Hillcrest Nursing Home

Hillcrest Nursing Home

    Our Mission Statement

 

The staff of Hillcrest Home believes that quality care goes far beyond medical treatment. We are committed to serving the total needs of our residents, recreational spiritual, personal and social.

History

The history of Hillcrest Home goes back many years to the mid 1800’s when representatives of Henry County decided to create a home that would care for the needs of the poor and homeless of the county. It was in the center or Munson Township and was referred to as the Henry County Poor Farm. Its purpose was to serve as a home for those who had nowhere else to turn. Many of the people were new immigrants to this country and were searching for shelter, while others were ill and in need of care.

In 1871 the need for additional space resulted in construction of a new building at the cost of $50,000. It was then referred to as the Henry County Infirmary and it was said it was the best building for the cost in the state of Illinois.  A total of 320 acres of farm ground was eventually purchased and the people living at the Infirmary that were able were responsible for raising the crops, caring for the livestock and raising garden produce.

In July of 1912, the Henry County Infirmary was accidently burned to the ground. The fire was a result of an attempt to smoke out chimney swallows that were nesting in a ventilator. In September of 1912 plans began for a new “fire proof” structure at a cost of $110,000. The home was divided into three sections; much like the former home, to house men on one side and women on the other, the center area was for the “warden and matron” who ran the farm.

In early 1940’s, the introduction of welfare program affected admissions.  Henry County was the first county to convert their poor farm into a Convalescent Home with a name changed to Henry County Convalescent Home.  The far operation was leased out in 1957. In 1970, the facility was renamed Hillcrest Home and in 1971 the first new addition was added south side of the original building forming one half of the square. In 1976 the square was completed along with a lower level.   Hillcrest became Medicare certified in 1998. The original building needed much costly renovation to bring the facility up to code which caused the resident to be moved to the annex square and original building closed.  In 2009, the old facility was torn down and the area was landscaped into a lovely yard. A renovation project was completed in 2012 which provided a new front entrance with a brick canopy and additional dining space as well as a patio area to the southeast side of the dining room.

The facility continues to be owned and operated by the people of Henry County with the day to day operations of the home coordinated by a licensed nursing home administrator.  The Health and Human Services Committee comprised of three to four board members meet monthly and review the activities and finances of the home.         For more information on Hillcrest Nursing Home or to schedule a visit, please call 309.944.2147

Henry County Farm Bureau Tractor Drive Stops at Hillcrest

 The Henry County Farm Bureau celebrated 100 years in the business August 12th. They made the resident's day by providing a stopping spot on the route for their 37 tractors at Hillcrest Home. The weather was outstanding so many of the residents sat under the shade tree in front of the facility eating ice cream and waiting for the procession. The tractors came over the hill to the south of the facility and could be seen from their shaded area. What a sight it was! As they drove in the front of the facility and around the parking lot, the sound and sight of the tractors brought back many memories for the residents. The tractors parked in front of the building for over an hour while the drivers and residents enjoyed ice cream and conversation. The resident took up and down the rows of tractors to get a closer look comparing to see the type and style of the tractors to match their memory. It was a heartwarming event to watch the residents light up from the sounds and vision of days gone by.

                     

       

Hillcrest Nursing Home

Lorna Brown, Administrator

Phone:  309-944-2147

Fax:   309-944-8417

Address:
14688 IL Hwy 82
Geneseo, IL 61254

Office Hours:
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday - Friday

Email:
hillcresthome@henrycty.com