Two days after the summer solstice, Rittenhouse Village of Portage had their annual Block Party celebration on a beautiful sunny day. It took place in the parking lot as guests from near and far gathered to raise money for the senior living community’s Alzheimer's and dementia services.
This was their very first event since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the whole community was invited to listen to music, eat good food, and socialize.
The goal for today's event was to bring attention to the Rittenhouse Village community and what they and their partners have to offer.
“I think we just do an amazing job taking care of the community and a lot of them don't know how to get to this point, if they can afford it, or what their options are,” said Jodi Richard, Business Office Manager. “So I think having a block party is a great way to reach them and let them know what we have to offer.”
Many partners – FirstLight Home Care, One Home Health, and Home Health & Hospice Care Traditions Health – were alongside Rittenhouse Village in support of today's event.
FirstLight Home Care is a nonmedical caregiving service in Northwest Indiana. They do everything from companion care, personal care, light housekeeping, and transportation.
“We make sure people are safe in the communities that they live in,” said Brittani Beatty, Marketing Executive of FirstLight Home Care. “With the Rittenhouse Village residents, we provide them meals a few times a day, we make sure they're safe when taking showers or doing other everyday activities, and help them get around.”
One Home Health provides home healthcare and home care to wherever someone calls home. They do a lot of business inside facilities but also home care, which includes therapy nurses, or home health aides serve people when they have changes in conditions and need a little bit more care in the home.
Home Health & Hospice Care Traditions Health helps patients regain and maintain their health and independence and provides support and guidance to patients and their families to address each of these needs throughout their end of life journey.
Not only were their partners there in attendance, but also live entertainment by Joe Zirconia, food from The Cheesy Truck and Kona Ice, and activities that someone of any age could enjoy – miniature basketball, giant connect four, face painting, spin the wheel, sidewalk competitions, and the attention grabber for tonight, the water dunk tank. If you were lucky to hit the bullseye, you got a prize or got to dunk a worker of Rittenhouse Village in cold water.
“We've got a pretty good turnout of people who are excited to be out and be able to actually go to events,” said Ashley Gutowski, Regional Account Manager of One Home Health. “We're happy to be able to see people and to work with them, including our business partners.”
By the end of the day, the Rittenhouse Village At Portage’s main concern is the well being of their residents and helping them in any way, something today’s event proved. They would even let their residents dunk them to help raise money for their community.
“The block party is lovely,” said Carol Kalmar, a member of the community. “My favorite thing about today was how Rittenhouse Village took us on a tour of the villa which I thought was very nice of them to show us.”
For more information about Rittenhouse Village and what they do for our community as well as our senior living care check out their website or reach them at 219-248-2038.
“We love our community, and we love our residents. Senior living is a whole lot of fun,” said Danielle Margaret Walker Balek, Senior Lifestyle Counselor at Rittenhouse Village.