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Valerie Hutchinson, Owner
Alexandra Sulik Pedretti, RN MSN NP-C
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About Young at Heart
Young at Heart is an organization established by co-owners Valerie Hutchinson and Alexandra Sulik Pedretti in response to an increasing need for adult/senior day care health services all across the country.  Our purpose is to provide direct care and supervision to adults 60+ in the Countryside, IL community.  Young at Heart is also dedicated to promoting social, physical and emotional well-being through personalized attention.

Young at Heart is owned and operated right here in Countryside, IL. Since our company opened in 2011, we’ve treated every client like they are a part of our family. Other companies may offer similar services, but our services are the best, and come with a personal touch. 
Valerie Palencia has extensive sales, marketing and management experience within the home health industry.  She has successfully established a home care service over 10 years ago.  Her experience continues to flourish as she expertly provides companion care for those adults who range in various care levels - independent to homebound.  She has worked with complicated disease processes and has developed care plans that are continuously adapting to her patients' specific needs.  Valerie continues to educate herself and lead the Young at Heart team in dementia training and ongoing daily care activities for the clients Young at Heart serves.
Alexandra Sulik has an Advanced Practice Nursing Certification in Adult Care. She has been working as a Nurse Practitioner since April 2010.  She currently is a primary care provider for patients who reside in long-term care facilities throughout the Chicago-land area and its suburbs.  Her primary care experience gives her the foundation needed to care for patients with chronic disease processes such as dementia, diabetes, congestive heart failure, renal disease, and more.  Prior to her NP career, she worked as  staff nurse at one of the local community hospitals on a medical/surgical unit, specializing in orthopedic care.  Patients diagnosed with dementia has always been one of her primary interests.  While working with the  adult/geriatric population, she quickly identified the increasing need for adult day care services and continues to be passionate in serving clients and their families afflicted by progressive disease processes.
Committed to helping our participants and their families achieve their dreams
Young at Heart Staff
The Young at Heart advantage over other adult day care facilities is the staff we choose. We want you to ask, "Would I hire this person to care for my own family member?" and the answer would be "Yes" every time.  Seeking out care providers who want more than just a job is the key to our home health care selection process.  Our care providers take pride in their work and love working with adults/seniors.  To ensure that we meet the quality of care we pride ourselves on, Young at Heart requires all staff to partipate in a rigorous hiring process and training.  We require all staff to participate in strict screening which includes:
  • Background check (including sexual predator history)
  • DMV check
  • Competency Testing
  • Reference Checks
  • Skills Training
  • Continuing Education
  • CPR certification
  • Abuse Registry Clearance
  • Contiuous monitoring with annual performance evaluations
Young at Heart's mission is to recognize the different needs of each individual and improve the quality of life for our participants and their families.  Young at Heart also prides itself on being a dependable resource for the participants' primary caregivers through continuous involvement and education.
Young at Heart was developed to provide participants the safe care needed during daytime hours and to provide families temporary relief of the demanding continuous care required for dependent adults.  By establishing this care facility, quality of life will be improved by addressing the commonly identified indicators:

  • autonomy
  • individuality
  • dignity
  • privacy
  • enjoyment
  • meaningful activity
  • social engagement
  • safety/security
  • comfort
  • spiritual well-being
  • functional competence