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Bereavement support from licensed counselor volunteer at Providence Hospice

As a professional, Heather Lane is a licensed counselor that works with families in both private practice and non-profit settings. But as a Providence Hospice volunteer, Heather offers the bereavement support that is needed by families who have lost someone they love. And the help she provides is centered on what each person needs, when they need it. She’s been volunteering at Providence Hospice once a week for over a year. “The spiritual realm must have had something to do with it,” Heather says. “I was randomly looking through emails and saw a volunteer opportunity for bereavement support. I filled out a form, got a call from Annette [McClain, Providence Hospice Volunteer Coordinator], and that was it.” Heather loves the work. “It’s a wonderful way to serve people,” she says. “It’s an opportunity for me to give back to the community by donating what I’ve learned.” “It’s really about normalizing the grief experience by offering love, compassion, and kindness,” Heather says of bereavement counseling. That donation is her ear to listen to expressions of grief, her words that validate the feelings of loss, and sometimes even her physical presence to comfort the heartbroken families. She says that instead of the […]

Power of Attorney v. Guardianship: What’s the Difference?

Power of Attorney or Guardianship? What’s the difference, and do I really need to know? The short answer to the second question is YES. Having a Power of Attorney is one of the most important aspects of your aging plan. It can mean the difference between having your wishes honored and having your wishes ignored, or simply unknown. The first question will take some time to unpack, so let’s look at it slowly. But before we begin, keep in mind that the best way to get these questions answered is by consulting a lawyer who specializes in this field. However, we can share some basic information that may help get you started. What is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney (POA) is a document that gives someone the legal authority to make decisions on someone’s behalf. Generally, the POA is written to go into effect only after a person is incapacitated and unable to make his or her own decisions. The person who chooses a POA must have the mental capacity to do so at the time of signing; a POA cannot be chosen for you by someone else once the capacity is gone. Often, people choose two […]

Providence Certified as a Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work Institute has honored Providence Life Services with certification as a Great Place to Work. The certification process considered more than 1,000 employee surveys from across Providence communities and services. Great Place to Work, an independent research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do. Providence Life Services has made a it a priority to provide an employment culture all its own, and leadership is proud that the organization has been recognized for being a great place to work. Recently, in addition to a competitive benefits package, Providence instituted a 3 percent increase for starting wages for several direct care position, an effort to attract the very best employees in a competitive market. These dedicated staff have served on the front line of care, and truly help exemplify the Providence Life Services mission to enhance the lives of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ. “We applaud Providence Life Services for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” […]

Making Connections through Art

Residents at Park Place of Elmhurst are picking up a paintbrush for the first time in years, or perhaps for the first time in their lives, thanks to an innovative watercolor art program that combines creativity and evidence-based practice to improve their well-being and cognition. The group is facilitated by Allison Radcliffe, founder of Cognitive Art Connections. Allison first discovered the positive impact that art can have on the brain when she began volunteering with a similar program through the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado, following her mother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. When she and her family relocated from Denver to Chicago, Allison discovered a need for art programs at places like Park Place of Elmhurst and began offering her expertise. Spending time unleashing their inner creativity is beneficial to all residents, especially those in Park Place’s Gilead Memory Care program. “Our number one goal is to have fun, relax, and just be together,” Allison says. “I’m able to watch people go from an agitated or less focused state to a relaxed state.” Allison recalls one Memory Care resident she works with who used to be an artist in her younger days: “I think it frustrates her that she can’t get […]

Three Percent Starting Wage Increase, Announces Providence Life Services

Providence Life Services recently announced a three percent starting wage increase for healthcare staff, including Nurses, Resident Aides, CNAs; as well as other support staff, including Housekeeping, Laundry, and Dining Services staff. Providence considers it a priority to attract and maintain the most qualified and dedicated staff to serve older adults in our communities. The wage increase is another way Providence Life Services shows their commitment to their employees, as well as to the people they serve. Keeping quality caregivers and top staff is a challenge across the senior living industry. However, staff retention at Providence Life Services communities is well above the industry standard. We also have employees who hold office in top organizations that are committed to staying on top of industry trends and best practices. Our skilled nursing buildings have consistently been awarded 5-star ratings from Medicare.gov and have been ranked among the best nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report. This wage increase, added to our competitive benefits package, will likely add to the number of people who choose to be employed by a Providence Life Services company. Providence Life Services offers Independent Living in apartments and townhomes, as well as Assisted Living, Memory Support, short-term […]