Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Photo: Randy Squires

Homes (CILA) for Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) offers three group homes specifically structured for adults (18 years and older) with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). People with PWS, a complex genetic disorder, always feel hungry and have a continuous, involuntary urge to eat. They may also have other types of developmental disabilities. Most people with PWS require a structured environment and nutritionally balanced meals throughout their lives to maintain their weight and health.

To help residents achieve maximum growth and independence, LSSI:

  • provides residents with structure and supervision 24 hours a day;
  • helps residents to increase their self-sufficiency, add to their independent living skills, develop and maintain relationships, and use resources in the community.

Residents enjoy a structured environment where they:

  • exercise daily;
  • eat nutritionally balanced, filling meals and snacks;
  • work at a sheltered workshop;
  • choose their recreational activities; and
  • visit their families frequently.

LSSI’s Prader-Willi homes meet Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) requirements set by the state of Illinois.

Learn More

847/390-1450 (general information, Des Plaines)
815/288-4108 (Dixon Group Home, Dixon)
630/892-8418 (Fox Hill Group Home, Aurora)
217/323-5367 (Washington Place, Beardstown)

Dixon Group Home, Dixon

  • Community: Dixon Group Home is located two hours west of Chicago in the heart of north central Illinois. It is located in a residential area along the Rock River and within walking distance to banks, schools, theaters, salons and churches. Residents often do their morning or afternoon exercise by walking around the neighborhood. They are employed through the local workshop, operated by Kreider Services, Inc., and often walk to and from work in the company of staff members. Dixon has a beautiful public library, shopping, movies and ongoing community events. The local hospital is also within walking distance, and the home is served by many fine doctors, including those from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Mt. Morris.
  • Gender of clients served: The Dixon Group Home can accommodate male and female residents with Prader-Willi syndrome.
  • Transportation: The home does not have access to public transportation, but staff members accommodate client needs for transportation. We often assist families with providing some transportation for family visits.
  • Age served: Residents must be 18 years and older.

Fox Hill Group Home, Aurora

  • Community: Fox Hill is 10 minutes from Aurora’s downtown and has easy access to the expressway and the Metro station. Fox Hill is located in a residential area with a mall less then two miles away. Clients attend a residential program operated by the Association for Individual Development, which is located within a mile from Fox Hill Group Home. One of the largest hospitals in Aurora is located within a mile, as well.
  • Gender of clients served: Fox Hill serves both men and women with Prader-Willi syndrome.
  • Transportation is available for residents of the home. Clients can use a Pace bus for transportations; a bus stop is located across the street from the group home. Staff members also accommodate clients’ needs for transportation.
  • Age served: Residents must be 18 years and older.

Washington Place, Beardstown

  • Community: Beardstown is located on the Illinois River about an hour’s drive from Springfield, Macomb, Quincy and Jacksonville. Historically, Abraham Lincoln defended Duff Armstrong in the courtroom that is still used as a courtroom today. It is known for the watermelon grown here, as well as corn, soybeans and other produce. While Beardstown is a small town, it has a number of resources available. There is a Wal-Mart and Dollar General, a number of restaurants, two grocery stores and two hotels. There are three clinics, three pharmacies, a physical therapy clinic and a sleep study lab. The many churches in town represent a number of denominations. There is a workshop/day training program in town and another one about a 40-minute drive away.
  • Gender of clients served: Washington Place serves both men and women with Prader-Willi syndrome.
  • Transportation: There is no public transportation available in Beardstown. However, Washington Place transports residents to airport and train station in Springfield, and to the train station in Macomb. Within the community, staff provides transportation to Wal-Mart, workshops, doctor’s appointments, etc.
  • Age served: Residents must be 18 years and older.