Tag Archives: Illinois

Active at Any Age at Victorian Village

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (October 2016) — Active Aging Week at Victorian Village wrapped up recently, but residents at the senior living community will still have plenty of opportunities for an active lifestyle. The community’s Active Aging Week included a “Balance Boot Camp” as part of the on-going Senior Fitness program. Exercise opportunities provided by Senior Fitness all year long are helping residents maintain their health and strength, so they can enjoy a more active retirement. Not all the activities at Victorian Village require a regimen of cardio or weight training. There are classes — like the new American Sign Language class attended by several residents – and clubs, like the Knit & Stitch group that recently raised funds to support the Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure. The Life Enrichment Department at Victorian Village also gives residents a chance to get off campus, whether or not they have a car in the parking lot. They take trips to grocery and department stores, as well as field trips to places like the theater, the planetarium, or a forest preserve — all on their brand new bus. One new opportunity coming up for residents is the chance to travel to a local school […]

Victorian Village hosts Illinois Senate Minority Leader Radogno

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (July 2016) — Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-41st District) made a return visit to Victorian Village last week, touring the Health & Wellness Center Small Houses and speaking with interested residents at the Grand Victorian. Her visit sparked a few political discussions among residents, and gave the state senator a chance to see the unique Small Houses in use. Senator Radogno has been to Victorian Village before, when the Homer Glen senior living community was constructing the first Small Houses in the state of Illinois, and when Victorian Village celebrated the opening of those Small Houses at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This visit, she toured the completed buildings, now home to long-term residents and short-term rehab clients. Later, she spoke with residents at the Grand Victorian about budget struggles in Springfield and the redistricting initiative. She noted that she was “acutely aware” that Medicare costs would continue to go up, and that the Illinois government was looking at ways to do things more cost effectively — studying innovative methods, like the Small Houses, to see if they were more cost-effective than traditional models. The senator also answered some questions about whether she’d run for governor (she’s focused on her […]

Victorian Village Small Houses awarded 5-star rating

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (June 2016) — Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center is proud to announce that it has received a five-star overall quality rating — the highest possible rating — from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “I am very pleased with this recognition of the quality service and care that the Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center program provides,” said Dave Tiemersma, Executive Director of Victorian Village. According to CMS.gov, CMS created their Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. The Nursing Home Compare feature of the Medicare website gives each nursing home in the country a rating of between 1 and 5 stars. Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality. More information about the rating system is available on CMS.gov. The rating takes a few different things into account: the result of health inspections, staffing, and quality measures — which includes information on 11 different physical and clinical measures. Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center (VVHWC) received above average ratings in every area considered. The Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center opened in Feb. 2014, the first “Small Houses” in […]

Rep. Breen visits Saratoga Grove, Providence of Downers Grove

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (June 2016) – Illinois State Representative Peter Breen recently stopped by Saratoga Grove and Providence of Downers Grove, speaking with residents and taking a tour of the senior living communities. The tour included Providence’s rehab department, where Breen expressed his amazement that clients were able to recover and return home so quickly. Executive Director Deji Adegoye took the opportunity to explain the close relationships that Providence is building with the area hospitals – a relationship that benefits both Providence and the hospitals, but most importantly, the clients. “It’s important to us that our clients successfully rehab – we work with the managed care organization and with our therapy partner, Marianjoy, to help our clients get back home as soon as possible,” Deji said. After the tour of next-door Saratoga Grove, residents and staff gathered in the library for a reception with the representative. More than 25 residents and staff attended the address, along with the Leading Age Illinois Director of Communications, Jason Speaks, and the representative’s wife, Margie Breen. Rep. Breen spoke about his first year and a half in office, including both his triumphs – such as having several bills submitted – and his struggles with state […]

Park Place veteran remembers D-Day on anniversary

ELMHURST (June 2016) — During World War II, Marion Bell parachuted onto the beaches of Normandy, France, on what would become known as D-Day — June 6, 1944. Seventy-two years later, the veteran and Park Place of Elmhurst resident shared his story and memories of the event with fellow residents and local students from a Timothy Christian High School summer government class. Marion was only 19 when he landed in Normandy as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Their plane was hit and was on fire when they jumped. During his service, he received the purple heart twice, bronze and silver stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. On Monday, June 6, Park Place invited all of the WWII veterans in assisted living to share their memories from their service. Marion was able to show and tell, as he still has the many medals he earned, as well as part of the parachute. WGN was there to cover Marion’s story — click here to see the segment from their news broadcast.   Read more about other residents who experienced WWII: Veterans honored on trip to capital Civilian memories of WWII Park Place residents recall honor flights