A Jacksonville-based organization helping senior citizens live on their own is getting a new home of its own.
The Prairie Council on Aging is moving its operations from the basement of the Jacksonville Municipal Building to 800 West State Street. The 32,000-square-foot building was a medical office that’s being donated by Passavant Area Hospital through its partnership with Memorial Health System.
Nancy Thorsen is the director of the Prairie Council on Aging, which covers five counties. She says the move represents a fresh start and ability to serve clients better.
“In the municipal building, we had to go to the basement, so there was an elevator, a flight of stairs to manipulate. [The new building is] handicap-accessible because it was a doctor’s office, and it also provides a lot of privacy with an interview room,” says Thorsen.
“People come and talk to us about their financial situations their prescription needs and their potential abuse. All of those things should be dealt with in a private way; this allows us to service our customers in a more private way.”
The agency will also be able to better coordinate the ordering and documentation for its nutrition program, which feeds shut-in senior citizens in Morgan, Cass and Scott Counties.
Passavant Hospital President and CEO Doug Rahn said in a statement that the donation of the building is consistent with Memorial Health System’s mission to improve the health of the people and communities it serves.
Thorsen says the hope is for the new location to open in the late summer or early fall. She notes that farmer’s market coupons provided to those who are helped by Prairie Council will be available at the municipal building until the move is complete.