Dementia Care


Created in 1988, Pine Acres was the first skilled nursing facility in the DeKalb area to open a dedicated Alzheimer’s Unit. The Monarch Unit, a 16-bed secured unit is certified by the State of Illinois and was specifically designed for the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory related disorders.

On the Monarch Unit you will find a safe, secure and friendly “community” environment that can meet the needs of most individuals with dementia. The care and management of the unit is delivered by a team of specially trained professionals who are committed to meeting the needs of those they serve. The unit strives to provide a consistent daily schedule that promotes sensory stimulation, enhanced self-esteem and keep those who live there at their highest level of functioning. The staff members who work on the unit utilize the “Best Friends” approach which focuses on developing relationships with each resident to identify their special interest/s, daily routines and needs. The Monarch Unit also places value on the family and/or significant others’ involvement in the resident’s care. Sharing the resident’s life history and needs is a very important part of their care. At Pine Acres, our “community” is our family.

The Monarch Unit provides a broad range of specialized services to include:

  • Consistent, professional staff which includes 24-hour nursing staff
  • A secured “community” environment in a specialized area
  • “Activity-Based Care” programming
  • Nutritional Management
  • Rehabilitation and Restorative programs designed for the special needs of persons with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory related disorders
  • Family education and support

You might ask, “Why should I choose the Monarch Unit at Pine Acres as the place for my family member or loved one?” With a program that has over 20 years of experience, professional, caring staff, a safe and secure environment and positive outcomes for our residents, we think the answer is simple, “Why would you choose any place else?”

Call to schedule a personalized tour and let us show you how we can make a difference in the life of your loved one or someone you may know who has Alzheimer’s or dementia.

For more information about Alzheimer’s or other related memory disorders, visit the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center at www.alzheimers.nia.nih.gov