Saratoga Grove staff make the difference, says resident’s son

Stella Sapolski lived at two other assisted living homes before her son, Richard Armstrong, found the Saratoga Grove staff and the wonderful community. “If I had initially known about Saratoga, I would have moved Mom here first,” he says. Richard loved that it was tucked away in a residential neighborhood, that the inside is well-lit and cheerful, and the competitive cost. But what really sold Richard and Stella on Saratoga Grove was the staff. “The Saratoga Grove staff–Saratoga’s loving and attentive nursing staff and caregivers—the staff here make all the difference. They really do!” he says. “I knew they cared about Mom, and she knew it, too.” During Stella’s stay at Saratoga Grove, she loved the chapel services, the bird aviary, and the outdoor views from her window and the many large picture windows on campus. She also took advantage of many of the activities, from bingo to arts & crafts, and many other social opportunities. Stella recently passed away, but Richard still thinks of Saratoga Grove fondly and recommends it highly. “The Saratoga Grove staff make all the difference–they really do!” “To the wonderful Saratoga Grove staff and loving caregivers at Saratoga Grove, on behalf of my recently deceased […]

Saratoga Grove resident comes for respite and decides to stay

When it became clear that Isabelle Cheffer needed some help at home, she moved in with her daughter Kathie Beran, with no intention of their living arrangement changing. Kathie and her mother had always been close, and who could provide better care than a loving daughter? But when Kathie’s father-in-law became sick, she and her husband had to leave town in a hurry. She found out that Saratoga Grove could provide short-term Respite Care on their campus. What that means is that Isabelle would live in a fully-furnished, private room at the senior community. She’d also be able to take advantage of all the amenities that Saratoga Grove residents had access to: 3 hot meals a day cooked by a talented chef, access to healthcare staff 24/7, activities and outings suited to her lifestyle, and so much more. Kathie and her husband Bob were able to take a worry-free trip to San Diego, knowing Isabelle was in good hands. When they returned, they were surprised to learn that Isabelle wanted to stay at Saratoga Grove. “We brought Mom for a respite stay. The rest is history!” Kathie Beran, daughter of Saratoga Grove resident Isabelle Cheffer “I’d always pictured her with […]

A Providence of Downers Grove Testimonial: “They make sure you’re taken care of.”

Thomas Lacy was on his way to work when another car going 90 miles per hour hit his car. That was the moment that changed his life forever. After a knee replacement and several months of therapy, Tom is going home. While he’ll still need therapy, he credits the expert team at Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Downers Grove for helping him make so much progress. “We worked every day,” Tom says. “Physical and occupational therapy every day. Sometimes it was pretty hard. But it felt good, and I’m getting a lot better.” Right away he noticed a difference in the community. He felt Providence looked and smelled clean, and that the staff really took time to get to know everyone there. “They’re always attentive to checking to see where you’re at and what your needs are. They make sure you’re taken care of.” Even though Tom is much younger than the average patient at Providence, he liked the people he worked with, and he appreciated the people who worked so hard to get him better. “When I’m up and walking around, I would like to come back and say thank you to everybody in here who’s helped me […]

A Saratoga Grove Testimonial: “We feel uplifted here”

Lois Pacholski has lived at Saratoga Grove for over five years. Her daughter Sue Donahue remembers how difficult it was when the family realized her mother needed memory care. “I looked at 10 to 12 other places. They were awful,” Sue says candidly. As a nurse, she understood how important it was to find a place that would attend to all of her mother’s needs, and she felt residential care was the safest place for her, but the search process discouraged her. Then Sue toured Saratoga Grove. “I just loved it,” she says. Sue felt the size was small enough to ensure her mother received the right kind of care, that the bright colors gave the place a warm, positive feeling, and that a private room would help Lois transition to her new home more easily. But she also loved the different philosophy of care that she witnessed from the staff. “I saw that the staff sits and eats with the residents. I just love that,” Sue says. “As a nurse, I know what people need, and the physical needs are just a part of it. They need to know they’re cared for.” And Sue knows her mother has that […]

An Emerald Meadows Testimonial: “You’re not going to find better memory care.”

When Colleen Treece was first diagnosed with dementia, her daughter Sue thought the family could deal with it on their own. “We moved in with her,” Sue says, “because our first wish was to keep Mom with us. But as her dementia progressed, it became clear that we needed to find a community where she could be safe and have a Memory Care program that could keep her mind stimulated.” They looked at several communities, but Sue knew Emerald Meadows was the right fit. “We liked Emerald Meadows because it was small,” Sue says. “She needed something small, where she wouldn’t be overwhelmed.” Colleen moved in and soon settled into a place that welcomed her with open arms. Sue feels that, while the community is small enough to afford Colleen a great deal of individual attention, it’s also large enough to be comfortable. “Mom gets lots of visitors,” Sue says. “Her room is big, and there are other spacious areas where people can visit. There’s plenty of room. I can walk Mom around and take her to the courtyard. They have their own common area back there.” But for Sue, it’s about more than the amenities. “She’s developed relationships here,” […]