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Providence Life Services: Quick Guide to Senior Living Services

Senior living has many different facets and options, which can often be further customized to fit the needs of each individual senior. At Providence, we aim to offer a full spectrum of senior living options in order to enhance the life of each resident.

But all these options can be confusing for those with little experience in our field, which includes most of the families that we serve. Below, you can find a brief guide to the different levels of care offered by Providence.

Retirement Living

Quick_Guide_blog_Portrait_350x350.pngRetirement living can be vibrant senior living in our Providence communities.

Retirement living (also known as independent living) is for seniors who do not need medical care or assistance with activities of daily living. It’s for people who want to enjoy a rich social life and still possess a private apartment or townhome.

Our campuses are populated with seniors who are busy volunteering, traveling, staying fit, and enjoying their grandkids. Because retirement living is often on the same campus as many of our other services, residents also have peace of mind that more care is available if they ever need it.

“I just love it here! It’s as beautiful to me as my house was. I’m not sorry we moved. In fact, I’m really glad.”–J.A., Retirement Living Resident at Park Place of St. John Senior Living.

Retirement living is available at Park Place of ElmhurstSaratoga GroveVictorian VillageVillage WoodsRoyal Park Place, and Park Place of St. JohnVillage Woods and Victorian Village also offer townhouses as an option for independent seniors.

Assisted Living

Quick_Guide_blog_Portrait_350x3502.pngAssisted living is a senior living option for those who need assistance with activities of daily living.

Assisted Living is senior housing that includes some nursing care and other supportive services. People choose assisted living when they need help with daily activities like getting dressed, bathing, managing their medications, making meals, doing laundry, or other tasks. A move into assisted living requires a healthcare assessment by a professional.

There are many advantages to community living at Providence at all levels, and assisted living is no exception — three prepared meals a day (and friendly people to eat with), entertainment, housekeeping, church services, and medical help.

“After 2 weeks, I feel confident my mother is going to thrive, not just survive. Staff and residents have done an awesome job welcoming mom and making her feel comfortable.”–G.W., daughter of Emerald Meadows senior living resident

Assisted living is available at Village WoodsSaratoga Grove, Park Place Health & Wellness Centers of Elmhurst and St. JohnVictorian VillageEmerald Meadows, and Royal Atrium Inn.

Memory Care

Quick_Guide_blog_Portrait_350x3503.pngMemory Care is a senior living option that provides specialized care for those with dementia.

Our Memory Care programs help residents and families walk through the journey of dementia. The care is based on the latest scientific knowledge and a broad review of industry best practices. But the compassion that marks all our interactions is what really sets Providence memory care apart.

Residents live in secured neighborhooods designed for their safety, but we encourage as much freedom as possible. They visit with each other. They play games, paint, and help deliver mail. We work hard to make connections with them so we can offer activities that are meaningful and purposeful.

“To see my mother thrive in an environment, to be well-cared for, to be happy…I don’t know–it’s priceless. It is truly priceless.” –S.D., daughter of Saratoga Grove Senior Living Memory Care resident.

Memory care is offered at Park Place Health & Wellness Centers of Elmhurst and St. JohnVictorian VillageSaratoga Grove, and Emerald Meadows.

Skilled Nursing

Quick_Guide_blog_Portrait_350x3504.pngResidents in skilled nursing senior living care receive the medical assistance they need.

skilled nursing facility (often called a nursing home) offers the highest level of care outside a hospital. It is for seniors who are unable to care for themselves. Skilled nursing facilities are licensed by the state and inspected at least annually by surveyors from a Department of Public Health. They can also offer a high level of medical care from licensed physicians and registered nurses, including wound care, IV feedings or antibiotics, or physical therapy.

Providence has 5 locations that offer skilled nursing care. Two of them, Victorian Village and Park Place of St. John have “Small Houses” on campus, which have smaller architecture, open kitchen concepts, short hallways, and serve only 10 skilled nursing residents per house.

“Thank you so much for all you did to take care of my father and to keep him comfortable. I appreciate so much the compassionate and loving care provided.” –Daughter of a Providence of Palos Heights Skilled Nursing Care resident

Providence offers skilled nursing care at the Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Downers Grove, Park Place Health & Wellness Centers of Elmhurst and St. John, and Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center.


Quick_Guide_blog_Portrait_350x3505.pngSome Providence senior living communities offer rehab services to assist patients after an illness, injury or surgery.

Subacute rehab is for residents who need short-term care after an injury or illness; it helps patients return to their lives. While residents are receiving therapy services from trusted professionals, they also have all the benefits of a Providence community: meals, activities, and medical professionals.

Providence communities partner with excellent providers for rehabilitation services in each of our locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

“This is a clean, well-run skilled nursing center. My progress is a direct result of their nursing skills and physical therapy.”–R.W., rehab client at Victorian Village

Rehabilitation is offered at Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Centers of Palos Heights and Downers Grove, Park Place Health & Wellness Centers of Elmhurst and St. John, and Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center. At Park Place of St. John and Victorian Village, rehab takes place in a Small House setting.

Home Care

Quick_Guide_blog_Portrait_350x3506.pngHome healthcare is a senior living component available to help seniors in their homes with daily tasks and healthcare needs.

Through Providence at Home, PLS can offer home health care, private duty services, and hospice at a home, at a Providence community, or at another facility. Home care can help residents stay in their homes or remain at their desired level of care for longer.

Medicare-certified home health services include skilled nursing care, chronic care management, patient education, wound care, IV antibiotics, physical therapy, and assistance with social services.

Private duty is for those who just want a little extra help. Services are chosen as needed, and include: help with bathing and dressing, medication reminders, housekeeping or meal preparation, laundry, and errands.

Hospice serves patients in need of end-of-life care. A team of Providence nurses, physicians, therapists, aides, chaplains, dietary experts, and volunteers offer both care and hope.

“I couldn’t have asked for better nurses to take care of my mother. I would request each one of them to come back.”–Daughter of home care client

Providence at Home serves both Illinois and Indiana.

For those trying to navigate the sometimes confusing and overwhelming world of aging services, we also offer a care navigation service in Providence Solutions. Our team of experts can help you see which senior living service is right for you and your loved one, and they will show you the options available.

For more information on services available at home or at our Providence Senior Living communities, you can click here.