Victorian Village | Life Style Newsletter | May 2024

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MAY 2024


Life at Victorian Village A Message from Jackie

Victorian Village Book Club The Immortal Life of

Spring is in full bloom here on our beautiful campus, and many improvements are on their way as well. The Small Houses and Rehab have been freshened up with new paint

Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Tuesday, May 14 3:00 p.m. — 2nd floor of the Grand

and flooring, and it looks homey and inviting. We are making tremendous progress with the full renovation of the Inn Memory Care Third Floor — what a celebration we will have when that project is completed! A big “thank you” to the residents, their families, and to the staff in the Memory Care neighborhood as you’ve persevered through this project. It’s going to be so wonderful when it’s all done! We recently said goodbye to Nicole Norton, our Director of Dining Services, after many years of faithful service, and welcomed Victor Ortuno to this role. Victor has worked in the Providence family for over 15 years and brings a genuine passion to his profession. He delights in providing tasty food with excellent service, and we’re so thankful he’s joined our team. He’s already busy at work planning some special meals for Mother’s Day, and is eager to get to know the residents all over the campus. Have a marvelous May, and may God bless us all throughout this lovely month.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for numerous scientific discoveries and advancements and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an

unmarked grave and her family never saw any of the profits. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences. (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491

Life Enrichment Activities for May

Spring Recital with the Grutzius family 11:00 a.m. — Grand Piano Lobby Homer Glen Mobile Library 10:30 a.m. — Inn Living Room Inn Happy Hour 3:00 p.m. — Inn Living Room Live & Learn Presentation Joint Mobility: Living with Arthrits 10:00 a.m. — Grand Activity Center

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Fun Games & Fellowship 1:00 p.m. — Grand Fireside Lounge Christian Music program 3:30 p.m. — Grand Fireside Lounge Prayer Service Trinity Lutheran 1:00 p.m. — Grand Activity Center Catholic Mass 10:00 a.m. — 1st floor Inn Homer Glen Mobile Library 10:30 a.m. — Inn Living Room Inn Happy Hour 3:00 p.m. — Inn Living Room Grand Happy Hour 3:00 p.m. — Grand Fireside

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Grand Happy Hour 3:00 p.m. — Grand Fireside

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Courts Mocktail/Cocktail party 4:00 p.m. — Community Center Inn Resident Meeting 11:00 a.m. — Inn Living Room

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Walgreens Senior Shopping Day 9:30 a.m. Bus departure Breakfast at Original Pancake House 10:30 a.m. Bus departure All Campus Ladies Day Brunch 1:00 p.m. — Fireside and Grand dining room

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Garden Club Planting Day 1:00 p.m. on the Grand Outdoor Patio Iced Tea & Bean Bags 2:00 p.m. on the Grand Outdoor Back Patio

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Meijer Shopping Trip 9:30 a.m. Bus departure

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Jewel Shopping Trip 9:30 a.m. Bus departure

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The Creamery for Ice Cream, Homer Glen 11:30 a.m. Bus departure Lake Katherine Nature Center, Palos Heights 12:30 p.m. Bus departure

Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 3:00 p.m. — 2nd floor of the Grand Grand Resident Meeting 1:30 p.m. — Grand Activity Center Card-Making Craft 1:30 p.m. — Grand Activity Center Bethshan Visits and Bingo 6:00 p.m. — Grand Activity Center Inn Resident Meeting 11:00 a.m. — 1st floor of the Inn

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Painting Party with Colleen 2:00 p.m. — Grand Fireside Courts Potluck Luncheon 12:00 p.m. — Community Center

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Senior Fitness Day 9:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Events in the Grand and Inn Activity Rooms along with the Grand Fireside Lounge

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Fun Games & Fellowship Wednesday, May 1 1:00 p.m. — Grand Fireside Lounge Please join the group of volunteers from Palos CRC that host Fun & Fellowship by playing a variety of cards and table games. They always have plenty of cookies to share, so please join us!

Original Pancake House Tuesday, May 7 10:30 a.m. Bus Departure

Bus Trip to the Original Pancake House in Orland Park for breakfast. The bus departs at 10:30 a.m., from the Grand Lobby

Ladies Day Brunch Friday, May 10

Christian Music program Thursday, May 2 3:30 p.m. — Grand Fireside Lounge

1:00 p.m. — Fireside and Grand dining room Join us for an all-campus, all ladies, luncheon in honor of Mother’s Day. The staff at the Grand dining room and Fireside Lounge will serve the small house ladies, as well as the Courts and the Grand residents. The staff at the Inn dining room will be serving the 1st, 2nd & 3rd floor ladies from the Inn. Grand Resident Meeting Tuesday, May 14 1:30 p.m. — Grand Activity Center

George Nicholson will be performing traditional and contemporary Christian music, along with his original songs and stories.

Prayer Service Trinity Lutheran Friday, May 3 1:00 p.m. — Grand Activity Center Associate Pastor Rick Schauers provides a beautiful Christian service for us the first Friday of each month.

Card-making Craft Wednesday, May 15 1:30 p.m. Grand Activity Center

Catholic Mass Monday, May 6

10:00 a.m. — 1st floor living room at the Inn Fr. Joe McCormick from St. Bernard’s Catholic Parish will celebrate the Mass.

Join volunteers Linda & Ellen for a card-making craft. Everything is provided—just bring yourself. (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


Bingo with the Bethshan Residents Wednesday, May 15 6:00 p.m. — Grand Activity Center Bill Schepel will bring residents from the group CILA homes to visit and play bingo with our Victorian Village residents on

Garden Club Planting Day Thursday, May 23 1:00 p.m. — Grand Outdoor Patio Homer Glen Jr. Women’s Club will be partnering with Victorian Village to create a beautiful outdoor space with plants, vegetables, and an herb garden chosen by our residents.

The Creamery Tuesday, May 28

Jewelry Sale Friday, May 17 1:00-3:00 p.m. — Grand Fireside

11:00 a.m. Bus Departure Residents will choose their own menu item; whether it’s a sandwich for lunch or an ice cream creation, it’s sure to be a delicious!

We will have Ro’s costume jewelry set up and on display at extremely reasonable prizes. Most necklaces she sells are $5.

Spring Recital Saturday, May 18

Memorial Service Wednesday, May 29 6:30 p.m. — Grand Fireside Lounge

11:00 a.m. — upstairs Grand Piano Lounge Sandy Grutzius and her family will bring their music students to perform. Joint Mobility: Living with Arthritis Tuesday May 21 10:00am in the Grand Activity Center Are you someone like millions who is impacted by some form of arthritis? Then this presentation is for you. Learn more about how to manage this chronic condition through lifestyle tactics and, more importantly, which exercise techniques will improve endurance and mobility while reducing pain. Join Stacy for this engaging and educational presentation.

Chaplain Kooy will be leading a semi-annual Memorial Service for Residents and Families. We will honor the lives of those God called home from November through April .

Lake Katherine Nature Center Tuesday, May 29 12:30 p.m. Bus Departure

Join us as we head to Palos Heights to explore Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, an 85 acre restored natural refuge in the heart of the south west suburbs of Chicago. (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


Painting with Colleen Thursday, May 30 2:00 p.m. — Grand Activity Center Colleen will bring all the supplies and help even first-time painters be successful. Senior Fitness Day Friday, May 31 Our Fitness Instructor Stacy and the Life Enrichment Team will lead the day’s events, activities, and competitions. We will provide detailed information on the scheduled fitness events, times, and locations. Please save the date and plan to be part of the fun! Marquette Bank Full-Service Banking Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Private Dining Room at the Grand We offer on-site banking with Marquette Bank to provide services to our residents. Our banker, Pam Hargrove, sets up the banking services in our private dining room at the Grandand is always available on Thursdays, should you have any questions:

News from the Courts: Cocktail/Mocktail Happy Hour (Held the 3 rd Tuesday of each month) Tuesday, May 21st 4:00 p.m. — Courts Community Center 1. Bring your own beverage and container (glass, mug, holder of any nature). 2. A SMALL appetizer to pass 3. When leaving, take it all home. No RSVP needed and no reminder calls will be made.

Courts Potluck Thursday, May 30th 12:00 p.m. Courts Community Center

Save the Date: Victorian Village Annual All-Campus Resident Picnic Thursday, June 13 Outdoors in our parking lot, weather-permitting. The Navy Band will be providing our music entertainment.

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Chaplain’s Corner

The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46) . If you wonder about how an upcoming test will go, rest your heart knowing that God is with you. In Christ, God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5b) . If you are burdened with guilt today over sins of the past, rest your heart in the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. In Christ, God promises, I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more (Hebrews 8:12) . If you feel overwhelmed by worry, release your burdens into the Lord’s hands. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7, NLT) . Remember, by faith in Jesus, God is with you. This month, we will enjoy many holidays and gatherings with friends and family: Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Pentecost, and Memorial Day. These can be enjoyable, but also

Chaplain Meditation Ruth was feeling distressed and a little depressed. She visited a spiritual director, who said: “Ruth, you are like a jar of river water all shaken up. You need to sit still long enough that the sediment can settle and the water can become clear. Right now, it is all cloudy by your worry, by your emotions, by your inner wrestling about things you can’t control” (Adapted from Ruth Barton, Invitation to Solitude and Silence). We can be distressed by a variety of things: the loss of an ability, financial concerns, some trouble our kids are going through. We may get stirred up about the trouble in our world and we don’t know what to do. It is hard to rest when our heart and mind are filled with distress.

sad times. Take time each week to slow down and rest in God. (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


Senior Fitness: Exercise helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness

Flexibility and Body Mobility Exercises like stretching and yoga are also important for people with arthritis to eliminate joint stiffness. Doing daily flexibility exercises helps maintain range of motion so you can keep doing everyday things like household tasks, hobbies, and visiting with friends and family. Balance Exercises like walking backwards, standing on one foot, and tai chi are important for those who are at a risk of falling or have trouble walking. Do balance exercises 3 days per week if you are at risk of falling. Balance exercises are included in many group classes. Ask your program specialist which balance program is right for you. What about Pain? It's normal to have some mild pain, stiffness, and swelling after starting a new physical activity program, however, use the 2-hour pain rule from the Arthritis Foundation: If something increases your pain 2 hours after the activity, you have done too much. Scale back and slow down.

An effective exercise program should contain a variety of activities with the intention of improving overall strength, endurance, balance, and function. It’s important to add variety into a program to minimize overuse injuries and to maximize overall success. Some of the following elements should be considered: Endurance and Cardiovascular Improvement Low-impact movement activities do not put stress on the joints and include brisk walking, cycling, swimming, water aerobics, light gardening, group exercise classes, and dancing. Muscle-strengthening Exercises include lifting weights, working with resistance bands, and yoga. These can be done at home, in an exercise class, or at a fitness center.

Source: CDC (, Arthritis Foundation ( (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


Sharing Life & Making Memories Easter Egg Coloring (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


Visit from the Easter Bunny These are some of our residents’ biggest smiles. We just had to share ! (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


Congratulations to Our 2024 Hallmark of Caring Honorees

Devin Amschler – Care Partner Joellen Blackwell – Nursing Scheduler Lisa Butler – Life Enrichment Assistant Verrick Goss – Maintenance Assistant Lynn VanKanegan - Receptionist (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


Congratulations to Our 2024 Hallmark of Caring Honorees Tiffany High – Resident Aide Dan Koche – Maintenance Assistant Anna Kuita-Seiuli – Resident Aide

Warren Madkins – Floor Tech Rosy Strasser – Head Cook (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491



Walking Challenge Our Fitness Instructor Stacy has set up a Walking Challenge for our Residents that includes a little “Brain Fitness.” Stop by the Fitness Center for more information on how to participate.

Thank you, Rita Carlson Rita has volunteered to assist with Activities every day at both the Inn and the Grand.

You can find us on Facebook where you and your family can see pictures from recent events or calendar reminders of upcoming events. You can also share your positive experiences with others and help spread the word about Victorian Village. Rita strives to make a difference. Her experience, passion, and energy are unparalleled, and we respect her spirit of volunteerism immensely. Thank you for being so selfless for so many in whose lives you make a difference. It is hard to come up with adequate words to describe how much your volunteer efforts mean. You are dedicated and focused. You are hardworking and full of kind words and smiles to all those you help. We hope that the good work you do will come back to you many times over! Thank you for volunteering.

Comedy Corner A young pastor was given an assignment to a rural church. One of his first tasks was to do a grave site funeral. He got lost because of a few detours. He was now late. He came upon the site of couple of men with shovels standing around a pile of dirt with a backhoe ready to cover the hole. He figured the family had already left. He made his way to the site. Saying a prayer, he gave it the best effort he could to save the day. As he was leaving, he heard one of the men with a shovel say, “Do we do this every time we bury a septic tank?” VictorianVillageRetirement/ (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


A Good Samaritan

It was such a wonderful and feel-good story, we just had to share it! If you were in the Jewel that morning and helped someone out by paying their $146 dollar bill, you touched so many of us with your kindness. Jewel in Homer Glen also donated a small shopping cart to Victorian Village that will assist our residents in getting their groceries out of our car and into their apartments. Thanks to Wally, our bus driver, for talking with Craig, the store manager at Jewel, and for making this happen. Thank you to Craig Fisk, manager at Jewel, for his generosity.

Last month, something incredible happened for one of our lovely residents in the Grand when

they encountered a Good Samaritan. In the Bible, the parable of the good

Samaritan can be found in Luke 10:25-37. But here is our recent Good Samaritan experience in Homer Glen: On April 9, 2024, the Victorian Village shoppers headed to Jewel in Homer Glen to do some weekly shopping like they normally do. On this trip, one of the residents was having trouble with her credit card. A resident on the bus offered to help and let her use their credit card, but by the time they went into the store to help, a good Samaritan had already paid the bill for our resident. Furthermore, she would NOT give us her name or her number so that she could be re-paid. (708) 301-0800 | | 12600 Renaissance Circle | Homer Glen, IL 60491


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