Retirement facility unveils its new digs

RANTOUL — It’s been a complete makeover at Eagle’s View Retirement and Memory Care, a senior citizen living unit.

At an open house/ribbon-cutting ceremony last Wednesday, the public was able to view the changes at the building formerly known as Prairie Village — changes both inside and out.

“They’ve redone every inch of it,” said Amy Sipes, director of marketing. “It definitely looks more modern.”

Exterior work included completely new landscaping, but it was inside that drew the most comments.

“I think everyone that came said how impressed they were by the look of it,” Sipes said. “They thought the apartments were really nice. We got a lot of compliments about the memory-care (facility) looking really homey. Memory care was probably our biggest highlight of the night. It has come along very well.”

It is quite a change from its Air Force days when Faktor Hall was a 1,000-man dormitory.
Eagle’s View presently has 19 memory-care units. Sixteen newly renovated one-bedroom memory-care apartments will become available pending state of Illinois approval.

The supportive-living side includes 97 units, which have also been remodeled.

Eagle’s View is unique in that it accepts Medicaid patients for both its memory-care and supportive-living units.

“That’s a huge deal, especially for memory care,” Sipes said. “There’s not many in the state of Illinois that accept Medicaid.”

Private-pay residents are still accepted, but if a resident’s money runs out, Eagle’s View will begin accepting that person as a Medicaid resident.

Residents have pull cords and push buttons in their rooms, and certified nursing assistants provide a number of services for residents.

The building’s lobby has been completely remodeled, and all the offices that were formerly located in the back of the building have been moved to the front, including offices for the administrator, business director, activity director and director of marketing. The director of nursing’s office is located closer to the memory-care unit. A nurse’s station was added to the front area as well.

“The residents tend to do a lot of activities up here in the front lobby,” Sipes said of the decision to move offices toward the front. “It makes it a better atmosphere. If they need anything, we’re all right here.

“My office and the activity director’s office, we have two doors, one in the front of the lobby and one that we can walk directly into the dining room. We have glass doors we can see out of.”

More than 100 people attended the open house, and many took part in tours of the facility.

Ari Haas is the owner of Eagle’s View, which is managed by Gardent Management.

Sipes said a seniors group that she has hosted for the past few months at Rantoul Public Library will begin meeting at 1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at

Eagle’s View. The next session will be Oct. 17. The group is open to all Rantoul area seniors. Activities will vary from a coffee club to trivia to bingo.

dhinton@rantoulpress.com

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