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5 ways to feel at home in a senior living community

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

If your mother has lived in her three-bedroom house for years, making her new senior living apartment feel like home may seem like a stretch. Remember, though, “home is where the heart is.” Here are a few tips to help put heart into your mom’s new home and new life.

  1. Surround her with the people she loves — or at least their photos. Help her choose her favorite photos, frame them, and integrate them into her new décor.
  2. Surround her with the things she loves. Sometimes the most important things in life aren’t the biggest, newest, or shiniest. Maybe it’s an old jewelry box (her first gift from your father), a woven artisan basket (picked up during one of their exotic vacations), a ceramics collection, or a particular piece of furniture.
  3. Make the apartment as comfortable as possible. This may sound obvious, but choosing a senior living community can help make day-to-day life easier. Choose furniture that makes it easier to get up (time to retire the old low-rider sofa). Bathrooms should offer safety features, like assist bars. Avoid tripping hazards like throw rugs. Make sure your mother knows how to use the emergency call system. If she feels comfortable and safe, she will feel more at home.
  4. Help her keep in touch with family and friends. Send an announcement to family members and friends so they can visit, call, and write. Work with the community’s resident services director to introduce her to other older adults at the community whose interests, personalities, and values match hers. If possible, set her up with technology like a tablet computer so she can use email, social media, or even video chat.
  5. Help her get involved. The community’s lifestyle or activities director can assist you. Check out the community areas and monthly calendar for programs that may interest her. Maybe it’s a cooking demonstration by the community’s chef, a lecture series by local academics, or art classes. Don’t forget the community’s fitness classes — they should be designed for various levels of health and fitness. There may be spiritual and volunteer opportunities as well.

There will be a period of adjustment, but when your mother is settled into her new home and involved with her new friends and new activities, you may find that she’s busier than ever!

Norridge ‘food fight’ reflects retirees’ new tastes

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes just don’t make it in the culinary world of retirement living.

Norridge/Harwood Heights News features Culinary “Food Fight” at Central Baptist Village

Top Resolutions from Our Wise Elders

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Top Resolutions from Our Wise Elders

Chances are good that the New Year’s resolutions we make today will be broken or forgotten tomorrow — year after year. They’re more wishful thinking than actual actions. (“Lose weight” is much easier said than done, right?) Leave it to people who have lived life fully to skip the short-term resolutions and to zero in on what’s important and how to achieve it. Check out these suggestions in five areas of life gathered from more than 1,200 American elders as part of the Legacy Project.



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Central Baptist Village Wins 2013 Excellence Award from

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Award recognizes top one percent of senior living communities nationwide

NORRIDGE, IL, JANUARY 22, 2014 – Central Baptist Village, a continuous care senior living community in Norridge, IL announced today that it has received a SeniorAdvisor Excellence Award due to consistently high ratings from its residents and their families in 2013.

“We are extremely proud to receive this kind of recognition for service excellence,” said CB Village Executive Director, Chuck Newton, “since it is based on feedback from our own residents and their families.” is a consumer reviews web site established by “A Place for Mom” (APFM), the nation’s largest senior living referral services, as a way for seniors and their families to share feedback on senior living communities and services.  The SeniorAdvisor Excellence Award signifies that Central Baptist Village has received among the best ratings and reviews (4.5 stars and above) out of more than 100,000 senior care providers currently featured on the web site.

Winners of the Excellence Award are located all over the country and represent the top tier of independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care communities. This exclusive designation places the winners in the top one percent of senior living communities nationwide, according to consumers.

“  was launched with the goal of providing a useful resource for consumers looking for first-hand feedback  on senior care communities,”  said Eric Seifert, President,  “We wanted to put a spotlight on those companies who have invested efforts to deliver excellent customer service to potential and existing customers, as evident from their high ratings. The recipients of the first Excellence Awards set a high bar of quality for other senior care providers to follow.”

About Central Baptist Village

Central Baptist Village is a continuing care senior living community located in the Chicago suburb of Norridge, Illinois.  Committed to delivering services that  enhances the quality of life for our residents, CB Village provides a continuum of care that includes independent living,  assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation.  Welcoming seniors of all faiths since 1896, every member of our care team is trained to provide a customized and flexible care approach based on individual preferences and the evolving health care needs of each resident.

About is the premier consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities nationwide. The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior living decision, and features trusted reviews and advice from local residents and their loved ones. SeniorAdvisor is an independent operating unit of A Place for Mom, Inc. For more information, please visit

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of All Faiths Since 1896

Central Baptist Village is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community with more than a century of dedicated service in caring for older adults.

Why choose
Central Baptist Village?

Our team approach supports residents and their families through the transitions of aging. We offer on-site independent living, assisted living, memory support care, skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation. Residents enjoy enhanced independence and greater peace of mind knowing health care needs are based on a personalized plan and delivered within a community of friendship, faith, and family.

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