News and Events
Updates for Our Family and Friends
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 email@example.com so we can get them your message.
- Schedule video chats (please use the contact form to schedule the video chat)
- Follow us on Facebook
Since communal dining has been discouraged, 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. Assisted living residents have all three meals delivered daily by the culinary team and continued support from other teams.
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.
The only entry for employees are the main entrances into the Villa Center and Administration building. All personnel are being screened upon entering the building.
Families and friends
Loved ones are dropping off groceries and other items. Please contact us if you need to make any arrangements.
Life Enrichment team
Continually strive to find ways to keep the resident stimulated. Please connect with us on Facebook for updates on activities.
Daily prayer continues over the Chapel channel system.
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.
Taking Care of our Inner Well-Being
A conversation with Sister Lisa Maurer.
Click the link below to watch a recording of the webinar.
Moving and Downsizing Tips with Gentle Transitions
Hosted by Benedictine. Presented by Jill Freeman, senior move specialist and professional sorter with Gentle Transitions.
Space is limited.
The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White
Hosted by VSB Life Enrichment.
Margaret Bourke-White was a prominent American documentary photographer and war photojournalist during World War II. Presented by Carol I. Hockett, the Coordinator of the School and Family Programs at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. She is the daughter of one of our Independent Living residents, David I. Space is limited.
Residents & Community Updates
The Lounge is open!
With a line out the door, our bartender serves residents one at a time to allow for social distancing. The comfortable weather allows them to enjoy their drinks on the Lounge patio!
The PEC Center has reopened!
Our independent residents can now schedule an appointment to use the marked off groups of exercise equipment. Each area is marked to keep each resident socially distant and is sanitized and cleaned before and after each use. Thank you, Dr. Regina Schurman and PEC staff Megan for all of their hard work and keeping our residents physically healthy!
Notes from June 2020 Resident Newsletter
Take and go in the Lounge now open, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Enjoy your cocktail and social distancing with your neighbors outside on our Patio Lounge area overlooking our beautiful grounds.
Programs and Activities Committee
Fun for Seniors
With sunshine and the sound of a calliope, the Villa Home Residents and neighbors enjoyed an Ice Cream Social sponsored by Life enrichment team on May 15th. In addition they were treated to a Driveway Happy Hour a week later, that included beer, wine and delicious appetizer - given out by the Directors and staff! Villa Center Residents enjoyed hallway sing-alongs and Happy Hour in the Hallways from their doorways with their neighbors. Assisted Living Residents were visited by the Fun on Wheels and raced horses in their own Derby. The Life Enrichment team is continuing to think up of creative activities residents can participate in while social distancing.
Health and Wellness
Establish a routine: Go to bed and get up at approximately the same time each day. This set your internal clock. Eat a healthy breakfast. Add protein in the morning to give you a satisfied feeling. Before or after getting dressed, make your bed. Wow, you will feel that you have accomplished something early in the day! Information gathering: Read newspaper and watch what you enjoy;let’s not overload on COVID-19 stories. Read a good book or watch travelogue programs. Summer preparation: Are you ready? Get out your hat to protect your face from the sun and wear sunscreen. Wear light colored clothing, summer shoes, sunglasses. Get some fresh air! Keeping our focus on what has been good for us will contribute to our sense of wellness.
June 21 is Father’s day
What Makes a Dad?
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
The God combined these qualities
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so,
He called it... DAD.
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
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!
VSB Honors its Employees
Villa St. Benedict held its annual "Employee Appreciation Party" for all of the amazing and hardworking members of the VSB staff! The employees enjoyed a "Rock Through The Ages" themed party with good food, a raffle of great prizes and the generosity of the Villa St. Benedict residents through their donations to the "Employee Appreciation Fund." Villa St. Benedict is always proud to honor the employees that make our community and our residents lives so great!
Lyn Tietz – Scenes of Nature
On display in the Art Gallery, 2nd floor of the Villa Center
Lyn Tietz has been living in the western suburbs for 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has an Associate’s Degree from the College of DuPage in Interior Design. After attending art classes, she began her exploration into painting, and continues to take classes and workshops with many noted instructors.
She started painting 20 years ago with watercolor. Since then, she expanded her skillset to include pastel, acrylic, colored pencil, inks, and oil paints and has won awards in each of the mediums. Having lived in the Midwest for many years, her inspiration comes from the wonders of nature and the changes of the seasons.
Outside of painting, she owns an interior design business, teaches flower arranging, and is part of the DuPage, LaGrange, Oak Brook, and Addison Art Leagues. Her work is regularly exhibited at the Addison Galleria, LaGrange Art League, and DuPage Art League.
A Blessing of the newly restored roof over Villa St. Benedict and Sacred Heart Monastery by Renaissance Roofing, Inc.
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”.
For a true insider glimpse about what it's like to call Villa St. Benedict home, listen to these residents share their impressions.
Here are a few newsworthy accomplishments and announcements involving our residents and employees.
What sets VSB apart is loving, caring, hard-working people who go above and beyond for our residents every day. Our turnover is low, and our staff and residents are family. This month we decided to do a small video series about some of our staff who are known for exceeding expectations, and who have been with Villa St. Benedict a long time. Please enjoy these wonderful people. These are the type of people you want taking care of your family.