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 […]

Providence Celebrates
National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week Since 1974, National Volunteer Week has been celebrated in April, and this year it falls on the week of April 15. President Obama recognized American volunteers in his 2011 Presidential Proclamation, and he encouraged people to “discover their own power to make a difference” by getting involved in volunteer opportunities. Providence Life Services appreciates that message! We depend on hundreds of good people who donate thousands of hours each year. They make a big difference through small acts of kindness. Volunteer Opportunities If you are involved in caring for a parent, you might be overwhelmed by the thought of volunteering. And that’s ok. If you are not in a “season” of volunteering right now, don’t feel guilty about allowing others to fill in! But if your caregiving role involves spending hours at the bedside of an aging parent in a skilled nursing center, you might find it refreshing to volunteer to help others while you’re there. Many Providence communities have been blessed by the service of a visiting daughter who helps wheel residents to the dining room for supper, or a grandson who calls bingo for a room full of grandpas and grandmas, or a son who combs […]

The Food is Good

This is not your father’s healthcare food. Or maybe it is — if your father lives at Village Woods, the Providence Life Services community in Crete, Illinois. Kevin Risner is the Executive Chef there, and he won the gold medal at the AHF Chicago-Midwest Chapter’s Culinary Challenge. The Challenge took place last fall, but March is National Nutrition Month, so it’s a good time to mention it again. AHF (Association for Healthcare Foodservice) is on a mission to eliminate the stigma of “hospital food.” Member organizations like Providence use self-operated foodservice, as opposed to contracting or outsourcing dining services to an outside management group. “Keeping dining in-house,” says Mark Trnka, “allows greater creativity and flexibility, which leads to higher customer satisfaction.” Mark is the Vice President of Support Services at Providence Life Services. He supervises Kevin as well as chefs at eight other Providence communities in Illinois and Michigan. “In the end, we want our residents to get the nutrition they need, and we want them to look forward to mealtimes!” Making dining enjoyable When the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of AHF invited member organizations to participate in a culinary competition, Mark forwarded the invitation to his chefs and asked who would be interested […]