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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 be 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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Alzheimer's Walk 2021

It takes a Villa(ge)...staff and residents proved this message with our Alzheimer's Walk closing out the week of National Assisted Living Week. Sister Mary started off the walk with a blessing and we walked around our campus in unison to raise money for a great cause, the Alzheimer's Association. After the walk we celebrated and had ice cream and treats out on our great lawn. We raised over $4,000 for the Alzheimer's Association!

Alzheimer's Walk

National Assisted Living Week

What a week! We celebrated National Assisted Living Week with our residents and staff. Compassion, Community, and Caring. The theme of the week! With an activity every day for our Assisted Living residents it was a jam-packed week of music, fun in the sun, dog parades, and ended with our Annual Alzheimer's Walk. National Assisted Living Week has always been important to celebrate staff and residents of Villa St. Benedict.

National Assisted Living Week

The End of Summer Bash

We're partying at VSB! Celebrating this incredible season of fun in the sun. Ice cream, popsicles, and music from Mike & Tracey from the Good Clean Fun Band. Assisted Living, Memory Care and Independent Living residents came together to celebrate. Summer may be coming to a close, but the good times won't stop at VSB!

End of the Summer Event for residents

National Night Out

The local Lisle/Woodridge Fire Department and Paramedics stopped by for a visit to socialize with our Independent and Assisted Living Community in addition to meeting our new Executive Director, Nicole Rich, and our Prioress Sister Mary. Residents listened and sang along to Folk and Irish-inspired tunes as yard games commenced and our Oberweis build-your-own Sundae Bar was set up with a variety of toppings from cherries, caramel to hot fudge.

Lisle/Woodridge Fire Department and Paramedics

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.

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.

A night for the adventurous diner

Our executive chef prepared a four course meal paired with specialty wines from Tsali Notch Vineyard in Tennessee. This get together was a beautiful night consisting of wine, delightful tastes and socializing between our residents and staff.

A night for the adventurous diner

Vintage Car Show!

National Assisted Living Week Day 3. We stepped back in time from the 1930's to the 1970's with a beautiful array of vintage cars sponsored by Residential Home Health and Hospice. Another beautiful day at VSB, residents enjoyed the parade of cars through the campus.

Vintage Car Show!

Culinary Delight

Assisted Living residents experienced a wonderful wine tasting dinner prepared by our executive chef. They boasted it was like being on a cruise ship! A three course meal paired with a wine of their choice.

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.

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 August 2021

Resident Newsletter

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.


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!

Take a short walk outside our Bistro door to our lush gardens planted by our Resident Garden Committee. Colorful flowers, vegetables and herbs are flourishing.
New to our grounds is the butterfly garden on the west side.

Also on display in our 2nd floor Art Gallery are quilts and textiles by artist, Kathy Steere. Meet and greet planned for Aug. 13th 3pm. Call to reserve your seat.

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.

Pop up Chef's Tables starting in August, please check your calendars.


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.

Beat the heat, take some exercised INSIDE!
Strong Seniors
Sit and Fit
Core Treatment
Our PEC staff are there to help you create your own program too.
It's never too late to make your moves!


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.