Meet Elaine F.

By | News | No Comments

Elaine was born and raised in Chicago. At age 27 she moved to Lyons, Illinois with her husband Bob. She and Bob have 4 sons (Mike, Patrick, Dan, and Tom), 3 daughters in law (Pam, Carole, and Stephanie), and 7 grandkids (Brian, Peter, Elizabeth, Paul, Jackie, Jake, and Max). After 49 years they started snowbirding in Brooksville, Florida and eventually moved there full time for 6 years. After her husband of 58 ½ years passed away, Elaine joined our River Glen community. Elaine was on a bowling league and loves to cook. Her specialty is spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce! Elaine says the best part of living at River Glen is the people she’s met and the friends she’s made.

Pennies for Petunia

By | News | No Comments

Fall season is here and River Glen is off to the Horses. Residents had an opportunity to visit Casey’s Safe Haven ( A Holistic Home Rescue and Sanctuary ). Casey’s Safe Haven is a Horse, Donkey and Pony rescue farm. It is a 22 acre facility that takes in these animals and gives them the most attention and care they deserve.

Residents had an opportunity to visit with the animals, pet them and listen to the incredible journeys they came from. The residents were so touched how this safe haven cares for them that they wanted to something for them.

In the up and coming months we will be doing a fund raiser for PETUNIA the donkey. Petunia s well as all the other animals are on natural no grain diet. They have recently discovered that sweet potatoes are a remedy and good source of nutrition for the animals.

 

River Glen of St. Charles 5th Avenue News

By | News | No Comments

5th Avenue has been very busy embracing the world! In March we visited Ireland. We ate our fill of corned beef, played a new card game called Clover All Over, and watched some amazing Irish Dancers.

We then “flew” to the land of love… Italy! We made flags out of pasta, sipped on Italian coffee, and made our own version of stained glass windows.

Next we went ‘south of the boarder’… Mexico! We’ve made Mexican wind socks, maracas, and tasted a variety of Mexican dishes.

Poland was a huge success as we had Mary, whom is a caregiver and is from Poland, come in full authentic clothing from Poland and also brought in some of her beautiful table runners, dolls, some carved woodwork and much more.

You can look forward to more special events coming your way as we make our way to the land down under. ‘Till then, safe travels!

River Glen of St. Charles Volunteer Spotlight – Tia D.

By | News | No Comments

Following is volunteer spotlight from the latest edition of Rediscover Life, the monthly newsletter for River Glen of St. Charles.

Meet Tia D!

Every Wednesday morning Tia volunteers for 2 hours in 5th Avenue. She does everything from singing, playing games, going on bus rides, chit chatting, to helping with art projects. She even organized the 5th Avenue supply closet!

Tia has always had a special bond with seniors and truly enjoys every minute she spends at River Glen. The residents of 5th Avenue are lucky to have her! She lives in Geneva and is the mom to two beautiful boys: Parker and Quinn.

River Glen of St. Charles Resident Spotlight – Terry D.

By | News | No Comments

Following is resident spotlight from the latest edition of Rediscover Life, the monthly newsletter for River Glen of St. Charles.

Terry D., Our Own “League of Their Own”

Terry D. is one of the Canadians who came south to play in the AAGPBL (All American Girls Player Baseball League).

Terry was a solid catcher for the Red-Wings and a fan favorite. This Red-Wing was a hustler and she had a cheerful personality. She also spent some time as a utility infielder and filled in wherever the team needed her. Before coming to the league Terry played on a Canadian National Championship Team.

During her playing days she was a store clerk and like most Canadians she enjoys watching Ice Hockey and playing basketball, bowling, skating, going to movies and photography.

Feeling Safe at River Glen of St. Charles

By | News | No Comments

Following is a note from Executive Director, Kristin Landahl, from the latest edition of Rediscover Life, the monthly newsletter for River Glen of St. Charles.

Feeling Safe

In speaking with a resident, I asked her what she likes about living at River Glen. Her response was, “I feel safe.” Safe can mean different things to different people as safety comes in a wide variety of forms.

We make the residents feel safe by knowing their names, their routines, their families. We have a warm and friendly environment here that makes our community feel safe.

Recently, we added Accushield, the new sign in and out kiosk at the front desk. I know it’s not quite as easy as just walking in the door or signing your name on a sheet of paper. However, the bene ts are much greater. For one thing, by having all our home health guests sign in and out, we know exactly who was seen every day and we’ve increased the report outs to the nurses. That increases resident safety.

Another great benefit of this system is knowing that all our vendors and home health providers are licensed, bonded, and background checked. What a relief to know that all of these providers are being held to the same level of vetting that our staff is before they are hired.

The next big piece of our safety puzzle is having nurses in the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The nurses will be able to keep an eye on every resident in our building, provide assessments, and help to prevent issues from getting out of hand.

Safety is a big deal here at River Glen. We want all our residents, staff, and families to not only feel safe, but to be safe. After all, “safety doesn’t happen by accident.”