Team Members At Monarch Landing Braved the “Snowpocalypse”

By Jim Nelson | February 1, 2024

The weather outside isn’t so frightful currently, but it wasn’t long ago that the USA was engulfed in some truly frightening conditions. Travel delays, freeway closures, windchill factors of a million below 0° gripped the nation for a few days — okay, that last one might be a wee bit of hyperbole, but even an NFL playoff game was postponed for a day due to the weather, and you know it’s cold if that happens.

Monarch Landing
Monarch Landing Plant Manager Fernando Aponte (left) and Security Manager Adam Rudy

But neither the freezing temps, nor rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail could keep the staff at Monarch Landing in Naperville, Illinois, from serving the residents in their community roughly 33 miles southwest of Chicago. The residents were able to stay warm, cozy, occupied, and well fed inside the life-plan community thanks to the staff. And the staff was well cared for, too.

“Monarch Landing management and staff always take good care of us,” said resident Pati Saulig. “That remained the case during the recent ‘snowmageddon.’ We were warm, fed, and as busy as we wanted to be. In addition, we were thankful we didn’t have to worry about clearing snow, chipping ice or thawing frozen pipes.”

Even as the staff was taking care of the residents, leadership at Monarch Landing was taking care of its team members by arranging meals and overnight accommodations for staffers in guest apartments at the senior living community.

“The employees really stepped up to the plate, as always, to ensure that we were fully staffed and running smoothly,” Executive Director Mark Trnka said in a press release. “We are really grateful for and appreciative of our team.”

All the situations you might expect to have happened in the upper Midwest during a life-threatening storm were reported in the Naperville area, including but not limited to dangerous icy conditions, treacherous roads, a shortage of plows to clear those roads, and, naturally, burst water pipes. But everyone at Monarch Landing came through safe and sound.

“As is usually the case,” said resident Saulig, “life was all good at Monarch Landing!”


Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson is the Editor at Senior Living News, an online trade publication featuring curated news and exclusive feature stories on changes, trends, and thought leaders in the senior living industry. He has been a writer and editor for 30+ years, including several years as an editor and managing editor. Jim covers the senior living sector for SeniorLivingNews.com, distributes its e-newsletter, and moderates panel discussions for the company’s HEALTHTAC events.

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