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.
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 farm 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.
Quilts returned to Hillcrest for Quite a Show.
Prairie Queen Quilt Club members brought a new selection of quilts to show the residents this fall. Kathy White, Mary Loguidice, Sharon Tilden, Bonnie Bandelow, Marilyn Nelson and Lorna Brown displayed a variety of quilts. They explained the different techniques of quilting and what inspired each quilt they showed. Deb Spencer President of PQQC. displayed several quilts she had won prize ribbons in the Mississippi Valley Quilt Show. The resident enjoyed seeing the quilts up close and expressed many of their memories of how they made them or ones they had owned. It is hard for the residents to understand the changes of the faster methods that have evolved in making quilts but they sure loved the results. They learned new words such as rotary cutters and machine quilting. It was a very fun afternoon.
Lorna Brown showing Bessie H and Lennice J a row challenge quilt.. Kathy White showing Rick G another machine pieced and quilted style.
Christmas at its finest.
With the help of the surrounding community angels the residents of Hillcrest Home has a wonderful Christmas season. The facility is decorated with over nine Christmas trees both big and small. But most of all the residents look forward to the elves that help the community angels deliver their presents. Over 300 presents arrive so each residents gets at least 2 and most three. The staff ask the month before on what they would wish to have and check out sizes, logo and colors. The angel trees were in the Geneseo Library, BANKORION Cambridge, and Farmers National Bank Geneseo. Many individual churches such as Bishop Hill Methodist Church, Colona Methodist Church, Geneseo First Lutheran Church, St. Malachy's Catholic Church,adopted other residents. Many Individual groups helped out also such as the AARP Chapter 397, Cambridge School students, Geneseo Kitchen Band, Hanford Insucance agency, Henry County Health Dept. Henry County Courthouse staff, Galva american legion and Casey's Geneseo. Thanks from the residents of Hillcrest Home to so many wonderful individuals that gave generously. You made the resident's Christmas a very happy one.
Rick S. enjoyed his Cubs shirt with help of Bree. Doris T enjoys her gift with help of Kayla and Dorothy