DUPAGE CARE CENTER UPDATE - JANELLE CHADWICK
Janelle Chadwick, Administrator at the DuPage Care Center, announced the Care Center is no
longer on covid outbreak status, but masks are still required as a cautionary measure.
The Care Center is on target for the July 2023 renovation demolition, pending the Health
Facilities Planning & Review Board’s quarterly meeting at the end of June. Ms. Chadwick does
not anticipate any issues with their submission of the Certificate of Need. The groundbreaking
demolition ceremony will be held in July, the exact date to be determined.
Last week the Care Center celebrated Nurse’s Week with several activities throughout the week.
There was great synergy in the group of nurses, which was nice to see after all the stresses
brought on by the pandemic. Chair Schwarze and Vice Chair Garcia joined the activities.
This week is Nursing Home Week, which The Care Center has been celebrating throughout the
month. This week they will celebrate with breakfast on Thursday morning.
COMMUNITY SERVICES UPDATE - MARY KEATING
Mary Keating confirmed Chair Schwarze’s announcement regarding the small nonprofit
application portal being open for 60 days. In addition to the application there will be an email
address on the home page for agencies to ask questions via email. This will give the County staff
a record of who asked what, and what information they were given. Based on the questions
received from the agencies, they may consider a frequently asked question list. Ms. Keating
expressed her appreciation to the Finance team that worked on getting the portal up and running.
Ms. Keating acknowledged the hard work of the Adult Protective Services unit (APS). The unit
was contacted by the Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) to cover the Will County APS cases
during a transition in providers. From April 10 through May 15, DuPage County APS Case
Managers took 28 new cases from Will County in addition to the 67 DuPage County cases. They
also handled 57 pending cases from Will County, for a total of 85 additional cases. Natasha
Belli, the Administrator of Senior Services, negotiated a great contract to take on the additional
cases. ShaTonya Herring, Manager of APS and her staff did an amazing job.
Construction will begin on the Family Center playground soon. Construction should be
completed by August or September. This is an ARPA funded project.
Ms. Keating stated she is on the NACo affordability Task Force. Last week she spent 2 ½ days
with members from 29 other counties. Great information on models of homeownership
throughout the country were shared on subjects including helping families become homeowners,
getting homeowners into distressed areas, and not having accessible housing for county
employees and other residents in areas with high tourism. There were interesting models
presented, depending on the goals of the local community. The report of the Task Force will be
released at the NACo annual conference. On Saturday, July 2nd there will be a two-hour summit
to go over recommendations of the task force. Ms. Keating thanked the County Board members
for giving her the opportunity to participate in the process.