“The First in Illinois” – Residential-Model Care at Victorian Village

HOMER GLEN, ILL. (December 6, 2012)  – “We’re proud to be the first in Illinois to gain approval from the state to offer skilled nursing care in a new type of setting,” says Ray Hemphill, Executive Vice President of Project Development for Providence Life Services. Providence Life Services has been in the business of providing skilled nursing care and other senior services for more than 50 years. At Victorian Village, their community in Homer Glen, Illinois, they have offered Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Support services since 1999. Now they will add skilled nursing and rehab services in what will be known as the Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center.

Known as the “small house” concept in other parts of the country, the new model combines professional care with a home-like setting. The Health & Wellness Center will comprise three new buildings added to the 18-acre Victorian Village campus — a two-story home that will house up to 30 people who need rehab, and two smaller homes that will each house 10 people who require skilled nursing care and/or memory support.

The design of each living structure includes a large community room and open kitchen, surrounded by private bedrooms. The smaller setting looks and feels like a home, and the programming allows for freedom from institutional schedules. Residents live, sleep, eat, and visit as they choose. Meals are prepared in the open kitchen and served at a large, well-set table where staff, residents, and families eat and socialize together.

“Naturally, we are excited to be the first in the state to offer this type of setting,” said Community Manager Rick Molenhouse in a letter to Victorian Village residents. “Even more, though, we are thrilled to be able to deliver a full range of care on our beautiful campus.”

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center will be held on December 6, 2012, at 9:00am. Representatives from Providence Life Services and the Homer Glen community will be attending, and the public is invited as well.

Victorian Village is located at 12600 Renaissance Circle in Homer Glen, Illinois. Call (708) 301-0800 for more information.

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