Many years ago, Birches founder Jim Curto, a native of nearby La Grange and a veteran of hospital and nursing home administration, heard about a then-new idea: assisted living.
Assisted living was progressive. It offered nicer private living spaces in a common home and was flexible to offer individualized support.
After studying assisted living communities around the country, Curto collected the best ideas for The Birches. His plan was to offer a physical setting and an opportunity for older adults to pursue a fulfilling lifestyle (something he now calls a Successful Aging lifestyle) that people couldn’t get elsewhere.
In 1999, he opened The Birches. A stand alone, owner-operated assisted living and memory care community in Clarendon Hills. He, members of his family, and Jackie Sander, the executive director, comprise the ownership group.
Curto said he’s reached his goal. “We have a community of elders in rental apartment homes living in a rich network of personalized support, and a loyal, passionate team that provides a culture of growth and opportunity. We couldn’t be happier about how everything has worked out and we look forward to what will come next."
Almost every month, we prepare a one-page letter to our residents and their families to enclose with the invoices we mail. Our intent is to communicate news about what has been going on and about things to come. From special projects to parties and new team members – the topics run the gamut. This is also one way we can recognize our team leaders and others who really make this place ‘run.’
With the pandemic of 2020, we have kept in contact with our residents, team members, and our family members every few days so we have postponed creating monthly letters and posting them here on our website.
When normal operations resumes, we plan to start posting the “Dear Resident and Families” letters here on our website in order to communicate this ‘news’ with other members of our residents’ families and also to give a bit of flavor of “Life at The Birches” to others who may be looking us over and want to learn more about what it is like to be a member of our Birches' community.