An Inspired Partnership
When The Carrington was originally proposed to the Village of Lincolnwood, according to the community’s executive director, Tom Whitaker, these services were planned in order to provide the utmost peace of mind to community residents and their families. “To my knowledge, it’s a new idea,” says Whitaker. “In Independent Living, we have a nurse who is here full time, but knowing that we have that additional support overnight is great. If there’s an emergency and 911 is called, the on-call paramedics can come right around to the front entrance and use their emergency keys for entry in under a minute.”
“It was a no-brainer,” says Whitaker, who admits to enjoying the benefits of a great partnership with the Village Board, Mayor, and Fire Department. Michael Hansen, Lincolnwood fire chief, agrees with Whitaker and notes that providing mobile integrated health care and emergency services outside of a hospital setting—specifically within an assisted living community—has been a popular topic of discussion recently. Hansen believes Lincolnwood is the first town in the area to station paramedics in assisted living facilities, which, in general, tend to generate a fair number of calls for emergency services. “The sooner we are able to assess you,” says Hansen, “the quicker we can treat you and take you to the appropriate hospitals.”
Station 45—The Operational Details
The Village of Lincolnwood will initially staff Station 45 daily from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. During the other 12 hours of the day, emergency services will be dispatched from the Village’s longstanding station at 6900 N. Lincoln Avenue. Station 45 houses an ambulance, living quarters for two Fire Department paramedics, and is supplied with the latest monitoring and communication equipment.
Hansen noted the station’s personnel will serve The Carrington as well as the nearby Lincolnwood Place, the Lincolnwood Town Center Mall, plus residents and businesses on the Village’s east side, serving over 45 percent of the community. You might enjoy a photo montage of Station 45 from a recent February article in the Lincolnwood Review special section of the Chicago Tribune.
A Unique Offering. A Perfect Fit.
The Carrington Cares philosophy has always focused on providing the utmost sense of security and safety for its residents who call The Carrington home, so family members can have confidence that their loved ones are well-cared for. What better way to help fulfill this promise than a unique E.M.T. emergency services partnership and the presence of Station 45—right on campus—to provide an added layer of overnight support?
The value of safety and security precautions and protocols has never been more profound than over the past 12 months during the COVID-19 pandemic. And The Carrington residents appreciate the dedication of management and staff in providing a safe living environment in which they enjoy incredible peace of mind in the senior lifestyle they want to lead. They have shared their feelings with us. To be more specific, we enlisted the help of residents and their family members to gauge their satisfaction with all aspects of life at The Carrington. When asked: Do team members care about my safety and well-being? The Carrington received a 98% positive response from its residents. One of our recent blogs specifically addresses safety and security at The Carrington and shares even more ways The Carrington puts safety and security first.
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