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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:

  • Email them directly or us at info@villastben.org so we can get them your message.
  • Schedule video chats (please use the contact form to schedule the video chat)
  • Follow us on Facebook

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.

Culinary Services

We are providing Grab & Go and Room Delivery for our residents. Independent Living is provided Grab & Go breakfasts and lunches, and Room Delivery for dinner. The Dining Room has recently opened with limited seating in order to keep residents socially distant from each other. Assisted living residents have started social dining in Benedale Center for lunch, and loving it!

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 outside in our Gazebo, which is coordinated with the concierge. Please call to schedule a time at (630) 725-7000.

The Residents and Associates

have been amazing... We are working together to ride the wave and see it through. Please, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call and speak with our leadership team members.

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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".

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

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.

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 November 2020

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Resident Council

Reception was held in the Great Room in mid October to thank the retiring members and welcome the newly elected members.
They will serve for two years. Among those recognized was Paul Curtin who served for four years, including two as President. Paul was cited for his overall reorganizing of the office and the archive files, creation of "Geek Squad" and more resident involvement in the council.


Field & Feather group

Early fall brought some – cool birds. One of our feeders was recently visited by nine species in the space of half hours. There has also been a siting of a Bald Eagle. With winter on its way they are looking at any animal tracks to keep an eye our for a Snowy Owl or two.


Poker Run

Second Annual sponsored by the P.E.C for Independent Living residents. No need to know how to play Poker, a great way to get everyone outside and walking the beautiful campus grounds of VSB. The Poker Run was staffed by Benedictine University students who set up benches along the walking path, details of paths and maps marking locations of the poker cards. Concierge was quite busy this day! There were random envelops on different benches with a card in it. At the end of the walk each participant had 5 sealed envelopes, which contained their random – poker hand. Prizes were awarded to top 10 hands.


Hospitality Committee

Welcomed new neighbors to, distributed birthday bags , organized dinners, happy hours and other get-togethers... all social distanced, of course!


Veteran Fundraiser

House smoked beef brisket with beer bbq sauce, 3 cheese mac n cheese, autumn medley, and chocolate chip cookie... Collaborated by Outreach initiatives for Operations Support our Troops America.


Wellness Committee

They are exploring ways to bring renewed massage therapy services to VSB.


Thanksgiving...

The grandkids are her
They're getting much taller
But due to the virus
Our numbers are smaller.

See the girls in the kitchen
Slicing the pears
See the boys in the front room
Watching the "Da Bears"

Uncle Roy was
A cook in the Navy.
So we put him in charge of the Gravy.

We're here at the table
Our blessings we share
And bow down our heads
For the Thanksgiving prayer.

As for the Thanksgiving jargon
I still am confessing
That I'm really not sure
If it’s stuffing or dressing.

We've had lots of food
We've had lots of talk
Is anyone up
For a Thanksgiving walk?

Poem by Glenn Stehr, Resident


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!

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.

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.

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.