OLLI kicked off the month of March with a visit to Heddington Oaks, an elder care facility that replaced county-owned Belwood Nursing Home. Heddington Oaks is located in West Peoria and is a state-of-the-art facility that offers secure housing for 80 Alzheimer’s patients.
Executive Director Matt Nieukirk and the staff at Heddington Oaks were very welcoming as OLLI was greeted upon entering. Matt explained that men and women who live at Heddington Oaks help make decisions about their health plan, diet, daily schedule, and social activities. In addition to experienced, compassionate medical professionals, they have a registered dietician, activities and social services assistants, and over 200 volunteers that also offer compassion and support.
The afternoon concluded with a panel discussion with representatives from the county’s TRIAD program, a safety organization that focuses on reducing crime victimization of seniors. OLLI participants were able to ask a number of questions in regards to local efforts being made to ensure seniors are protected in a number of ways.
We would like to thank Matt Nieukirk, his staff, and members of the TRIAD program for dedicating their time and spending the afternoon with OLLI.