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How to Stage Your Home Before a Sale

There are a number of reasons older adults might decide to sell a home and move to a retirement community like Oak Trace. For example, adult children may now own their own homes, leaving more space than you need. In addition, lifestyle changes or a desire to do away with home maintenance tasks are popular …

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Oak Trace Receives Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance Award

Oak Trace community received Telligen’s Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance Award. This award recognizes their commitment to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and places the organization on Telligen’s Illinois 2022 Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance Recognition List. “Oak Trace team members and residents came together to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said …

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Fun Facts About Fall

There’s nothing quite like fall in the Midwest. In Illinois, residents are able to enjoy the complete “fall experience” starting in September as the leaves change color all the way through November when many people celebrate Thanksgiving with a nice meal and maybe even some football. The fall season also represents the perfect time to …

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What Does Oak Trace’s 5-Star Medicare Rating Mean for You?

Choosing to move into a senior living community is a major decision. We understand that. If you or a loved one are considering life at Oak Trace, we strongly encourage you to visit our community in Downers Grove, Illinois, for a tour so you can take a closer look at what makes it shine. We …

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Residents Come First at Not-For-Profit Oak Trace

Finding your new home in Downers Grove or Chicagoland for retirement can seem daunting. You’ve probably considered must-haves like amenities, floor plans, activities and quality of services and care offered. But have you considered evaluating for-profit or not-for-profit incorporation? While one isn’t necessarily better than the other, the responsibilities for how profits are used and …

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Helping Hands Pause to Help PAWS

The loud sounds of saws and sanders could be heard outside the wood shop at Oak Trace earlier this year. Inside, resident Richard Haffner was constructing a doghouse that would soon become a site to bring residents and team members together to help local pets in need. Haffner put finishing touches on the large contraption …

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New Initiative Brought Goats to Oak Trace

For five days in August, residents and guests noticed some unusual landscapers at the community. To help control invasive buckthorn shrub that had sprouted around the community, 40 goats provided a natural alternative to chemicals and other unsustainable methods of vegetation management. Buckthorn is known as the invasion weed and is considered so dangerous in disrupting ecosystems, …

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Oak Trace Unveils New Health & Wellness Center

Focused on the current and future state of care for area seniors, Oak Trace retirement community announced the opening of a new, expansive Health & Wellness Center in Downers Grove, Illinois. The project was Phase 1 of an ongoing multimillion-dollar expansion. With 66 assisted-living apartments, 28 memory-care residences and 102 skilled-nursing suites, the $79 million …

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Statewide Senior Care Association Honors Oak Trace

LeadingAge Illinois, the statewide association representing more than 500 senior care providers, has elected Blaire Goldstein, the executive director at Oak Trace, to its Board of Directors. Concurrently, Jocelyn “Joy” Russo, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at the Downers Grove retirement community, has been recognized with the association’s 2019 Heart and Hands Award. The award …

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