BY CAROL HICKS
HOOPESTON — Autumn Fields Adult Community, 325 E. Orange St., is now open for business and will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday with the Hoopeston Chamber of Commerce.
The open house will run through Nov. 1, with different events and tours scheduled each day.
The new business will sponsor a food drive for Grant Township Food Cupboard during the week-long promotion and requests non-perishable items be brought for the food cupboard during a visit.
Autumn Fields offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments complete with a living room, kitchenette, a bathroom with a walk-in shower and emergency call systems in each unit. The rooms are unfurnished.
"We want the residents to bring their own furniture to make it feel more like home," said Aly Jackson of Jackson Construction. "Our goal for the new residents is to make this transition as easy as possible."
Presently the community has seven residents with 25 apartments available.
Features include a beautiful courtyard, main and private dining rooms, great room with a fireplace, beauty and barber salon, movie theater and an activity room.
"The use of the theater room will be for residents and their family and friends," Jackson said. “The movies will be chosen by the residents."
Services offered to residents, according to the press release, include professional help in varying degrees with daily activities, such as bathing, medications and dressing. Also offered is a Certified Nursing Assistant on duty 24 hours a day, plus nursing supervision, three meals a day with snacks, weekly cleaning and laundry services, utilities, scheduled transportation to doctors appointments or shopping, and daily activities. Respite care also is available.
"Our current amenities and services are very comprehensive," Jackson said. "However, as the needs of our residents change, we will strive to meet them."
Construction for the 32-unit, 34,000 square foot facility began early in 2012 and was completed this past summer. Fees at Autumn Fields start at $2,500 per month. The owners have plans and infrastructure ready for an additional 46 apartments whenever there is a need for more living space.
Bill Geis is the CEO for Autumn Fields and Jackson Quality Construction, the construction manager for the site. For information, call 283-2222, or visit the website at http://www.autumnfieldshoopeston.com
Schedule of Events
3-6 p.m. — Free refreshments; music by pianist; ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.
Noon-4 p.m. — Cookout; pumpkin decorating contest; WHPO live remote from noon-2 p.m.
Noon-4 p.m. — Movie and Popcorn Day
3-6 p.m. — Health Fair Day; free blood pressure and blood sugar checks; music by local pianist; free ham and bean dinner
3-6 p.m. — Game Day; play a game of bingo and enjoy free refreshments
3-6pm — Trick or Treat Day; bring the kids and grandkids to trick or treat
3-6 p.m. — Music Day; enjoy music by the Hoopeston Area High School Jazz Band, Show/Jazz Choir and local pianist. Warm up with a free chili dinner.