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.

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

90 At Heart – Lillian Howard’s OLA Story

By 24th March, 2018 OLA News Comments Off

Pictured in photo: Back Row – LeAnne Tjelle and Sr. Lucille Adelmann Front Row – Lillian Howard and Jean Konrad

Lillian Howard, at age 86, moved into Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home (OLA) with a wish to live to ninety. With compassionate care from OLA and a loving, supportive sister-in-law, Jean Konrad, she lived within weeks of her ninetieth birthday. Lillian was ninety at heart! Jean Konrad shares Lillian’s story and journey with OLA.

“Lil (Lillian) was an only child. After her husband, my brother, passed away, I became her support system” states Konrad. “Lil fell at another retirement center and broke her right arm and leg. Knowing she would require more assistance, I immediately thought of OLA. I wanted the best care for my sister-in-law and knew OLA would be a perfect fit. There was no question in my mind.”

“As soon as Lil arrived, everyone was so wonderful to her” Konrad elaborates. She frequently visited Lillian and they attended many of the activities available to OLA residents. “Lil loved singing while Margaret Benoit played the piano and playing instruments during Sister Odelia’s music therapy” Konrad states enthusiastically. Lillian also enjoyed attending mass regularly in OLA’s chapel.

“When I wasn’t at OLA, I could call the nurses station at any time and they were right there to assist me.” OLA’s staff, nurses and CNAs really keep communication lines open between resident and their loved ones. “I’m so just thankful to everyone at OLA. Lil truly had the best. With all the great care Lil received, that’s how she made 90” stated Konrad.

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 community 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.