Prairieview at The Garlands Earns U.S. News ‘Best’ Rating

Prairieview at The Garlands, 6000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, earned the designation of 2019-20 “Best Nursing Home” for short-term rehabilitation from U.S. News & World Report. Prairieview was one of only 63 providers in Illinois to achieve a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for short-term rehabilitation. U.S. News & World Report rates the…

Art Exhibit Features Celebrated Work of Artist and Garlands Member Nancy K. Wilson

The artwork of lifelong artist and Garlands member Nancy K. Wilson is on display in collections and homes throughout the United States and Asia, but her private pieces will be featured in an exhibit now through December 31, 2019 at The Gallery at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington. The public is invited…


Karen Stathakis is moving in a healthy direction at a pace of 4,000 steps a day – as tracked by her Fitbit!     Be FREE After years of caregiving, raising two sons, maintaining a home and juggling a career, Garlands member Karen is free at last to pursue her passions and step into the spotlight: on…

The Prize for Keeping Barrington Beautiful

The days grow darker, yet the sun shines brightly on the gardens at The Garlands of Barrington, which was recently honored with a 2019 “Integration of Native Plants” award from The Council of Barrington Garden Clubs.

“We were floored at how beautiful the landscaping is here at The Garlands,” said Maureen Doessel of the Country Home and Garden Club, who visited the campus in August and decided on the spot to nominate The Garlands for recognition.

‘Tis the Season to…Be KIND

Embrace the spirit of giving at The Garlands! Help spread holiday cheer this season with donations to The Garlands members’ Toys for Tots drive and Mitten Tree. Gifts can be left with the concierge at The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL, during regular business hours. Each little gift can make a big difference to…


“Always my sister, forever my friend.”   Be FAMILY Garlands members and sisters Nancy and Sally grew up side by side on the northwest side of Chicago near the famed Riverview amusement park and Wrigley Field. Nancy, the older by two years, attended Alvernia, an all-girls high school. Sally opted for the co-ed St. Benedicts “because it was more…


Marlene Peterson is a priceless original.   Be CREATIVE When a Garlands friend asked Marlene if she painted, she replied, “I don’t ‘do’ art.” The friend’s response, “How do you know?” sparked Marlene’s curiosity and creativity. Dozens of masterpieces later, Marlene exhibits her work at The Gallery at The Garlands and around town, but her true gift is…


The sky is the limit for Fred and Natalie Sponsler.   Be ADVENTUROUS Garlands members American Airlines pilot Fred and tax accountant Natalie were “fixed up” later in life by their fraternity brother teenage sons. Taking a risk on love again, the adventuresome Fred and Natalie began dating. A trained Air Force pilot and owner of his own Cirrus…


Sharing breathtaking views atop a snowy Colorado mountain is a real thrill for Gary and Sue Ellen Griffin.   Be THRILLING Family ski trips that started when their three boys were in grammar school continue today…with the addition of seven grandchildren on the slopes! They’ve been risk-takers and adventurers from the get-go. Sue Ellen took the first…


NOW HIRING Enthusiastic JOY Makers  (who also happen to be nurses, CNAs, restaurant servers, housekeepers or cooks too!)   CAREER FAIR Wednesday, September 25, 12pm-7pm The Garlands of Barrington 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL 60010 Be part of a team where: creating joy is the ultimate goal an award-winning reputation is more than a feather in the…


His and her offices are the perfect fit for Richard and Dorothy Winsor, two scholars with doctorate degrees in their respective fields.   Be YOURSELF In their Garlands home, each spouse has space – in the home as well as in their relationship – to be him or herself and follow their own individual passions – along…

Sixteen Years, WOW!

As they say, “It’s funny how time flies, especially when you are having fun.”

It is hard to believe that I have lived at The Garlands for 16 years now–I have enjoyed every moment! In fact, this might even sound like an ad for The Garlands, however, I thought that maybe some people might like to learn how an “old timer,” who has lived here nearly from the start, feels about being a Garlands member


The Garlands is home-sweet-home to Dick and Alice Van Egeren.   Be GRACIOUS When these Garlands Members returned to Barrington, where they raised their five children, it was a happy homecoming after 15 golden years in Arizona. Once settled, they welcomed a new four-legged family member, Callie, affectionately known as their “Velcro dog.” Ever perched on a…


The Zilkowski classroom knows no boundaries.       Be SMART For these Garlands members Red is the color of love and Bob Zilkowski’s beloved alma mater, Indiana University. “I bleed crimson,” says Bob, a Hoosier fan through and through. Bob and Janet met on a blind date at IU, fell in love and married on the beautiful…


Bonnie Gekler is organized, Chris Kotarba is a wee bit loosey-goosey.     Be FRIENDS These Garlands members and lifelong friends are like two distinct peas in the same pod. Whale watching, hiking, retirement parties, a wedding and divorce, a few medical challenges, birthday celebrations―the two pals cruise through life’s ups and downs together. Workmates at First National…

Chef’s Not-So-Secret Garden

Globally inspired cuisine prepared by The Garlands Executive Chef Nicola Torres gets a flavor boost from ingredients found in The Garlands very own backyard.   Chef Nick’s herb garden, with over a dozen fresh herbs including basil, chives, rosemary, parsley and dill, provides the “secret ingredients” that make his dishes so bright and tasty.   “Food simply…


Be THE LIGHT Garlands member Bonnie Smith Smiley’s friendliness, outgoing personality, and yes, smile, consistently exceed even the highest of those expectations. Bonnie’s life journey began in California and led her and her husband, Don, to serve in Guam and then return to California, Washington, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. With their son’s encouragement, they eventually moved…


Be VALUED Joyce Carlson comes from a long line of do-it-yourselfers. An assistant in a third-generation, family-owned paint contracting business, Joyce was a “working mother” long before the term was coined. When the business line rang in her family’s Chicago three-flat, she would whip into multi-tasking mode, corral the three kids and book the next…

Pretty Sweet!

Another Perfect Survey for Prairieview Once again, The Prairieview skilled nursing team earned a perfect annual survey from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This rare honor is a true testament to the dedicated staff that provides exceptional care to Garlands Members, if and when they need it the most! Thank you to “Cookies by Victoria”for helping the…

Three Generations of Art Majors

Garlands of Barrington member Carolyn Schweigert Husemoller, 81, knows a thing or two about art. A co-founder of Barrington’s Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art, Carolyn once made the arrangements for the center’s popular gallery shows. She also helped establish Barrington’s renown Art in the Barn juried art show and successful annual fundraiser for Good Shepherd…

Forever 21 and “Fancy Pants Friday”

Nothing like exercise, good friends and a little “shopportunity” to help maintain a positive attitude! Garlands of Barrington members who work out regularly with Inspirational Wellness Director Dr. Sandra Sieber and exercise teacher Bethanie Lochman will tell you that the benefits of exercise class are far greater than physical fitness. Good laughs, a sense of…

Peter Oprisko Stars in “Silver Screen Gold”

The Garlands Center for the Performing Arts presents… Silver Screen Gold, starring Peter Oprisko.     The Garlands Center for the Performing Arts welcomes you to a Dinner and a Show Worthy of an Oscar! Peter Oprisko is an acclaimed concert and recording artist whose romantic baritone, dynamic charisma and fun-filled, audience-pleasing showmanship has made…

Introducing New Fitness Coach and Cheerleader

Introducing New Fitness Coach and Cheerleader  The Garlands welcomes Fitness Coordinator Bethanie Lochman to the team! A fitness specialist with more than 18 years of experience, Bethanie was most recently a group fitness instructor and personal trainer at Edward-Elmhurst Hospital Health and Fitness in Naperville, Illinois. “A focus on health and wellness is not just…

Share the Holiday Spirit at The Garlands of Barrington!

Share the Holiday Spirit at The Garlands of Barrington! Santa’s elves are busy at The Garlands! Please consider joining Garlands members, team members and families in donating winter accessories, a toy or non-perishable food items for people in need. Donations to the following causes are being accepted now through December 9.  Collection bins are located…

Comfort One Another

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.

Joe Skalski | Member Services Attendant

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…

Sergio Lopez | 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…

Krystyna Weglarz | Hostess/Server

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…

Make a Difference

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… {{ vc_btn: title=Inspire+YOUR+Amazing+with+The+Garlands&style=custom&custom_background=%235e285f&custom_text=%23ffffff&shape=square&align=center& }}

Lynn Adams | Director of Activities/Lifestyles

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…

Dr. Sandra Sieber | Inspirational Wellness Advisor

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…

Jenny Pesina | Pastry Cook

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…

Plan Life’s Next Great Adventure

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…

The Garlands Gardens Gone Wild!

More than the bees are buzzing about The Garlands blooming gardens! The colorful display of flowers, herbs and veggies stops members and guests in their tracks to smell and admire the gardens.

Dr. Keith Fargo, The Brains Behind Saving Yours®

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…

Inspired Living

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…

Watercooler Sisters Art Exhibit

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…

Sweet Summertime Goodness

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…

Remember and do not let the world forget.

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…

Preparing a Home for Sale

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…

Encouragement is Two-way Street

I think most of us appreciate being encouraged, especially when we are walking through a difficult time. Here at The Garlands, we have opportunities to encourage one another in many different ways.

Enjoy a Cup of Kindness

A kind neighbor and The Garlands Member Services team eased Karen’s hip surgery recovery and reinforced that moving to The Garlands last summer was indeed the right decision.

“Perfect” Has a Nice Ring to It!

Prairieview at The Garlands Assisted Living and Memory Care earned a perfect survey from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

A Perfect Survey for Garlands HomeCare Solutions!

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…

New Hybrid Pricing . . . and a great move for this Barrington family

A practicing attorney and retired accountant, father and son Frank and Joe Lucas are accustomed to “dotting their Is and crossing their Ts.” To them, The Garlands NEW HYBRID pricing option, which requires no large entrance fee, was a smart business decision that offered less of an up-front financial commitment. “No large up-front fee meant…

The Garlands Celebrates 15 Years of Inspired Living

Fifteen years after the first members moved to The Garlands of Barrington, the award-winning retirement community celebrates its tradition of excellence as well as its progressive and popular philosophy on how to be happy and age well.

How Do The Garlands Gardens Grow?

With years of experience and lots and lots of water, that’s how!

Twenty-six raised garden boxes at The Garlands sit dormant all winter, like blank canvases, waiting for gardeners to bring life and color to their beds. Meet two talented gardeners, whose organic masterpieces are now in full bloom, and discover why harvesting the fruits of their labor keep them digging in the dirt.

You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!

The Garlands is all about choice. We offer choice in a variety of floor plans, dining venues and a myriad of amenities, services and activities . . . so Garlands members can pick the ones that are just right for them. Now we’ve sweetened the pot with a new option that offers maximum financial flexibility too.

Garlands Own Honored for Spreading Joy through Music-evoked Nostalgia

The Garlands of Barrington member Bruce Smith is making the world a better place one song at a time! The 75-year-old recently received the Daily Points of Light Award, which celebrates the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world, from the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

DIY Mediterranean Munchies

Garlands members learned how to make a classic hummus and pita chips at home from Cat Vaccaro, a cook at the Garlands. For an even healthier snack, hold the chips and dip a carrot stick instead! Here’s the recipe, so you can make at home.

The Garlands Play Readers Present: A Passion for Story-telling, Entertaining and Good Times

The Garlands Play Readers, a troupe of 20+ thespians, all of whom are over the age of 75 and live at the Barrington retirement community, act, lip-sync and dance their way through dramas, sketch comedy and one-acts that are performed live in The Garlands’ own 200-seat Performing Arts Center.

Better Balance Within Reach

Garlands members prove that achieving better balance is possible with exercise and dedication. After attending The Garlands 14 Week Balance Challenge, 31 of the 35 participants improved their balance! They are poised for life’s next adventure and you can be too.

The Fine Art of Retirement – YOUR Way!

Explore your artistic side…nurture a green thumb…audition for a leading role. Whatever strikes your fancy, you’ll find the companions, means and freedom to make those dreams a reality at The Garlands. Here you can create a one-of-a-kind lifestyle for a one-of-a-kind you.

The Garlands Inspira: Cultivate Possibility. Ignite Opportunity. Inspire Amazing.

Over the last 15 years our members have inspired us to set goals, dream bigger and have fun! We have countless examples of members with remarkably inspiring stories about their lives before and since moving to The Garlands—health improved, interests pursued, bucket lists crossed off . . . and the list goes on. “The Inspira philosophy and name are in honor of our members past, present and future and 15 years of inspired living here at The Garlands,” says Lund.

Precious Memories

Garlands member and writer, John (Jack) Patrick Roche, reflects on precious childhood memories growing up in Boston in this personal blog post.

The Happiness Advantage

Research shows that when people live in a positive brain state they get something called “the happiness advantage” in which their intelligence, creativity and energy levels increase. They make better decisions, have superior productivity, experience less burnout and improve in many other ways.

Deck “The Garlands” Halls

For more than a decade, the monumental—and super fun—job of decorating The Garlands of Barrington for the holidays has been in the capable and creative hands of The Red Geranium Gift shop team.

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