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Lutheran Hillside Village

Lutheran Hillside Village

Peoria Illinois

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Lutheran Hillside Village
6901 N. Galena Rd.
Peoria, IL 61614 (map)

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Where Peoria goes for Senior Living,
Assisted Living, Long Term Care & More.

A great location, neighbors who quickly become friends, and programs to stimulate body, mind, and spirit…Lutheran Hillside Village senior living offers all this and much, much more.

Here in the heart of historic Peoria, Illinois 61614, you can enjoy the comforts of home without the work and worry. You can live with peace of mind, knowing that you will receive priority access to our comprehensive continuity of senior health care should your health needs change over time.

Come join us where value and peace of mind are part of everyday living. Call 309.692.4600 or email us to learn more!


Our First 50:
The Story of Lutheran Hillside Village

What We Offer

One of the things that set Lutheran Hillside Village apart is our wide array of senior living options. As a continuing care retirement community, we offer five levels of service, all on one beautifully maintained campus. To learn more about any of our levels of service, please click on the links below.


independent living 61614Independent Living

Lutheran Hillside Village is filled with endless opportunities for fun and friendship. Our spacious, comfortable senior living apartments and patio homes offer a full range of life-enriching amenities. Surrounded by warm, friendly neighbors and a caring, professional staff, you’re sure to feel right at home.


senior rehab 63338REACH Short Stay senior rehab Illinois

Need short-term care following a qualifying hospital stay? You can find it through our REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation program. Here, our interdisciplinary team can help you work hard toward achieving your goals in a comfortable, homelike setting.


assisted living 63376Assisted Living assisted living Peoria

In our private assisted living apartments, residents benefit from 24-hour staffing, help with personal care, medication assistance, weekly housekeeping, linen service, and three daily meals. We’re here to help you maintain your independence by offering the help you need, when you need it.


Alzheimers care 63366Memory Care Assisted Living alzheimers care 61614

Our controlled-access memory care neighborhood supports ambulatory residents who have early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments. Offering all the amenities of our assisted senior living apartments, this inviting, homelike setting helps residents find comfort in the company of friendly neighbors and caring staff members. We also offer SAIDO learning, a clinically-proven cognitive learning therapy. Find out more about SAIDO Learning.


nursing home 63368Skilled Nursing nursing home Peoria

For residents who need 24-hour nursing care, we offer private and companion rooms to help seniors continue to live life to the fullest. Far from the sterile image of the traditional nursing home, our care center is a warm, welcoming environment featuring on-call nursing assistance, licensed medication management, an incontinence care program, and medical director oversight.


faith based senior livingThe Lutheran Senior Services Difference

As a Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) retirement community, Lutheran Hillside Village is part of a 157-year tradition of compassionate service. At the heart of our philosophy of care is LSS’ Christian mission: Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.

Serving with heart is at the core of all we do. We cherish people of all beliefs and strive to meet the complete needs of each person we serve — body, mind, and spirit. To that end, we are dedicated to a comprehensive approach to senior care and services, from our skilled team of caregivers to our full time chaplains who provide spiritual support for residents and their families.

To learn more about LSS, click here.

Virtual Tours

Here are a small sample of the rooms and amenities available at Lutheran Hillside Village. Clicking on the images below will launch the virtual tour in a new window.


Community Amenities


Independent Living


The Lifestyle at
Lutheran Hillside Village

What does an active lifestyle look like at Lutheran Hillside Village? What do you want it to look like?

When you choose a maintenance-free lifestyle at Lutheran Hillside Village, you get to leave the hassles and headaches of maintaining property to us. That leaves you free to pursue all the things you love.

Just think — what would you do if you didn’t have to spend all your time keeping the house in order? Spend more time with family and friends? Volunteer at your church? Work on your hobbies? Kick back and relax? Here, all your options are open.


Recreation at “The Village”

Our recreation team designs a unique and varied calendar of events each month, with an eye toward helping you expand your horizons socially, culturally, spiritually, and educationally.

There’s always something happening at Lutheran Hillside Village, from exercise classes to discussion groups in the Chapel, from movie nights to shopping trips off campus. And if there’s ever something you want to do that’s not on the calendar, let us know! We’re always looking for new ideas.


Dining at “The Village”

One of the most popular features of life at Lutheran Hillside Village is our fabulous on-site dining. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you! Residents in our independent living apartments and patio homes can enjoy meals in our dining room or packaged to go, with meal plans included in their monthly service fee. Meanwhile, our REACH Short Stay, assisted living, memory care, and care center dining areas provide table service for three meals a day.


Plenty of Fun Just Around the Corner

Located in the heart of Peoria, Illinois, Lutheran Hillside Village is just a short drive from everywhere. Peoria and its neighboring communities offer a wealth of cultural attractions, dining, shopping, golf, and medical facilities. Click below to see what Peoria and its sister cities have to offer.


Welcome to Lutheran Hillside Village


Ed and Una Herzog

homes for seniorsThe Herzogs decided to move out of their home in Galesburg, Illinois, in 2006 because taking care of the property just became too much work. “We liked it there, but there was just so much landscaping to take care of,” Ed says. “When we moved to LHV, we were very happy to find out about the community garden here. Everywhere we lived we had a garden, and it has always been a hobby that we share. Everybody has their own little plot. This year we’re using ours to just grow tomatoes and cucumbers, but we share what we grow with our neighbors.”

At LHV, Ed and Una have found plenty of things to do besides gardening. “We like the activities they have here, and going on bus trips is great,” Ed says.

But most importantly, Una says, “I like the safety aspect of this place. You never worry about going away for a few days because the neighbors are great and there is always someone around to keep an eye on things.”

“This is really the first time in a very long time that our lives have been about us and not the children, work or the house,” Una says. “We do all of these activities because we want to enjoy ourselves and our time together. We figure that, after 63 years, we deserve it.”



Jim and Kay Allen

homes for seniorsWhen Jim and Kay Allen made the move to Lutheran Hillside Village recently, convenience was at the top of their list of reasons. “We love the area,” says Jim. “It’s close to everything.”

When the Allens aren’t taking advantage of Peoria’s recreation facilities, they find that there’s plenty to do right on campus at Lutheran Hillside Village. “It’s really comparable to the retirement communities down in the Sun Belt with all the activities they have here,” Jim says. “They have excellent activity people who really work to get the whole community involved. There’s always something going on. They bring entertainers right to the community and you have all kinds of chances to meet new people.”

But, while the Allens love an active lifestyle, what made them fall in love with LHV was the tranquility that surrounds their new home. “I don’t think there’s any other community in the area that has this kind of nice, relaxing, rural setting,” Jim says. “The birds, the water, the trees…it’s all part of what helped us decide to come here.”



From Visitor to Patient to Satisfied Resident

JoAnn Aimone

JoAnnAimoneStoriesTab“Not long after I moved to Lutheran Hillside Village, I hurt my back,” says JoAnn Aimone, a retired nurse. “I was just sitting here thinking, ‘Oh gosh, what am I going to do?’ and within the hour, I had three people call and say, ‘If you need a push, I’ll be happy to help you.’”

“That is one of the things about this place that is so heartwarming to me,” she says. “There are so many people here who want to help.” And JoAnn herself is one of those people. A longtime volunteer, JoAnn has found herself surrounded by like-minded people at LHV, so many of whom have the same kind of servant heart she has.

JoAnn reads to the people in the care center on Tuesday mornings, she helps with bingo every Saturday morning, she transports people to chapel services on Sunday mornings, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

“I hope to make a tiny bit of difference,” she says. “It’s just part of me for some reason. I’ve been very fortunate in my life, and I enjoy passing it on.”



A New Life at LHV

Our New Woodshop

Lyle Miller

LyleMillerStoriesTabWhen Lutheran Hillside Village resident Lyle Miller says, “I’ve always been pretty active,” you need to understand that his definition of “pretty active” may be different from most people’s. This is, after all, a man who was playing tennis at the age of 88.

“I’ve been lucky not to have many joint pains,” he says. “I was playing with a guy ten years younger than me. We were the two runners; we could both still run up to the ball.” He’s also an avid golfer and a lifelong sporting enthusiast. “Instead of watching something on TV, I’d rather be involved in it.”

Which made Lutheran Hillside Village a perfect fit for him, as there are so many ways to get involved.

Lyle decided to make the move after a pair of injuries required him to slow down for a bit. While the doctors haven’t yet cleared him to return to the court, he feels like the prognosis is good and he’s making real progress.

His time at Lutheran Hillside Village has certainly helped that. “When I came here, I checked out what’s available,” he says. “I saw they had two new treadmills, cycles, rowing machines…I decided, yep, that’s all I need!” He also enjoys the rich schedule of exercise classes, which helps him to recuperate from his recent surgeries.



One Big Family

Bill Roger

BillRogerStoriesTabBill Roger first picked up a deer rifle when he was 10 years old. Now 89 years old, he bagged a wild boar in Florida last April, a buck in Illinois in November, and he’s planning further trips for the new year. “I’ve always been an outdoorsman,” Bill says. “I hunt deer, doves, ducks, and geese. I go fly fishing. Plus, I love nature photography. If it’s outdoors, I’m there.”

But some of his favorite stomping grounds are close to home. (Which is good, because hunting locally means he can make it to more Bradley basketball games.) So when his wife Marilyn began to need memory care, the Rogers decided to make the move to Lutheran Hillside Village. It kept them close to family, friends, and all the activities they’d always loved. “They just do a great job here,” Bill says. “The people are super friendly, and they just treat you with the utmost respect.”

“But one of the best parts is the food,” Bill says with a smile. “A full menu every night plus specials…it’s really fabulous.”

Bill’s quick to point out that the door to his apartment is just 30 feet away from his parking spot. So while he’s involved with many activities and groups at Lutheran Hillside Village, it’s a snap for him to get back in the hunt whenever the mood strikes.



Our Staff

senior communityGreetings!

Welcome to Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria! Our residents have decided to join hundreds of older adults who have chosen the active, purpose-driven lifestyle offered in our village. People are friendly here, and residents don’t take long to get acquainted, often becoming fast friends in no time at all. Others have enjoyed renewing relationships with folks they’ve known over the years. A remark often heard is, “We truly are a family here.” Once new residents settle in, we encourage them to get involved in the many activities and volunteer opportunities available here.

As a continuum of care retirement community, Lutheran Hillside Village offers all levels of care. Lifestyle options include residential living for active, independent seniors; Samaritan Place assisted living services for people with physical difficulties; and Bethel Place assisted living services for those with early- to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and other related memory impairments. Lutheran Home is Medicare and Medicaid certified and provides short- and long-term skilled nursing services, including a dedicated neighborhood for those with mid- to late-stage memory loss.

We hope to see you at Lutheran Hillside Village soon. We look forward to getting to know you better!

Shelly Heiden
Executive Director


Shelly Heiden
Lutheran Hillside Village Executive Director
ph 309.689.9675

A native-Peorian, Shelly Heiden joined Lutheran Hillside Village (LHV) in October 2015 as Executive Director. Her past experience includes over twenty years of management experience managing a local non-profit organization. She has a BS degree and an MBA, both from Bradley University and is a graduate of the Peoria Area Community Leadership School. She is involved in several community organizations, including the Rotary Club of Peoria and the Junior League of Peoria.

Sarah Kaufman
Sarah Kaufmann
Director of Assisted Living
ph 309.689.9658

Sarah Kaufmann graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Throughout college, she worked in the dining and activities departments of a long term care facility. Right out of college she worked as an Activity Director for a few years in the Rockford area. Then, she returned to the Peoria area and worked in addiction recovery as a recreation therapist. Prior to coming to LHV, she spent nearly 10 years with the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association developing programs and camps for individuals with disabilities.

Michelle Pollard
Michelle Pollard
Care Center Administrator
ph 309.683.1264

Michelle Pollard is the Care Center Administrator with over 12 years of experience in senior living as a Practical Nurse and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Michelle believes that helping others is her true calling especially when it comes to the faith-inspired mission of LSS of “Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.” When she’s not at Lutheran Hillside Village, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children playing basketball, baseball, gardening, and visiting zoos across the Midwest.


Mark Shoopman
Director of Dining Services
ph 309.683.1281

Mark Shoopman is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation, a Certified Food and Beverage Executive by the American Hotel and Motel Association, and a Certified Professional Ice Sculptor and competition judge at a national level. In addition, Mark was elected “Chef of the Year” for two consecutive years by the Heart of Illinois Professional Chefs Association. Coming from a comprehensive background in international hotel and restaurant management, Mark is fully trained in American and European Cuisines.


Phil King
Senior Director of Development - Illinois
ph 309.683.1298

Phil is a native of Peoria Heights and attended Illinois Central College and Bradley University, earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He has served at Lutheran Hillside Village for over 28 years in various positions and currently leads the Lutheran Hillside Village Foundation. A long-time member of the Lutheran community, Phil fosters relationships with all 23 of LHV’s covenant congregations. He lives in Chillicothe and has two children and four grandchildren.

Tricia LeMaire
Tricia LeMaire
Director of Nursing (RN)
ph 309.689.2129

Trish LaMaire always knew that she wanted to be a nurse. Having her BSN in nursing from Northwestern State in Louisiana as well as ACLS and BLS certified, Trish loves taking care of people and teaching the next generation of new nurses. She loves in Chillicothe, IL with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Allison Marlow
Senior Living Counselor
ph 309.689.2326

Allison earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Master’s of Education degree with concentrations in administration and special education from Michigan State University. A native of Saint Joseph, Michigan, she taught eight years at the elementary level in various subjects before moving to Illinois with her family. Prior to joining the marketing team at Lutheran Hillside Village in January 2014, she was a representative for a national hospice company.

Denise Durst
Denise Durst
Senior Living Counselor
ph 309.689.9610

Denise has a degree in Nursing, and has worked in the hospitals for 2 years and then in home health for 10 years. She spent 5 years serving as the Director of Education and Patient Family Services at the Alzheimer’s Association. While there she won a national award for a program to educate both Preschool and school age children about Alzheimer’s through puppetry. Denise joined LHV in December of 2014. She has 4 sons, 1 daughter, and 4 grandchildren.

Sandy Vogel
Health Services Counselor
ph 309.689.2326

Sandy is a 1983 graduate of Illinois Central College. She is from Morton, Illinois. Sandy has 25 years of experience in Surgery and was a member of the Organ Procurement team with the Musculoskeletal Tissue Foundation. She has six years of experience in Marketing and Admissions, prior to joining the LSS team. She joined the LHV team in September of 2014 and is excited to be part of such a dynamic team.

Pastor Patrick Monroe
ph 309.589.8590

Pastor Pat is one of two chaplains at Lutheran Hillside Village (LHV). He began his ministry as a weekend chaplain at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in May of 1995 and became full-time in September of that year. In March 2002 he began working at the Lutheran Home every other weekend, after being consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Pat received his BA from Sangamon State University, which later became the University of Illinois at Springfield, an MA in theology and philosophy from Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, IL and his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling also from LCS. Chaplain Monroe is Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois and a Diplomat in the American Psychotherapy Association. He and his wife Sandy, have four children and six grandchildren. They enjoy traveling and will have visited all 50 states and four countries by the middle of 2017, the Lord willing. Pastor Pat and Sandy enjoy photography, rock hounding, and walks along the ocean.

Chaplain Jeffrey Harter
ph 309.692.4600

Chaplain Jeff Harter received his Master’s Degree of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. He has served as a health care chaplain in long term care, hospital, and hospice settings since 1994 and began working at Lutheran Senior Services in 2016. Jeff is a board certified member of the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2001. He is married to Dianne and as one son, two daughters, one grandson, and two granddaughters.

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A Gift of Time and Talent

At Lutheran Hillside Village, service-minded individuals find many opportunities to give of their time and talents. We match each volunteer with residents and their families depending upon skills, interests, and availability.

Volunteering can include any number of activities, including:

  • Clerical work
  • Assistance with resident activities
  • Support for special events and fundraisers

If you are interested in volunteering at Lutheran Hillside Village, click here to email our volunteer coordinator.


Giving a Gift of Treasure

A member community of Lutheran Senior Services, Lutheran Hillside Village is a not-for-profit organization built on financial stability and sound stewardship. We invite you to support us in our mission of service by making a gift through the Lutheran Hillside Village Foundation.

Your help will advance our Christian mission of honoring and cherishing those we serve. Your gift will be used to directly help older adults living life to the fullest.

So make your legacy part of the Lutheran Hillside Village legacy - give today or contact our stewardship director for free and confidential advice about how your gift can help others.

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For More Information, Call...

Phil King
Director of Stewardship
ph 309.683.1298

Phil King has been on the staff at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria, Illinois for 20 years. He has served as Development Director, Marketing Director, and most recently as Director of Stewardship. He has a bachelor's degree in business management from Bradley University. Phil and his wife Marcia have two children and four grandchildren.

senior housing 61614Moving In

Making the move to a senior living community is an investment in your own peace of mind. Here, you can enjoy an active, maintenance-free lifestyle. And, as a resident of Lutheran Hillside Village, you gain priority access to higher levels of care should your needs change.

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Pricing for Independent Living

When you move into one of our independent living apartment homes or patio homes, you pay a one-time refundable Entrance Fee. Investing in our 95% or 50% refundable entrance fee options is a wise financial strategy that reduces your monthly service fees and keeps your money working for you while preserving your assets.

In addition, we have a variety of other
financial options that can reduce your monthly fees.

For specific pricing, contact our senior living counselor by calling 309.692.4600 or by email.

Pricing for Other Levels of Service

For pricing information on assisted living or memory care assisted living, contact our senior living counselor by calling 309.692.4600 or by email.

For pricing information on short stay rehabilitation, or skilled nursing, contact our health services counselor by calling 309.689.2326 or by email.

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LSS Move-In Resources

Lutheran Senior Services offers a host of resources to make the move to Lutheran Hillside Village as smooth and carefree as possible. Through the LSS Move-In Resources service, you can find help to organize, rightsize, move, and enjoy!

Our Move-In Resources service can provide…

  • Help with managing the home sale process.
  • Assistance with transforming a new space so it becomes home.
  • Advice on what to take, sell, or give away.
  • Preapproved resources to help make the transition easy.

To learn more, contact our senior living counselor by calling 309.692.4600 or by email.