Tag Archives: Rehabilitation

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 […]

Modeling a new kind of care

Small Houses celebrate first anniversary HOMER GLEN, Ill. (February 2016) — The small houses at Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center mark their first anniversaries this year— the first residents moved in to Hope House on Feb. 2, 2015, and Faith House opened its doors a month later. In their first year of operation, residents and staff alike are adjusting to challenges and enjoying their unique skilled nursing setting. “We’re still learning and growing,” said Deb Brandy, Life Enrichment Director at the Health & Wellness Center. The houses certainly don’t look or operate like the stereotypical nursing home. The architecture features short hallways, private bedrooms, and an open kitchen. That set-up is making it easier for Janina to get out of her wheelchair and use a walker to get around. In one house, magazines lay by the fireplace, a decades-old wedding photo adorns the bookshelf in the library, and CDs are stacked up on the end table in the living room — mostly hymns, except for one album of love songs by Elvis. There’s also an iPad for playing games, videos, and music. Residents can wake up and go to sleep when they want — Hope House residents tend to […]

Being a blessing: Volunteer faithfully serves communion to Providence clients

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (January 2016) — At Providence of Palos Heights, Alice Doherty is a blessing. Every week, Alice brings the Eucharist to the Catholic residents and patients at the community. She serves faithfully, visiting more than 20 people each Friday. She also takes turns with other volunteers for Sunday visits, sometimes seeing more than 40 people on those days. Alice is a Eucharistic minister in the Catholic Church. Along with her service at rehab center, she also leads the rosary before morning mass at Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights. The parish — right down the street from the Providence community — “adopts” and cares for Catholic residents at Providence. They not only serve the Eucharist to individual residents, but also hold communion services in the chapel and administer the anointing of the sick. Alice serves as a Minister of Care — along with the Eucharist, she brings residents words of hope and encouragement. “Alice spends time sharing the message that the priest gives at morning Mass; she also prays during her visits,” said Diane Giglio, Life Enrichment Director at Providence of Palos Heights. “She gets to know the clients personally.” These clients are recovering from illnesses, injuries, or surgeries, […]

Trinity volleyball serves at Providence of Palos Heights

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 2015) — The Trinity Christian College women’s volleyball team took an afternoon off the court last week, and instead spent time cleaning and playing BINGO with residents at Providence of Palos Heights. Karliegh Krchmery, a marketing major from Merrionette Park, Ill., and the Trolls’ lone senior, said that the pre-season volunteer works allows the team to have fun and bond while giving back to the community. “As a Christian-based program, we want to get out and do what we can,” she said. “This year, we decided to come here, because it’s also a Christian place and seemed like a good fit.” The women organized books and movies, washed walls and tables in the kitchen, cleaned the patio for an upcoming barbecue, cleaned wheelchairs, and assisted residents for BINGO. “We got in some team bonding, too,” Krchmery said. “We had a lot of fun, and we’ll definitely do it again.” The team has already made plans with Providence Life Enrichment Director Diane Giglio to spend another afternoon volunteering next semester. “They certainly make our job a little easier, with their effort from start to finish,” Giglio said. “I’d like to thank them for the excellent job they […]

Providence of Zeeland attains Gold Seal

ZEELAND, Mich. (June 2015) — Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Zeeland has earned its first Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation from The Joint Commission, demonstrating a commitment to excellence in care. “The Joint Commission is all about quality — quality care and quality outcomes,” said Rick VandenBerg, Providence of Zeeland administrator. “The residents and their families can have an extra level of comfort knowing that the building has gone through extra steps to ensure quality.” An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission holds health facilities to a high standard, going far beyond what is required by the state in all areas of care. The Joint Commission’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program was established in 1966 and today accredits nearly 1,000 organizations offering nursing and rehabilitation services. Providence of Zeeland underwent a rigorous, and completely voluntary, on-site survey to obtain the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation. The survey included evaluations for compliance with standards of care related to advanced rehabilitation services, health care quality, patient and resident safety, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. “This isn’t something that a lot of facilities take on, but I see it as another thing that sets us apart,” VandenBerg […]