them obtain a charter from the state.
With the end of World War I came a push to raise the funds to purchase the land and build the facility Susie Woodman had envisioned.
Oakhaven Old People’s Home opens to residents with the purpose of providing a pleasant, dignified place to live. It is located at 113th Place and South Western Avenue, which is today the current location of Smith Village.
Emilie Jane Smith dies, leaving her $1.75 million estate to Oakhaven in the name of her late parents, Washington and Jane Smith. In today’s dollars, Smith’s trust would be about $20 million dollars. Oakhaven changes its name to honor the Smith family and expanded the building. The surplus dollars provide an endowment to protect the home’s residents.
The Morrison Trust utilized funds from the Edward Morrison estate to build an addition to the Washington and Jane Smith Home. Morrison was a scion of the family who provided Chicago with its first fire chief. Edward Morrison died in 1929, and his will provided for the establishment of a senior citizen’s residence. The Morrison wing added twenty resident’s rooms and hospital facilities for twenty more.
The community continues to grow and change. Major donors provide the funds for large expansions.
The Smith Board launches a plan for unprecedented growth in the community, providing what is needed to serve the needs of the changing senior community.
Smith Crossing opens on a 32-acre site in Orland Park. The $60 million retirement community is so successful that plans are immediately made for expansion.
The Beverly campus, including the original structure built in 1924, undergoes a $68 million redevelopment of the historic five acre site in Chicago. This location is renamed Smith Village.
Residents move into Smith Village’s new independent living apartments.
Smith Crossing undergoes a $37 million expansion to increase capacity by over 60 percent.
Smith Senior Living is now the premier Life Plan Community organization, providing robust programs for seniors that include total health and wellness along with innovative programs and activities.
Help Ensure Ongoing Care
It is part of our mission to care for residents of Smith Crossing and Smith Village who outlive their resources, and we spend approximately $2 million each year to cover these expenses. The majority of funding comes from Emilie’s Fund, named for Emilie Smith, whose generous estate gift has been the cornerstone of Smith Senior Living since 1929.
Emilie’s Fund Ensures Ongoing Care
Smith Senior Living plays a vital role in the well-being of senior adults in southwest metropolitan Chicago. Our primary purpose is to enrich the lives of those we serve by creating an environment in which all individuals can live their best lives. As a not-for-profit organization, we believe it’s our mission to care for residents of Smith Crossing and Smith Village who outlive their resources. We spend approximately $2 million each year to assist these residents, and the majority of the funding comes from our endowment coupled with donations and fundraisers.
The Origins of Emilie’s Fund
Smith Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization with over 90 years of serving senior adults. Since 1924, the organization has been the recipient of many generous donations, most notably from the estate of Emilie Smith, whose gift of $1.74 million in 1929 served as the cornerstone for Emilie’s Fund, a primary source of financial assistance for residents at Smith Village and Smith Crossing.
Just as there are many reasons to give, there are many ways to give, including Endowment Gifts, Planned Giving and Memorial and Tribute Gifts. For more information, please contact Coleen Barkmeier at (773) 474-7351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.