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We are following all CDC and Department of Health guidelines for social distancing.

Please call our community COVID-19 hotline 630-415-1978 for the most recent up-to-date information about Villa St Benedict.

We are creating more ways for you to connect with your loved ones:

Screenings

The only entry for employees and guests are the main entrances into the Villa Center and Administration building. All personnel are being screened.

Nursing

Residents are being well cared for. Every day our nursing management team is participating in phone webinars with Benedictine Infection Control Experts/Medical team to stay up to date on the most recent corona-virus updates. All residents in Assisted living are monitored for symptoms and temperature checks twice daily.

Pastoral Care

Daily prayer continues over the Chapel channel system Monday to Saturday 11:30am and Sunday at 10am. Residents can attend daily mass in Sacred Heart Chapel. The number is restricted to assure social distancing.

Life Enrichment team

Everyone is so excited about larger group gatherings. The calendar is filling up with more activities and events. Community gardening group has gathered and started planting in their expanded garden beds. Dancing group is resuming their classes and working on a presentation to the community. Swim group is back on schedule to the pool. Outdoor events with live music is being planned for June, July, August... bring your lawn chair! Connect with us on Facebook to see our residents and staff engaged in activities and programs. Check our week at a glance schedules posted on website.

The Residents and Associates

Have been amazing in working together... the proof is in our happy and healthy community. We have ridden the wave and pioneered through this incredible year.
It definitely takes a Village!

Culinary Services

The Bistro is open with inside and outside seating Monday to Saturday. Spring has brought us nice weather, so Grill day Thursdays have begun. Patio dining looking over our beautiful grounds. The Dining room is fully open with seating of groups of four; residents only at this time. Alcoholic beverages can be ordered. Brunch is back with Chef's Omelet Station. Plated service offered in the dining room. Pub Lounge is now open for seating. Limited to four residents at a table. The outdoor patio off the lounge is also open with all patio furniture. Enjoy the fresh air and great lawn view. Specialty Dinners are being offered: Wing Dinners, Block Parties, Chef's table, Wine pairing and Special Holiday Menus. Please connect with culinary to join in the culinary delights being offered by our Executive Chef. Benedale Center for Assisted Living residents have been enjoying social dining Monday to Sunday. They too are experiencing special Chef's tastes and demonstrations. Yes, we like to spoil our residents... they deserve it!

Yes we are socially engaged with marvelous culinary delights!

Families and friends

Independent Living can have guests, they need to screened and wear masks in all common areas. We cannot allow residents and families to dine with us at this time. Grab a meal join them on the outside grounds or in their apartment or villa home. Assisted Living can also have guests, they need to be scheduled for visits in their apartments seven days a week or on our ground. Residents can also go off campus... just keep staff informed. Family members for Abbey Lane residents can visit and be directed to Abbey Lane porch, which has the best view of the community! Please go to our SignUpGenius links:
Benedale Sign-up, Abbey Lane Sign-up.

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Riverwalk outing

What a beautiful day to be in downtown Naperville on the Riverwalk

Residents on River Walk

Paint and Pour Party

Our Life Enrichment team always plans creative events for our residents. At the Paint and Pour party, residents learned how to fingerprint this beautiful vase of spring flowers, while sipping on refreshing cocktails.

As part of CNA Week, we'd like to highlight our amazing CNA, Mary, who has been working at VSB for more than 10 years!

CNA Mary

Why did you want to become a CNA?
I enjoy taking care of people and helping them. I treat each resident like how I would like to be treated when I'm older.

Why do you work at VSB?
I love the environment, the friendly staff, the cleanliness of the campus, and the landscape – it's so beautiful! I also like the chapel and the faith-based care we provide – that's very important to me. Taking good care of our residents is important to me – they're like my family members.

How to form relationships with the residents?
Even during challenges, I talk to them, make them feel heard. Sometimes I sing to them to help make them feel calm. We talk about hobbies and their life stories – I enjoy getting to know them!

We work with our residents who are having challenges. One resident had a recent fall and I made sure to walk and accompany her around the building during her recovery. We also kept good communication with her physical therapist so she was comfortable to be independent and enjoy her life to the fullest.

Abbey Lane May Crowning

May Crowning is a solemn ritual many seniors took part in when they were young. Living this childhood memory was so comforting to our memory care residents, and many knew without direction exactly what to do. Since those with memory loss retain childhood memories longer, this was a lovely way to bring back those longer term memories and enjoy the special occasion.

Veterans Day Fundraiser for Operation Support Our Troops-America

On Veterans Day this year, VSB held a "To-Go" Lunch Fundraiser for Operation Support Our Troops-America which raised $1,955. Chef's prepared House Smoked Beef Brisket with beer BBQ sauce, signature 3-cheese mac 'n' cheese, with autumn vegetable medley & chocolate chip toffee cookies.-Yum! Residents and staff were able to pick up their warm lunches in the dining room, while family, friends and outside community supporters had the drive-up convenience of picking up from their cars.

Community Outreach initiatives attracted the Lisle Police Chief, Veterans from the local VFW's, Lisle Chamber Members, firefighters, local churches, Park District, Senior Center members and local residents who follow us on Facebook, with a total of over 191 warm to-go orders. Culinary did a fantastic job in completing this in just 2 hours.

Along with the Veterans Day Lunch Fundraiser, the residents and staff held their 13th Annual Stuff the Stockings collection for Operation Support our Troops-America. This collection raised $1,400 and 90 lbs of needed items to stuff Christmas Stockings that are sent to troops all over the world. VSB's Life Enrichment team organize it every year.

VSB staff and residents also volunteered their time by helping stuff stockings. VSB's new bus took 10 at a time, while socially distancing, to the Naperville warehouse location. VSB residents and staff truly are representatives of VSB's core values of; Hospitality, Respect, Justice and Stewardship. It takes a Villa(ge) here at VSB.

Employee Appreciation Party

While Covid is keeping us from celebrating our Employee Appreciation Party as a group, we still honored our employees who dedicated years to VSB. As our CEO, Kathy D. says, we have the best employees!

Cancer Walk for American Cancer Society

On June 4th 2021, Villa St. Benedict, a continuum care community in Lisle, held their Cancer Walk in support for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life", an non-profit organization that supports cancer patients and funding research. The walk occurred on Villa St. Benedict's 47 acre grounds. In honor of the walk this year, a banner was created where residents and staff could sign names of loves ones who are currently fighting cancer, admire the survivors, or honor those who have been taken. The residents, staff, and community raised over $3,900 for Relay for Life.
The community came together to create a great event for everyone. Kindness rocks were also hand painted by residents and staff with words to lift up cancer patients; these rocks were donated to cancer treatment offices to give to patients to hold during their treatment. Residents and staff made yard signs which were spread out along the pathways so the walkers could be encouraged by the words of support. Students from Benet Academy volunteered to help guide memory care residents in their wheelchairs along the walk. Sister Irene from the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart started the walk with a prayer for all the people who have been affected by cancer. A representative from the American Cancer Society attended the walk and talked about the importance of fundraising for research, education, advocacy, and health equity.

VSB raised $2,600 and donated 90 chef prepared meals to DuPageP.A.D.S for their Emergency Housing residents experiencing homelessness

On Feb. 4th, the VSB Chef's and Culinary Team prepared 90 delicious meals of BBQ Beef, mac-n-cheese, vegetables and cookie for the residents in the Emergency Housing program with DuPagePADS. The meals were handed out with volunteers from First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove. The children received laminated placemats filled with games made by Villa St. Benedict's Benedale Assisted Living residents.

Addition to the meals, VSB Outreach - Marketing staff and residents held a fundraiser and collected over $2,600 for the Emergency Housing Relief Fund. The need this year has been overwhelming due to Covid.

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery had a long history of providing interim housing for DuPagePADS. The gymnasium from their former Sacred Heart Academy was used for overnight housing every Thursday night from DuPagePADS inception to the early 2000's. Students from neighboring Benet Academy would help set up the pads and blankets. Along with the Sisters, neighboring parishes would companion the guests in shifts during the night. They would provide an evening meal, breakfast, clean up and send a sack lunch with the guests upon departure.  

This event provided VSB residents and staff to continue VSB's core values of; Hospitality, Respect, Justice and Stewardship. The Team effort and gracious support is truly the community of VSB.

For 35 years, DuPagePads has remained a beacon of hope for those with little or no support while experiencing homelessness. Now more than ever, our mission to end homelessness has become critical to the health and well-being of our community. The mission of DuPagePads is to end homelessness in DuPage County, Illinois. Our signature year round programs feed and shelter individuals and families who are homeless, connect them to case management and other services that can address the underlying cause of their homelessness. DuPagePads is about the journey home.

It's about the journey from dependency to self-sufficiency. Not the shelter. Not the nights spent in a car, in a motel room or on the street. DuPagePads is a journey that begins with an extended hand, an affirming voice, and a trusting soul that will advocate undividedly for each individual.The solution to end homelessness. Starts with housing.
For more information on how to make a donation, go to https://dupagepads.org

Residents are sharing the love

During the month of February, residents are sharing the love... with photos and mementos of their loved ones on our 2nd floor art gallery. Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Wine Pairing

Wine Pairing Dinner

Executive Chef Chris Moore and the culinary team hosted a delicious wine pairing dinner on the Lounge Patio. Chef Chris cooked up creative dishes in front of the attendees and introduced each dish with a wine that was paired with each course.

Notes from July 2021

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Hospitality Committee

June brought us many new residents, so it was time to sponsor the first Meet Your New Neighbors breakfast, which has been postponed since February 2020. Nice to gather and get acquainted.


Culinary Committee

Culinary has been creative with new a la carte menus, which change up every 3 weeks. Check your calendars for their specialty dinners and wine pairing venues.


Programs and Activities Committee

Summer has arrived and life enrichment team is busy planning a wide variety of events on and off premise.
There are band concerts, Tranquil trails for walking, sitting and enjoying natures beauty; Summer in the court concert series.
Bocce ball and bag tossing by the Lounge patio – Tuesday afternoons, some friendly and competitive games!

Health & Wellness Committee

Its been a long time under COVID restrictions, we have a new "normal" and we are still adhering to Illinois department of health guidelines. Screening is done at entry with concierge and masks are required in common areas.

Director Nursing emphasized the need to update your emergency records behind your door, with current medication information, etc.


New Resident Council Officers

New elected council members gathered to address the residents for future objectives. Their first meeting in the piazza was well attended. Many more to come....


Birthdays are still celebrated - even at physical distancing!

Mary's family wouldn't miss her special day. They honored her on the front lawn of Villa Center while Mary was surprised from her balcony. Happy birthday, Mary!

Resident on A Video Call

Distance won't stop the Joy of Dance group from getting together!

Here's Judy, fully connected on her devices, spending time on Zoom with her dance group.

Image Thanking Caregivers and Other Staff

Thank you to our dedicated caregivers and staff!

You have gone above and beyond in these challenging times, and we are grateful for each of you and for the care you show our residents and their families.

Heartfelt Messages from Residents to their Loved Ones

Our residents are in good spirits. Here are some of their messages to family and friends. See more photos and videos of life at Villa St. Benedict on our Facebook Page

Hallway Sing-a-Long

Life Enrichment initiated Hallway Sing-a-Long, and each floor is being entertained! Here's our very talented staff member JoEllyn from Marketing singing on the First Floor. She's singing on every floor in the Villa Center, and soon, Benedale! See more photos and videos of life at Villa St. Benedict on our Facebook Page!

A Testimonial Of Love

Ron and Betty Krupp went on Windy City Live to share the secrets to their loving and lasting marriage, of 56 years, on Valentine's Day!

Winter Showcase

In December, Villa St. Benedict's resident dance group, "Joy of Dance", performed their annual Winter Showcase in front of a packed house! Themed "Colors", the group showed off their hours of dedicated practice by performing dance to songs such as "White Christmas", "Rainbow Connection", and "Orange Colored Sky".

A Blessing

A Blessing of the newly restored roof over Villa St. Benedict and Sacred Heart Monastery by Renaissance Roofing, Inc.