Photo & Testimonial Contest

Each year, we look forward to the launch of our Photo & Testimonial Contest. We receive hundreds of photos capturing the true essence of what Supportive Living (SL) is all about. We hear stories of what SL means to residents and family members. We see the success of Supportive Living in the photos of friends laughing, sharing special moments, playing games and living a healthy, active life. 

Each entry demonstrates the important role that Supportive Living plays in the lives of Illinois’ seniors and individuals with disabilities, and reinforces what we’ve always known: Supportive Living = Healthy & Happy Living.

Our 2018 theme was "A Colorful Life" and we asked for entries showcasing how seniors and individuals with disabilities are living the Supportive Living lifestyle - a lifestyle filled with happy moments. Whether participating in physical fitness activities or cooking with friends, volunteering, creating art or singing, we wanted to see what SL residents are doing that brings them joy.

2018 Photo Contest Winners

1st Place: “Loving with Granny”
St Francis Woods

2nd Place: “Nice Catch!”
Magnolia Terrace Senior Living

3rd Place: “Feel the Rhythm!”
Alexian Village Elk Grove

2018 Testimonial Contest Winners

1st Place:  Nancy Hall
Heritage Woods of Watseka

"I love living on my own at Heritage Woods, there is so many things to do, plus I have my own apartment. Since moving to Heritage Woods I have been able to use the transportation and go many places on my own or with the activity department, I love the freedom that I have here!"

2nd Place:  Art Lingenfelter
Gateway at River City

I really enjoy living here at Gateway at River City. I am free from isolation and loneliness. When I lived at the nursing home, it felt like no one cared or had time to just talk but here at Gateway I feel like I am family. The Staff and residents are never too busy to talk and now I know how it feels to be loved. I no longer have the fear of being alone and isolated. I have a family I can go on outings with, play cards with or just sit around talking and laughing. Gateway has given me freedom to be me, to love and to be treated as a human being instead of a castaway. I am overwhelmingly happy with my life at Gateway at River City.

3rd Place:  Eva Buis
Heritage Woods of Manteno

Having planned activities has given me the opportunity to share new experiences with people who have the same interests. It is fun to go places that I might not have had a chance to see and gives me something I look forward to doing.

My family is very happy with my new home and the care I am receiving. They feel at ease knowing I am safe, taking my medications on time, eating healthy meals, and making new friends. They enjoy visiting.

This contest would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.


Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
601 W. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

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