Catering to you.
Adapting to change.

Hearthstone is the only continuing care retirement community in McHenry County. We first opened our doors in 1886 and since then we’ve continually adapted to the market’s growing demands.

Today, we offer a variety of living options and services, including our Early Learning Center. Through our full continuum of care, seniors have access to health care, housing, and services which promote optimum health while preserving dignity and respect in a Christian environment.

Our history

In 1886, the Rev. Thomas Arnold was moved by the plight of orphaned children whom he observed on the streets of Chicago. Out of his compassion, he began caring for children in his own home and incorporated in 1888 as the Chicago Industrial Home for Children. In 1891, Rev. Arnold moved his “family” of children to Woodstock, Illinois, and the organization became known as the Woodstock Children’s Home.

In 1903, the leadership of the organization envisioned the creation of a home for the care of the elderly, and founded what would become known as Hearthstone Communities on property adjacent to the Children’s Home.

Today, we continually evaluate the needs and desires of our residents and our community.


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Here you’ll find meaningful work and the opportunity to collaborate with others to make a positive impact every day. Help put the “heart” in Hearthstone!


Individuals and businesses support this historic community each day. Give a financial gift to Hearthstone today!

“What a delightful visit! I am so glad I became reacquainted
with Hearthstone – if you are a reflection of the new administration,
then your residents are lucky indeed!” – Hearthstone visitor