Peggy Faught receives Planetree Award
December 19th, 2012
Peggy Faught Receives Planetree Caregiver Award
Peggy Faught, Executive Director of Delnor Glen Senior Living, recently received the Planetree Caregiver Award. She was recognized for bringing person-centered care to the community even before Delnor Glen was formally involved in the initiative, and having a positive impact on the lives of the residents and those who care for them.
As far back as 2003, Peggy recognized the need for change in the Fifth Avenue Suites (a community within Delnor Glen specifically designed for residents with dementia). Rather than ask the staff and residents to follow a set schedule for bathing, meals and recreation, Peggy empowered the staff to take cues from the residents. The residents were encouraged to sleep until they wished to get up in the morning, and muffins and coffee were made available for them to enjoy at their leisure. Baths were scheduled at times that were familiar and desired by residents rather than for the convenience of staff.
After just a short time the staff noticed a decrease in behaviors such as agitation and irritability in the residents. Residents were more relaxed and cooperative in personal care activities. The staff embraced the philosophy, and the concepts of patient-centered care were incorporated into the schedules and routines of staff and residents throughout the assisted living community.
Delnor Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the area to achieve Planetree designation. The distinction means that the hospital met criteria that identified them as a person-centered care provider. That criteria covers many aspects of the patient, visitor and staff experience including relationships, the physical environment, sensory and spiritual experiences.
In 2009, Delnor Glen became one of only 25 assisted living facilities in the country to be part of a pilot program for the Planetree designation of assisted living communities. With Peggy’s encouragement and extensive staff, resident and family involvement under the guidance of Kristin Landahl, Delnor Glen’s Planetree Coordinator, the four year process of application will be completed in January 2013. Landahl said, “Peggy is a visionary and an outstanding leader. She has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of seniors and their families, as well as transforming the lives and behaviors of the staff.”
Delnor Hospital and Delnor Glen Senior Living are part of Cadence Health. For more information about Delnor Glen or Planetree, please call 630-443-8220.
Update on the 101st Airborne
December 19th, 2012
The residents and staff have had a great time sending off our packages to Afghanistan. We keep in contact with them regularly and their response to all the packages has been most gratifying. One package contained Slinkys, just a fun thing in a not so fun place, and they were organizing Slinky races. Our troops are always thinking about "the other guy" and are very often sharing with the children in the town they are in as well as looking out for their fellow soldiers to see if they can share whatever they receive. They enjoyed receiving current magazines as some of theirs are many months old. Even such a simple thing as latch hooks were greatly appreciated.
Again many thanks to all who serve our country.
AARP driver safety course
November 16th, 2012
The recent AARP driver safety class held at Delnor Glen was a great success.
The next one will be February 12 and 13 2013
AARP Driver SaFety Program
November 12th, 2012
This eight hour course is designed for drivers age 50+ , and will teach safe strategies and tips to help seniors adapt to physical and mental changes related to aging.They will learn to identify the most common crash situations facedby senior drivers and learn strategies to avoid them. They will update their knowledge of today's traffic laws, vehicles and other road users. Upon successful completion of the course, participants may be eligible for a discount on their automobile insurance.
Light lunch will be served
Please call for further information 630-443-8220
Residents of Delnor Glen adopt an Army unit in Afghanistan
October 18th, 2012
The residents of Delnor Glen have adopted the unit of Sargent James Hicks out of Fort Campbell,KY. He is the son of one of our staff members in Dining Services. He has been in the army for 20 years and is currently serving a second tour of Afghanistan.The residents will be sending care packages to show our support between Veteran's Day and thanksgiving and they hopefully will arrive by Christmas. His unit consists of 37 males and 2 females and their barracks has electricity but no overhead lights.Tthey have a wish list which includes coat hooks (3M kind) air fresheners, movies, hand/foot warmers, M10 water additives (single serve drink mixes) AA and AAA batteries, toothpaste and tooth brushes to name a few most basic items. We are most grateful to all the men and women who put their lives on the line for us everyday and pray for their safe return home.
If you would like more information pleae call 630-443-8220 and ask for Patty Selmer.
July 3rd, 2012
Central Kane County TRIAD and the Kane County Sherriff's Office present an informative program about SCAMS against seniors and how NOT to be a victim.
July 12, 4:00 please RSVP
Alzheimer Support Group Survey
June 20th, 2012
Alzheimer’s Support Group at Delnor Glen Receives Praises
Delnor Glen hosts a monthly support group for Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers. It is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the lower level.
Twice a year, the Greater Illinois Alzheimer’s Association conducts a survey to determine the effectiveness of area support groups. In the most recent survey, the group at Delnor Glen received high marks from the participants:
- 97% of respondents agreed/strongly agreed that they were satisfied with the group experience.
- 99% agreed/strongly agreed that they would recommend the group to someone else.
- 93% agreed/strongly agreed that they feel less alone facing the disease.
- 94% agreed/strongly agreed that they know where to find more help and support as a result of attending a support group.
March 23rd, 2012
Delnor Glen continues on the path to Planetree designation, hoping to recieve designation this year. Delnor Glen is one of only 25 assisted living communities in the country striving for this honor and designation.
Delnor Glen adopts a family this christmas
January 12th, 2012
Delnor Glen Seniors and Staff Create a Happy Holiday for Area Family
Part of the person-centered care philosophy practiced at Delnor Glen Senior Living involves giving back to the community. During the recent holiday season, the staff, residents and their families did just that.
Business Manager Kristin Landahl became aware of an area family whose 14 year old daughter was getting ready to move to a hospice level of care. She had become wheelchair bound and was no longer able to take food orally. Recently the girl’s mother, a nurse, had a work-related injury. No longer able to work, the family income was cut in half.
After hearing that the family’s Thanksgiving dinner had been provided by a food bank, the team at Delnor Glen asked the family to submit a wish list for Christmas. A small tree in Delnor Glen’s lobby was decorated with ornaments that displayed these wishes, and staff and residents were invited to take one and purchase the item for the family.
Residents and their families chose ornaments and enjoyed shopping for the family that includes the 14 year old girl, her 16 year old brother, and mom and dad. Staff members from all levels gave generously including one who purchased an i-pod for the family. Between individual donations and money raised through a raffle and tips at their holiday party, the group raised over $800 in gift cards and $130 in cash for this family in need.
A few days before Christmas, several of the directors from Delnor Glen loaded up the bus with gifts and groceries. Lindahl said, “The bus was stuffed with gifts and food including a ham, a turkey and a cooler full of frozen foods that aren’t available at the local food bank. It’s cool to think that the 16 year old son could actually invite a few buddies over for pizza during the holidays, when that’s not something he could have done before.”
Staff members who helped make the delivery said that the family appeared “stunned and overwhelmed” by the generosity of the gifts. The parents seemed particularly grateful to know that their children would have a happy holiday. As for the seniors at Delnor Glen, even though they may need some assistance themselves at times, they still enjoy helping others in need.
For more information about Delnor Glen Senior Living, please call 630-443-8220.
August 27th, 2011
In September 2009, Delnor Glen began our Planetree journey. The heart of Planetree is relationship-centered care, promoting healing environments and enhancing life’s journey.
While we have been practicing person-centered care for years, the leadership team felt that it was time to go from good to great. The timing couldn’t have been better, as Planetree was in the process of beginning a pilot program for Senior Living environments. We have been invited to be one of only 25 facilities in the country to take part of this program.
We are excited to be involved in this grassroots program and to see our community blossom. All who enter our doors will experience the difference.
Submitted by, Kristin Landahl, Planetree Coordinator
The Arts at Delnor Glen
August 18th, 2011
The residents and staff at Delnor Glen Senior Living share an appreciation for the finer things in life – the fine arts that is. As part of their focus on healing environments and collaboration with community partners, they enjoyed a week-long art display which ended with a dessert reception in their garden level.
The artwork displayed was from the students at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles. The pieces ranged from pastels to colored pencil, and included abstract pieces as well as a large colorful 3-dimensional dragon mask. The artwork was done under the creative direction of Wredling art teacher Carol Hadamik.
On Thursday, the artists were invited to bring their friends and family to Delnor Glen to be recognized for their talents and contributions. Each received a certificate and gift card in appreciation of their creativity and sharing.
Delnor Glen recognized one of its own residents for her artistic talents. Helen Lazarz displayed a collection of paintings that she has created since beginning her training in the arts nearly 50 years ago. Helen enjoys working in oil and the paintings on display included sea and landscapes as well as some still-life florals.
Encouraging the arts in their community is part of the person-centered approach to care that is seen every day at Delnor Glen. Craft sessions are a regular and well attended activity. A grand piano in the aviary invites residents and visitors to sit and play or listen. Even the historical architecture and décor in the stately building (from the original Delnor Hospital built in 1940) support this philosophy.
For more information about Delnor Glen Assisted Living or the Townhomes of Delnor Glen, please call 630-443-8220 or stop by 975 North Fifth Avenue in St. Charles.
Delnor Glen Resident has book signing
September 19th, 2010
Leona Turlo Budilovsky, resident author, introduced her newest book, \"This & That on Magnollia Street\" the first of a new series of the Keepsake Coloring Books.
"Geared toward children from pre-school to third grade, these books encourage a young mind's interest in history while giving the child opportunities to record his or her own childhood experiences. Using stories from her young life of a bygone era, the 88 year old author, Leona Turlo Budilovsky ( prior books - Lady Lee, My Mother Helena) offers the young reader insights into a childhood from the early part of the last century and encourages the relatively new reader to begin recording his or her own unique autobiographical sketches. The books are opportunities to learn from history as his or her young story is in the making."*
*as quoted from Joan Budilovsky
Delnor Glen Receives commendation from Pottawatomie Garden Club
September 16th, 2010
The Pottawatomie Garden Club has awarded Delnor Glen their Landscape Commendation Award.
Each year they choose an establishment that has contributed toward the beautification of the city and township.
Through the efforts of our Environmental Director, David Winecke, in working in a collaborative effort between residents and staff we have been able to create this exceptional environment. A cutting garden is an integral component of this effort and the bouquets from this garden with their vibrant colors and fragrances are enjoyed by all residents throughout the campus and also on all the dining room tables.
September 16th, 2010
In a recent survey of Delnor Glen family members, Assisted Living Residents and Townhome residents, 99.9% said they would recommend our community to others
From Our Executive Director
September 16th, 2010
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!!!!
We have been given another 2 year license and have received 0 violations from IDPH during their visit to us over the past 2 days. Our surveyor was very impressed with how beautifully kept and clean our community is, how well our resident’s are attended to and how happy they are with the staff and services we provide, with the fun she saw residents having with the interactions of staff and activities and the variety of things going on around here yesterday including watching 2 of our resident playing chopsticks together at our new baby grand piano. The dining room and the serenity room completely blew her away. Thank you to all of you for your dedication and commitment to our wonderful community. Thank you to everyone who hung around after hours to help me gather all the information she needed. We have a great team here and I hope you all feel the appreciation for each other that I do.