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Pleasant View volunteer staying active

April 23rd, 2014

spiderwebSpider Purcell has been volunteering at Pleasant View since 1998. His mother used to live at Pleasant View, and he began transporting individuals to church services on Sundays. He has continued to do so, and faithfully comes to Pleasant View each week, if not more often.

“I just asked if I could help one day. There were lots of people trying to get to church on the second, third and fourth floors, and I thought, ‘well, I could help with that! As I started helping, other people began to help out as well,” said Spider.

Spider, a former physical education and driving instructor, taught at Ottawa High School for seventeen years. He is also an alumnus of Ottawa High School. He returned after teaching in other locations to teach in Ottawa, where he had grown up. He says he sees people he has known for years, and even has some friends living in Hearthstone Assisted Living at Pleasant View.

Along with volunteering at Pleasant View, Spider stays active, biking and swimming every morning for a half hour. He rides his bike or his electric scooter to Pleasant View.

Spider thoroughly enjoys his work at Pleasant View and has seen the changes to the community over the years. He has also gotten to know many of the residents. His friendly and familial relationships with residents and staff are evident through his jovial smile and positive attitude.

“Its just, when you come over here, you see people you can help out, who don’t always have family, and you can just reach out and touch them, smile at them, and they seem so appreciative; it’s a good feeling,” says Spider. 

Ottawa Elks Lodge 588 names Pleasant View grant recipient

April 8th, 2014

The Ottawa Elks Lodge nominated Pleasant View to be a recipient of the Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, which has been recently awarded to them for life enrichment programming this summer in the amount of $2,000.

The Beacon Grant goes to support different community efforts that are “new, ongoing, charitble, Elks-led and program-oriented,” according to the Elks National Foundation website.

Pamela Beckett, Foundation Regional Director, says “on behalf of the residents and staff of Pleasant View, we sincerely thank the members of the Ottawa Elks Lodge 588 for choosing Pleasant View.”

The programs will take place in May, June and July.

“Over 33 current Elks members and their spouses are engaged in some way with Pleasant View, and we are honored to have been selected,” said Pamela.

The May program is a Kentucky Derby Program, the June program is a replica of Ottawa’s “Lobster, Jazz and Wine Festival,” and the July event is a “Walk Down Memory Lane” with author Rochelle Pennington, who was at Pleasant View this past December to share her program on the “Christmas Tree Ship.”

“Thank you to the Elks for their generous donation and for putting together engaging and innovative programming that residents of Pleasant View will love,” said Executive Director, Becky Cattani.

Resident Recipe Spotlight

April 4th, 2014


Bev Gulandri, featured with her grandmother’s soft molasses ginger cookies.

Pleasant View began a new “Resident Recipe Spotlight” program with the start of April. Residents of Pleasant View can sign up to share and demonstrate their favorite recipes.

The first resident to sign up, Bev Gualandri, demonstrated her Grandmother’s Soft Molasses Ginger Cookies. Pleasant View provided all of the ingredients. Bev walked all in attendance through the steps of her recipe, and Chef Charlie helped out by baking the cookies for Bev.

Bev and the other residents spent time talking about different foods and ingredients in the recipe, but they also spent time discussing her heritage and her family. The recipe had been passed down from her grandmother.

“It was a great opportunity for the residents to get to know each other even better, and to get to know Bev better specifically,” said Resident Life and Volunteer Coordinator, Linda McCluskey

After Chef Charlie baked the cookies, all of the residents in attendance were able to sample the cookies.

This is an ongoing event at Pleasant View, and all the recipes will be compiled into the binder for residents who are interested.

Employee giving fund establishes new rehabilitation space for transitions

March 10th, 2014

web_transitionAt Pleasant View, employees who participate in Lutheran Life Communities’ employee giving program, Commitment 26, decided to create a new rehabilitation area, as a part of the existing MyRehab short-term rehabilitation program at Pleasant View. The new area is devoted to ensuring smooth transitions for individuals returning to their homes.

The space, which is set up with a small kitchen, living room, washer and dryer, study area and bedroom, provides rehab patients an opportunity to experience daily household tasks. Understanding what could pose a challenge once someone returns home allows therapists to work on certain muscle groups and skills so that transitions to home go smoothly.

“Maneuvering around your home is entirely different than maneuvering around Pleasant View. It’s great that Pleasant View is so accessible and set up so well, but sometimes that makes it difficult when short-term rehab patients return home because they aren’t used to thinking about how hard certain tasks may be,” said Kim Rubio, Director of Rehabilitation at Pleasant View.

Lutheran Life Communities’ employee giving program, Commitment 26, provides needed assistance at each campus, establishing programs, services or any other needs that residents may have. Each community determines where they would like the money to go. Pleasant View professionals also decided to fund new computers in the new Hearthstone Assisted Living apartment addition.

The new transition space has been successful and short-term rehabilitation patients have benefitted greatly from the space.

“We’re putting the fun back in functional. Providing this space allows individuals to think critically and takes the “pretend” element out. It’s more like real life this way,” said Kim, “Residents and patients absolutely love it- and so does the rehab staff!”

The space is a part of the MyRehab short-term rehabilitation program which provides short-term rehabilitation therapies to individuals in the Ottawa area. MyRehab offers the best in physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapies.

“Chef Charlie” joins Pleasant View as Culinary Services Director

March 4th, 2014

chefcharlieforwebCharles Klinefelter, “Chef Charlie,” as he is known around the Ottawa area, has joined Pleasant View as Culinary Services Director.

Chef Charlie brings 38 years of experience to the position and is a native of the LaSalle County area. Prior to joining the team at Pleasant View, Chef Charlie has served as the Executive Chef at Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, as well as other area restaurants. In addition, Mr. Klinefelter served in the United States Navy for 12 years on the USS Kitty Hawk. He was a Chief Petty Officer and was personal chef to one of the admirals.

He is well-known throughout the local area for his community service efforts. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and has worked extensively with March of Dimes, raising over $120,000 for the organization.

“I would like to say how excited I am coming on board and look forward to ensuring all residents receive the dining experience they expect,” said Chef Charlie, “I look forward to working with everyone here to be able to continue to make our community one that exceeds expectations of our residents, friends and families. Bon Appetite!”

Pleasant View is sponsored by Lutheran Life Communities of Arlington Heights, Ill., a faith-based, not-for-profit organization that has been serving seniors for more than 120 years. The organization, whose mission is “empowering vibrant, grace-filled living across all generations,” currently operates five retirement communities in Illinois and Indiana, with a sixth under development currently in Naples, Florida. Lutheran Life Communities’ long-standing history points to its success as a leader in senior living.

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