Tag Archives: Rehabilitation

A Park Place Health & Wellness Testimonial: “You really can’t believe it until you see it.”

“I planned for surgery, but needing follow-up rehab took me by surprise,” John says. At 48, he is one of the youngest people to take advantage of the sub-acute rehabilitation offered at Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John. After a back surgery, John’s doctor said he would need therapy before going home. John didn’t have much time to research, but, as a St. John resident, he’d heard about the Skilled Nursing building tucked away near his home. He’d been curious to see what Small House rehab looked like, but he hadn’t expected he’d need it himself. John’s so glad he chose Park Place. “I was reading about it. Everyone said the Small House was a different kind of healthcare building. But you can’t really believe it until you see it,” he says. John enjoyed the cozy, home-like setting, and all the welcoming spots he could sit and spend time with his many visitors. He also appreciated the professionalism and skill of his therapeutic staff. “I’m leaving here with skill sets I haven’t had before,” he says. He’s leaving a little over a week after coming to rehab, a shorter amount of time than the doctors predicted. He’s […]

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 […]

Park Place Small Houses open with ribbon cutting

ST. JOHN, Ind. (August 2016) — The Park Place of St. John Health & Wellness Center celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 23. “I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to see all of your faces here, celebrating this with us today,” Rich Schutt said at the ceremony. “It has been literally decades in the making, and to know that it’s real today is just overwhelming.” Land donors, political representatives, architects, designers, contractors, lenders, pastors, staff, and others were all present for the event. “With great joy, I welcome each one of you to the opening of the Park Place of St. John Health & Wellness Center,” Providence Board Chair Tim Breems said to the crowd. “You represent countless colleagues, family, and friends who have provided and invested all that was required to bring this lovely community to this place on this beautiful day: financial support, time, planning, skilled labor, fine craftsmanship, love, and prayer.” After the ceremony, guests were able to tour each of the three “Small Houses” that make up the Health & Wellness Center. Two of these home-like buildings will offer skilled nursing care to just 10 people each, […]

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 […]