OLA’s Thanksgiving Feast – Join Us!

By 6th November, 2019 OLA Events, OLA News Comments Off

OLA’s Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 28th. Join your loved one(s) on this special day and give thanks. See details below.

November Activity Calendar Now Available

By 4th November, 2019 OLA News Comments Off

We are always thankful for our residents, staff, administration and OLA community this time of year. This month, we have our regularly scheduled activities along with some fun and seasonal surprises.

Residents with a love for cooking (or taste testing!) can participate in making their own mini pumpkins pies as well as making their own holiday trail mix on Monday, Nov. 11th and 18th. Some other activities include seasonal arts and crafts, Tea Party, and Shake Social.

On the 28th, residents can start their Thanksgiving off with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade at 10 AM followed by a traditional Thanksgiving day meal later that day. Family is welcome as well! Click here for more details on joining your loved one(s) for OLA’s Thanksgiving Feast.

Click here to view the full November 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

THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

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 olaretirement.org/employment or complete an application in person at 1201 Wyoming Avenue. Questions? Contact us at HR@olaretirement.org

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.

Bingo, Bunko and OLA

By 6th March, 2019 OLA News Comments Off
OLA Resident, Joe Rice

A familiar, friendly face of Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home (OLA) is none other than resident, Joseph Rice. Like several residents at OLA, Joe originally decided that OLA would be a wonderful fit for him based on close connections with the Joliet Franciscan Sisters. “My godson’s wife is the niece of Sister Mary Ann Clark,” Joe states. “I really liked the people and overall environment of OLA as well.”

Joe keeps his days busy with socialization, OLA activities and Mass. “I enjoy reading at Mass,” Joe says with a smile. “OLA also has entertaining outdoor concerts along with some fun weekly activities such as bingo, bunko and sing along with Margaret Benoit.” OLA posts activity calendars on all resident information boards throughout the building and internet-savvy seniors can view the calendar on OLA’s website as well.

During his time at OLA, the staff and residents have made an impact on Joe as has he, them. “We root each other on in bunko,” Joe says with a hearty laugh. “It’s really a fun time. I also appreciate that the nurses, activity aides and even fellow residents go out of their way to help me or have a conversation. Terry in activities always gets me my special chair or offers to grab the newspaper for me. There are always friends to chat with at meals or events.”

“OLA is a special place,” Joe continues. “I’m definitely happy to be here.” Continue your story with Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. Enhance your quality of living and enjoy a resident-centered, retirement home 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, call 815-725-6631 ext. 4113.