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The Fort Armstrong

The Fort Armstrong

1900 Third Ave.
Rock Island

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About The Fort Armstrong

The Fort Armstrong was established as a gorgeous, historic landmark that combines the charm and elegance of the past with the comfort of independent living. Our facility offers a safe, comfortable living combined with easy access to entertainment, home cooked meals, and good friends. We’re confident that you’ll love making “The Fort” your new home! line&para The Fort Armstrong is, and always will be, a grand hotel with that special homelike feeling. In keeping with our history, we provide 12 hours of concierge services to our residents and their families. Our glorious lobby is the center hub of our community—it is the area where residents socialize and people watch while they wait for their dining room seating. Just like in the early 1900s, our lobby has the splendor of chandeliers, beautiful paintings, and original woodwork. Many of our guests remember having Sunday brunches with their families, attending dances in the Grand Ballroom, and meeting their out of town guests here. The local patriots of Rock Island helped build this historical building and the grand reputation. The Fort Armstrong continues to be a viable service for our community. In 2005 Fort Armstrong received certification to provide supportive living services for our 65+ senior population. This allows our residents the security of affordable assisted living with the privacy of independent apartments. line&para You’ll be able to choose from studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartments—all of which offer a variety of city or river views. Each room in Fort Armstrong is enhanced to offer maximum accessibility and ease. You’ll feel completely at home in your own living space, and our highly trained staff is always available to help you in any way you request. The Fort Armstrong can accommodate you wherever you are at and offers a comfortable solution to your lifestyle needs. line&para Each apartment has its own private, full bathroom; independent climate control; free cable connection; and a kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator, and microwave. The unique layout of each apartment has gorgeous views of the Mississippi River or the beautiful Rock Island church steeples.


Fort Armstrong includes all utilities and Mediacom cable services.

Dining Options:

It has always been a trademark of Fort Armstrong to have restaurant style dining. Menu selections are presented by servers at every meal to promote freedom of choice. To compliment the entrées, a full salad bar is available at lunch and dinner and consists of a variety of fresh fruit, salad makings, puddings, and soup of the day. Ruthie Andersen has been the lead cook of the Fort Armstrong Restaurant since 1991 and continues to pamper all our assisted living guests in the same tradition Fort Armstrong founded.

Our dining choices include a minimum of two entrée choices per meal, three meals daily with choice of seating, snack bar with beverages and specialties, daily concierge surprises, full salad bar with soup, and continual service throughout each meal.

Cuisine Committee Meetings—Our senior care residents are actively involved in our monthly cuisine meeting which reviews the next month’s menus with Arnita Hill, our dining room supervisor. After receiving the suggested menu from our registered dietician, Arnita will present it to our committee. At that time, we add and subtract according to the residents’ desires. We also have a wonderful time coming up with specialty signature meal entrées that only Fort Armstrong has and, of course, our desserts are often a topic of praise.

Cleaning Services:

Our weekly housekeeping services include daily trash removal, on call services for those mishaps that occasionally occur, same day service for laundry pickup and delivery, on call bedding services, monitoring of pets, and monitoring our independent laundry service area.


The Fort offers our residents planned social, recreational, and enrichment activities.

Common Areas and Special Features:

Fort Armstrong is committed to offering our residents the best assisted living situation possible. To accomplish this, we include a variety of services that will enable you to live independently; yet still enjoy easy access to the senior care you may need.

Our Wellness Center Program means “Serving with Compassion.” It is the goal of our Senior Care Wellness Program to provide support to family members as we gently encourage our residents to continue their independence and accept our guidance in their medical needs. This eliminates the burden of the family or spouse to point out their loved one’s limitations. When this is accomplished with the emotional support and physical interventions of the staff, it allows families to return to their normal supportive relationships. As our residents continue their aging journey, our nurses will provide support and interventions to allow their freedom of choice and promote dignity through a caring assisted living support system.

Our program includes oversight by a registered nurse; onsite licensed nurses available a minimum of 12 hours daily; 24-hour skilled nursing on call program for oversight and interventions as needed; 24-hour assistance available by certified nursing assistants; 24-hour emergency call system with staff monitoring; nurse coordination of laboratory needs, therapy orders, and doctor appointments; and nursing coordination with hospice services to promote our aging in place philosophy when possible. The program also includes individualized levels of personal care based on each resident’s needs, including but not limited to, assistance with bathing, dressing, continence management, medication reminders, and orientation to our senior living community while promoting security and reassurance through their aging journey.

Fort Armstrong offers a variety of completely free amenities and services to residents. Our facility is designed to offer you an opportunity to maintain and enjoy a warm lifestyle while providing the services that can be difficult to do on your own.

Amenities available at no charge include activities; transportation services; Mediacom cable; home channel for all apartments with daily menus, social calendars, and news events listed; computer with Skype; online banking; printing capabilities; private dining room with full kitchen for social events, bridge clubs, and family gathering; snack bar and hydration station with flavored water, coffee, teas, and hot chocolate in winter months; independent laundry service area available for residents’ use; and outside, secured parking.

In-house fee for services includes beauty and barber shop service; transportation to personal social events, church, or shopping; Medicare Part B therapies; Medicare Part B laboratory services; Medicare Part B podiatry services; pharmaceutical services and monitoring; and we can arrange for special in-house veterinary services.

Fort Armstrong is committed to helping you live a liberated lifestyle while still enjoying the services you need. Our concierge service is an important part of this commitment and includes answering questions regarding our social calendar; assisting with signing residents up for community social events; arranging reservations for our private dining room; making guest meal tickets available and accepting reservations for our hotel sleeping quarters for families; scheduling doctor appointments and transportation for our residents; placing reminders on resident's apartment doors regarding their appointments; monitoring and assisting residents with daily maintenance work orders for apartment needs; assisting all visitors; monitoring residents who leave the building; providing the wellness package that accompanies our residents to their medical appointments; monitoring our emergency call system; coordinating our Project Life Saver Program with the county of Rock Island; directing all phone calls; and monitoring vendor and package deliveries.


Fort Armstrong provides transportation for all scheduled shopping trips, social events, community luncheons, and medical related appointments. We also coordinate the arrangement of transportation for out of town appointments. We provide outside secured parking for our resident's vehicles. Fort Armstrong also provides transportation for a fee to personal social events, church, or shopping.

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