TINLEY PARK, Ill. (May 2015) — Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The theme also reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. While Providence Life Services provides a full continuum of care to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access services they need to live as independently as possible. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in their communities. Click below to read stories about some of the Providence residents who are engaged and making […]
ZEELAND, Mich. (February 2015) — We have the technology — and now it’s in Michigan. Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Zeeland (Mich.) is now using the AlterG Bionic Leg to help clients get moving again — and it is the first rehab center in the state to have this technology. Providence of Zeeland joins its sister rehab centers, Providence of Palos Heights (Ill.) and Downers Grove (Ill.), in using the new wearable robotic trainer. The Bionic Leg is activated when the patient shifts weight, and it provides support to help patients naturally re-learn how to use an injured limb. Read more about the benefits of the Bionic Leg here.
ST. JOHN, Ind. (February 2015) — Construction crews have started work on Park Place of St. John, the first Providence Life Services community in Indiana, and the first employee for the campus has been hired: Ivan Van Essen has been named Community Relations Director, and his goal is to share information about the complex that will eventually stand on the land. In his new role, Van Essen will be building relationships in St. John and surrounding Northwest Indiana communities, providing information about and generating interest in the new senior living complex. “I like to be of some benefit to other people, to help people,” Van Essen said. “I’m excited to be helping others realize there’s a place for them, a place to make their lives more enjoyable. I certainly think it will meet a big need in St. John.” Van Essen and his wife, Barbara, currently live in St. John, and they have three children and 11 grandchildren who also reside in the St. John area. He comes to Providence Life Services from Crown Point Christian School, where he served 10 years as the development director. His main function was to secure funds for the new and growing school, which […]
PALOS HEIGHTS and DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (January 2015) – We have the technology. The AlterG Bionic Leg and the EarlySense monitoring system — which tracks vital signs through a sensor under a bed’s mattress — are the newest technological advances added to sub-acute rehab care at Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Palos Heights. Providence of Palos Heights is the first rehab center in Illinois to use the EarlySense technology. It will allow continuous, contact-free, overnight monitoring of rehab patients. The center joins Providence of Downers Grove in adding the Bionic Leg, the first wearable robotic trainer, to its rehabilitation program. The Bionic Leg is activated when the patient shifts weight to the affected limb. This helps patients naturally re-learn how to use an injured limb. Providence therapists find that the Bionic Leg helps patients stand stronger, walk more confidently, and recover sooner. It is a powerful rehab tool, particularly following stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and general lower-extremity weakness. “It’s helping patients with sit-to-stand, and giving them feedback on how to shift their weight better — it gives external support, but can be adjusted to allow them to use their own muscles as much as […]
HOMER GLEN, Ill. (October 2014) — Providence Life Services celebrated the upcoming opening of the first Small Houses in the state of Illinois with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday at Victorian Village Health and Wellness Center in Homer Glen. Three new buildings on the Victorian Village campus are designed to house new services: skilled nursing, skilled memory care, and rehabilitation. These services complete the full continuum of care at Victorian Village — the Homer Glen campus has provided townhome living, retirement living, assisted living and memory care over the last 15 years. “Over 15 years ago, on this site, where a large barn stood, who could have imagined that today, a full care community like this would be built?” asked Providence Life Services CEO Richard Schutt. “Our ribbon-cutting opens the final chapter in the development of this campus, with its full service to seniors.” Now that the construction on the new buildings is complete, the next step is approval and licensure from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Residents are expected to begin moving into the houses in January, but Victorian Village is already accepting applications. Officials from the Village of Homer Glen attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and Mayor Jim Daley […]