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A Victorian Village Testimonial: “After my stay here, I certainly don’t want to go anywhere else.”

Nancy Langeland needed rehab after a knee replacement. With 14 stairs waiting for her at home, she knew recovery would be a challenge. She was looking for a place that would provide both the skill and the comfort she needed to be ready to go home. She heard about Victorian Village from a family member. “My daughter-in-law is a nurse practitioner, and they had a relative come here. That person really liked it.” But Nancy thought Victorian Village’s Health and Wellness Center would be like a nursing home. “She said, ‘Mom, it’s not a nursing home. You have to come see it.’” When Nancy saw the Small House style of rehab, she was impressed, and made the decision to go to Victorian Village for rehab. “I said this is where I want to be.” But her doctor was against it. “He wanted me to go home. He said he worried about infections in a rehab facility. I told him how we have rehab six days a week, and that I didn’t have anyone at home to help me. So he finally gave me the okay. And he didn’t have to worry about an infection. This place is pristine.” Nancy’s rehab […]

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 […]

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 […]