New Life in Assisted Living — one resident’s experience

Many people find that moving to a retirement or assisted living community gives them new opportunities, new freedoms. They expected “less,” and found more. The transformation can be amazing. What follows is the story of one woman’s experience when she moved in to Royal Atrium Inn, our assisted living community in Zeeland, Michigan: I didn’t know who I was. I had started life as an only daughter. Then I was a sister. Then I was a student, and after high school I became a wife (for 70 years!). Motherhood followed, and grandmother-hood, and great grandmother-hood! For most of my life, my only title was “Mrs.” Then my husband died, and I had to rediscover myself. What was my purpose for living? What are my likes and dislikes? What skills do I have? What activities do I enjoy? My journey of self-discovery began with the road trip from South Carolina to Michigan. I felt like a five-year-old again! The winding road, uphill and down, felt like a roller coaster, and I was delighted. I hadn’t seen a cow or a horse for almost 15 years, but in Michigan they dotted the landscape. The good, black dirt and the beautiful farmland made me […]

A head start on school supplies

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 2012) “We just wanted to do something to give back to staff,” says Megan Tengerstrom. “They work hard, and we appreciate them.” Megan works for Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Palos Heights, and the beginning of a new school year gave her an idea for helping her co-workers. She organized a raffle for staff members with children aged 3-16. The plan was to raffle off a few sets of free school supplies. When more than 70 staff entered the raffle, Megan didn’t want to let any of them down. So she began collecting money to buy as many school supplies as possible, so as many people as possible could win. Not only were her co-workers happy to donate – cash as well as school supplies – but the Medical Directors and other doctors who serve Providence made donations as well. Their generosity, combined with Megan’s savvy shopping, ensured that everyone who entered the raffle was a winner. “Every week I looked in the sale papers to see who had which items on sale for the cheapest,” says Megan. “Staples, Office Depot, Walmart – I hit them all! And sometimes they would have penny sales, so I […]

Park Place of Elmhurst holds Grand Opening Celebration

ELMHURST, Ill. (July 2012) – Park Place of Elmhurst, the $82 million new senior living community, held its grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 27. Pictured are (l. to r.): Board member Norm Aardema, Board member Kurt Nelson, Board Chair Janice DeBoer, Assistant City Manager Mike Kopp, Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni, Board member Arnold Koldenhoven, Board member Cathy Larsen, Park Place Executive Director Don Engelsman, Providence Life Services CEO Rich Schutt and Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce President & CEO John Quigley. “Park Place is a wonderful addition to the City of Elmhurst,” said Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni. “It represents a significant investment in senior living, provides a positive impact and adds another jewel to our community.” Park Place is situated on 12.5 acres and includes 173 maintenance-free independent living apartment homes, 46 assisted living apartments, 20 memory support and 37 skilled nursing suites. Guests were provided tours of the community followed by a ceremony with speakers and acknowledgments. “It’s been amazing to see the number of people step forward and say, ‘This is what the city needed, and Park Place is exactly the lifestyle I want for my retirement,’” said Don Engelsman, executive director at Park Place. The […]

City Officials: New Senior Living Community a “Jewel” and Provides Boost for City of Elmhurst

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (June 2012) – Providence Life Services is holding a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their newest location — Park Place of Elmhurst — on Wednesday, June 27. The $82 million community is drawing widespread praise, including from top city officials. “Park Place is a wonderful addition to the City of Elmhurst,” says Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni. “It represents a significant investment in senior living, provides a positive impact, and adds another jewel to our community.” Park Place is situated on 12.5 acres and includes 173 maintenance-free independent living apartment homes, 46 assisted living apartments, 20 memory support and 37 skilled nursing suites. Media are welcome to join invited guests for tours of the community from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on June 27. The official ceremony, with speakers and acknowledgments, will begin at 5:00pm. “It’s been amazing to see the number of people step forward and say, ‘This is what the city needed, and Park Place is exactly the lifestyle I want for my retirement,’” says Don Engelsman, Executive Director at Park Place. The community offers an array of lifestyle options and levels of care that is unmatched within the confines of the city. The development has already created […]