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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 […]

Hallmark of Caring honors Providence employees

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (March 2016) — Each year, we honor outstanding employees in an event called “Hallmark of Caring.” Providence people in various jobs are nominated by their co-workers, our residents, or residents’ families for their efforts throughout the year. This year’s 74 honorees live out our mission to “enhance the lives of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ,” and demonstrate excellence in skill, work ethic, and compassion. Employees will be added to the list below until the event on March 11 — look for updates here and on our Facebook pages. Join us in congratulating the honorees!   Honorees from Park Place of Elmhurst:   Stephanie James, CNA – Skilled Stephanie is extremely compassionate and always has a positive attitude. She makes an extra effort, like coming in early to shampoo a resident’s hair because they cannot extend their head in the shampoo bowl in the salon. She also shows initiative by leading restorative exercises with our residents.     Angela Bianchi, CNA – Skilled “When Angela’s here, you know it’s going to be a good day.” This was said by a client who has a great appreciation for her. That’s because Angela is always cheerful, takes pride in […]

A love story to remember

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (February 2016) — Bill Gunther can still remember the first time he saw Annemarie. He was an American soldier in Germany; she was a German citizen. He heard about her from his family; they met her while she was visiting relatives in America. He had traveled 20 minutes by train to reach her German hometown, and when he started down the stairs, he spotted her. When he closes his eyes, he can still see that moment. “I can still picture her standing at the bottom of the stairs in the train station,” he said. Today, they have been married nearly 60 years — they tied the knot on July 14, 1956, in Germany. Bill looks at their wedding photo and says, “It feels like yesterday. It’s amazing how time goes by.” After Bill was discharged from the army, they moved back to the US, settled in Addison, Ill., and Bill worked as a chemist for Argonne National Laboratory. They had two children — a girl first, then a boy a year later. They moved to Downers Grove to be closer to Bill’s work, and have lived there ever since. Annemarie struggles to remember these stories. About four years […]

Older Americans Month celebrates seniors’ contributions

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 […]

Reading through history

Saratoga Grove resident named Downers Grove Historian of the Year DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (May 2015) — After spending more than three quarters of a century in Downers Grove, John Breen knows a thing or two about his town. The Saratoga Grove resident was named the 2015 Historian of the Year by the Downers Grove Historical Society, in honor of the volunteer work he has been doing at the Downers Grove Museum for nearly 20 years. Breen was a pharmacist for much of his life, making him more a scientist than a historian. But he’s always been interested in the past. “I’ve read quite a bit of history,” he said. In his work at the Downers Grove Museum, Breen has been doing a lot of reading. The museum has to file information on each object donated, and over the last few years, Breen has taken on the arduous task of filing a large collection of letters — which means that he reads through each of them and records the content. Breen received a crystal plaque bearing his Historian of the Year title, and he was celebrated with a ceremony at the Downers Grove Library earlier this month. He’s a little embarrassed […]