Tag Archives: Victorian Village

Chaplains provide “church away from church” for residents

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (April 2015) — Through Providence’s chaplaincy program, pastors serve our campuses by providing spiritual support, leading worship, and serving residents as well as families and staff. Six chaplains serve 10 Providence communities and Providence Hospice clients. Rev. Phil Tjoelker serves as the chaplain for three Providence locations: Providence of Palos Heights, Thomas Place of Orland Park, and Victorian Village in Homer Glen. Below, he shares his thoughts on his work, and what the chaplaincy program means to him and to the residents he serves. Church away from church by Chaplain Phil Tjoelker A major priority of mine as a Providence chaplain is to enable our residents to worship the Lord “in spirit and in truth.” The worship of the Lord is the highest calling Christians have.  This calling does not end when one enters a Providence community. It must continue. There are several clients I work with who are able to continue worshipping weekly in their home churches.  This should be encouraged.  Many clients, however, are not able to worship in their home churches because of health challenges and because they have had to move far from their home churches. Eleanor, a resident of Victorian Village, moved from Ohio to Illinois to be closer […]

A prom for the ages

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (March 2015) – People were laughing, talking, and sipping punch. A conga line formed as the DJ blared music. A king and queen were announced, and everyone posed for photos. It looked like a typical prom, aside from one thing — there was a 70-year age gap among participants. The annual Intergenerational Prom, hosted by the Lockport Township High School Interact Club and Victorian Village, was held at Victorian Village earlier this month. Residents and students alike dressed up, danced, ate, talked, and played games as they got to know each other, and the party lasted until 8 p.m. — a half hour later than it was scheduled to end. Each year, the high school club comes up with the theme for the event — this year, it was Roaring 20s — and students bring decorations and desserts. Staff at Victorian Village provided a photo backdrop, as well as coffee and punch, and moved a whole lot of furniture to make way for all the attendees. The entire VV campus — from retirement living, to memory care, to skilled nursing —was invited to the dance. Life Enrichment Director Connie Jaros estimates that 60 residents attended, along with […]

Providence employees honored through Hallmark of Caring

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (March 2015) — At Providence Life Services, we are so blessed by and thankful for the wonderful staff members who fill a variety of roles at each Providence community. Every year in March, we honor some of our employees at the “Hallmark of Caring” event; this year, the theme of the event is “Reflections of Grace.” Staff, residents, and families at each location nominated people whose compassion, heart, and skill make a difference, and those who were selected are invited to a celebration on March 20. We’d like to bring these outstanding employees to your attention, too! We’ll share a little about each of the Providence people who were chosen this year to receive the honor, naming a few more each day until the Hallmark of Caring event. Look for updates here and announcements on our Facebook pages, and take a moment to congratulate the honorees! Want to work with these wonderful people? Look for job openings at www.workatprovidence.com. Honorees from Providence Life Services, corporate office:   Beth Cunningham, Executive Assistant Beth’s poise and sunny disposition, as well as her professionalism, are always a bright spot in the day. She is always eager to help and represents Providence with the […]

A sport that’s right up their alley: Victorian Village residents compete in Wii bowling league

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (March 2015) — Shirley Dyke stepped up, eyed the pins, and opened Week Six of the Victorian Village Wii bowling league with a perfect strike. In this bowling league, chairs and wheelchairs are positioned around the TV as if around a lane, and each bowler moves front and center to take his or her turn. What started as part of the fitness program has turned into a well-attended and competitive league, complete with team names and league t-shirts. The league is made up of seven teams of four bowlers each, and four subs fill in when needed. Members come from each part of campus: the townhomes, independent living, assisted living, and even memory care. Next year, Life Enrichment Director Connie Jaros is hoping to include residents from the newly opened Small Houses, which serves people in need of skilled nursing care. Everyone is welcome; each bowler is coached by teammates and assisted by life enrichment staff as needed. The eight-week season started at the end of January, and games are played on Mondays and Tuesdays. The end-of-season banquet and awards night will be March 31. Standings are kept throughout the season; Jaros tracks not only the standings, but also […]

Residents show their hearts some love with SeniorFITness

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (February 2015) — Whether you have a sweetheart or not, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to think about your own heart — specifically, about heart health. Every year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation declaring February “American Heart Month.” (You can read this year’s official proclamation here.) The American Heart Association notes that there are many things that Americans can do to fight heart disease, and that there’s good reason to do so: heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and it affects more than one in three American adults. But you can lower your risk by improving your health, and one big way to do that is through regular exercise. At Providence communities, one of the ways for residents to stay fit is with SeniorFITness, a service provided by Symbria. According to the Symbria website, SeniorFITness is designed to improve strength, balance, mobility, and cognitive health. The program is customized for seniors in any setting, from skilled nursing to assisted living to independent living. SeniorFITness is available at Park Place of Elmhurst, Royal Park Place, Victorian Village, Village Woods, and Saratoga Grove. “SeniorFITness is a wonderful program that gets people moving at Saratoga Grove,” said […]