Providence Newsletter:
New Things in the New Year

FEBRUARY 2013 — The new year holds the promise of new ways of fulfilling our mission. A mission that sets us apart from other senior living providers. The first Providence Newsletter of 2013 takes a look at: A new way of providing skilled nursing care and rehab The benefits of Life Care — for family members, too Affordable luxury in Orland Park, Illinois Click to download and view a PDF of the newsletter today! Download PDF

Winter Nutrition

January is the perfect time to renew your resolve to eat well. Colder temperatures, shorter days, and the holiday celebrations of the previous month challenge our healthy intentions, but the beginning of a new year brings a feeling of new possibilities. A few simple guidelines can help you make healthy choices throughout the winter months: 1. Accessibility Make sure you have fruits and vegetables in stock, so you won’t be tempted by high-calorie snacks. When you’re in the mood to munch, if raisins and baby carrots are the only snacks available, you’re less likely to gain winter pounds. If you are bringing snacks when you visit a Providence community, choose healthy options. 2. Quality Some carbs are better than others. When you choose high-quality carbs from whole grains, sweet potatoes, yams, squash, and pumpkin — rather than candy bars — you are serving yourself loads of nutrients rather than empty calories. Plus, certain healthy foods can help fight allergies! 3. Variety Look for seasonal produce, such as pomegranates, cranberries, purple grapes, and citrus fruit. These can add some interest to your healthy diet. Chefs at all Providence communities are creative experts at preparing meals that are nutritious as well as […]

A New Type of “Nursing Home”

HOMER GLEN, ILL. (January 2013) – No hallways. Perhaps more than any other description, those two words capture the difference between the new Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center and a typical, institutional-style nursing care facility. Small buildings The three new buildings on the Victorian Village campus in Homer Glen, Illinois, follow the model known as a “small house” or “green house” type of setting. The two smaller buildings will each house only 10 people. Each resident will have a private room, and those 10 private rooms will surround a great room where the kitchen, dining room, and living room are located and where community life happens. The third building will be a two-story house with 15 private rooms on each floor. Primarily oriented toward rehabilitation and short-term stays, this building will have space dedicated to therapy. Again, it will feel very much like a home or cottage. Small staff Another key to eliminating the typically institutional feeling: the staff will be “universal” workers. No departments — nursing, maintenance, housekeeping — only family-like professionals who will be able to cook a meal or give medications as needed. Big support Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center is the first residentially modeled […]

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. […]