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The Homer Glen Village Board on Wednesday approved an expansion to the Marian Village senior living community that can accommodate people who may be suffering from memory loss.
Franciscan Ministries and the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, which operate the complex, plan to add 36 assisted living memory care units and five assisted living apartments to the 80-acre Marian Village campus, 15624 Marian Dr.
The new memory support units will be equipped to house residents who may be suffering from a form of memory impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. There will be suites for couples where a spouse can live with their loved one who has memory loss, said Jessica Basile, the associate vice president of facilities, planning and design for Franciscan Ministries.
Currently, people who need memory support services would have to move to the center’s sister campus, Franciscan Village in Lemont, Basile said.
Basile said the operators have been trying for several years to bring memory care services to Marian Village. The addition at Marian Village allows for current residents to receive the support they need without having to move, she said.
The plan also calls for 24 parking spaces to be added. With the addition, the senior living community, which offers independent and assisted living options, will now have 205 units.
Prior to approval, the Homer Glen Village Board asked Marian Village to host a town hall meeting to explain the construction process to its existing people.
Mayor George Yukich said it was important to the village that those currently living in Marian Village are happy and comfortable with the changes.
According to Marian Village, construction of the addition is likely to start in late summer or early fall and will take between a year and 14 months to complete.
Michelle Mullins is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown.