Providence Life Services: Quick Guide to Senior Living Services

Senior living has many different facets and options, which can often be further customized to fit the needs of each individual senior. At Providence, we aim to offer a full spectrum of senior living options in order to enhance the life of each resident. But all these options can be confusing for those with little experience in our field, which includes most of the families that we serve. Below, you can find a brief guide to the different levels of care offered by Providence. Retirement Living Retirement living (also known as independent living) is for seniors who do not need medical care or assistance with activities of daily living. It’s for people who want to enjoy a rich social life and still possess a private apartment or townhome. Our campuses are populated with seniors who are busy volunteering, traveling, staying fit, and enjoying their grandkids. Because retirement living is often on the same campus as many of our other services, residents also have peace of mind that more care is available if they ever need it. “I just love it here! It’s as beautiful to me as my house was. I’m not sorry we moved. In fact, I’m really glad.”–J.A., […]

Memory Care: Questions & Answers Regarding Dementia

At Providence, we assist many families dealing with dementia — and we know that it isn’t an easy road. While the older adult living with dementia has a difficult journey, the family also often feels overwhelmed. Therefore, we strive to be as helpful, compassionate, and supportive as possible. We create and implement the type of active memory care programs our communities that will bring peace of mind to the family and comfort to the resident. But often, people don’t know where to begin in their journey with dementia. Here are just a few questions that come up often during the journey. What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia, but not all dementia is Alzheimer’s. Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms resulting from neuro degenerative diseases — diseases that attack the brain. Dementia is characterized by losses: loss of memory, language, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and visual-spatial abilities (such as the ability to judge the distance and speed of oncoming traffic). Could my loved one have dementia? Different types of dementia present with different symptoms. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most commonly diagnosed dementia, and the subject of the […]

Rehabilitation services help patients at Providence in Palos Heights

“There isn’t an inch of this place I don’t know,” Michael Duffek says, enjoying the beautiful outdoor setting at Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation of Palos Heights. “It’s kind of like a second home to me.” Michael has been a patient in the rehabilitation center eight times. At 74 years old, he’s had a lifetime of surgeries, beginning at seven years old. Michael was born with cerebral palsy, and at an early age decided to look on the positive side of things, which is one reason he was a professional cowboy clown. His smile and outlook on life are contagious to everyone he encounters. “You can get down about things that you don’t like, sure,” Michael says, “but what does it help? Being sad doesn’t make things better. It just makes you more sad.” And that’s one reason he appreciates Providence. “I love the staff. People here, they really want to know you. They like you. And I think that’s why they’re so good at making you get better. They’re excellent.” “This is the best place for me,” Michael says of the rehabilitation he received from Providence. So when Michael knows he needs rehabilitation services, Providence is the only place he […]

Providence Solutions: Your Aging Navigation Network Specialists

Providence Solutions is here to help navigate the sometimes-confusing and overwhelming world of aging. We’ll assist with finding tools and resources, as well as the selections of services, and manyother needs that may arise for families dealing with the aging process. The team will make recommendations based on what is best for the person, focusing on the dignity and self-determination of each client—seniors should make all the decisions they want for as long as they can. We’re here to lend a hand. Support from Providence Solutions Aging is an inevitable process—we’ve been doing it our whole lives. And even when we’ve planned for this road, we still have little surprises along the way. At Providence Solutions, we see aging as a positive process, a time for continued growth, exploration, and even adventures. We want to make sure you know all the opportunities available to you on your journey, allowing you to age with dignity, living life to the fullest! Guidance from Providence Solutions Let Providence Solutions staff act as your guide. Whether you are a retiree, or an adult child looking for some help for mom, we are here for you, navigating the world of senior living. We want to get […]

Centenarians at Providence Communities: 100 Years and Counting

Fifty years ago, only 1 person in every 67,000 reached the century mark and became centenarians. Today, approximately 1 person in 6,000 reaches their 100th birthday. In fact, they are the fastest growing segment of the worldwide population. People in general are living longer. For example, the 2010 census showed a strong increase in the number of people aged 90-94 (up 30.2%) and those aged 95 to 99 (up 29.5%). All of these trends are likely related to the changes in health care, changes as simple as caffeine used to delay Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as sophisticated technology to track vitals, exercise, and diet strategies. The positive aging trends are growing alongside wider and deeper medical needs. The longer people live, their need for care increases. Here at Providence Life Services, we are honored to have 22 centenarians living throughout our various communities, and we’re honored to play even a small role in the life of this unique group of seniors. Wisdom, humor, history, and perseverance are just some of the gifts that these seniors can offer those of use blessed to know them. For example, Margaret Simmons, who is 103, came with her family to the United States after […]