NorthPointe opened its first residential home in 1992. Since that time, services have expanded to 17 homes and also include intermittent living arrangements.
Fostering independence and a connection to the community for residents is a focus at NorthPointe. CILA home residents are offered a range of experiences from cultural outings, attending park district activities, and church services to visiting local health clubs. Residents are also taught a variety of daily living skills by sharing daily housekeeping responsibilities including gardening and household errands such as grocery shopping and banking.
Thanks to his owners Steven Bourgeois and Ken Pacione, many smiles were shared during our first experience with our four-legged volunteer Doogie, a collie. Along with his owners, Doogie has been trained as a therapy pet. Doogie demonstrates appropriate socialization and an ability to remain calm in tense situations.
Positive interactions with animals have been known to increase mental and physical health, including lowering blood pressure, decreasing anxiety, and reducing loneliness and depression. We plan to offer this experience for residents who want to participate and do not have allergies, fears, or other concerns. And to assure a good experience for all involved, interactions will be structured and supervised.
Healthy eating is an agency-wide initiative at NorthPointe. The importance of healthy eating extends to the CILA homes where residents enjoy planting and caring for their vegetable gardens as much as they enjoy their harvest.
Last year, CILA VP Kristen Hedrick added to the harvest when she gave the homes tomato plants to grow in their gardens. Great weather yielded a bountiful crop of delicious tomatoes and fresh vegetables.
If you are interested in contributing plants or being involved in the care of the gardens, please let us know. Your help and expertise would be greatly appreciated. Please call 847-872-1700 ext.794 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.