First resident arrives at Northwest Indiana “Small House”

Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John is a new kind of nursing home, and Martha Winiarczyk is the first to experience it. ST. JOHN, Ind. (October 4, 2016) — Kathy Jones has been looking out for her Aunt Martha for many years. Martha has no children of her own, and she was confidently independent until recently. After a hospitalization, she was released to rehab, and eventually transferred to a higher level of care in South Holland, Illinois, where she remained for about a year. A retired nurse, Kathy was well-suited to serve as her aunt’s advocate throughout her various admissions, discharges, and transfers. When Kathy’s daughter, who lives in St. John, drove past a new construction site on 231 last year, she noticed that the Park Place St. John sign listed several levels of senior care. She knew it would be more convenient to have Aunt Martha closer to the family, so she called to put her on the list. Then she called her mom to let her know what she’d done. “She told me she figured we could always take her name off the list later if we changed our mind,” says Kathy, “and she was […]

Active at Any Age at Victorian Village

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (October 2016) — Active Aging Week at Victorian Village wrapped up recently, but residents at the senior living community will still have plenty of opportunities for an active lifestyle. The community’s Active Aging Week included a “Balance Boot Camp” as part of the on-going Senior Fitness program. Exercise opportunities provided by Senior Fitness all year long are helping residents maintain their health and strength, so they can enjoy a more active retirement. Not all the activities at Victorian Village require a regimen of cardio or weight training. There are classes — like the new American Sign Language class attended by several residents – and clubs, like the Knit & Stitch group that recently raised funds to support the Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure. The Life Enrichment Department at Victorian Village also gives residents a chance to get off campus, whether or not they have a car in the parking lot. They take trips to grocery and department stores, as well as field trips to places like the theater, the planetarium, or a forest preserve — all on their brand new bus. One new opportunity coming up for residents is the chance to travel to a local school […]

Providence Newsletter:
Torchlight 2016!

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (September 2016) — It’s a Providence tradition to gather once a year to celebrate this ministry we share. That celebration is known as “Torchlight,” and this year’s details are in the current issue of our newsletter. Click the image to view and download a PDF of the September newsletter — the Torchlight issue! And feel free to share it with your friends!

Providence Hospice awarded provisional license in Indiana

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (September 2016) — Providence Hospice was awarded its provisional license by the state of Indiana on Friday, Sept. 16, and is expected to begin serving clients within the next few days. The provisional license is good for 90 days, during which the division will undergo a state survey and a Joint Commission survey. If it goes well, the state survey will result in an official license, while the Joint Commission survey will result in accreditation and a Medicare certification. There are already hospice employees in place, ready to serve Indiana clients — Providence has hired two RNs (a clinical supervisor and a case manager), a medical director, a chaplain and a social worker to be part of the team. The process for obtaining the Indiana license began in the spring. “We started putting the pieces together and laying out a timeline in February,” said Richard Nolden, Vice President of Healthcare Strategy at Providence. “We saw a need for hospice in the area, and in light of the opening of Park Place of St. John, we felt that it would complete our continuum of services offered in Indiana.” Providence at Home will work alongside Park Place of St. John […]

Park Place Small Houses open with ribbon cutting

ST. JOHN, Ind. (August 2016) — The Park Place of St. John Health & Wellness Center celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 23. “I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to see all of your faces here, celebrating this with us today,” Rich Schutt said at the ceremony. “It has been literally decades in the making, and to know that it’s real today is just overwhelming.” Land donors, political representatives, architects, designers, contractors, lenders, pastors, staff, and others were all present for the event. “With great joy, I welcome each one of you to the opening of the Park Place of St. John Health & Wellness Center,” Providence Board Chair Tim Breems said to the crowd. “You represent countless colleagues, family, and friends who have provided and invested all that was required to bring this lovely community to this place on this beautiful day: financial support, time, planning, skilled labor, fine craftsmanship, love, and prayer.” After the ceremony, guests were able to tour each of the three “Small Houses” that make up the Health & Wellness Center. Two of these home-like buildings will offer skilled nursing care to just 10 people each, […]