In 1984, Villa Rose Information Center opened at the corner of Route 140 and Moreland Road. Just a short distance away, developers turned a spade of soil to begin the construction of Villa Rose. They also constructed their purpose for the soon-to-be senior living community—to provide an affordable senior living community where older adults may enjoy a worry-free lifestyle and peace of mind.
On July 1, 1985, Villa Rose opened its doors as retirement apartments offering seniors a way to remain independent in a secure surrounding. Property Manager Denyse Woody and staff were committed to providing sound management and excellent service.
Not long after opening, Villa Rose recognized that seniors often are motivated to leave their homes and move to a retirement community when health or safety becomes an issue. As an answer to this need, on Feb. 1, 1986, Villa Rose teamed up with Alton Memorial Hospital to become the first of its kind in the area, a senior community that provides health and supportive services to its residents. Before “assisted living” came into being, Villa Rose was offering basic services such as exercise classes, physical therapy, and blood pressure checks. Eventually, the relationship with Alton Memorial was expanded to offer residents even more assistance. In the mid-90’s, Alton Memorial became BJC, and the relationship continues today with BJC Home Care Services on-site helping residents remain as independent as possible.
Woody has watched the community grow and change since 1985. The exceptionally caring, dedicated staff continuously monitors and evaluates programs to ensure they enhance the physical, emotional and social health of the residents. “We are committed to maintaining the building and grounds, making improvements when necessary, and providing a comfortable place for seniors to live.” In 2009, smaller apartments were combined to create spacious, newly-renovated suites with full kitchens and large ADA-compliant bathrooms. New sidewalks were added to complete a walking path around the building for active residents.
Changes and improvements have helped the senior community remain viable and competitive, but the best of Villa Rose has remained the same through the years. Staying true to its original purpose, the staff looks to the future with excitement and encourages seniors to discover the difference at Villa Rose.
- Three meals daily
- 24-hour emergency response system with pull cords in bedrooms and bath
- Weekly housekeeping
- Provision of flat linens once a week
- Scheduled activities and transportation including bingo, Nintendo Wii, musical entertainment, and much more
- Secured building; 24-hr. closed circuit TV entry system
- TV service with 60 channels
- Internet service/Wi-Fi
Denyse has been employed with Villa Rose since the building was constructed. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the senior living community.
Assistant Manager (1996)
Vicki greets residents and visitors at the Villa Rose reception area. She is responsible for rental collection, record keeping and directing inquiries about retirement housing.
Housing Counselor (2015)
Linda responds to questions about rental inquiries and is always happy to take potential residents on a tour of our facility. She also takes care of marketing.
Sandy serves as head of Housekeeping. Some of her various tasks involve maintaining the many common areas of the independent living community.
Maintenance Supervisor (2002)
Mike serves as head of Villa Rose maintenance. In addition to building maintenance, he keeps our computers running efficiently.