2012 Annual Report

Worthy of His Calling Providence Life Services works hard to be worthy of the calling God placed on us decades ago. Each year’s Annual Report is our effort to share — in words and in numbers — the results of our efforts throughout the course of a year. View and download a consolidated version of the 2012 Annual Report which includes financial information, our list of Providence leaders, donors, and special highlights. 2012 Annual Report

“The First in Illinois” – Residential-Model Care at Victorian Village

HOMER GLEN, ILL. (December 6, 2012)  – “We’re proud to be the first in Illinois to gain approval from the state to offer skilled nursing care in a new type of setting,” says Ray Hemphill, Executive Vice President of Project Development for Providence Life Services. Providence Life Services has been in the business of providing skilled nursing care and other senior services for more than 50 years. At Victorian Village, their community in Homer Glen, Illinois, they have offered Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Support services since 1999. Now they will add skilled nursing and rehab services in what will be known as the Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center. Known as the “small house” concept in other parts of the country, the new model combines professional care with a home-like setting. The Health & Wellness Center will comprise three new buildings added to the 18-acre Victorian Village campus — a two-story home that will house up to 30 people who need rehab, and two smaller homes that will each house 10 people who require skilled nursing care and/or memory support. The design of each living structure includes a large community room and open kitchen, surrounded by private bedrooms. […]

12 Gift Ideas for
Your Parents and Grandparents

Are you searching for just the right gift for your parents, grandparents, or other senior relatives? Even though they might be at a stage in life where they don’t really need any material goods, being able to bless our loved ones with a gift is a blessing to us. It’s fun to give! So listed below are 12 gift ideas in a range of prices that can be an ongoing blessing to both giver and receiver: 1. Large-print versions of books they would enjoy. Or even a Kindle or iPad, which allows readers to enlarge the size of the text they’re reading on-screen. 2. DVDs of family movies you’ve made throughout the year. Your elder might be computer-confident enough to navigate YouTube, but sometimes a DVD is simply easier to use and share with friends. 3. A night out. Even when the food at a retirement community is excellent — our chef at Village Woods, for example, is a gold-medal champion! — a change of scenery, menu, and dining company can be a treat. 4. Extravagances they might not buy for themselves. Sure, maybe Dad doesn’t need cologne at this stage in his life, but is there a brand he […]

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a good day to spend expressing gratitude to God — but I also want to make sure I express my gratitude to you. There are three thank-yous in particular I want to say, and the Providence Blog gives me a good forum for doing that: 1. Thank you, Providence staff. In all Providence communities, we are blessed with staff who genuinely care about the work they do. And it’s not only the direct care staff — it’s maintenance workers, receptionists, servers in the dining rooms, people in the business office, everyone. In fact, we had a special day last week to celebrate our frontline workers, and I was impressed again with the genuine dedication of all these staff. That means a lot to me. Thank you, Providence staff. 2. Thank you, Providence residents. The opportunities I have to interact with our communities make me mindful of the really wonderful clients and residents we serve. I am often impressed by how much they care for each other, transforming each building into a genuine community. And I benefit from their wisdom, their humor, their Christian example. Thank you, Providence residents. 3. Thank you, Providence community. More than 50 years ago, […]

Memories of World War II

Veterans Day is an appropriate time to honor the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces and fought for liberty. But to get a sense of what liberty can mean, it’s also helpful to hear from civilians who lived through times when liberty was threatened. Rose Tieman is a resident at Royal Park Place, a Providence Life Services community in Zeeland. Here she shares her memories of the World War II invasion of the Netherlands. We post them this month to honor our seniors who are part of the World War II generation, and to honor the history they represent. Hunger Winter: the Dutch famine of 1944 In the fall of 1944, the Hongerwinter started. The Germans were planning to starve the Dutch to death — slowly though, so there wouldn’t be any rioting. We got coupons for a half a loaf of bread per person per week — which is one slice a day. We could not live on one slice of bread and had to find other food. Once we bought some sausage made from cat meat. It didn’t taste very good. And my sister went begging at the big slaughterhouse for animal by-product. And sometimes […]