Making Connections through Art

Residents at Park Place of Elmhurst are picking up a paintbrush for the first time in years, or perhaps for the first time in their lives, thanks to an innovative watercolor art program that combines creativity and evidence-based practice to improve their well-being and cognition. The group is facilitated by Allison Radcliffe, founder of Cognitive Art Connections. Allison first discovered the positive impact that art can have on the brain when she began volunteering with a similar program through the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado, following her mother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. When she and her family relocated from Denver to Chicago, Allison discovered a need for art programs at places like Park Place of Elmhurst and began offering her expertise. Spending time unleashing their inner creativity is beneficial to all residents, especially those in Park Place’s Gilead Memory Care program. “Our number one goal is to have fun, relax, and just be together,” Allison says. “I’m able to watch people go from an agitated or less focused state to a relaxed state.” Allison recalls one Memory Care resident she works with who used to be an artist in her younger days: “I think it frustrates her that she can’t get […]

Three Percent Starting Wage Increase, Announces Providence Life Services

Providence Life Services recently announced a three percent starting wage increase for healthcare staff, including Nurses, Resident Aides, CNAs; as well as other support staff, including Housekeeping, Laundry, and Dining Services staff. Providence considers it a priority to attract and maintain the most qualified and dedicated staff to serve older adults in our communities. The wage increase is another way Providence Life Services shows their commitment to their employees, as well as to the people they serve. Keeping quality caregivers and top staff is a challenge across the senior living industry. However, staff retention at Providence Life Services communities is well above the industry standard. We also have employees who hold office in top organizations that are committed to staying on top of industry trends and best practices. Our skilled nursing buildings have consistently been awarded 5-star ratings from and have been ranked among the best nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report. This wage increase, added to our competitive benefits package, will likely add to the number of people who choose to be employed by a Providence Life Services company. Providence Life Services offers Independent Living in apartments and townhomes, as well as Assisted Living, Memory Support, short-term […]

Stroke Prevention for Older Adults

Stroke prevention is important, as statistics show that almost 800,000 people suffer from a stroke every year. Of those strokes, about three quarters of them strike people over the age of 65. While family history plays a part in your risk for stroke, there are things you can do today to lower your risk, and actions you can take when a stroke occurs to lessen the damage. Stroke prevention starts with small changes. For stroke prevention, you can start doing small things today that can make a big difference. For instance, high blood pressure and strokes go hand-in-hand, so monitor your blood pressure regularly, particularly if your family history shows higher risk. An ideal blood pressure is less than 135/85, but even if it achieving that seems impossible, any progress you make is a success. Simply lower your salt intake, increase your exercise, and eat heart-healthy food. Changing your lifestyle may also help you lose weight if needed, another factor that contributes to strokes, so win-win! Getting rid of bad habits increases your stroke prevention success. We’ve already touched on the importance of a health diet and exercise regimen, but other issues contribute to our stroke risk. Quitting smoking is […]

Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors

It’s that time of year, when it seems that everyone seems to come down with a cold, cough, or stomach bug. But an illness that might slow down a healthy adult for a couple of days can be much more serious, even deadly, for an older adult with an already weakened immune system. Here are some prevention tips for seniors – and those who care for them – to help beat the bug this cold and flu season. Get the Flu Shot The flu vaccine is your best defense against influenza. Studies by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have shown that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of getting the flu by 40% to 60%. Even though it’s not a perfect guarantee, it’s still worth hedging your bets, considering how dangerous the flu can be for older adults. Nearly 80 percent of people who die from the flu are age 65 and over – that’s a sobering statistic. That’s why most hospitals and nursing homes, including all Providence Life Services communities, require their employees to be vaccinated. And also why seniors should encourage their family and friends to get the shot, too – not only for their own […]

A Providence at Home Testimonial: “You really know they genuinely care.”

Since Lee Deutsche’s Parkinson’s diagnosis, he and his wife Mary Ann have learned to adjust to new challenges that come their way. Both were used to active lives involved in the political and business communities, but they had to step back and focus on health. The Deutsches chose Providence at Home when they learned that Lee would need home healthcare after his most recent hospital stay. “We didn’t know these people, and we didn’t know what to expect,” Mary Ann says. But they weren’t concerned for long. Lee and Mary Ann praise the professionalism and skill of Providence at Home staff, from the therapists to the home nurse to the CNAs. They noticed improvement right away, and they credit Providence at Home staff. “The advantage to home health and having therapy take place in your home is that you’re practicing in real situations,” Lee says. “You know what you’ll have to do on your own. You’re actually doing those things.” And the service they receive is not only physical, but so much more. “You really know they genuinely care,” Mary Ann says. “Sure, it’s not an easy thing for the families, but it can’t be an easy thing for the […]