Providence Celebrates
National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week Since 1974, National Volunteer Week has been celebrated in April, and this year it falls on the week of April 15. President Obama recognized American volunteers in his 2011 Presidential Proclamation, and he encouraged people to “discover their own power to make a difference” by getting involved in volunteer opportunities. Providence Life Services appreciates that message! We depend on hundreds of good people who donate thousands of hours each year. They make a big difference through small acts of kindness. Volunteer Opportunities If you are involved in caring for a parent, you might be overwhelmed by the thought of volunteering. And that’s ok. If you are not in a “season” of volunteering right now, don’t feel guilty about allowing others to fill in! But if your caregiving role involves spending hours at the bedside of an aging parent in a skilled nursing center, you might find it refreshing to volunteer to help others while you’re there. Many Providence communities have been blessed by the service of a visiting daughter who helps wheel residents to the dining room for supper, or a grandson who calls bingo for a room full of grandpas and grandmas, or a son who combs […]

The Food is Good

This is not your father’s healthcare food. Or maybe it is — if your father lives at Village Woods, the Providence Life Services community in Crete, Illinois. Kevin Risner is the Executive Chef there, and he won the gold medal at the AHF Chicago-Midwest Chapter’s Culinary Challenge. The Challenge took place last fall, but March is National Nutrition Month, so it’s a good time to mention it again. AHF (Association for Healthcare Foodservice) is on a mission to eliminate the stigma of “hospital food.” Member organizations like Providence use self-operated foodservice, as opposed to contracting or outsourcing dining services to an outside management group. “Keeping dining in-house,” says Mark Trnka, “allows greater creativity and flexibility, which leads to higher customer satisfaction.” Mark is the Vice President of Support Services at Providence Life Services. He supervises Kevin as well as chefs at eight other Providence communities in Illinois and Michigan. “In the end, we want our residents to get the nutrition they need, and we want them to look forward to mealtimes!” Making dining enjoyable When the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of AHF invited member organizations to participate in a culinary competition, Mark forwarded the invitation to his chefs and asked who would be interested […]

Providence Newsletter:
Park Place opens!

APRIL 2012 — After years of prayer and planning, it is exciting to see new residents moving into our newest community, Park Place of Elmhurst. Read all about it in the April 2012 edition of the Providence newsletter! Newsletter PDF

SAS Architects & Planners to Design “Small House” Eldercare for Victorian Village, Homer Glen, IL

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (March 2012) – SAS Architects & Planners — a full-service firm specializing in senior living, healthcare and commercial use projects — has been retained to design “small house” eldercare housing for Victorian Village, a senior living community in Homer Glen, Ill. SAS will design three residences to be built on the property by the end of 2013. Two single-story residences will house 10 seniors each, while the third, a two-story residence, will house 30 seniors. All residents will have access to skilled nursing services while they enjoy private bedrooms and bathrooms, plus shared common living, kitchen and dining areas. “We’re proud to be among the first senior living communities in Illinois to invest in the ‘small house’ concept — which essentially is a skilled nursing home situated in a residential setting,” said Ray Hemphill, Executive Vice President of Project Development for Providence Life Services, which owns and operates Victorian Village. “Originated by a geriatrician, the ‘small house’ eldercare concept has been operating for about 10 years in other parts of the United States. Residents, family and staff all report high levels of satisfaction with the shared living arrangement.” “Victorian Village will be the latest in more than 120 eldercare […]

Memory Support neighborhood officially opens at Saratoga Grove

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (March 2012) – Approximately 75 people stopped by Saratoga Grove Retirement and Assisted Living Community Thursday afternoon to see the new Willow Woods neighborhood that takes up the entire second floor. The Open House ran from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30pm. Community Manager Tammy Virgili’s excitement was infectious, and she toured people around the remodeled Family Room, the Cypress Café, the Respite Room, and more with the delight of a new homeowner at a housewarming party. In her remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, she called her staff up to the podium and introduced them as “the team that is making it happen.” From caregiving staff who are developing new therapeutic programming designed to stimulate memories; to maintenance workers who quickly cleaned, painted, and prepared rooms for residents who were relocated during the transition; to dining staff who have created a mealtime experience that feeds body and spirit — Tammy is thrilled to be working with such committed people. “I never have to worry about whether or not we’ll be able to deliver the care we promise to our residents,” she says. “I have total confidence in this team; they are that dedicated, that committed to […]