IS  IT  SPRING  YET ?  :))      Steve Casey and the Snow Plow Team have been busy day and night keeping our parking lot and sidewalks clear for the safety of our employees and guests. Thanks to everyone for moving your cars to the street when needed, and for being extra careful while walking and shoveling off your car here at AVONLEA and at your own homes.

The snow is beautiful, and our Residents are enjoying watching neighborhood children play on the hill, and see our birdfeeders get a lot of use. 

  We specialize in three things:

  • Care Beyond your Expectations, Coordinated Medical Plans, Communication with Family

GREAT NEWS from our ANNUAL SURVEY by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

On Tuesday, February 2, we hosted the representative from IDPH for 4 hours who studied our Resident’s Care Plans, Employee records, and Operations Policy to confirm compliance. 

We are GLAD to announce that AVONLEA Cottage received ZERO violations again for the 7th year in a row, and only minor technical corrections to be made.  We thank our Executive Director/ Director of Nursing, Alma, for her diligence in record-keeping. We appreciate our Staff for helping to “dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t”s”.  Bring your BEST attitudes and actions to work every day to provide the BEST care.

Our two NEW YEAR’s Baby Dolls are a big hit!   Doll therapy is encouraged for calming and companionship in Memory Care. Even though some residents know they are “pretending”, many enjoy the childhood memories that holding a baby brings.  Cradling a baby in their arms feels so natural, and brings comfort and re-direction when needed.  We love our new “Jack and Jill” !  

When should your family ask for HELP with a Loved One?     As the dementia disease progresses, CARE NEEDS arise that need more strength, ability, or medical training. These are some indications that may prompt you to ask for help:

  • Need for medical equipment or trained providers
  • Change in the Caregiver’s health 
  • More hands-on care
  • Safety or behavioral issues at home that are ongoing
  • Need more comfort or confidence as a Caregiver, or Caregiver needs a break

Options for assistance include In-home care, Day Care and Respite Care, and Full-time care.  Comparing all the information can be overwhelming, and we at AVONLEA can “hold your hand” as you search for the next step for your family.

You won’t have to say GOODBYE for good, just because your LOVED ONE moves into another HOME.  Ask what the visiting policies are for Assisted Living or Memory Care homes, and keep a schedule for phone calls, video or Facetime, or in-person visits as permitted. You can still celebrate, send cards and gifts, share events and send LOVE !

In-person visit — call office at 815-288-6044

Facetime video call – call/text  815-440-7998.

Medical updates from Alma –  815-288-6044. 

Phone Call up to 15 minutes –  815-288-6044.


We appreciate each of you,  AvaLynda and Steve           815-440-7998

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