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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.

If you would like to hear community resident announcements from Executive Director, Kathy DiCristina, call on Fridays at 2:00pm for Residents and Family members Dial-in number: 1-425-436-6347 Access Code: 305418.

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

Screenings

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

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, and residents can now attend daily Mass. The number of residents are restricted to assure that we can practice good social distancing.

Life Enrichment team

Programs are continuing to happen for both Independent and Assisted Living residents. We are continually striving to find ways to keep the residents stimulated. Please connect with us on Facebook to see photos of activities and view Independent Living's Week at a Glance.

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

VSB community has more dining experiences happening:
• The Bistro as of March 8, 2021 for Breakfast and Lunch has opened with limited seating. Available Monday -Saturday, seating based on first come first serve basis.
• The Dining room has been open with limited seating in order to keep socially distant.
• Brunch service is back.
• Reservations is required from Villa Center and Villa Home residents for limited seating.
• Benedale Center for Assisted Living residents is also experience dining room services Monday to Sunday for all meal, based on assigned seating.

Yes we are socially engaged with marvelous culinary delights!

Families and friends

Intermediate family members are able to visit their family members in Independent Living. They are screened at entry with only 2 visitors are allowed at a time, and all common areas are currently off-limits to visitors. Family members are able to schedule time to visit Assisted Living residents in their apartments seven days a week. Family members for Abbey Lane residents can visit as well but will be directed to Abbey Lane porch. Please go to our SignUpGenius links for your one hour visit with your family members. Link to: Benedale Sign-up, Link to: Abbey Lane Sign-up.

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Benedictine Memorial Service

To honor those lost in our communities over this past twelve months and to bring together our associates in fellowship and community, Benedictine hosted a Remembrance and Renewal Memorial Service. March of 2021 marks one year from when our skilled nursing facilities were closed to visitors. It is also the month when spring returns and we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Benedict. It was the perfect time for us to pause, reflect and re-member what we have been through this last year and what we have to look forward to as a faith community caring for our residents.

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!

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!

2020 Luminary Presentation for Villa St. Benedict Foundation

This 1-hour presentation is the 5th Annual Memorial Luminary Illuminations for Villa St. Benedict Foundation. This year's virtual presentation has two themes: "Let Your Love Shine On for Family and Friends" and "Shine a Light on Our Heroes".

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.

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

 

Alzheimer's Walk 2020

This year, we did things a little differently. We walked to end Alzheimer's on 2 days - Thursday with assisted living and memory care residents, and Friday with independent living residents. While families couldn't walk with us this year, we livestreamed both walks on our Facebook page! The Alzheimer's Walk was an amazing success - we raised over $6,000! Assisted Living and Memory Care residents and staff had a great time walking together. Thank you to all those who contributed and celebrated with us from afar.

Assisted Living and Memory Care Walk
Independent Living Walk

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.

Wine Pairing

Notes from February 2021

Resident Newsletter

Hospitality Committee

Welcomed new residents to Villa St Benedict who moved in these past months. Offering gifts and small group dining introductions.


Health and Wellness Committee

Independent living residents got their first Covid-19 vaccination. What a happy day! Staff and Assisted living residents have already received their second vaccination. Soon we will all be able to gather together.


Field and Feather Committee

Seeing a Norther Cardinal can really make one's day! With that lovely gift of color... Accompanied by finches and sparrows.


Employee Appreciation Party

In the 2020 year of frustration... we really had a bright light. The residents at Villa St Benedict and their families have so graciously show their appreciation for the extra had work by our staff. They surpassed the Employee appreciation fund by over 10% from last year. This is distributed to full-time and part-time employees. Since there is a 'No Tipping Policy" this gives a wonderful way to show appreciation and award the staff for a job well done. There were also cash awards and prizes along with a lunch for all employees. Nineteen employees were recognized for their significant years of service–5yrs, 10 yrs and 15year. This is a yearly ceremonial headed by CEO and Resident council members.


Poem by Glenn Stehr

February Ditties
When February comes
The days get longer
We also see
The sun gets stronger.

It's February 14th
And I'm not stupid
I know this day
Belongs to cupid.

If you are a human
Or even a sparrow
We all are game
For cupid's arrow.

We have a good snow base
All over the hill
For the downhill skiers
It provides quite a thrill.

At the end of February
We hope to find
The bulk of winter
Left behind.

Many folks mourn
Many folks grieve
Could this be the year
When the virus will leave.

Our task for the new year
Be it dusk...be it dawn
Is to take what life gives us
And adjust and move on.

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.

Judy With A Bouquet Of Flowers

Here's a fun way to send flowers!

Judy just received this beautiful card and "flower bouquet" from her daughter.

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.