A Royal Atrium Inn Testimonial: “I feel at home here.”

Dennis had spent his life running a successful floral business and involved in ministry. Recently, he decided he might need a little more help as he aged. Read on to hear a Royal Atrium Inn testimonial from Dennis, and why he chose the freedom that comes with assisted living. Dennis Walters has been living at Royal Atrium Inn since Labor Day of 2017, and the decision was one of practicality. “I’m getting older. I felt I’d be needing more help,” he says. Dennis chose Royal Atrium Inn primarily because it was close to his son, but also because he already knew some of the people who lived here. Since moving, however, he has made many new friends. “I’ve met some people who I wouldn’t have otherwise been in contact with, very kind people,” he says. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised.” Dennis, who ran a successful family floral business for many years, also appreciates the attention to detail at Royal Atrium Inn. “I’m been impressed with how organized everyone is,” he says. “I know what’s it’s like to work with many different people who want many different things, and somehow they make things happen here.” Dennis, who still leads Bible studies and works in team ministry, also enjoys the opportunities to […]

Hobbies for seniors are abundant at Providence communities

As people age and become more conscious of ways to preserve health, they often focus on healthy eating and exercise. But another important aspect of healthy living for seniors includes focusing on activities that feed their hearts and minds, as well as expand their social communities. Hobbies for seniors are a great way to feed those needs, and our Providence communities offer a variety of options for all of our community members. Exercise: While many seniors are able to keep up with their favorite fitness exercises, such  as running, swimming, and walking, even limited mobility doesn’t need to stop you from enjoying this hobby. Most of our Providence communities utilize the services of SeniorFit, a company whose specialty is organizing fitness activities for seniors, increasing mobility and building strength (see their web site here). Other communities utilize their own exercise programs, based on the mobility needs of the population served. For instance, Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Palos Heights partners with Trinity Christian College to offer exercise opportunities to their community members. We also offer various exercise groups at our communities, including walking clubs, yoga classes, and so much more. Exercise is a healthy hobby that improves mood, boosts health, and gives […]

A Royal Park Place testimonial: Total happiness

Hal describes his total happiness after moving into Royal Park Place in Zeeland, Michigan. Read on for all the reasons he’s happy: Hal Hively, 79, moved into Royal Park Place a few months ago, and he hasn’t regretted it. “I’m totally happy here,” he says. Hal had been living alone in a condo. “But the truth is,” he says, “I’m not much of a cook. My daughter worried about all the frozen food I was heating up.” He and his daughter discussed senior retirement options, and they toured Royal Park Place. Hal says he liked the facility, but that wasn’t what sold him on living there. “I really liked the people,” he says. Once he moved in, he saw that the friendly people he met touring were consistently kind. “The staff is very good,” he added, specifically mentioning the community manager, the life enrichment director, and the new dining services director as people who do outstanding jobs. “Staff here are so personable,” he said, “and that’s the atmosphere. I get along with everyone who lives here. They’re exceptionally friendly.” Hal also enjoys all the social opportunities at Royal Park Place. “I play cards, Bingo, brain games, Wii bowling, pool—there’s so much to […]

Universal Letter Writing Week and You

Sunday, January 14th, is the first day of Universal Letter Writing Week. Writing letters is a seemingly lost art. Most people still haven’t send thank-you notes for their Christmas gifts. But why write letters when you can send a text or an email? But for seniors, letters can be life-changing. While many seniors have technology skills and take full advantage of social media and the Internet, others do not. Hearing and speech impairment make phone calls difficult. But letters remain an avenue of communication that can be enjoyed by most people, regardless of technological skills or mobility. Even today, as we scroll though emails, deleting most because they don’t really have anything important to say, our heart skips with joy when we see handwritten envelopes addressed to us in our mailboxes. Everyone enjoys a good letter received via good, old-fashioned snail mail. Why not celebrate Universal Letter Writing Week by writing a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life? So put your pen to paper. Write a letter during Universal Letter Writing Week and make a difference. Write that thank-you card to someone, that “I love you” letter to a grandparent, or whatever kind of kindness […]

Seniors and Their Families Learn Valuable Lessons for National Bath Safety Month

January is National Bath Safety Month. This gives seniors an opportunity to learn more about what we can do to take precautions in a frequently visited room. One of the biggest safety risks is the risk of falling. And it turns out, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in your house. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 370 people of all ages have shower- or tub-related accidents every day. In addition, according to a study by the University of Michigan, 1 out of every 3 adults over age 60 have trouble getting in One of the biggest safety risks is the risk of falling. And it turns out, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in your house. and out of the bathtub. (For more statistics on the hazards of the bathroom, read here.) So what can you to celebrate National Bath Safety Month in the life of your loved one? You can help them make their home safer. Here are a few simple, inexpensive ideas. Say goodbye to the bath. There are many advantages and comforts a bath can offer you that a shower just can’t. But baths also offer a set of challenges that are difficult […]