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FAQs

● What is Medicare?

Medicare is a health insurance program for persons 65 years and older.  Medicare does not cover all expenses, and it's designed for hospital,  skilled nursing home care up to 100 days, and hospice care.  There are very specific guidelines to qualify for coverage so please talk with the Meadows Social Services staff to make sure you qualify.

● What is Medicaid?

The Medicaid program is administrated through the Department of Public Health.  To qualify for Medicaid, a person’s income and savings must be below a certain limit.  If your spouse is still at home, Medicaid lets you set aside some of your assets. This helps the spouse at home financially and allows the spouse in the nursing home to be eligible for Medicaid sooner.

● What should I look for in a Memory Care Unit?

Ask these questions: Does the unit provide a home-like, social atmosphere? Does the staff provide care that enhances the remaining abilities  and compensates for the inabilities of my loved one? Does the unit emphasize safety while allowing for freedom of movement? Is the unit calm, relaxed, and noise-controlled? Are a variety of interesting activities planned for the residents?

● Who owns Meadows?

Meadows is a not-for-profit corporation that began in 1923. Meadows is supported by many churches and communities in Central Illinois, and 14 Central Illinois Mennonite congregations. Meadows has a Board of Directors consisting of members of Mennonite churches and community leaders. Meadows is regulated by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

● When can I visit?

Meadows has an open visiting time policy, meaning you are welcome to visit your loved one when it is convenient for you. You are welcome to eat meals with your loved one and join in the activities. Meadows has numerous rooms and areas where you can have private meetings. Meadows also has rooms available for family events.

● Can I keep my own physician?

Yes, you can keep your own personal physician; however, this does require a commitment on your physician's part to visit you at the Home when necessary, or a family member to transport you to appointments. Meadows does have a Medical Director who will provide medical services to you.  Please ask Social Services for more information. State law requires new residents to be seen by a physician every month for the first three months, then every two months thereafter for Intermediate Care.

● What are the qualifications for Meadows Independent Living Homes?

Meadows Independent Living homes are designed for people 60 years and older. A person must be able to care for themselves or arrange for care. Meadows provide both indoor and outside maintenance of the homes and grounds including yard work and snow removal. The Homes are for older adults who want to remain active but no longer want to do the work of mowing the grass, shoveling snow, or repairing items in the house. Please visit the page ‘Independent Living’ for more details, or contact our Residential Director to arrange a tour and answer your further questions. We hope to visit with you at Meadows Home.

● What does Mercy Creek have to offer?

Meadows at Mercy Creek offers two lifestyle-enhancing living options: assisted living and the Villas. Our assisted living 
apartment homes offer support services to help you remain independent and active, with additional care available as 
needed. MMRC offers comprehensive nursing care, two memory care units, and a full range of rehabilitation services 
including physical, occupational and speech therapies. The Villas provide the comforts of home without the hassles of 
maintenance and outdoor work.

● Who operates Mercy Creek?

As part of the Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, or MMRC, Meadows at Mercy Creek operates under the same 
Christian principles that have guided MMRC since 1923. Area Mennonite Church members and community leaders comprise 
the Meadows’ board of directors.

● What future plans does Mercy Creek have?

Although we have no specific plans for growth to date, Mercy Creek has 15 acres of land available for expansion. 
We strive to continue the MMRC tradition of caring for Central Illinois’ aging population.

● May I bring my own furniture and decorations?

Absolutely! We encourage you to decorate your apartment or villa in a way that expresses your personality and provides 
comfort. Our apartment homes and villas come equipped with appliances, so just bring your furniture and accessories. 
Our maintenance director will be happy to help you hang pictures and wall hangings. We do have painting and flooring 
guidelines in place, so please check with the marketing director or administrator.

● May I have guests?

You are encouraged to have guests at any time, including meals and special events. Overnight guests are welcome for up 
to seven nights in any one month. You may reserve rooms for special events, and meals can be arranged with our culinary 
director.

● Can I come and go as I like?

Of course, you are free to come and go as you like. Residents in the assisted living program are encouraged to let staff 
know when they leave and return to the community. We don’t need to know where you’re going, but alerting us to your 
absence helps ensure your safety.

● May I have pets?

Small, well-behaved dogs and cats with proper documentation from a veterinarian can live at Mercy Creek. Residents are 
responsible for the care of their pets. For more details, please ask about our pet policies and procedures. Our life enrichment 
coordinator plans activities involving a variety of animals for residents to enjoy.

● May I bring my car?

The villas have attached, two-car garages, and the assisted living has parking spots available for residents and guests. 
Meadows at Mercy Creek provides transportation to doctor’s appointments, shopping and recreational activities.

● Where is Mercy Creek located?

Mercy Creek is located in the northeast corner of Normal, at the corner of Towanda-Barnes and Raab Roads just east of 
Normal Community High School. The Apostolic Christian Church sits at the entrance to Mercy Creek Drive. Meadows at 
Mercy Creek is located in the fastest growing part of McLean County, near Illinois State and Wesleyan Universities and 
other Bloomington-Normal amenities.

● What are services are available with assisted living?

Mercy Creek offers a full range of services designed to help you remain independent and active for a long time. 
The services  include:

  • Three fresh, chef-prepared meals daily
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen services
  • Transportation for appointments and activities
  • 24/7 staff-provided care designed to meet your needs
  • On-site maintenance
  • On- and off-site activities to help you stay involved
  • Continuous security provided by on-site staff and call system
  • Library, bistro, theatre, beauty and barber shop, three activity rooms, private dining room and community living spaces

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Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community:
24588 Church Street Chenoa, IL 61726
Meadows at Mercy Creek:
1501 Mercy Creek Dr, Normal, IL 61761