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Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home is pleased to report that OLA continues to be on the National Nursing Home Quality Care Honor Roll List. The only Joliet facility with this honor, the National Nursing Home Quality Care Honor Roll recognizes “performances on the long-stay quality measures on Nursing Home Compare, which has aligned with the top 10% of nursing homes in the United States.”
OLA strives to ensure residents feel safe and comfortable in our compassionate, joyful environment. Thank you to our OLA team for your dedication, hard work and person-centered care.
There are not many people at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home who do not know the name, Bonita Kimbrough. A familiar face of OLA, Bonita, has touched the lives of many over her 20 years as a nurse. Inching towards part-time work and eventually retirement, Bonita happily shares her thoughts on her time at OLA.
A minister at her church, Bonita always had an interest in learning about other religions. “I felt that a religious organization would be a good fit for me,” states Bonita. “My interview went extremely well, and I was hired on the spot. The staffing was great and everyone went out of their way to introduce themselves and welcome me.”
Bonita began her journey with OLA experiencing what she now reflects on as some of the most heartwarming, humorous, spiritual and profound moments. “There are just so many memories,” laughs Bonita. “I recall watching two sisters that hadn’t seen each other in a long time reunite. They hugged and hugged, started twirling in happiness and the next thing you know they tipped over on the floor. Their joy couldn’t be contained!”
Bonita continues, “There was another sweet woman who missed mass one morning. We tried to explain that the mass had concluded, but she insisted we take her to the Chapel anyway. Upon walking in the door, the woman stated, ‘Good morning, Jesus. They didn’t want me to come, but I just had to say good morning.’ And that was that…so heartwarming.”
At OLA, person-centered care is paramount. “You do the extra at OLA,” Bonita says with a smile. “I want OLA to remain the residents’ home and for them to feel comfortable here. I’ve always hoped to make an impact on their lives.”
When asked for her final thoughts, Bonita pauses, “It’s been such a joy working here and I am so attached to these people. They truly are my second family. I laugh with them. I pray with them. I take care of them. I’m even with some of them as they pass away. I would do this entire experience over in a heartbeat.”
Bonita has made an impact on the OLA community and will be dearly missed when she retires.
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OLA’s December Activity Calendar is here!
With Christmas just around the corner, we have quite a few seasonal favorites planned! On the 9th, OLA residents, their families and the community are invited to OLA’s Christmas Walk. Enjoy the themed halls of OLA, as well as some Christmas treats along the way. Some other December activities include a Christkindlmarket outing on the 14th, caroling on the 16th, first and second floor Christmas parties on the 19th and 21st, as well as a special Christmas Eve concert with Robinlee at 6:00p.m. on the 24th.
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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’.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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!