Chaplains, Pastors Make Difference in Lives of Residents

While not all of our residents ascribe to a particular faith, Providence wants to ensure that every resident has access to a spiritual leader who can comfort them with the Word of God, pray for them, and offer wisdom. Our chaplains and area pastors are active in our communities to meet those needs. Our annual Pastors Masters is one way we can connect with and celebrate the ministry of the pastors who serve our residents. The 24th Annual Pastors Masters was held this past May at Ruffled Feather Golf Club. Providence welcomed 95 golfers from all over Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Attendees enjoyed food, fellowship, and 18 holes of golf. Our chaplains serve on the front lines of our communities and services. Throughout the year, many of our communities host events for their residents’ pastors. Pastors have a meal, meet with their parishioners, and learn more about what we have to offer those seniors in their congregations. Of course, our residents welcome the chance to spend time with the leaders of their churches and to show off their lives in our communities. Read one of our chaplains’ experience here. In addition, our chaplains serve on the front lines of our communities and services. […]

Park Place of St. John Phase 2 Underway

Construction is underway once again at Park Place of St. John, and several people have already placed deposits for apartments in Phase 2, the new wing of the building. The growing retirement community tucked within the Gates of St. John neighborhood is buzzing with anticipation at the new building and new neighbors soon to  join them. Staff are now working with depositors, in the order they signed up, to make reservations. So far, nineteen residents have selected their apartments, complete with their choice of cabinets and countertops. More residents are meeting with staff to make their decisions each week. Those who made their reservation before October 31st had the benefit of a waived community fee, as well as choice of interiors, apartment plans, and garages. Each resident is joining an already full, vibrant community. This past year, residents at Park Place have celebrated Cinco de Mayo, attended Grandparents Day at Crown Point Christian School, hosted Village Woods for a Wii bowling tournament, gone out for dinner, and gathered for a hymn sing. This is the active community that new residents will be welcomed into. Community excitement is growing, too, as Park Place of St. John hosts events to promote the […]

Providence Residents Choose Fairways Townhome for Active Living

Jean and Mike Munley stand outside the back door at their Fairways Townhome. They have several different birdfeeders and plants on their porch and in their yard, as well as a lovely forest view from their kitchen windows. These days, Mike has left the workforce, but Jean’s still working part-time. “When I retire,” Jean says, “my goal is going to be to get up in the morning, have my coffee, and sit out here and just enjoy myself. You can’t beat this view.” Jean and Mike moved to the Fairways at Village Woods from Chicago less than a year ago. A friend of theirs told them about the 55-and-better community, so they came to see for themselves. They knew immediately they wanted to live here. “Some people want to live on the lake here, but we wanted the trees,” Mike says. Beyond the scenic surroundings, the deer that come to their porch, and the comfortable layouts of the Fairways townhomes, residents appreciate numerous advantages and freedom for maintenance-free retirement living. “As we get older,” Jean says, “our kids won’t be running over to cut the grass or shovel the snow.” Townhome living allows residents to care for the interiors of their homes, while […]

Providence Newsletter:
Torchlight 2018 – A Celebration of Service

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (November 2018) — It’s a Providence tradition to gather once a year to celebrate this ministry that we are blessed to share. That celebration is known as “Torchlight,” and this year’s details are in the current issue of our newsletter. Click this link or the image to the right to download a PDF of the November 2018 newsletter to read about: Providence Provides Scholarships to Staff Celebrating service at our Zeeland Communities The Providence Registry Park Place of St. John Phase II Going Strong A Torchlight History What is Home Health Care? Community Testimonial Transition to Home at Village Woods The Value of Christian Care Generous Community …and more! And feel free to share it with your friends!

Health in Numbers: Promoting Socialization for Seniors

Have you noticed your parent or an older loved one becoming more withdrawn and having less socialization as they age? It’s a common scenario; approximately one-third to one-half of the elderly population report feeling social isolation and loneliness. As we age, the social networks that supported us for most of our adult lives –  such as work colleagues, friends from church, even spouses and family members – eventually begin to unravel due to changing life circumstances, relocation, or even death. Lack of regular socialization can have a negative impact on seniors’ physical and mental health. In fact, studies have found that the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. On the flipside, keeping an active and connected social life has been found to delay memory loss and Alzheimer’s in older adults. Cultivating healthy relationships is important for a fulfilling and meaningful life at any age. You can help your loved one live their best life by finding new ways to stay engaged with others: Address Underlying Barriers Begin by understanding what things may be holding mom or dad back from socializing like they used to. Some seniors may be less confident in social situations […]