5 Key Considerations for Selecting an Estate Planning Attorney

You’re ready to hire an estate planning attorney to draft your will, but you’re not sure who to call. You’re in good company! Many people understand the importance of having a will or trust, but they’re stuck because they don’t have an attorney to help them. If you need an estate planning attorney, start by asking for recommendations from the people you know. Do your friends, family or coworkers have a legal advisor they trust? Does your pastor know of a lawyer connected with your church? You can also contact your local bar association or search online using a reputable source like the Christian Legal Society. If you need an estate planning attorney, start by asking for recommendations from the people you know. Once you’ve narrowed your list, these five considerations will help you identify the right estate planning attorney for you. You’ll want someone who understands your goals and shares your general values. If your decisions are guided by your beliefs about stewardship, or if you have charitable intent, make sure your attorney will support your planning decisions, not try to talk you out of them. Expertise. The right attorney is well-versed in the estate planning experience; a significant […]

Saratoga Grove staff make the difference, says resident’s son

Stella Sapolski lived at two other assisted living homes before her son, Richard Armstrong, found the Saratoga Grove staff and the wonderful community. “If I had initially known about Saratoga, I would have moved Mom here first,” he says. Richard loved that it was tucked away in a residential neighborhood, that the inside is well-lit and cheerful, and the competitive cost. But what really sold Richard and Stella on Saratoga Grove was the staff. “The Saratoga Grove staff–Saratoga’s loving and attentive nursing staff and caregivers—the staff here make all the difference. They really do!” he says. “I knew they cared about Mom, and she knew it, too.” During Stella’s stay at Saratoga Grove, she loved the chapel services, the bird aviary, and the outdoor views from her window and the many large picture windows on campus. She also took advantage of many of the activities, from bingo to arts & crafts, and many other social opportunities. Stella recently passed away, but Richard still thinks of Saratoga Grove fondly and recommends it highly. “The Saratoga Grove staff make all the difference–they really do!” “To the wonderful Saratoga Grove staff and loving caregivers at Saratoga Grove, on behalf of my recently deceased […]

Saratoga Grove resident comes for respite and decides to stay

When it became clear that Isabelle Cheffer needed some help at home, she moved in with her daughter Kathie Beran, with no intention of their living arrangement changing. Kathie and her mother had always been close, and who could provide better care than a loving daughter? But when Kathie’s father-in-law became sick, she and her husband had to leave town in a hurry. She found out that Saratoga Grove could provide short-term Respite Care on their campus. What that means is that Isabelle would live in a fully-furnished, private room at the senior community. She’d also be able to take advantage of all the amenities that Saratoga Grove residents had access to: 3 hot meals a day cooked by a talented chef, access to healthcare staff 24/7, activities and outings suited to her lifestyle, and so much more. Kathie and her husband Bob were able to take a worry-free trip to San Diego, knowing Isabelle was in good hands. When they returned, they were surprised to learn that Isabelle wanted to stay at Saratoga Grove. “We brought Mom for a respite stay. The rest is history!” Kathie Beran, daughter of Saratoga Grove resident Isabelle Cheffer “I’d always pictured her with […]

A Providence of Downers Grove Testimonial: “They make sure you’re taken care of.”

Thomas Lacy was on his way to work when another car going 90 miles per hour hit his car. That was the moment that changed his life forever. After a knee replacement and several months of therapy, Tom is going home. While he’ll still need therapy, he credits the expert team at Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Downers Grove for helping him make so much progress. “We worked every day,” Tom says. “Physical and occupational therapy every day. Sometimes it was pretty hard. But it felt good, and I’m getting a lot better.” Right away he noticed a difference in the community. He felt Providence looked and smelled clean, and that the staff really took time to get to know everyone there. “They’re always attentive to checking to see where you’re at and what your needs are. They make sure you’re taken care of.” Even though Tom is much younger than the average patient at Providence, he liked the people he worked with, and he appreciated the people who worked so hard to get him better. “When I’m up and walking around, I would like to come back and say thank you to everybody in here who’s helped me […]

A Saratoga Grove Testimonial: “We feel uplifted here”

Lois Pacholski has lived at Saratoga Grove for over five years. Her daughter Sue Donahue remembers how difficult it was when the family realized her mother needed memory care. “I looked at 10 to 12 other places. They were awful,” Sue says candidly. As a nurse, she understood how important it was to find a place that would attend to all of her mother’s needs, and she felt residential care was the safest place for her, but the search process discouraged her. Then Sue toured Saratoga Grove. “I just loved it,” she says. Sue felt the size was small enough to ensure her mother received the right kind of care, that the bright colors gave the place a warm, positive feeling, and that a private room would help Lois transition to her new home more easily. But she also loved the different philosophy of care that she witnessed from the staff. “I saw that the staff sits and eats with the residents. I just love that,” Sue says. “As a nurse, I know what people need, and the physical needs are just a part of it. They need to know they’re cared for.” And Sue knows her mother has that […]