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Letter: Problems at Essington Place

To the Editor:

The residents of Essington Place, Joliet, have been very upset lately at what’s going on at their retirement home. This is their home, they say, and they pay a great deal in rent to live here.

However, the head corporate management seem to be playing fast and loose with their lives by providing cold, impersonal management skills, and those that are warm, friendly, compassionate and with empathy are consistently removed.

Those who have lived here for at least three to four years and some up to 9 years have seen the changes that are ongoing through the years.

It seems to be that the managers that all the residents love and respect are taken abruptly away from them and in return those that are not fit to be managers are put in their place.

The residents do not feel that this is a corporate institution nor a medical center where impersonal management is the standard in practices, but rather a home for those in their Golden Years. 

The residents prefer to feel that their managers are part of “the family” since this is supposed to be a “community setting” instead of a nursing home where medical needs are more important than compassion and empathy.

Also, transparency is necessary since most of the residents here are able to conduct themselves and have good memory skills.

Therefore, dignity is the upmost in the standard of care for the residents here at Essington Place.

We implore the new corporate owners, regional director and managers to hear our voices because the residents do not want to see their home destroyed.

We wish to retain the present co-manager, Donald Weiland, who has been with the residents for approximately two years, and he is loved by all.


Mary White

Essington Place, Joliet

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