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 […]

Erasing the Stigma of Alzheimer’s

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (May 2012) – Dr. Raj Shah is just as concerned with erasing the stigma of Alzheimer’s as he is about finding a cure. As Medical Director of the Rush Memory Clinic, he evaluates and treats people with memory loss, and he also is a principal investigator for clinical trials in Alzheimer’s Disease. But it can be difficult to find people willing to participate in the studies. On Thursday, May 17, Dr. Shah and Barbara Eubeler, Research Study Coordinator, planned a presentation at Saratoga Grove Christian Retirement Community in Downers Grove, Illinois. Saratoga Grove opened a creative new Memory Support program in March, using World War II-era music, creative arts, and physical fitness to stimulate memories and improve quality of life. The Memory Support program includes a regular meetings for family members, in a format that allows them to interact with each other, share experiences, and learn from experts. These meetings typically involve 20 or more family members. When Dr. Shah offered to present at Saratoga Grove, Community Manager Tammy Virgili believed the May 17 Family Night would be the perfect audience for his message. But perhaps because they are already sensitive to the stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease, or because the diagnosis […]