Angeline Vogel has known about Providence for a while; her grandmother lived in one of Providence’s communities years ago. But she didn’t know about Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Downers Grove. When it was time to make decisions for her mom Roelina Koenes Senesse’s healthcare, she wanted only the best.
“As a nurse, I know a lot about healthcare, and I pick up on things,” Angeline says. “I wanted her somewhere where they would be attentive to her. I was having trouble finding it, and I wasn’t willing to settle when it comes to my mom’s care.”
Then she heard about Providence in Downers Grove, and she was immediately struck by the kindness of the staff. Once Roelina moved in, the kindness continued, and she discovered so many areas that made Providence special.
“The staff really knows her here,” she says. “They know what she likes and doesn’t like. They have activities she can be a part of, and they have special events. And Angeline and Roelina both appreciated all the little things that make the residents feel comfortable.
“They have a brand-new salon, and a hairdresser does my mom’s hair every week,” Angeline says. “I like the coffee station—that’s really nice. And the grounds are beautiful!”
Recently, Angeline has added Providence Hospice to her care at Downers Grove. She can live at Providence and get the hospice care she needs without transitioning to a new environment. The chaplain came and visited Roelina, which gave her mom peace.
“I knew that I was losing her cognitively,” Angeline says. “I said, ‘Lord, it’s all in your hands.’” Angeline has had comfort watching the hospice staff care for her mother in her last days.
“My mom worked two jobs for quite a bit of her life,” Angeline said. “It wasn’t an easy life. She made time for church—that was her joy. And now that she’s done with that part of her life, she deserves to spend her last days in a place where people will take care of her. She should be comfortable. And she absolutely is here.”
“I’ll always be thankful I found you,” Angeline says. “Finding you was divine providence. It really was.”