Stories

Every person at Prairieview has a story to tell about his or her journey through life. Each person living here today represents a mixture of the people they’ve met and the influences, actions, events, challenges and triumphs they’ve experienced throughout the decades. We are proud to support every resident in the next chapter of their life. And we are proud of our staff, who put every resident first, becoming a part of their life stories.

b_270_203_16777215_00_images_stories_rita.jpgOn any given day at Faith Place Memory Care, Rita and Don can be seen walking together in our gardens, baking pies or singing hymns and old favorites with the rest of the group.

Don says, “Rita was always so loving to our family.” So it’s no surprise that she loved digging deep into the family genealogy. When Don came back from serving in Korea, he married Rita and they built a house together in Chebanse. While raising four kids of her own, Rita watched other children in her home.

When asked what she likes to do now, Rita says, “Walk…walk….walk,” which makes the gardens at Faith Place Memory Care the very best place for Rita to live. She made great pies too. And that doesn’t have to end while she lives at Faith Place now.

Lucille and Carol 2020

A Journey Together
Lucille has lived at Luther Place for 8 years and recently became a resident of Prairieview Skilled Care. Her sweet smile was animated as she chatted about the move and her fond memories of Luther Place. Her daughter, Carol, recalls the day she moved in.
“A group of residents were at the door ready to welcome her. She originally moved in for the winter with the intent to go home in the Spring. However, she felt so comfortable and at home, she decided to stay. She really appreciated how clean it was, and she especially enjoyed the activities, very caring CNAs, and all the individual attention she received. They were very friendly. It was comforting having the same people all the time.”
Carol joined the foundation board a couple years after her mother moved in and continues to be involved. She noted one of her favorite parts about Prairieview is the Fall Festival. She enjoys seeing and meeting people enthused about supporting Prairieview. Most volunteers have helped for many years.

Mattie as Valentines Day Queen 2020 cropped

Sometimes You Just Know
Mattie and her granddaughter had decided to start the process of finding long-term care by visiting some nursing homes in the area. They started with Prairieview…and didn’t bother to look any further.
Mattie’s daughter, Patti was in charge of the Prairieview kitchen for 27 years. She passed away and has been gone for 14 years, but some of her best recipes are still used today. Mattie knows all the dedication her daughter put into her work at Prairieview and feels a special connection to her here.
“We walked in the door, and we were waiting for our tour to begin. I turned to my granddaughter and asked her, ‘do you feel that?’ I could smell the food from the kitchen, and it was like I walked in at home. We stayed to eat lunch, and they had made my favorite food: ham, sweet potatoes, and spinach. I got a feeling I couldn’t explain like I was walking in my door. I know I was lucky that there was a room, and we didn’t even go visit the other place. Everybody is so nice here; Some are special and extra nice!”
In 2020 Mattie was named Valentines Day Queen as the residents enjoyed music and refreshments in the conference room!

Donna Schuler2 2020 

The Prairieview Way!
Donna began working at Prairieview in 1989. She was director of housekeeping for 20 years before she retired in 2009. Donna says, "It feels like home and it's hard to sit and watch everyone work!  I feel I'm very lucky to do my therapy here because I visit people at other nursing homes and the other places don't measure up to Prairieview. There is more of an atmosphere of family and working together here. It's the individual resident that counts. That's always been the Prairieview way! This therapy department is the best! They kindly knock on my door and it's so much fun! The nurses and activity professionals are great too!"

Donna has been tending the Prairieview gardens since she retired in 2009. She hated not being able to care for the flowerbeds in 2019. However, after being discharged from Prairieview and feeling better, Donna was looking forward to working in the gardens again in the Spring of 2020. Unfortunately, to her dismay, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was not allowed to pass through the halls of Prairieview to get to the inner courtyard. But, this long-time gardener is not just sitting around twiddling her thumbs! She says she has been busy working in her own yard, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and pulling more weeds!

We are glad Donna came to stay with us when she needed care and time to heal, but we are even happier that Donna can now enjoy the beauty of her flowerbeds again, like she has done for so long!

Happy B at Luther Place April 2020

  Happy brings joy to Prairieview 
Many years ago, Happy and Dorothy Bettenhausen heard about Prairieview Lutheran Homes, visited our home, and started a lifelong relationship. 

Happy started to play his accordion for our many residents. Everyone swayed and danced and sang together to German polkas and waltzes. He and Dorothy visited all our homes many time, and he has a stack of scrapbooks to prove it! Although they entertained at many nursing homes, Happy says that Prairieview was his number one place to play, and they were especially impressed by the cleanliness.
Over twenty years ago the Bettenhausans decided to join the Friends of Prairieview and commit to giving every year. Their yearly donation contributes to the extraordinary loving care given to every resident.
As a child, Happy loved automobiles. As an adult he worked at Phillips Chevolet in Frankfort, IL until he was 90. In retirement he continues to write for their newsletter. Even today you can find his photo and name listed under Product Specialist on the Phillips Chevrolet, Frankfort website at https://www.phillipschevy.com/dealership/staff.htm .
After his wife of 73 years passed away, Happy moved into Luther Place Independent and Assisted Living. His name fits him well as he brings joy to all around him. We are blessed he is living here.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO VIDEO CHAT WITH YOUR LOVED ONE?                                                                     Video Chat 2020 resized

HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED!
Elaina, our Activities Supervisor, will be scheduling appointments to enable families to video chat with their loved ones.  She will be available to schedule an appointment or to answer questions related to setting up the "Google Duo" app, Monday through Friday from 10-11AM & 1:30-3:30PM.

Please set up the "Google Duo" app prior to calling to arrange an appointment.
Video Chats are available by appointment only so we can ensure someone is available to assist.
Appointment times: 9:30-11:00 AM; 1-4:30 PM; 6:30-8:30 PM

 STEPS TO VIDEO CHAT THROUGH SMART PHONE/TABLET:

STEP 1: Go to your app store (Apple App Store or Google Play Store)
STEP 2: Search Google Duo
STEP 3: Download or “Get” the app on your phone – Good news! IT’S FREE!
STEP 4: Give Google Duo permission to use your camera, microphone, and contacts. (If you do not have a Gmail account, Google Duo will ask you to create an e-mail account through Google right on the app)
LASTLY: Call Prairieview to set up a time to chat with your loved one. Ask for Elaina at Faith Place, as she will be receiving calls related to video chatting. When you call, you will need to leave a cell phone number at which you can be contacted to video chat.

STEPS TO CHAT COMPUTER TO COMPUTER:
STEP 1: On the internet search engine of your choice, search Google Duo and open Google Duo on the web.
STEP 2: Follow the steps to use Google Duo on your device and grant access to camera and microphone use
LASTLY: Call Prairieview to set up a time to chat with your loved one. Ask for Elaina at Faith Place, as she will be receiving calls related to video chatting.