A Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John Testimonial: “The best of the best!”

When Ron Cantway’s daughter Kristen came to tour the Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John, she came back with a good report. “She said, ‘This is a real good place. The Taj Mahal,’ she called it,” he says. Ron was hospitalized for over month for an infection, then went to another rehab provider, and then back to the hospital for another month. When it was time for his hospital discharge, Ron needed more medical help before he was ready to come home. That’s why Kristen chose Park Place for rehab. “She really made a great choice,” he says. When asked what makes Park Place different from other rehabs, Ron says, “A lot. The size, the people that work here. The smell here is even different. The food is real good. Everything about this place is good, as far as I’m concerned. This is perfect.” Ron has spent most of his time focusing on his health and getting his health back. But he’s also found time to spend at some of the many activities offered at Park Place, and he finds the other patients very friendly. “It’s the atmosphere that brings it out in you, really. It’s a […]

Providence Downers Grove Awarded Gold Seal of Approval

(July 2019) Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Downers Grove was recently granted re-accreditation as a Nursing Care Center from The Joint Commission, earning the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval,® as well as a special certification in Post-Acute Care. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Joint Commission re-accreditation is yet another validation of Providence’s commitment to excellence in care. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission holds health facilities to high performance standards, going far beyond what is required by the state in all areas of care. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation is not mandatory,” explains Megan Tengerstrom, Vice President of Operations. “But Providence of Downers Grove – like all of our Providence skilled nursing facilities – is happy to undergo this voluntary survey. It’s important to us that our residents and families can rest assured that our team has taken extra steps to ensure the highest levels of quality and safety.” The accreditation was received following a rigorous, three-day site review. During the visit, The Joint Commission’s surveyor evaluated Providence’s compliance with nursing standards of care, emergency preparedness, and environment of care in the […]

Hobbies Abound at Providence Senior Communities

Staying active – not only physically, but mentally and socially as well – is an important part of healthy aging. Studies have shown that seniors who stay active and connected live healthier lives. One way to fill this need during retirement is through hobbies, whether indulging in an old favorite or exploring something new. Many seniors find that moving to a retirement community such as Providence helps open up a wide network of friendships and experiences that they may not otherwise have encountered. Take a look at just some of the hobbies that community members partake in at our Providence communities: Exercise Your Body Exercise is a healthy hobby that improves mood, boosts health, and gives social opportunities. 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. Earlier this year, our Victorian Village campus celebrated National Fitness Day with a variety of activities designed to get the blood pumping! And when the weather is nice, residents at Village Woods in Crete have the opportunity to enjoy Water Aerobics in our outdoor pool. Even limited mobility doesn’t need to stop you from enjoying this hobby. […]

A Park Place Health & Wellness Testimonial: “I’m Right Where I Belong”

Ralph Trnka’s room certainly has his personal touch. The theme is nautical, pointing toward Ralph’s love of all things on the water. His wife Judy still lives in their townhouse in Tinley Park, but she visits regularly. It wasn’t an easy decision for Judy to move Ralph to Park Place. “I want to be with him, but I also want what’s best for him,” Judy says. Ralph’s physical needs had become too difficult for Judy to manage on her own at home. And because Ralph’s mind is so mentally fit, he wanted to stay active and involved with those around him. Park Place was the perfect fit for their family. “I don’t want to be a burden to anyone,” Ralph says. “I know that no one would ever feel that way, but I felt that way.” Ralph made the choice to move somewhere where trained, skilled professionals would take care of him. “I feel good about being right where I belong,” Ralph says. “And I am. I’m right where I belong.” Ralph’s daughters live nearby and visit frequently, and they bring their furry friends for visits, too. “Everyone loves when the dogs come by,” Ralph says. “Yes, and Ralph seems […]

Volunteer for Providence Hospice offers respite to families

Jackie Sinwelski became a volunteer for Providence Hospice in 2015. A year later, her husband passed away from cancer. “If I wouldn’t have had that background working in this field, I really don’t think I would’ve survived that,” Jackie says. That background includes a lifelong passion of working with people with memory care issues. “I tell people that I was really blessed to find my calling early,” she says. “At age 16, I got a job as a nurse’s aide in a nursing home, and I never looked back.” Jackie also worked as a CNA and Life Enrichment Assistant in two different Providence communities prior to her work as a volunteer or Providence Hospice. “I’ve been with many people at the moment that they passed,” she said. “It’s incredible the way God prepares you for things you wouldn’t have ever planned for.” Jackie’s work as a volunteer for Providence Hospice includes offering respite services for families of patients. “When you have a loved one that is in hospice, it’s hard to step away from them without knowing someone is going to be right there, focused on that one person,” she says. “So I go into their homes and I give […]