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A Publication of Pathway to Living

We’re All In This Together,
Even When Apart
By: Pathway to Living® Director of Wellness Kelly Fischer, BSN, CHPN
Like most of you, residents in Pathway to Living communities are sheltering in place. We are closely following CDC guidelines and referring to local, state and federal protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and rely on the guidance from scientists and health professionals as our world heals.

While we remain focused on social distancing and proper hygiene practices, team members, residents and families are also finding ways to go through this experience together, even when apart.

Visitation is on hold, but residents and family are staying connected through virtual visits and even window visits, where loved ones can actually see each other from a safe distance.

Restaurant and family-style dining is on hold, but residents enjoy three fresh, healthy and delicious meals delivered daily to their doors. What’s more, team members cruise the hallways with snack and ice cream carts in between meals with tasty pick-me-up treats.

Group programming is on hold, but residents are rediscovering time to pursue passions like painting, scrapbooking and sewing with the support of team members, who deliver whatever supplies are needed for in-home projects.

Interactive programs like hallway happy hours, mobile dance parties and sing-alongs encourage residents to stay in touch and have fun with neighbors from a safe distance. Residents are accessing musical performances, museum tours and continue to experience lifelong learning content online from their personal devices or ones borrowed from the community.

Our residents tell us that they are experiencing less stress and loneliness, because they are living under one roof in a community of support and feel a true sense of being in this together. Our frontline caregivers are available to meet their physical and emotional needs, while families continue to find creative ways to connect and stay in touch.

The dedication of Pathway’s frontline team is being recognized by others with kind words of appreciation and thank-you letters, which lift the team’s spirits. People are invited to share their feedback and experiences on Pathway’s “Resident Experience Hotline” at 888-959-3745. You can leave a message anytime, and a Pathway team member will respond to you within six hours.

While the world navigates uncertain times, Pathway’s mission remains the same. We believe that a vibrant, meaningful and purpose-filled life is achievable at any age. Thank you for supporting us in this mission.

PS – We’re proud to share day-to-day photos of our real-life hero team members and residents, but want to point out that many photos were taken before the mandate to wear masks, which, rest assured, team members are currently following at all times.
Virtual Visits

The VIVA! Life Coordinator at each community is ready to help set up virtual visits between family members and residents. You can get a head start by downloading Zoom or Google Duo , and then call to schedule a visit.

Health Check

Hello and how are you feeling today? Pathway's dedicated essential workers start each shift with a temperature check and health screening questionnaire and then have a second temperature check during their shift.

Passionate Pursuits

Oak Hill Supportive Living residents, Martha and June , continue to pursue their creative passions while sheltering. We’ll be ready for the predicted future baby boom with…
June’s knitted baby hats and
Martha’s handstitched baby blankets!
Liz , a talented painter and acclaimed artist at Oak Hill Supportive Living , is channeling creative juices for her next masterpiece to display in the community for all to enjoy.
"I enjoy having more time to do what I love,”  says the very positive Victory Centre of Galewood resident Naomi , who is nearly finished with a complex jigsaw puzzle.
Your Cards and Letters
Thank you to Mrs. Hudetz's 3rd grade class from  Troy Craughwell School , who crafted heartfelt cards for our Victory Centre of Joliet residents! Now more than ever, we are grateful for this and other meaningful community connections.
Thank you to Annika , who is a  Warren Township High School  junior and high jumper with Olympics dreams. This talented track and field athlete handcrafted beautiful cards and drawings that touched the hearts of Oak Hill residents, who are now among Annika’s biggest fans.
High Tea Becomes "Hi" Tea 
While studying England for the World Tour program, Victory Centre of Sierra Ridge didn’t want to cancel the planned tea party. Instead team members personally delivered high tea and a heaping helping of kindness to residents’ apartment homes, where tea drinkers donned fancy hats. 

Happy 91st Birthday
Victory Centre of Park Forest is thrilled to ring in another year alongside Gretchen and welcomed her sweet family for a happy and safe birthday greeting.

Traveling Happy Hour

When residents can no longer gather for happy hour, the party comes to their doors! Victory Centre of Vernon Hills team members, aka bar tenders, served up drinks, snacks and fun with music and spontaneous hallway dancing.
We All Scream for Ice Cream

The VIVA! ice cream truck made the rounds to Victory Centre of South Chicago residents in their apartment homes for a mid-afternoon sweet treat! While we're staying inside, fun is still on the agenda!
Our Heroes

Thank you to . . .
Country Club Hills Deputy Fire Chief Robert Kopec , who secured a donation of 60 cases of water from Pepsi to help keep Victory Centre of Sierra Ridge residents and team members well hydrated.
The son of Victory Centre of South Chicago resident Mr. Mel , who amazed the team with a surprise pizza delivery in appreciation for all they are doing to care for his dad and the other residents.
Jarosch Bakery Inc. in Elk Grove Village for the generous donation of treats and coffee cakes for the Alexian Village team.
Oak Hill resident Pricilla’s family, the Liacone and Taylor family , for a generous pizza dinner in appreciation to the team.
Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune for spreading the word to our friendly neighbor Eva, who generously donated art supplies and brain games accompanied by a lovely personal note to Victory Centre of Roseland.
Thank Goodness for Daisy

Victory Centre of Bartlett ’s adopted four-legged resident, Daisy, the ever-loyal and loving dog, is making rounds to snuggle with residents who are staying safe and healthy in their apartment homes.

Now Hiring

Join the heroes who work at Pathway to Living and use your talents to make a positive impact on the lives of older adults.

Temporary and permanent positions are available.

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