hdr-community-PLS-Blog

Providence Newsletter:
Total Wellness

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (March 2016) — Most people come to Providence when they have physical needs. But at Providence, “wellness” means more than physical health. That’s what this issue of the Providence newsletter is about. Also: “Small House” care celebrates its first anniversary at Victorian Village Construction at Park Place of St. John is on schedule Chef Spotlight Providence supporters

Hallmark of Caring honors Providence employees

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (March 2016) — Each year, we honor outstanding employees in an event called “Hallmark of Caring.” Providence people in various jobs are nominated by their co-workers, our residents, or residents’ families for their efforts throughout the year. This year’s 74 honorees live out our mission to “enhance the lives of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ,” and demonstrate excellence in skill, work ethic, and compassion. Employees will be added to the list below until the event on March 11 — look for updates here and on our Facebook pages. Join us in congratulating the honorees!   Honorees from Park Place of Elmhurst:   Stephanie James, CNA – Skilled Stephanie is extremely compassionate and always has a positive attitude. She makes an extra effort, like coming in early to shampoo a resident’s hair because they cannot extend their head in the shampoo bowl in the salon. She also shows initiative by leading restorative exercises with our residents.     Angela Bianchi, CNA – Skilled “When Angela’s here, you know it’s going to be a good day.” This was said by a client who has a great appreciation for her. That’s because Angela is always cheerful, takes pride in […]

Modeling a new kind of care

Small Houses celebrate first anniversary HOMER GLEN, Ill. (February 2016) — The small houses at Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center mark their first anniversaries this year— the first residents moved in to Hope House on Feb. 2, 2015, and Faith House opened its doors a month later. In their first year of operation, residents and staff alike are adjusting to challenges and enjoying their unique skilled nursing setting. “We’re still learning and growing,” said Deb Brandy, Life Enrichment Director at the Health & Wellness Center. The houses certainly don’t look or operate like the stereotypical nursing home. The architecture features short hallways, private bedrooms, and an open kitchen. That set-up is making it easier for Janina to get out of her wheelchair and use a walker to get around. In one house, magazines lay by the fireplace, a decades-old wedding photo adorns the bookshelf in the library, and CDs are stacked up on the end table in the living room — mostly hymns, except for one album of love songs by Elvis. There’s also an iPad for playing games, videos, and music. Residents can wake up and go to sleep when they want — Hope House residents tend to […]

A love story to remember

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (February 2015) — Bill Gunther can still remember the first time he saw Annemarie. He was an American soldier in Germany; she was a German citizen. He heard about her from his family; they met her while she was visiting relatives in America. He had traveled 20 minutes by train to reach her German hometown, and when he started down the stairs, he spotted her. When he closes his eyes, he can still see that moment. “I can still picture her standing at the bottom of the stairs in the train station,” he said. Today, they have been married nearly 60 years — they tied the knot on July 14, 1956, in Germany. Bill looks at their wedding photo and says, “It feels like yesterday. It’s amazing how time goes by.” After Bill was discharged from the army, they moved back to the US, settled in Addison, Ill., and Bill worked as a chemist for Argonne National Laboratory. They had two children — a girl first, then a boy a year later. They moved to Downers Grove to be closer to Bill’s work, and have lived there ever since. Annemarie struggles to remember these stories. About four years […]

Being a blessing: Volunteer faithfully serves communion to Providence clients

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (January 2016) — At Providence of Palos Heights, Alice Doherty is a blessing. Every week, Alice brings the Eucharist to the Catholic residents and patients at the community. She serves faithfully, visiting more than 20 people each Friday. She also takes turns with other volunteers for Sunday visits, sometimes seeing more than 40 people on those days. Alice is a Eucharistic minister in the Catholic Church. Along with her service at rehab center, she also leads the rosary before morning mass at Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights. The parish — right down the street from the Providence community — “adopts” and cares for Catholic residents at Providence. They not only serve the Eucharist to individual residents, but also hold communion services in the chapel and administer the anointing of the sick. Alice serves as a Minister of Care — along with the Eucharist, she brings residents words of hope and encouragement. “Alice spends time sharing the message that the priest gives at morning Mass; she also prays during her visits,” said Diane Giglio, Life Enrichment Director at Providence of Palos Heights. “She gets to know the clients personally.” These clients are recovering from illnesses, injuries, or surgeries, […]