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Night Lights

Most everyone knows that Chicagoans prize their outdoor space, since sometimes it’s hard to come by.

If you haven’t been on the Greenview garden terrace, you’re missing a treat. During daytime it is a lovely and comforting place to visit. You can spend time with fellow residents, view the city at large, watch summer campers from Saint Luke Academy play, or simply enjoy the weather while reading a book. As an extra special pleasure, you can even watch the rehearsal for the Chicago Air & Water show, as the fighter jets and cargo planes fly directly overhead in their routines.

Terrace at nightBUT, if you haven’t been on the Greenview terrace at night, you’ve simply got to visit us to see it. It is now an enchanting experience where you can gaze at the stars, enjoy the nighttime city views, or unwind and relax as you sip a drink of choice before bedtime.

Lighting has been installed on the terrace by our crack maintenance team, lead by Bill P. These lights afford visitors lighted pathways in addition to creating a delightful ambience that will serve as the background for frequent dances and other evening events.

We invite you to make the Greenview terrace your outdoor destination in the city!

Traditions

As the date of my son’s first communion is approaching, I can’t help but think about traditions. I would venture a guests that all families have their own traditions. Within our society there are subcultures with their own traditions.

Angelo_Gemmi_rosette_3Traditions bring one in touch with an element of life to be experienced or celebrated. Traditions bond a group of people together creating lasting connections.

I see traditions being established here at Greenview Place as we are in the fifth year as a Supportive Living community. We’re creating events and happenings that connect our residents and staff together, making them a family.

Some of the wonderful events that have been held each year are the luau held every summer, which is a BIG hit with our residents. Hawaiian dancers, food and fun make it a most memorable summer afternoon. Our hugely popular Senior Health Fair occurs each September, and we welcome the public to the property. The Fair showcases Greenview at its finest, and gives an opportunit for residents and visitors alike to meet and talk to vendors who serve the senior living community. Rounding off the list is our fabulous Anniversary Party on tap in November. We celebrate the exciting day we first opened our doors in 2009.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to be a part of one of our Traditions! Stop by and give us a try.

Sweet Love

MP900438521Greenview Place is in the mood to celebrate love!

Last week we welcomed a Frank Sinatra impersonator with his Marilyn Monroe partner to perform a show on Valentine’s Day for our community members. Later this week, the After Dark Trio will be here for a Valentine’s dance. Residents, staff and family members will all get together to have a good time, listen to music, dance and celebrate.

Today, we decorated some heart-shaped sugar cookies. Residents got creative with pink and white icing.  They finished their masterpieces with pink crystal sugar and cinnamon sprinkles.  Some enjoyed their handiwork themselves; others shared their efforts with staff.  Some residents even assisted their neighbors by helping them decorate their cookies. MP900309088

Finally, we are topping off the week with a live flamenco show during lunch Friday. Residents will dine on carne, rice, beans, chips, and salsa while listening to the sounds of guitarist Thaigo Vasquez. Lunch will conclude with a decadent flan dessert.

By the end of the week, residents will be feeling the love and having some fun.

SLF Week is Coming

As hard to believe as it seems now, in just a few weeks, spring will be upon us.

One of the most exciting things about spring at Greenview Place is that it brings Supportive Living Week!  This is the special week set aside every year to celebrate and bring attention to the benefits of supportive living in Illinois.  Now in its seventh year under the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition, the theme for this year’s festivities is It’s a Wonderful Life. Women taking a picture of themselves

As part of our celebration here, Greenview will be hosting various activities the week of April 21 through the 25 with bowling tournaments, games, movie marathons and an open house celebration. As a part of the theme, we are collecting pictures of our residents from the past, to serve as our “then” pictures. We will also be doing makeovers, and taking “now” photos for a fun picture compilation. We think staff, residents, family and guests will get a kick out of seeing how the old and new pictures stack up!

Man FilmingIf you have a family member here and wish to send us a picture for the project, we would love to include it. Maybe you have a fantastic wedding photo, or a picture from a special birthday celebration? Did your family take a vacation and someone snapped a great moment? Or perhaps you just have a favorite snapshot captured at home.

Any style is welcome, so long as it features a Greenview Place community member living a wonderful life! Pictures are requested by March tenth for inclusion in the project.

Let the memories begin.

Families – visit us as often as you can!

One of my grandmothers spent the last few years of her life in a nursing home because it was impossible for my family to provide her with the care she needed. We struggled with how best to care for her, and it was a very difficult for us to come to the decision to move her.

SKMBT_C28414012010471One occasion when I visited my grandmother in the nursing home is branded in my memory. I was leaving the building, and I started to cry as I reached my car. The sadness of my grandmother’s fragility overwhelmed me, and I grieved that she could no longer live at home.

It was in that sadness though that I realized that despite how hard it was for me to see her like that, I couldn’t abandon her. She needed me then more than ever.

At Greenview Place, we have many families who are involved with the lives of their loved ones. As someone who is on staff here, I appreciate every family member who is a part of our residents’ lives.  I know it’s not easy to see a loved one in a frail condition or living in a community instead of at home, but it means so much when family and friends visit.

Believe me.

God bless you!

We have many reasons to give thanks

So much to be thankful for at Thanksgiving.

???????????This means many different things to different people. Some set aside time to think about gratitude, and what we can be thankful for in our lives. Some take the whole month to think about all the things we take for granted every day. For others, it is about giving back, volunteering to help those in need. Many families celebrate the day by getting together and indulging in a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Finally, for a growing number of people, the day marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

We started the festivities early. We celebrated in the weeks before with sing-a-longs about thankfulness, decorating, and getting everything ready for the big Thursday feast. Then the preschool students of Saint Luke Academy visited to make some colorful Native American corn. The residents worked with the kids as part of our intergenerational program. I think the seniors and children were thankful for the good time together! CAM01053 (2)

On the big day, the dining room served up quite a bountiful spread. Our chefs made some wonderful dishes for residents. In addition to the traditional turkey, our guests had the option of a beautifully glazed ham. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without stuffing and potatoes – either sweet potatoes or good old-fashioned mashed white with gravy. Rounding it out were cranberry sauce and green bean almandine.

With all those goodies residents had to work to save room for dessert. Our Dining Services Director, Vince C, honored us by sharing his mother’s pumpkin pie recipe. Yum!!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. We’re part of a wonderful system that allows us to support those who need a bit of extra assistance, while still maintaining their independence. Our building is beautiful and our stellar maintenance team keeps it all in good repair. Our administrative group stays on top of everything on the business end and keeps things running smoothly. The dining room team is exceptional! We have many great nurses and CFPs in the wellness department who work with residents daily to provide care.

We are part of a larger team, The Renaissance Companies and Saint Luke Housing Ministries, who bring the support we need to accomplish our goal of opening the door to a new way of living.

We continue to enjoy all our blessings this Thanksgiving, and keeping the spirit of gratitude all year round.

A Season of Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to share what makes me thankful to be a part of Greenview PlaceGP3

Sherry’s List of Love

Every morning I enjoy walking into such a beautiful building.

I am grateful to be a part of a team that serves our special population. I am thankful for Supportive Living Facilities that allow people to maintain independence while getting assistance.

Holiday MealI love walking into the dining room during mealtime and saying hello to the residents and being a part of the community that they create at Greenview Place. 

I am grateful to the families and friends who allow us to share in the care of their loved ones and the volunteers who give their time and energy to make the life of another richer. 

My gratitude also goes to my fellow service workers who assist in so many ways to make certain our residents have the care and attention they deserve. 

Finally, I am thankful that each and every one of us is granted another day on Planet Earth. 

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