Surrounded by Love, Cared for with Kindness

By 8th November, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

Helen “Jayne” Josephson, accompanied by daughters, Nancy (Scott) Perinar and Suzi (Scott) Ness, fondly reflects on her time living at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. Before even beginning her interview, simply by entering her room, one can feel the amount of love and care.

“A dear friend and resident of OLA, whom I often came to visit, recommended OLA,” states Jayne. “I receive great care and everyone is very encouraging and friendly. I have never gone past a resident or staff member that didn’t say, ‘hello’.”

Helen “Jayne” Josephson with daughters, Nancy and Suzi

Some of Jayne’s favorite activities include craft classes, quilting, painting pictures and Sister Odella’s music therapy. When asked to recall a favorite event at OLA, Jayne says, “I had a good time at OLA’s hotdog roast with my girls. The ice cream socials are also nice.”

“I also enjoy talking to the aides,” Jayne mentions with a smile. “They go out of their way to make me feel at home.”

Nancy and Suzi gesture towards a colorful wreath with an ‘H’ for Helen hanging in their mother’s room. Suzi elaborates, “One of my mom’s aides made this wreath for her. She noticed that my mom had an empty section on her wall and surprised mom with the wreath. It was such a lovely gesture. Mom enjoys seeing it and decorating for every season.”

Looking around Jayne’s room, one will notice a few African Violets on her desk. One of Jayne’s past hobbies included growing African Violets. She still keeps a few in her room to brighten her day.

Nancy adds, “Communication is also really wonderful at OLA. They will call and update us often on how mom is doing.” OLA strives to make residents feel safe in their surroundings and their loved ones secure in knowing they are receiving the care they need.

Surrounded by love, supported by her family and cared for with kindness, Jayne’s story with Our Lady of Angels continues.

Enhance your quality of living and enjoy Our Lady of Angels, a resident-centered, retirement home community providing high-quality care and rehabilitation services for seniors. Call and schedule a tour today, 815-725-6631 ext. 4113.

November Activity Calendar Now Available

By 5th November, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

OLA’s November Activity Calendar is here!

We are so thankful for our residents, their families and our OLA community! Look for fun with a seasonal twist this month such as holiday crafting, What’s Cookin’ and more. On Thursday, Nov. 8th, grab your detective hats for a Sherlock Holmes Outing at USF. Seniors who enjoy theatre have an opportunity to go to a JJC Theatre Outing on Sunday the 18th. Don’t forget to take out your Christmas boxes on Friday the 23rd to join us in Decorating for Christmas!

Thanksgiving 2018
Wednesday, Nov. 21st – Resident Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (10a.m.) followed by a Thanksgiving Social & Music with Sr. Odelia (2p.m.)
Thursday, Nov. 22nd – Thanksgiving Meal (11a.m.)

Click Here to view all November activities.

11 Years of Compassionate Care at OLA

By 7th October, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

Dedicated, compassionate, wonderful and caring are just a few words residents use to describe Ashley Vehrs, a CNA at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. Vehrs has built lasting friendships with OLA staff and residents over her past 11 years of work. “We all know each other,” states Vehrs. “OLA has such a wonderful family environment and homey feel.”

Each day, Vehrs assists residents of the B2 wing with their daily routine. She helps them get ready to start their day, checks their vitals, aids with their basic needs and stops by to check on them hourly to make sure they are doing well.

Ashley Vehrs with resident, Dorothy Anderson

When asked to recall some favorite moments with residents, Vehrs smiled fondly saying, “There are so many that come to mind. One memory that stands out is a resident’s 100th birthday. It was my day off, but I came in early that morning to help her get ready for her birthday party later that day. She and her family were so excited about the celebration and I was blessed to experience those moments with them.”

Vehrs continued, “About 6 years ago, I worked with a woman who didn’t communicate verbally very often and mostly used nonverbal facial gestures. When I would walk into her room she would bunch up and wrinkle her nose like a bunny to say ‘hello’ and I would do the same in return. So many little things and all so meaningful.”

Enhance your quality of living and enjoy Our Lady of Angels, a resident-centered, retirement home community providing high-quality care and rehabilitation services for seniors. A welcoming staff awaits perspective seniors and their families. Call and schedule a tour today. To speak directly with OLA’s Admissions Coordinator regarding what level of care is best for you or your loved one, call 815-725-6631 ext. 4113.

October Newsletter

By 2nd October, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

Our October newsletter is here. Click here to read this month’s Angels Inquirer.

OLA Walks to End Alzheimer’s

By 1st October, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease.”

This year, a dedicated team from Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home has decided to join the fight against Alzheimer’s by participating in Will County’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 6th. OLA team members currently include Rebecca Reiter, Jake Ancel, Carolyn Krause Platt, John Ancel, Skylar Carter, Anita Lane, Paula Hargis, Jenny Guiney, Jodi Ancel, Stormy Reiter, Thomas Reiter, Veronica Turner and Ashley Vehrs.

The team has currently raised roughly $1,500 and hopes to meet a goal of $2,000 by October 6th. All funds go directly to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. If you would like to help Team OLA reach their goal, please consider donating here. You can donate directly to the team as a group or select which team member you’d like to support.

As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s grows each year, we need to be vigilant to spread awareness, support medical research and support those currently suffering from or caring for loved ones with the disease.

On behalf of our OLA community, we would like to wish all participants a successful walk this upcoming weekend!

October Activity Calendar Now Available

By 1st October, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

OLA’s October Activity Calendar is here!

We have fun and ‘spook-tacular’ activities and outings planned for our seniors. Along with weekly favorites such as Music Therapy with Sr. Odelia,  Crafty Corner and Music with Margaret keep a look out for our Stamp Convention on Saturday, October 13th, BINGO with the University of St. Francis Football team on Wednesday, October 24th and OLA’s Halloween Parade & Monster Mash Bash on the 31st!

Click Here to view our October activities.

September Newsletter

By 15th September, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

Our September newsletter is here. Click here to read this month’s Angels Inquirer. 

Lending a Helping Hand

By 6th August, 2018 OLA News, OLA Volunteering Comments Off

With the arrival of August, the beginning of school, and the end of summer vacations, many people often feel that their days are occupied and they no longer have free time to themselves. At OLA, less personal time can also mean a decline in available volunteers to lend a helping hand.

Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home (OLA) provides holistic quality care aimed to serve the physical, psychosocial and spiritual well-being of each resident. The Volunteer Program at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home offers you the opportunity to share your special talents and skills, acquire new experiences and make a difference in someone’s life.

Our Lady of Angels Volunteer Program has opportunities for everyone –teens, adults, seniors and groups of all sizes. The volunteer program also entertains a large variety of interests from resident interaction to more independent work such as clerical or gardening. All volunteer positions make a difference in the overall lives of our residents, their family and the OLA staff.

“A few current volunteer opportunities include Friendly Visitor, Dining Room Assistant, Gardening, Pet Therapy, Snack & Beverage Cart Volunteer and Activity Volunteer” states Becca Reiter, OLA’s Volunteer Coordinator.

Before volunteering, there are a few volunteer requirements to meet and complete. First, all volunteers must attend an introductory orientation and/or training session. Second, volunteers that are 18 and older will have mandatory background check provided by OLA. Lastly, all volunteers interacting with OLA residents must have a TB screening.

Working with Our Lady of Angels staff and residents is not only appreciated and welcomed, but truly is a gratifying, enlightening experience.  Call us to learn more. To speak directly with OLA’s Volunteer Coordinator regarding what volunteer opportunities you’d enjoy, call 815-553-4249 or send an email to

Helping Caregivers & Their Loved Ones

By 6th June, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

Caring for a loved one full time is a major responsibility. Being available to take care of that person 24/7 is not always possible. Whether going on vacation, 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 wellbeing 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” states OLA Admissions Coordinator, Paula Hargis. “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.”

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.

A Retirement Home that Speaks to the Soul

By 11th May, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home is committed to serving the whole person – mind, body and spirit – with compassion, justice, hopefulness and joy. Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and rooted in spirituality, OLA visibly speaks to the faith and Franciscan values that are core to the mission, as well as reflects these Catholic traditions through person-centered care.

Visitors and residents might first notice the statue of Our Lady as they drive by the front courtyard.  Walking in OLA’s front doors, you are greeted by large mosaics of saints Francis of Assisi and Clare that welcome visitors into the Chapel located at the center or hub of the building. Residents and surrounding community members can attend mass in the OLA chapel every day of the week.

With warmer weather here, OLA residents take advantage of beautiful walking paths for outdoor Stations of the Cross.  Numerous statues of saints, angels and the Sacred Heart grace all flower gardens and walkways.

Le Anne Tjelle, Director of Mission & Spirituality, states that OLA is unique in that, “we are Gospel centered, celebrate Franciscan values, respect all faiths, and show compassion.  We pass on the Franciscan value of compassion to our residents and have the highest respect for all people entrusted to our care.”

Special religious programs are offered to residents seasonally and throughout the year.  In May, residents gather in the Chapel daily to pray the Rosary.  A special “May Crowing” celebration is also held. The first Friday of each month is Eucharistic Adoration and Anointing of the Sick. Special programs assist with residents’ spiritual needs in an individual or group based environment.

Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home offers residents a different focus and atmosphere for senior living centered around supporting and nurturing each person’s spirituality. All are welcome!