Skilled Nursing Care in Belleville, Illinois

Holistic Hope and Healing

Set among 200 acres of natural beauty in Bellveille, IL, the Dammert Care Center assures individualized senior care in a setting like no other. Part of The Esquiline, it’s located on the campus of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Unlike other Life Plan (continuing care retirement) Communities, our goals are centered around service to others as we extend the spirit of compassion and kindness that characterizes our founders, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Home-Like Surroundings

Residents receive responsive care in immaculately-kept, spacious, semi-private rooms equipped with unobtrusive emergency response systems. Our highly trained, experienced nurses regularly check on residents to ensure their comfort and well-being, share a moment, and offer a caring touch. Views of the wooded landscape and natural lighting from skylights throughout the common areas add to the relaxing, home-like atmosphere.

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Friendly, Helpful Care Team

With a high team member-to-resident ratio, daily interactions between dedicated caregivers and residents often result in close, meaningful relationships. You won’t find it uncommon to hear residents and caregivers sharing memories and photos or simply chatting about their day.

Individualized Person-Centered Care

We agree with Pope Francis that our elders are the “reserve of the wisdom of our people”, and we treasure them. Our residents receive individualized care according to their needs. Our team members work closely with residents, their families, and Life Enrichment to provide resident-driven programming that supports their physical and mental well-being and sense of purpose. As part of this ongoing effort, we provide updated tools and continuing education for each team member.

Private-Pay Residency at Dammert Skilled Care Center includes:

Health and Wellness

  • A philosophy that life is never diminished, but is to be lived in loving abundance
  • Personalized care plans
  • Dietary planning and consulting
  • Delicious daily meals
  • Whirlpool bath and spa rooms
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy on-site

Dedicated Person-Centered Team

  • 24-hour oversight
  • Licensed nurses provide the best care and cultivate meaningful and engaging relationships with residents
  • Medication administration by licensed nursing staff
  • Restorative Therapy provided by Full-time Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Full-time Life Enrichment Team

Spiritual Support

  • Pastoral care assists in linking the connection of body, mind, and spirit as it relates to the overall health of our residents and families
  • Weekly Protestant services and daily Mass and communion serve as a stable presence in our community
  • Assistance to attend Chapel services or other activities

Specialized Healthcare Providers On-Site Visits

Activities and Entertainment

  • Daily interactive group or one-on-one activities
  • Music and Memory (Certified)
  • Utilities, Cable TV, and Wi-Fi (except telephone)
  • Easy-access outdoor patio
  • Fireside dining room

Learn More about the Dammert Care Center

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Superior Care

For more than a decade, our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing communities have received deficiency-free reports from the Illinois Department of Public Health. We recently received another deficiency-free report in August 2019 with a level of excellence in care delivery.

We boast an experienced nursing staff with over 80 collective years of service. All team members have earned certification for Person Centered Care through the Alzheimer’s Association. We are also a certified MUSIC & MEMORY© campus.

We are very proud that we have been able to transition residents who, at one point, required skilled nursing care, back to their own apartments at the St. Francis Center for Assisted Living or independent living.

Paying for Skilled Nursing Care

As a continuing care retirement community, The Esquiline offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing Care options to residents on a private-pay basis. Our services are of superior quality. Our daily rate for a semi-private room is $247.

Skilled Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

This is usually a conversation you’ll have with your family physician or the caregivers at your parent’s assisted living community. If your parent’s daily needs are more than the caregivers can provide either at home or at the living community, then it’s time. 

One way to determine if they need more advanced care is to spend a morning or evening with them if you are able. Watch to see if they’re struggling with simple tasks as they go about their day. You can also ask the care professionals at an assisted living community. They’ll be able to tell you if they’ve noticed any changes in your parent’s abilities. 

Skilled nursing care centers are also used for rehabilitation or physical therapy services. After an injury or surgery, your parent might need a place to stay while they recuperate. A skilled nursing care center can provide the rehab services they need to get back on their feet.

Those terms essentially refer to the level of help a person needs during an average day. Here is a quick rundown of what each one means: 

Assisted care: The definition of assisted care is a little vague because different campuses define this in different ways. Assisted care generally means the need for assistance with two ADLs (activities of daily living). For example, two ADLs could be needing help with medication administration and help with meal preparation.

Intermediate care: Requiring assistance in maintaining care in many ADL areas. For example, needing help with medication, meal preparation, grooming, dressing, eating, and mobility. 

Skilled care: The need for a skilled licensed professional to provide care for an individual. Examples of this type of care would be therapy (occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech therapy), catheter care, dressing changes, application of dressings involving prescription drugs, and monitoring of medical equipment by a licensed professional

The Esquiline is a place where needs at all three levels of care can be met on one campus through the Dammert Care Center and the St. Francis Center for Assisted Living.

Star rating stats are collected and published by Medicare. Private-pay campuses like the Dammert Care Center and St. Francis Center for Assisted Living receive no Medicare reimbursement. Therefore, Medicare does not collect the statistics from private- pay campuses. 

However, private-pay campuses are still held accountable. State health departments conduct inspections and publish reviews to ensure the communities meet health and safety requirements. Both the Dammert Care Center and the St. Francis Center for Assisted living have received deficiency-free reports from the Illinois Department of Public Health for over a decade. 

Be sure to familiarize yourself with what is tracked in the Medicare 5 Star Rating System when considering different skilled nursing centers. When you’re looking at private-pay campuses, ask about similar statistics and how they compare to state percentages.

Here are three basic questions to ask to get the ball rolling: 

  1. How many beds do you have and how many are occupied? 
  2. How many staff hours are spent on each resident per day? 
  3. Can you provide the results of the latest deficiency report from the state’s department of public health?

You want a place that treats your parent like family, not a patient, so choose a skilled nursing center that places an emphasis on person-centered care. When you tour the property, ask yourself—would you feel comfortable staying there? 

At the Dammert Care Center, we respect our residents’ individuality and strive to create home-like surroundings. Semi-private rooms are immaculately kept and spacious, with emergency response systems incorporated into the layout in an unobtrusive way. Wooded landscapes can be seen from resident rooms while skylights in common areas bring in natural light, creating a relaxing, homey atmosphere.

Once your parent is moved in, you can add personal touches to their space to make them feel at home. You don’t want to go overboard and create a cluttered living space, but it can be very comforting for a resident to have family pictures and cherished belongings in easy sight. Bring their favorite painting or place a warm throw blanket at the end of the bed to make the room even more personal and familiar.

It’s best to pack comfortable clothing like sweatpants or t-shirts. That makes it easier to change in and out of outfits and will also help with any therapy sessions that might be necessary. Don’t forget the daily necessities like pajamas, socks, undergarments, and slippers. It’s also a good idea to bring a sweater or light jacket. 

Skilled nursing communities will provide laundry services so you don’t have to worry about running out of clean clothes. But a good rule of thumb is to bring at least enough clothing for seven outfits.

Yes, most skilled nursing communities offer activities and entertainment. At the Dammert Care Center, there are daily group or small group activities, cable TV and Wi-Fi, an easy-access outdoor patio, and a fireside dining room.

Talk to the skilled nursing staff to ensure your parent receives the proper nutrition. At the Dammert Care Center, we have dietary planning and consulting available to address any concerns you may have

It depends on the skilled nursing center. At the Dammert Care Center, we believe that pastoral care helps improve the body, mind, and spirit connection as it relates to the overall health of our residents and families. For our residents who wish to attend, we have daily Catholic Masses and communion, as well as weekly Protestant services.

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