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Illinois Independent Living Center and Katharine Manor Apartments

Illinois Independent Living Center and Katharine Manor Apartments

Illinois Independent Living Center (IILC) and Katharine Manor Apartments (KM) is a wheelchair accessible, barrier-free housing alternative to assistive living or a nursing home, because it is designed specifically for people who are physically disabled, mentally alert and able to live independently (see "PA Services Program" below). IILC/KM, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, offers people with long term mobility disabilities freedom to make their own decisions, for their own needs, in their own residences. This housing choice promotes an independent lifestyle through its wheelchair accessible architectural design, optional Personal Attendant (PA) services and convenient access to the community and its opportunities.


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"Wheelchair accessible" and "Barrier-free"

At Katharine Manor Apartments, at least one family member per unit must be physically disabled, mentally alert and able to live independently. Residents can rent or own a 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom unit (upon availability) with these wheelchair accessible and barrier-free features:


Roll-under sink Adjustable counter top Low-level outlet Lower cabinet space 


 Roll-in Shower- Low-level outlet & switch


Front parking lot Back parking lot Garage


Storage units Floor-level storage Electronic entrances/exits Electronic back
Elevators Mailboxes



Personal Attendant (PA) Services Program

To live independently at IILC/KM means that the resident with a disability is either able to physically care for themselves or direct someone else to help with their physical needs. This optional PA Program provides personal attendants to perform ADLs (activities of daily living), i.e., eating, bathing, dressing, and getting in and out of bed.

  • Attendants have no special training other than skills they made need to do transfers and to assist residents with daily living tasks.  
  • Emergency Assistance: At least one Attendant is on duty 24/7 to give emergency assistance to disabled residents any time during the day or night. 
  • A resident may choose to contract with the IILC Manager to utilize these services on a regular basis and scheduled in advance (upon availability).  
  • A resident may also request non-contractual, random assistance (upon availability).  
  • Resident is responsible for his/her own financial responsibilities, not only for the cost of their condo or apartment, but also for their attendant care and daily living.
  • PAs do not provide Custodial care (responsibility for residents' health and physical well being).
Accessibility to Community Opportunities 

IILC/KM was specifically built in this Naperville location because of its proximity and access to various shopping, dining, transportation, health care and employment opportunities The map below shows the generral area between IILC/KM and the Downtown Naperville area (approximately at Washington and Jefferson Streets).

Shopping near IILC/KM:
Asian (and American) grocery store
American grocery store
Drug store and pharmacy
Everything-under-$1 store
Office supply stores/shipping and package delivery business
...and more

Services within several blocks of IILC/KM:
Shipping/package delivery business
Hair salon
Chiropractor/Health & Wellness business
...and more

Entertainment and Dining available near IILC/KM:
Movie Theater in Iroquois Center
Arrowhead Park, approximately 1/3 of a mile away from IILC/KM is a park and picnic area. The picnic area is next to the children's park and has accessible picnic tables. The park area has an accessible port-a-pottie (can you believe that?), a baseball diamond, soccer field and basketball court.

Dining options within several blocks of IILC/KM includes sandwiches, pastries, salads, beef sandwiches, a coffee shop. Eateries: Mexican, Korean, Japanese, and Indian. All these establishments are wheelchair accessible.

Venture out a block or two and have pasta, Italian beef, hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream. All these establishments are wheelchair accessible.

And travel a little further west, including downtown Naperville, and your options widen still for both entertainment and dining (most of these establishments are wheelchair accessible). The shopping and dining are varied and almost endless.

Entertainment in, and near, downtown Naperville includes:
Naperville Riverwalk
Naperville Settlement (much of which is accessible)
North Central College puts on several theater, musical and orchestral performances per year and showcases other attractions, exhibits and speakers.
Sporting events throughout the year are hosted by North Central College, Naperville North High School, Naperville Central High School.
...and more



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