The Emerald Crest Model of care was developed in 1998 by Joe Guertin and Greg Getchell. Each have over 25 years of experience in designing and operating eldercare communities.

Taking all they had learned and the best reliable research, they discovered a simple fact: people with memory challenges fare better in smaller, home-like residences where their dignity, privacy, safety and quality of life can be preserved.

From this, they built their first Emerald Crest home, complimenting the environment with their unique cognitive care program that offered families a refreshing new option as an alternative to nursing home placement or conventional assisted living settings.

In 2010, Emerald Crest was purchased by Augustana Care, a not-for-profit organization that has served older generations and others in need for over 115 years. This allowed even more families the ability to have access to the Emerald Crest model of care.

Since then, the success of this model has been recognized in repeated studies, reviews and by one fact we’re perhaps most proud of: close to 95 percent of respondents said they would recommend Emerald Crest to others.

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We cannot say enough good things about Emerald Crest.  We feel so fortunate to have found such a wonderful home for our mom.. All staff members, from office to maintenance, to aides, to professionals were outstanding, caring and loving.  How wonderful such a great group of people can come together and from such a gracious place, not only for the resident, but also for the extended family.  The BEST!

— Janet, daughter of Emerald Crest resident