2018 Annual Report

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (February 2019) — From continued expansion in Indiana, to a new service offering called “Providence Solutions” to help anyone navigate the world of aging, Providence Life Services continues to strive to achieve our mission of enhancing the live of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ. Read more about these and other details of our ministry this past year in our 2018 Annual Report. Each year’s Annual Report gives the entire Providence family an opportunity to look back at God’s leadership and look around at the broad expanse of skills, personalities, and locations He has brought together to do His work. We pray you will be blessed as you catch a glimpse of the ministry that has been accomplished in 2018. Click here to download the 2018 Annual Report.        

6 Innovative Smartphone Apps for Seniors

According the Pew Research Center, 4 out of every 10 seniors now own a smartphone, more than double the amount who did so in 2013. As that number continues to grow, developers are creating more and more mobile applications – apps for short – that cater to the unique needs and interests of older adults. Beyond those you may already be familiar with, like Facebook and Skype, there are hundreds of innovative apps that make life easier, provide extra safety and security, and some that are just plain fun. We’ve curated a list of our favorite mobile apps below. Getting Started In a 2015 survey, about a third of older adults said they felt “only a little” or “not at all” confident when using computers, smartphones or other electronic devices. It can be intimidating to ask for help with a new device, but there are plenty of YouTube tutorial videos to help get you started: This video from AppFind is a complete beginners guide to the iPhone 7. The video is nearly 2 hours long, but is broken down into chapters so you can skip ahead, or easily re-watch a segment. This playlist from Tech with Brett features 8 videos […]

Providence Hospice care made a difference: “They came alongside me”

When choosing Providence Hospice care for her mother Helen, Delores Gassmere said the choice was easy. She had trusted Providence to give her mother Helen skilled nursing care, so when Helen’s medical condition advanced, Delores went with the name she trusted and chose Providence Hospice care for Helen during her final days. “Their services were good—I was so impressed with their hospice care,” Delores says. “They cared for my mother like she was family.” Whenever Delores visited her mother, hospice staff updated her on Helen’s condition. “I knew what to expect before I walked in the room,” she says. “They knew I loved my mom and knew I was on my own with her care. So they came alongside and did what they could to help.” When Helen died, Providence Hospice care staff supported Delores and offered comfort. “They didn’t just decide the job was over if my mother died,” she says. “They wanted to make sure I was okay.” Delores recommends Providence Hospice care to anyone looking for compassionate and gracious care for their loved ones. “I would definitely choose Providence Hospice again,” she says. “They took a difficult time and made it a little easier. I think that’s […]

A Park Place Health & Wellness Testimonial: “You really can’t believe it until you see it.”

“I planned for surgery, but needing follow-up rehab took me by surprise,” John says. At 48, he is one of the youngest people to take advantage of the sub-acute rehabilitation offered at Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John. After a back surgery, John’s doctor said he would need therapy before going home. John didn’t have much time to research, but, as a St. John resident, he’d heard about the Skilled Nursing building tucked away near his home. He’d been curious to see what Small House rehab looked like, but he hadn’t expected he’d need it himself. John’s so glad he chose Park Place. “I was reading about it. Everyone said the Small House was a different kind of healthcare building. But you can’t really believe it until you see it,” he says. John enjoyed the cozy, home-like setting, and all the welcoming spots he could sit and spend time with his many visitors. He also appreciated the professionalism and skill of his therapeutic staff. “I’m leaving here with skill sets I haven’t had before,” he says. He’s leaving a little over a week after coming to rehab, a shorter amount of time than the doctors predicted. He’s […]

A Continuum of Care, Just For You!

Many older adults are investing in a CCRC, or a continuum of care retirement community, and for good reason. They want to know that they can move to one campus that can satisfy their changing health care needs, should they arise. Irene finished mowing her lawn, and took a moment to rest in her back yard, wiping sweat from her forehead. She looked at the beautiful yard where her children played growing up, and where her grandchildren now visit. Beyond the yard, she saw her house, a home where she had lived with her husband for 42 years, where she had raised four children. She loved her house and the memories it held for her.  But recently widowed at age 70, she didn’t want to mow her lawn or rake her leaves anymore. She didn’t want to spend her day dusting and sweeping in her four-bedroom house. Her kids had talked to her about downsizing, and Irene decided she was finally ready—but where should she go? Should she move to a condo down the street in an apartment building just for seniors? Or should she move to a senior living community that offered a continuum of care? Irene is one […]