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 […]

An Emerald Meadows Testimonial: “You’re not going to find better memory care.”

When Colleen Treece was first diagnosed with dementia, her daughter Sue thought the family could deal with it on their own. “We moved in with her,” Sue says, “because our first wish was to keep Mom with us. But as her dementia progressed, it became clear that we needed to find a community where she could be safe and have a Memory Care program that could keep her mind stimulated.” They looked at several communities, but Sue knew Emerald Meadows was the right fit. “We liked Emerald Meadows because it was small,” Sue says. “She needed something small, where she wouldn’t be overwhelmed.” Colleen moved in and soon settled into a place that welcomed her with open arms. Sue feels that, while the community is small enough to afford Colleen a great deal of individual attention, it’s also large enough to be comfortable. “Mom gets lots of visitors,” Sue says. “Her room is big, and there are other spacious areas where people can visit. There’s plenty of room. I can walk Mom around and take her to the courtyard. They have their own common area back there.” But for Sue, it’s about more than the amenities. “She’s developed relationships here,” […]

Film, volunteerism evident in Park Place resident’s life

A young boy from Monroe, Ga., began his life with the film industry by tearing tickets at a theater in town. Part of his job included climbing the outside stairs that led to the balcony, where he collected tickets from people of African-American descent so they could enter a segregated section of the theater to watch the movie—a memory that stayed with him throughout his life of civil rights activism. His passion for film and for advocating for the marginalized have converged many times throughout the Rev. James M. Wall’s varied and illustrious life, a life that is in its 9th decade, but which is still characterized by service and volunteerism. Early Years in Film Please don’t ask Jim to name his favorite movie. “I can’t really do justice to that question,” he says with a smile. “A favorite film, or a film I’d watch over and over again, or a film I would take with me to a desert island, or a film that impacted me most? It’s a broad question with a variety of answers, depending on meaning.” Jim has always appreciated movies as entertainment, but he learned to appreciate film as an art form while in graduate […]

Providence Hospice volunteer gives back to community

“You meet her once and she’s your friend for life,” Joan Dornan says of Renee Sierra. Renee is a Providence Hospice volunteer that has been visiting Joan for about a year at Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John. Joan is just one of several patients that Renee has visited through the Providence Hospice volunteer program. Renee was inspired to begin volunteering with Providence Hospice in 2018 after her own mother needed hospice care. “I saw what a wonderful job they did with her and I just thought it was a beautiful thing,” she says. She saw that hospice care wasn’t just about the end of a life. “It’s about loving a person, showing them respect and dignity,” Renee says. “I was just impressed with everybody’s role, from the person who came to clean her up to the person who checked on us.” When Renee’s husband came across a volunteer opportunity with Providence Hospice, Renee began applying immediately, despite having some reservations. “I’m basically a shy person, and it was really hard at first,” she says. “But I’m comfortable now, and I plan on doing this forever.” “I plan on doing this forever.”–Providence Hospice volunteer Renee Sierra What […]

A Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John Testimonial: “This is a breath of fresh air”

Gail Larson has extensive experience choosing skilled nursing care for her loved ones, as she’d had to find care for both her mother and mother-in-law. So when it came time to help her husband Dean find the best rehab after a double knee replacement, she remembered Park Place. “I’d seen some ads when it first opened, and I’d heard good things,” Gail says, “and Dean’s surgeon highly recommended it.” Gail and Dean toured several facilities, some much closer to home, but when they saw Park Place, they knew it was the right fit. “The staff is incredibly friendly,” Dean says. “This is a breath of fresh air.” Dean, whose serves as Vice-Chairman on the governing board of Shriner’s Hospital, knows his way around health care, and feels Park Place should be at the top of the list. “You’ve got a winning combo,” he says. “I love the staff, and the nursing is second to none.” Gail agrees. “His surgeon told us that the nursing care here is superior. And they offer therapy 6 times a week—most places don’t offer therapy on weekends.” Dean is growing stronger, but appreciates all the help he is getting during the recovery. “It doesn’t matter […]