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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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!
The only entry for employees are the main entrances into the Villa Center and Administration building. All personnel are being screened twice daily.
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... 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.
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 .
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.
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.
Tour Villa St. Benedict and get your questions answered – all from the comfort of your home! View spacious villa homes and apartments, tour the beautiful grounds and common areas, and see all the great amenities available for residents. Tours are available through Facetime and Zoom – let us know what you’re comfortable with and we’ll set it up!
Nutrition in the Year of Covid:
Tips to Stay Healthy & Well
Pandemic stress is real. Mia Greco, registered dietitian and owner of Olive Branch Nutrition, will talk about key nutrients for a healthy immune system, stress reducing techniques, and the benefits of getting your body moving. She will also bust common myths regarding food safety in the age of COVID-19.
Residents & Community Updates
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: https://www.facebook.com/villastben/posts/1045641822537726
Independent Living Walk: https://www.facebook.com/villastben/posts/340324657209246
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.
We're firing up the grill!
During the summer, our Culinary team grills up delicious burgers and brats every week for our residents and staff.
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!
Jennifer Solutric will be joining our VSB team in September as Dr Regina Schurman pursues a promotion at Benedictine University.
Notes from September 2020 Resident Newsletter
Programs & Activities Committee
Life Enrichment team has been busy arranging Zoom programs in Great Room and Art Studio, to allow for social distancing activities.
VSB acquired a Virtual Reality System (VR) with a diverse library to create memorable and engaging life-like experiences for users. Examples: travel, pets playing , music and art.
VR stimulates cognitive function through these immersive interactive stimuli. This experience will be offered Campus- wide... more to come!
A Senior’s Prayer
Good and gracious God.
I thank you for the gift of life.
So many good things over its course:
Health of mind and body,
Friends and family, strength and weaknesses,
Sorrows and joys.
You have ordained
That seasons change and time passes.
Help me to surrender graciously
To the changing circumstances of my life.
Help me to accept my weaknesses,
And to see them as opportunities
For others to show the love of Jesus.
Make me strong Your spirit,
That I may love you and the days of my life.
Submitted by Shelby Vogrin
Birthdays are still celebrated - even at physical distancing!
Happy 94th birthday, Elaine! Over the weekend, her friends living in the Benedale Center threw her a small celebration, while her family greeted her happy birthday outside with posters and songs. She was overjoyed.
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.