Food for the Soul

By 8th October, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

During the month of October, specifically the week of October 6th – 12th, Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home recognizes and shows appreciation to our food and dietary service team for Healthcare Food Service Week. Food preparation is paramount in a senior living community requiring 3 daily meals for residents with various dietary needs in 4 different dining halls and ongoing events or catering needs. Sue Iverson, head of OLA’s Dietary Department, describes how she and her team meet these needs while keeping the residents’ dining experiences top notch.

Back – Shawn Bale, Angel Burich, Jerry Patao Front – Sr. Ellen Thomas, Sr. Helen Zulka, Sr. Bernie Campbell

“OLA’s dining halls are open 365 days a year, 7 days a week and serve mostly the same residents 3 times a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner” states Sue. “Our largest meal of the day is lunch so residents don’t sleep on a heavy meal. There are always two entrees to choose from at both lunch and dinner and our Independent and Assisted Living dining hall has buffet style dining with a hot food buffet, salad bar, and various jellos, fresh fruits and drinks.” Sue manages her team, food orders, menu preparation, event catering lists and ongoing day-to-day needs.

Most of OLA’s foods are made from scratch. “It’s homemade, good quality food because this is their home,” Sue mentions with a smile. From homemade cakes to traditional meat and potato meals, each is fresh and prepared with care.

Residents dining selections are built around their needs and dietary restrictions. Food selections range from regular menus to mechanical soft, pureed or thickened liquids. Dietary restrictions are also noted such as no added salt, no concentrated sweets, and low cholesterol-cardiac.

Holidays and special events add a special twist for residents’ dining experiences. Families can join their loved one(s) for the day and eat a traditional holiday meal. “Residents also love ‘Fun Friday’ once a month which includes a cheeseburger with fries and optional root beer float,” Sue remarks.

“My team and I really enjoy working with the residents and getting feedback from them about the meals we prepare. We are like a large family. I tell my team to be proud of the food we serve.”

Enhance your quality of living and continue your story with Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, a resident-centered, caring community. Call us today. To speak directly with OLA’s Admissions Coordinator regarding OLA’s levels of care, services and amenities, call 815-725-6631 ext. 4113.

October Activity Calendar Now Available

By 2nd October, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

Cool, crisp air, apple cider, pumpkins and fall activities are here! OLA seniors can look forward to regularly scheduled activities along with a Fall Social, Skee Ball, Paint and Sip (Mimosas), Oktoberfest, Trick or Treating and more.

Click HERE to view OLA’s October Activity calendar.

September Activity Calendar Now Available

By 5th September, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

The heat and humidity are still with us, but August is not. September has arrived, as well as a new month of activities for OLA’s seniors!

Click here to view this month’s full Activity Calendar!

Our Lady of Angels Rehabilitation Spotlight

By 19th August, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home (OLA) offers rehabilitation services for seniors needing additional therapy to complete their recovery after an ailment or hospital stay.  Nancy White, recently completed her rehab at OLA and shares her story.

Nancy White

At 85, Nancy is sharp-minded, an avid gardener, singer, tech-savy, and very independent senior. After an unfortunate fall caused her to break her left fibula, Nancy ended up in the hospital. Rehabilitation was recommended for full recovery. “When I was nearing the end of my hospital stay, a doctor recommended OLA for therapy,” Nancy states. “They said the therapists at OLA were great and the food was good, so my daughter and I decided to further explore this rehabilitation option.”

OLA offers patients physical and occupational therapy 6-7 days a week (to speed your recovery)and speech therapy 3-5 days a week, tailored to the individual’s recovery plan. Nancy’s recovery included both physical and occupational therapy. “The therapists were wonderful and considerate. They encouraged me as I made progress. I’m now back to walking using my walker,” Nancy says with a smile.  Therapists work on patients’ mobility, strength and balance all while teaching safer practices to avoid reoccurring falls when returning home.

Patients can also take advantage of various amenities and life enrichment activities during their stay. Nancy comments, “I’ve attended all of Margaret Benoit’s sing-a-long music Mondays. I love singing!” OLA strives to ensure residents live at their highest level of comfort and security while enjoying each day.

Enhance your quality of living and continue your story with Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, a resident-centered, caring community. OLA’s Rehabilitation and Skilled Care is prepared and equipped to meet all of your recovery needs. Call us today. To speak directly with OLA’s Admissions Coordinator regarding OLA’s rehabilitation services and amenities, call 815-725-6631 ext. 4113.

Respite Care Services

By 7th July, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

Caring for a loved one full time is a large responsibility. Being available to take care of that person 24/7 is not always possible. Whether going on vacation this summer, having an unavoidably busy weekend or just needing a mental and physical break, Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home (OLA) provides respite care services for seniors. Have peace of mind in knowing your loved one’s well-being is in the best of hands while you are away.

OLA works hand-in-hand with families. Based on patient needs, OLA will determine what level of care is needed during respite stay. There is no minimum or maximum number of days required, but commonly seniors will stay anywhere between 3-14 days. Should a longer respite stay be desired, a prescreening and 10 day processing time will need to be arranged through senior services. “We like to encourage families to include a few personal items when packing for OLA, to make their loved one feel more comfortable and secure throughout their stay,” states OLA Admissions Coordinator, Paula Hargis.  

Hargis also mentions, “Senior Services can help families help offset respite care costs through The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP).”

While away, the family can call OLA’s Nurses Station to get frequent updates. If the family is in the area and would like to stop in, it is nice to take a break from the caregiver role and return to son, daughter, spouse etc. and simply enjoy themselves while visiting. Enhance your quality of living and enjoy Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, a resident-centered community providing high-quality care and rehabilitation services for seniors. A welcoming community awaits perspective seniors and their families. Call and schedule a tour today. To speak directly with OLA’s Admissions Coordinator regarding respite care services, call 815-725-6631 ext. 4113.

July Activity Calendar Now Available

By 1st July, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

July is here and so are this month’s activities. Along with regularly scheduled weekly activities, we have scheduled some patriotic, space-tacular, and even Christmas in July (yes we said it) to-dos for this month!

On Wednesday, July 3rd, seniors can jump-start their 4th of July celebrations with an Ice Cream Picnic at 2p.m. Friday, July 19th at 2p.m. will be a Buzz and Neil Space Party and Discussion. All are welcome!

In addition to our weekly music classes, we will have Sing-a-Long Entertainment with Pauline and Joe on Saturday, July 20th at 10a.m., as well as a 6:30p.m. Concert on the Lawn with Tim Wilsey on the 23rd.

Click Here to view this month’s full activity calendar.

OLA Survey – We Need Your Help

By 7th June, 2019 OLA Announcements, OLA News Comments Off


Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home is generating a vision and strategic plan for our senior living facility. You are an essential part of our process. Please take a moment to take a brief survey aimed at understanding OLA’s Strengths and Weaknesses, Staff, and Culture.

Thank you for participating! *Survey is anonymous.

Spreading Joy at OLA

By 28th May, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

Smiles, laughs and happy faces abound when Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home’s nurse, Leslie Brassard, walks into residents’ rooms. A newer addition to the OLA team, Leslie has worked at OLA for the past 5 months. While her job keeps her very busy, she finds joy in every minute of it.

Leslie Brassard and Jerry Armstrong

“I really enjoy working at OLA,” Leslie states with a warm smile. “We are a team and that’s what I love about the work environment. I’ve had previous hospital and nursing home work experiences and I’ve never been to a place that’s so team-oriented.” OLA always strives to improve their quality care, in part, through open communication, team-building and positive work experiences.

Leslie applies a person-centered, caring approach to each senior she monitors within her assigned C-1 wing. “They are such sweet people and I try to reassure them that they are in good hands,” Leslie explains. “Patients within this wing are mostly here for rehabilitation recovery stays. I am often working with them each day, helping them get to physical and occupational therapy, overseeing medication and health related issues and aiding them throughout their overall recovery process.”  

OLA’s rehabilitation wing is extremely busy with movement being critical to most every patient’s recovery plan. Patients are encouraged to be up and about, participate in their rehabilitation therapies and enjoy their downtime whether spending time with family, resting, attending activities and meal times or simply socializing with other rehabilitation patients.  

Continue your story with Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. OLA is a resident-centered, retirement home community providing high-quality care and rehabilitation services for seniors. Join our team! We are currently looking for caring CNAs and RN/LPNs.

Apply online at or complete an application in person at 1201 Wyoming Avenue. Questions? Contact us at

April Activity Calendar Now Available

By 2nd April, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

Spring has sprung!

We have some fun April activities arranged for this month including a Spring Social with Margaret, Milkshake Monday, Easter egg coloring, Earth Day celebration and more. Regularly scheduled favorites will continue as usual with our recently added Comfort Dog Visits on Thursdays at 10:30am in the Activity Room.