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skilled nursing care vs nursing homes for seniors
Nov 3, 2021 |

What is Skilled Nursing Care?

With our informational guide to skilled nursing care, you’ll learn:

  • The key features of a skilled nursing care community

  • The difference between a skilled nursing care community and a nursing home

  • How to determine if a skilled nursing care community is the right fit for your needs

When considering long-term care for yourself or a loved one, it can be a challenge to understand the terminology used to describe different care options and the services they provide. For example, “skilled nursing care” is one of the most commonly used the terms that causes confusion.

Learning just what exactly “skilled nursing care,” is can assist you in making an informed decision about the care options that best align with your preferences, needs, and desired lifestyle.

What is Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled nursing care is often used by patients recovering from a recent hospital stay as well as an option for individuals who need a higher level of care on a long-term or permanent basis. Some examples of the most common types of skilled nursing care services are:

  • Wound care

  • Physical therapy

  • Occupational and/or speech therapy

  • Intravenous (IV) therapy

  • Catheter care

  • Injections

  • Monitoring of medical equipment and/or vital signs

  • Memory care

A skilled nursing care community provides temporary or long-term residential care that includes the medically necessary services of physicians, licensed nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, and others. In addition to skilled services, patients may also receive assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, and eating.

The distinction between skilled nursing care and skilled nursing care communities is one of location. Skilled nursing care is a specific description of a type of medical care that can be provided in a variety of settings, including a private residence or a continuing care community. A skilled nursing care community is a dedicated residence in which professional skilled nursing services are undertaken by on-site staff.

Skilled Nursing Care Community vs. Nursing Home

Another common question is, “What is the difference between a skilled nursing care community and a nursing home?” In some cases, they can be virtually the same thing – but that’s not always the case:

  • Nursing homes are residential care communities for individuals who need a level of medical care and support that is not generally available in assisted living communities. In a nursing home, a staff of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and/or certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide assistance with daily care.

  • Skilled nursing care communities also provide 24/7 professional care but generally offer a broader range of medical services than a traditional nursing home. They are not always intended for long-term or permanent residence, with many exclusively used for rehabilitative care on a short-term basis. However, there are many skilled nursing homes that do provide long-term care.

If you’re still uncertain about how to choose between a skilled nursing care community or a nursing home, a skilled nursing care community might be the right fit if you need assistance with medical issues such as:

  • Wound care

  • Stroke recovery

  • Terminal illness

  • Rehabilitation after an operation or illness (post-hospital care)

  • Serious memory issues

  • 24/7 care

Keep in mind that there are some continuing care communities that offer senior skilled nursing care as an option for residents.

Montgomery Place: Skilled Nursing Care in Chicago, IL

Montgomery Place is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. It is just one such continuing care retirement community that provides skilled nursing care. These services are overseen by experienced physicians from the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to monitoring and guidance from UCMC physicians, seniors living in our community receive 24/7 care from our full on-site team of nurses, certified nursing assistants, and caregivers.

Montgomery Place also facilitates respite services in Chicago to support primary caregivers who are in need of a temporary care arrangement for their loved ones. Our compassionate, highly-trained team can provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your loved one will be exceptionally well cared for in our respite accommodations while you take the time and space you need.

As an award-winning provider of continuing care, Montgomery Place is dedicated to creating a comfortable, welcoming environment where seniors can live with joy and dignity. For more information about our skilled nursing care, including services for memory support and pain management needs, we invite you to contact our team today.

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Nov 3, 2021 |

Transition Into Senior Living With Our Reliable Moving Options

This guide to senior moving options at Montgomery Place describes:

  • Why moving can be a particularly stressful experience.

  • How Montgomery Place moving services can alleviate stress.

  • The benefits of having a moving manager.

Why We Offer Senior Living Moving Services

Unlike a nursing home, a senior living community, like Montgomery Place, allows you to live independently for as long as possible. That’s why we offer moving services – to make the transition into senior living even easier.

When you move into a Montgomery Place apartment, you may need to downsize. Our one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments are available both unfurnished and fully furnished. Either way, we can help make your transition to your new home as smooth as possible.

Montgomery Place Moving Services

Once you are ready to move into Montgomery Place, our Community Life Counselor will connect you with one of our approved moving service vendors. Our Community Life Counselor helps coordinate the logistics of your move: scheduling the date and time, reserving a freight elevator, coordinating the hand-over of the unit and orienting you to your new apartment and community.

You’ll also be introduced to one of our resident ambassadors who help welcome new residents, by inviting them to meals, and introducing them to other members of the community. Montgomery Place resident ambassadors make sure that the new residents are fully acclimated to the community, providing information about activities, committees, and events.

Our moving managers are dedicated to taking the guesswork and arduous planning out of our new residents moving experience. It is our goal to ensure that all our residents are comfortable and enjoy and thrive in the Montgomery Place senior living community.

Located on the banks of Lake Michigan on scenic South Shore Drive in Chicago, Montgomery Place is an independent and assisted senior living community dedicated to serve its residents, providing whatever services they require. Our community is located in the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park, home to the University of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, several Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings and the famed Midway, site of the 1933 World’s Fair. If you are interested in joining our vibrant and welcoming community or assisting a loved one to find such a community, contact us today.

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letter of gratitude and appreciation
Jun 23, 2021 |

Residents Association at Montgomery Place Thanks CEO

Last night, the Residents’ Association presented the below plaque to me. As I shared with them, this recognition is not mine alone, but the collective work of all of you and every staff member who gave so much during the last year of COVID. This belongs to each and every one of you. It will posted at the front desk for all to see and read. I am proud have accepted this on your behalf, and honored to be your CEO. Please share this with your team members.

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Jun 4, 2021 |

Senior Transportation in Chicago, IL

More people than ever are choosing to move to continuing care retirement communities (CCRC). These communities provide residents with enrichment and social activities and are designed to help with activities of daily living when needed. Moving to a CCRC does not hinder independence; it enhances it! As one of the top independent living communities in Chicago, Montgomery Place offers a wide variety of services to help you live independently within our community. Learn more about our premier Chicago senior transportation options below!

Premium Senior Transportation Services in Chicago

In an independent living community, you are able to come and go as you please. At Montgomery Place, you’re welcome to bring your own car, or you can choose to forego it as we offer assisted transportation to our community. By providing transportation services, we help you maintain independence to shop, visit nearby attractions, or spend time offsite with your neighbors.

How To Recognize High-Quality Transportation Services

High quality independent living transportation services can be difficult to identify. Here are a few questions to ask when considering transportation options:

  • Is transportation offered regularly?

  • Are the drivers certified to operate all of the vehicles?

  • Does the shuttle bus have a wheelchair lift?

  • Can residents schedule special transportation when needed?

  • What types of outings are planned by the community?

  • Are the vehicles well maintained?

Once you have done some research, you will feel more confident that the transportation services offered by us are exceptional. We offer transportation for a wide variety of reasons so you can live a full, engaged lifestyle. 

Montgomery Place Transportation Options

Being nestled in the heart of Hyde Park, we know that some older adults may value the ease of transportation assistance to avoid the frustration of traffic and parking. 

Shuttle Bus

If you don’t like driving, our staff makes regular trips to various locations throughout Hyde Park and the surrounding area. This service is included in your lease, so you are able to take as many trips as you want each week. We also plan group trips to concerts, museums, and theaters so that you can enjoy our beautiful location. 


Here at Montgomery Place, we also offer underground parking spaces if you own your own vehicle for an additional monthly fee. 

Montgomery Place is a continuing care retirement community located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. If you are looking for a wonderful community for you or a loved one, we could be the perfect community for you. Contact us today to schedule your personal tour (either virtual or in-person). While on your tour, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have and find the best option that will suit your needs. 

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Bill Barron continues to hand-craft wooden toys for the children of Montgomery Place staff

CBS2 – At 92, Bill Barron continues to hand-craft wooden toys for the children of Montgomery Place staff.

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Apr 9, 2021 |

Looking for Retirement Living near the University of Chicago?

After a long, successful career, people want to make the most of their retirement and thoroughly enjoy the fruits of their labors. Becoming part of an active retirement community is a great way to stay connected with other individuals transitioning to this new phase of life. If you’re looking for retirement living near the University of Chicago, Montgomery Place is an excellent option. Our luxury independent living apartments offer numerous amenities and social activities to keep you engaged and entertained. Because we are situated in the heart of Hyde Park, you’ll have the opportunity to explore one of the most culturally diverse, historic districts in the Windy City.

Ways to Stay Connected Within the Community

Retirement communities are designed for adults 65 and over, who want the freedom and space to live independently while having access to numerous services, amenities, and healthcare resources, should they need them. Montgomery Place offers a broad range of services including internationally inspired, chef prepared meals, housekeeping, planned excursions in and around the city, and countless art & entertainment offerings so you can spend less time on the mundane tasks of homeownership and more time doing the things you love.

Where you live matters, and at Montgomery Place, our custom apartment homes on the shores of stunning Lake Michigan, simply cannot be beat. Living here you will enjoy breathtaking sunrises and invigorating walks along the famed Promontory Point. If gardening is your thing, our massive urban garden offers residents private plots to grow their favorite fruits, vegetables, and flowers…without all the messy clean up! At Montgomery Place, what you do is up to you!

If you’re more of an indoor person, our indoor activities can be great options in cold or rainy weather. Here you can enjoy:

  • Wine tastings

  • Cooking classes

  • Poetry readings

  • World class musical performance by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  • Painting and drawing classes in our studio

  • A heated, indoor continuous wave pool

  • Yoga

Things to Enjoy in Hyde Park

Hyde Park is a historically rich and culturally diverse and vibrant neighborhood in Chicago. Once home to President Barack Obama, Hyde Park was also the site of the 1893 Chicago World Fair. The neighborhood is bordered by the University of Chicago to the West, and the Lakefront and the Museum of Science and Industry to the East.

If art and architecture is your passion, Hyde Park delivers. Not far from Montgomery Place, you’ll find Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, a historic treasure that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Hyde Park Art Center to expand your cultural worldview, or stop by the country’s first institution of African American culture and history, the DuSable Museum.

Take a stroll around the world famous “Fountain of Time” sculpture, a feature of Washington Park and one of the most important pieces in the Chicago Park District’s collection. For a more interactive experience, take a trip to the parks butterfly and bird sanctuary or the Garden of the Phoenix never disappoints.

Although the neighborhood is most well-known for its’ cultural and historic significance, Hyde Park also boasts a burgeoning restaurant scene. Sample handcrafted cocktails at The Promenade or start the day off right with breakfast from the historic Valois, America’s oldest cafeteria style restaurant. These restaurants, the art, the architecture and the stunning scenery all serve as a great way draw your friends and family in to visit, and showcase the vibrant neighborhood you live in. Whether you’re entertain visiting friends and family, or just want to get out and explore, Hyde Park is a wonderful place to be.

Reasons to Choose Montgomery Place for Retirement Living

Montgomery Place is an active retirement community that offers comprehensive services and amenities to keep you engaged and entertained so that you can live fully, in safety and comfort. If you need medical assistance for any reason, we can provide it right in the privacy of your own home. Moving to a retirement community such as Montgomery Place is a great way to stay active, engaged, and connected. Our goal is to provide you with an inclusive living community that will help you thrive in your retirement.

If you searching for a picturesque lakefront retirement living near the University of Chicago, come to Montgomery Place! Contact us today or reach us at 773-753-4100 to learn more about the many amenities and services we have to offer and to schedule your private showing to see how Montgomery Place retirement living is the best way for you to enjoy retirement in Chicago.

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