Two nursing and rehabilitation facilities are being built in Elgin and are expected to open sometime next year.
Elgin Memory Care, a nursing and personal care facility at Shannon Parkway and Daisy Lane, should be completed by next summer; Addison Rehabilitation and Living Center, a skilled nursing facility at 1760 Capital St., might be done by early next year, representatives said. Both are on Elgin's west side.
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Elgin Memory Care will have 56 assisted living and 24 memory care apartments, said Bright Oaks Group CEO Nader Kameli.
Assisted living will cater to people who need assistance with daily activities such as taking showers, cooking and shopping, while memory care is for those suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's and similar illnesses, Kameli said.
"The (memory care) building is secure and gives the residents a complete means of living indoors with an indoor courtyard, restaurant, activity areas -- everything inside," he said. The 68,000-square-foot building also will have a wellness center, a salon and a bistro open to the public, and retail space for services that cater to seniors, according to a news release.
The land initially was slated for commercial development within the West Point Gardens subdivision, whose residents last year complained they were led to believe a grocery store would be built there.
Addison Rehabilitation and Living Center got zoning approval in 2009, said Elgin senior planner Sarosh Saher.
The project stalled due to the economic recession, and later got an infusion of life from a new group of investors and updated, more modern plans, said Sigmund Lefkovitz of LEF Elgin, based in Northbrook.
"Today (the standard) is more leisure space -- space for the patients and the guests," he said.
The 52,000-square-foot building will have 120 beds with a "high percentage" of private rooms, Lefkovitz said. Much of its clientele will be people who need an array of rehabilitation services, he said.
Bright Oaks Group is also building a facility in Aurora slated to open by the end of the year, and has one in the works in Wood Dale as part of plans to build 20 facilities throughout the Midwest.