State Rep Jim Durkin Expresses Appreciation for Victorian Village

HOMER GLEN, ILL. (Friday, October 25, 2013) – State Representative Jim Durkin’s visit to the construction site of Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center gave him a firsthand look at the future of senior healthcare. The Center is the first “small house” in Illinois, a model of care that requires a whole new approach to caregiving, schedules, meals, and staffing. In fact, last month, Victorian Village leadership participated in several days of specialized training in how to deliver care in a “small house” setting. As Ray Hemphill, Executive Vice President of Project Development, explained, “This is a new concept, it’s the first one in Illinois, so at every step in the licensure process there was a lot of education that had to happen. We had to explain how we were still upholding regulations — but in new ways.” Two main differences between a small house and a traditional skilled nursing facility are (1) universal workers and (2) the open kitchen. The “universal worker” model trains and empowers staff to perform all the duties of the house except for nursing. So, for example, a small house CNA might help residents get dressed in the morning, then throw a load of laundry […]

Honor Flights at Park Place

“Everyone should serve,” says Fae Gedz matter-of-factly. “Kids today shouldn’t have a choice.” The five other veterans around the table nod and voice their agreement. It’s not that “kids today” are any worse than teens of the 1940s, Wally Sandberg is quick to explain. He remembers that when he was 18 or 19, the approaching war wasn’t any more meaningful to him than today’s news headlines are to today’s high schoolers. The difference is, Wally and his peers were drafted into service, required to enlist — and the resulting experience was formative for them. “It changed my life,” says Wally, who spent three years stateside in the Army Air Force. He doesn’t mean anything dramatic by that; just that serving his country gave him a larger sense of the world, and being forced to change his school and career trajectory gave him a chance to define himself in relation to that larger worldview. Park Place veterans Fae and Wally, along with Robert Engdahl, Bob Van Zandbergen, Tom Meyers, and Len Sytsma, are all World War II veterans who have participated in Honor Flight Chicago. They are also all residents of Park Place of Elmhurst, a Life Care community owned by […]

Appreciating Our Pastors

October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and we took advantage of the occasion to ask Providence residents about their pastors. We put together this video to express appreciation for the work of our own chaplains, as well as the support of pastors from surrounding churches who bless residents of our communities with visits, prayers, and spiritual support. Thank you!

Providence Newsletter:
Torchlight 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013 — This issue of the Providence Newsletter shares details about our annual Torchlight celebration. We will return to the Museum of Science and Industry this year. In addition to after-hours access to many of the exhibits, we will also enjoy lively entertainment from All-American Dueling Pianos! Click the image to view and download a PDF of the newsletter, which also highlights: The benefits of Providence Hospice The spiritual community available through Providence Intergenerational community at Park Place of Elmhurst Download the newsletter PDF

“Rehab at Providence has given me
10 years of my life back”

If you’ve been tolerating pain because you think nothing can be done about it, think again. John Kovas was kind enough to tell us about his life before rehab, as well as the new hope that a good rehab program makes possible: Stories like John’s are repeated every day at Providence communities that offer rehab. Ask Providence how our expert rehab programs can help you get back to your life: Park Place Health & Wellness Center of Elmhurst Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Downers Grove