People of all ages and abilities can find a welcoming home in and around Naperville.
Villa St. Benedict and Benedale Center for Assisted Living
Villa St. Benedict is a unique senior community offering independent living, assisted living and memory care that is faith-based and a nonprofit organization. The beautiful 47-acre campus is part of the original parcel of 500 acres purchased and still occupied by the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart since 1912. The heart of the community is the Sacred Heart Chapel, offering daily Mass and rosary. Villa St. Benedict was the vision of the Benedictine Sisters who partnered with Benedictine Health System in Duluth, Minnesota, to create this loving community.
As a continuing care retirement community, the campus offers a variety of living arrangements and comprehensive healthcare and wellness services to meet the needs of residents. Independent living options include spacious two-bedroom/two-bath villa homes with attached garages or various sizes of apartments throughout the four-story Villa Center. Utilities are included with weekly housekeeping and outdoor maintenance help to provide a carefree lifestyle. Studio, one- and two-bedroom assisted living apartments and a specialized memory care unit are located in Benedale Center.
Villa St. Benedict is far more than its buildings and grounds. Residents participate in a variety of lively activities from noodle volleyball to ballroom dance. Educational programs and volunteer opportunities abound, so that everyone can find ways to enrich their lives every day. A recent renovation on campus has added a multi-purpose space with technology and assistive devices to make on-campus events more inclusive. Outings to local events are also part of the busy calendar of activities open to residents.
Amenities include three dining venues, spa, a library and fitness center with personal trainers. Thanks to the VSB Foundation, the charitable arm of the community, long-time residents who run short of funds can continue to live there. Villa St. Benedict is a forever home for seniors.
St. Patrick’s Residence
St. Patrick’s Residence Nursing and Rehabilitation at 1400 Brookdale Rd. is a nonprofit, long-term care nursing and rehabilitation community, which is served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. They care for individuals regardless of race, disability or religious affiliation.
St. Patrick’s has 193 beds dedicated to long-term nursing care, as well as short-term rehabilitation and respite care. The rehabilitation generally takes place after a recent hospitalization or provides respite care which allows those who care for seniors in their homes to get a much needed break, noted Samantha Toral, marketing and fund development director.
For the past 30 years, St. Patrick’s has been offering physical, emotional and spiritual care in Naperville and delivers through a family of loving caregivers who work together to make the community an extension of home for all residents and their families. The Carmelite Sisters, four of whom still live on site of St. Patrick’s Residence, oversee the residence and assure that it continues to deliver superlative service. In fact, it has been awarded five stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
St. Patrick’s Residence is also fortunate to have over 250 volunteers who assist with day-to-day life, ranging from managing the on-site clinic and gift shop, to helping the residents run monthly events devoted to charities. For instance, they compiled a cookbook of resident and volunteer recipes, produced it and then sold it so they could make a monetary donation to the organization Little Friends, an agency that provides services to those with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Residents also enjoy on-campus social and recreational activities, daily Mass, on-campus barber and beauty shops and more.
“The difference is love,” Toral said. “You feel it the minute you walk in the door.”
Monarch Landing, 2255 Monarch Dr., is Naperville’s premier life plan community that has offered 62+ aging adults a vibrant lifestyle since approximately 2006. A life plan community offers its residents the opportunity to invest in life plan contracts that include living expenses and care needs at The spring of Monarch Landing, if ever needed. The wonderful thing about a life plan contract is it lasts throughout the resident’s life, providing a home to the resident, even if they survive their assets, said Mark Trnka, executive director.
Monarch Landing offers 364 independent living apartments, with 27 different floor plans that range from 701 to 2,200 square feet. As a life plan community, Monarch Landing offers long-term skilled nursing care, post hospital short-term rehabilitation and memory support.
Monarch Landing amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, garden plots, transportation, restaurant-style and casual-style dining options, and even a dog park because dogs are allowed to live with residents.
Monarch Landing residents have the option of participating in approximately 75 different clubs and community programs and have the opportunity to use on-campus banking facilities, a spa with hair salon, barber services, massages and manicures/pedicures, three different restaurant venues, a well-stocked bar, and a branch of the Edward Medical Center, dedicated to residents of Monarch Landing only, for routine and urgent medical services.
“They also have the opportunity to participate in off-campus day trips around the Chicago area and periodic international trips and cruises, planned by a resident club,” Trnka noted.
On-campus entertainment is also plentiful, including monthly music on the patio during the warmer months and high-level artistic performances for which tickets must be purchased.