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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 pleased to resume more normal visit protocols in conjunction with current Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.
  • For Benedale residents signing up for visits is no longer required; visit times are no longer limited; and we look forward to seeing family and friends. All visitors will be screened at the Concierge Desk upon arrival; and masks are required while in the building.
  • Independent resident visitors will be screened at the Concierge Desk when they arrive and must wear a mask while here; however taking temperatures will no longer be required.
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Screenings

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

Nursing

Residents are being well cared for. We continue to closely follow all federal, state, and local COVID-19 precautions. We are also committed to keeping you informed of our COVID-19 status. Reach out to Executive Director Nicole Rich or Director of Nursing Kathy Benjamin for any additional questions.

Life Enrichment team

Everyone is so excited about larger group gatherings. The calendar is filling up with more activities and events. VSB dancing group is resuming their classes and working on a presentation to the community. Swim group is back on schedule to the pool. We will be continuing to get together in safe & fun ways in the coming seasons! Connect with us on Facebook to see our residents and staff engaged in activities and programs. Check out our Monthly Calendars posted on our Website.

Culinary Services

The Bistro & the Dining room is fully open- residents only at this time. Alcoholic beverages can be ordered. Brunch is back with Chef's Omelet Station-look for the Special Easter Brunch Menu! Spring is here and a new a la carte menu started. Pub Lounge is open for seating. Specialty dinners & events are ongoing: 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!
The lounge can be rented or reserved for special occasions or meetings.

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. We are continuing to social distance and masks are required. Currently not open to family/friends.

The Residents and Associates

Have been amazing in working together... the proof is in our happy and healthy community. Coming together to enjoy programs, culinary & each other.

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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 April 2022

Resident Newsletter

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee sponsored a breakfast for new resident in March. While enjoying scones and coffee, residents got to meet the executive director and other department managers to get acquainted and reminder of services and opportunities. Marjorie Gilmartin, was recently inducted to Guinness World Records, with three living siblings; the sum of their ages are 383 yeas and 147 days. According to Guinness they have the highest recorded total age for four siblings.


Programs and Activities Committee

We have a new member in our Life Enrichment department, Nancy who comes with a creative art background and three years in senior living , such as ours, she will bring some fresh and fun ideas across the campus for fun times with our residents. Soon more outdoor activities will be upon us to gather on our beautiful campus.. Tranquil trails for walking, sitting and enjoying natures beauty; maybe bring back Summer in the court concert series.
Bocce ball and bag tossing by the Lounge patio.


Field and Feather

"Frequent flyers" of our cold weather friends: House sparrows, house finches, cardinals, nuthatches, juncos, nourning dove, blue jays, woodpeckers and bit and small Coopers Haw, and a few hardy American Robins. Soon our south arrivals will be coming. Also some white tail deer have been on the look out for a good snack from our feeders.

Culinary Committee

Culinary has been creative with new spring a la carte menus, which change up every 3 weeks. Check your calendars for their specialty dinners and wine pairing venues coming up. Soon some outdoor dining venues, when weather permits. Social gatherings in lounge are starting with reserved meeting for pool and poker nights.


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.

Stay healthy with :
- 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!


April Ditties

The month of April is here again
And the weather is still rather cool. Also stay alert today , don't be an April fool!


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.