As I thought about what comfort has meant to me, I immediately remembered the soft, brown teddy bear I took to bed with me as a child. Other children have a special “blankie” or a stuffed animal that provides comfort for them. In later years, I experienced the cozy feeling of a warm, puffy comforter on cold winter nights. I must confess there’s even been a slight sense of comfort in eating a piece of the warm peach pie, following a major (or minor) disappointment. I believe that we were created to be comforted in different ways at different times; we’ve probably all developed ways to comfort ourselves. Continue Reading Comfort One Another
Joe Skalski is a full-time fireman and paramedic, but when he’s not saving lives, he’s making them better at The Garlands. He says, “Being of service fits me.” “The management at The Garlands is very accommodating. They work with my schedule and make it possible for me to do what I do, and they appreciate our talents and… Continue Reading Joe Skalski | Member Services Attendant
I grew up in a family and culture that taught us to respect our elders, and, at The Garlands, I get to live that every day! My department creates the first impression for The Garlands. We greet guests and members in person and on the phone, and we try to do our best to help them. When we… Continue Reading Sergio Lopez | Member Services Attendant
For 16 years, almost since opening day, Krystyna has taken great pleasure in serving Garlands members. “It is very fulfilling for me because I love helping people and talking to the members.” While serving breakfast or managing the Café, Krystyna is quick with a kind word and a hug and says, “We become like an extended… Continue Reading Krystyna Weglarz | Hostess/Server
From teaching an art class to facilitating a bocce ball tournament to lending an ear, Garlands team members contribute to the community well beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities. The Garlands employees are amazing… Inspire YOUR Amazing with The Garlands
I love my job! Our members are fantastic. They are so interested in art, education, music, world events, expanding their horizons, challenging their brains, helping others, playing games, visiting together and the list goes on. It’s a joy to work with them! I also really love working with our fellow team members. All our departments care so… Continue Reading Lynn Adams | Director of Activities/Lifestyles
Dr. Sieber, is a “change agent extraordinaire.” She is on a personal quest to bring Garlands members the best cutting-edge information as it relates to health and wellness. “It is my life’s passion to inspire and empower others by educating about healthfulness, happiness and feeling well,” she enthuses, ”which is exactly what I get to… Continue Reading Dr. Sandra Sieber | Inspirational Wellness Advisor
Jenny caters to Garlands members’ sweet tooth with irresistible, homemade fruit pies, coconut macadamia cookies and fresh-baked chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar cookies. But of all the delicious desserts Jenny makes year-round, her crème brûlée takes the cake. Even sweeter than her desserts are the Garlands members themselves, according to Jenny. “They always have… Continue Reading Jenny Pesina | Pastry Cook
Some people plan to travel the world, others do it. Garlands members Fred and Natalie Sponsler are planners and do-ers who are living their next best life at The Garlands. Live for Today. Plan for Tomorrow. As a Life Plan Community, The Garlands offers a vibrant, service-rich, independent lifestyle plus an exceptional continuum of healthcare services that provides more control over life’s decisions… Continue Reading Plan Life’s Next Great Adventure
Meet Dr. Keith Fargo, Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach, Medical and Scientific Relations, with the Alzheimer’s Association. He’s one of the “brains behind saving yours.” Following the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference held in Chicago last month, Dr. Fargo will discuss recent research as it relates to treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias as well as care… Continue Reading Dr. Keith Fargo, The Brains Behind Saving Yours®
Garlands Inspirational Wellness Advisor, Dr. Sandra Sieber, is a “change agent extraordinaire.” She is on a personal quest to bring Garlands members the best cutting-edge information as it relates to health and wellness. “It is my life’s passion to inspire and empower others by educating about healthfulness, happiness and feeling well,” she enthuses. “I’m here… Continue Reading Inspired Living
The art exhibit “Divergent Paths” on display at The Gallery at The Garlands of Barrington July through August 30, 2018 features work by a group of talented women artists and friends who are equally passionate about creating art and supporting each other’s artistic endeavors. The self-named Watercooler Sisters—a result of a happy accident on a restaurant reservation—are showing a… Continue Reading Watercooler Sisters Art Exhibit
Sweet Summertime Goodness Fresh strawberries, peaches and plums, oh my! These summer fruits inspire pastries so tasty at the Garlands in the hands of Pastry Cook Jenny Pesina. “I like to bake with whatever ingredients are in season to make the freshest and most delicious desserts,” says Jenny, who is whipping up fresh fruit pies… Continue Reading Sweet Summertime Goodness
by Burt Constable | Daily Herald | As a boy during World War II in Odense, Denmark, Steen Metz didn’t know he was Jewish until Nazi soldiers dragged his family to a concentration camp. “I remember the Nazi soldiers marching up and down the streets,” says Metz, now 82 and living in Barrington. German troops had… Continue Reading Remember and do not let the world forget.
If you are preparing to move into a senior community, selling your house may be one of your biggest challenges. What seems like a straight forward process can actually be a more difficult one to manage without some help. A little professional advice and the appropriate resources can make a big difference in not only… Continue Reading Preparing a Home for Sale
The Garlands HomeCare Solutions Earns Perfect Survey from Illinois Department of Public Health The perfect score reflects The Garlands of Barrington’s commitment to supporting its members’ good health and smooth recoveries from illness or injury with quality home health care delivered in the convenience and comfort of their Garlands homes. The Garlands HomeCare Solutions… Continue Reading A Perfect Survey for Garlands HomeCare Solutions!