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Lutheran Senior Services: Growing Their Mission

Photo by Sarah Conroy at Ladue News

What a way to cap off a week of welcoming Gary Anderson into his new role as Chief Operating Officer here at Lutheran Senior Services! Read below an excerpt from the most recent Ladue News issue, then click the link for the full article. We are very blessed to have such talent and passion here!

“Lutheran Senior Services (LSS), a nonprofit senior living and services network, is committed to its Christian mission of older adults living life to the fullest. Furthering this 158-year St. Louis-based organization is the new chief operating officer (COO), Gary Anderson.

“Gary’s forward and innovative thinking has already impacted LSS greatly,” John Kotovsky, president and chief executive officer of LSS, says. “In his time here, he has led the delivery and navigation of clinical and post-acute care services. This has helped us establish an industry-leading system of measuring quality metrics for increased success in our care centers and assisted living communities.””

Read the full article on Ladue News.

Call for Volunteers: Opening Minds Through Art

Dear Mary,
You have brightened every one of my Fridays with your smile, your singing, your dancing, and your stories. I have learned so much from you! You have taught me to always stay joyous in life. Thank you for being the person you are and thank you for teaching me so much about life and love.
Love, Justine

Through art, Justine met Mary. Two people who would not have had the opportunity if it weren’t for an art program at Laclede Grove Senior Living Community called Opening Minds Through Art.

A Scripps intergenerational art program for people with dementia, Opening Minds Through Art is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively.

Kristina Wille is one of the two instructors at Laclede Groves trained to offer Opening Minds through Art. “We are very excited about this program and the impact it has on Laclede Groves residents,” said Kristina. “With the help of volunteers, like Justine, we promote social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia, culminating in a gallery exhibition celebrating the artists’ accomplishments while educating the public about the creative capacities of people with dementia.”

Laclede Groves is the only senior living retirement community to feature this unique program and is looking for volunteers to join! “The best part is you do not have to be an artist,” says Kristina. “We will teach you all you need to know. All we ask is that you have a servant heart with a love for our residents.”

Volunteers should be high school age and older and available one hour a week for 8-10 weeks. Please contact Kristina Wille for more information at or at 314.446.2308.

Gary Anderson Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Lutheran Senior Services

St. Louis, Mo., February 13, 2017 – Gary Anderson has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Lutheran Senior Services (LSS), the largest nonprofit organization in the St. Louis area and the 14th largest nonprofit multisite senior housing provider in the United States. He will be responsible for the operations of nine senior living communities, one assisted living community, eleven affordable housing locations, and a comprehensive range of home and community-based services spanning two states and serving more than 11,000 older adults annually. Previously, Gary had been Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness and Chief Nursing Officer since joining Lutheran Senior Services in November 2014.

Photo credit: Ladue News.

“Gary’s forward and innovative thinking in the delivery and navigation of clinical and post-acute care services has helped us establish an industry-leading system of measuring quality metrics for our Care Centers and Assisted Living services through the development of the Lutheran Senior Services Practice and Operations Index,” said John Kotovsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Senior Services. “This has improved the quality of our care for our residents while reducing lengths of stay and hospital readmission rates for our short stay rehabilitation guests, all of which we can now communicate to our healthcare partners. In addition, Gary’s efforts have helped reduce Medicare spending by more than $1.7 million over the past year in the Model 3 Post-Acute Care bundled payments program.”

Gary has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, starting as a Staff Nurse, before holding senior leadership and operational positions for several prominent organizations such as Sutter Health in California, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, and SSM DePaul Health Center in St. Louis. Prior to joining LSS, he was the Senior Vice President for Advanced ICU Care, a national telemedicine service. He has a Master’s Degree of Health Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Webster University. Gary began his professional nursing education at the Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis.

Gary is a member of the Leadership Council for the University of Missouri – St. Louis School of Nursing.

Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) is a mission-driven, not-for-profit network that specializes in housing, care, and supportive services for older adults age 62+. With 21 locations in Missouri and Illinois, LSS serves more than 11,000 seniors annually through options that include Senior Living Communities offering all levels of care, Affordable Housing for those with limited incomes, and Home & Community Based Services. LSS builds upon 155+ years of excellence in living out its Christian mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.

Share the Love with a Love Week Challenge!

At Lutheran Senior Services, we are always looking for ways to engage the community in our mission of “Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.” We want others to see our passion for serving older adults and the outreach we are doing to give back to seniors in our area. We want that passion to become contagious, spreading love to seniors all around!

That’s why LSS is gearing up for Valentine’s Day by kicking off a “Love Week Challenge!” Every day next week, our Facebook followers will be challenged to “show love” to seniors that they know in a different way for five days in a row. The challenges are simple yet meaningful. Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can make a very large impact! Follow us on Facebook to take part in the Love Week Challenge and to share how you’re showering love on seniors in your community. 

At LSS, we are blessed by thousands of volunteers and donors who are engaged in our mission and give us their time, talents, and treasures to further our mission. If you would like more information on how you could get engaged in our mission, please contact Kristy Bull, Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement at or visit us online at

Psst .. while we’ll be posting a new challenge every day on Facebook, we’re giving you a sneak preview here if you want to get prepared early for the Love Week Challenge. Make sure though to share on Facebook how you’re sharing the love!

  • Monday, February 13th: Send a note to an older adult that you love.
  • Tuesday, February 14th: Deliver a sweet treat to an older adult.
  • Wednesday, February 15th: Help an older adult with a random act of kindness.
  • Thursday, February 16th: Spend some time with an older adult.
  • Friday, February 17th: Give an older adult a big hug.


Bowling for Wellness

We hope that you are ready to join us once again this year as we raise money for Project Wellness. This program helps low-income residents and members of our community take control of their health. Together we can make an impact in the lives of older adults! Registration deadline is February 3rd.




  • ​​When: Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
    Happy Hour & Check-in 1-2 p.m.
    Bowling 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: Tropicana Lanes 7960 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63117
  • Cost: $200/team.​

Contact Angie Sutton (314-262-8217,​​) or
Nikki Clayton (314.884.7901,​) to register or learn more.

Have You Seen This Car?

Specialized REACH mobile ready for service.

Question: What has four wheels and offers free transportation from hospitals to REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation locations within the Metro St. Louis Area?

Answer: The REACH Mobile!

REACH Short Stay from Lutheran Senior Services debuted its specialized REACH mobile. Used to safely and easily transport guests from the hospital to any of the 3 St. Louis locations (Laclede Groves, Meramec Bluffs, and Mason Pointe), this complimentary car services makes it easy to make the transition to REACH.

REACH Short Stay is the optimal setting for REACHing your potential in an environment where you can work hard and rest well, actively progressing toward increasing capability and strength. Our experienced team will work with you and your family to define your goals and prepare a plan personalized to fit your needs.

Recently awarded the Senator Paul Simon Award for quality and excellence, REACH Short Stay offers physical, speech, occupational, and respiratory therapy.




5 Legal Documents You Need Right Now: Expert Advice from Lutheran Senior Services

001 5 Legal Docs


Planning for your future is always a good idea. The basics of estate planning include five documents that will assist both you and your loved ones in managing your property and medical care.

1. Release of Information: The Release of Information form allows your healthcare provider to discuss your medical care and medical bills with those you designate. This document does not allow those designees to make any decisions on your behalf. Your treating healthcare provider generally provides this document.

2. Durable Power of Attorney: A power of attorney grants a designated person the legal authority to act on your behalf. Depending on how they are written, these document may be effective when they are signed, when you have become incapacitated or upon some other triggering event. An attorney or other legal services may prepare this document on your behalf.

3. Advance Directive: An Advance Directive is a document that describes the type(s) of medical care you want and don’t want when you are unable to express those wishes yourself. This document is available on the Missouri Bar website at

4. Healthcare Power of Attorney: A healthcare power of attorney grants a designated person the legal authority to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. An Advance Directive provides some guidance but a healthcare power of attorney gives your designee the ability to make decisions for you that are not directly addressed in the Advance Directive. Generally, the healthcare power of attorney cannot violate your Advance Directive. This document is available on the Missouri Bar website at

5. Will/Trust: A will/trust describes how you wish your property to be distributed after death and designates who will oversee that distribution. Proper estate planning can reduce administrative costs and taxes as well as relieving your loved ones of the burden of figuring out how you wished your property to be distributed. An attorney or other legal services may prepare this document on your behalf.

Download Advance Directive & Healthcare Power of Attorney



Brian Reinhold is an attorney with a background in medical negligence litigation, having represented both plaintiffs and healthcare providers. Brian manages all claims and litigation for Lutheran Senior Services, St. Louis’ largest not-for-profit, as well as oversees investigations and responses to regulatory matters. In addition, Brian develops and provides training on preparing for and responding to adverse events.



Laclede Groves Executive Chef Shares Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe!

Looking for a quick and healthy recipe for tonight? Try out this recipe featured on KFUO that our residents at Lutheran Senior Services can’t get enough of. It features fresh vegetables, and once combined, can be popped into the oven.

You’ll Need:


  • ½ pound spaghetti
  • 1/8 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/8 cup diced green pepper
  • ½ cup diced mushrooms
  • 1 ½ Tbsp margarine
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 pound cooked diced turkey
  • 2 ½ ounce grated parmesan cheese



1. Cook spaghetti in boiling water until tender. Drain and rinse noodles.
2. Sauté onion, diced green pepper, and mushrooms in margarine until tender.
3. Mix all ingredients (except the cheese) together.
4. Pour turkey and noodle mixture into baking dish and sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese.
5. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165.



thomaszuberMeet Laclede Groves Executive Chef — Tom Zuber
Executive Chef Tom Zuber graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1993 before then attending the Culinary School at Kendall College in Chicago. After culinary school, he worked for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis, the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, and the Chase Park Plaza. In 2009, he became a Chef Instructor at L’Ecole Culinaire and in 2015 he joined Lutheran Senior Services as the Executive Chef at Laclede Groves.

Happy Giving Tuesday!

This year on Tuesday, November 29, Lutheran Senior Services is participating in #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to caring for others.

Your generosity can make a difference in the lives of older adults, whether through your time or your financial gifts. It can also make a difference in your own life!

Generosity of Time

loriLori Schlosser
“My mom is a resident at a Lutheran Senior Services community and since I’m there anyway, I decided to volunteer. It’s a matter of giving your time and talents. Anything I can do to bring the language of life into their lives brings me such joy.”

Lori shares recipes, brings treats, tends the garden, and decorates the building among other things. With her smile and dedication she makes a huge impact in the lives of residents and staff members .




Generosity of Finances

Kathy Buckley
“Living at a Lutheran Senior Services community made the last nine years of my mom’s life some of her most enriching ones. Seeing what LSS did for her and for our whole family, we wanted to give back.”

Kathy and her family are supporters of LSS Hospice and the LSS Benevolent Care. Both assist older adults when they need it most.





Free Health Screenings with Project Wellness

As featured on 11/24/16 KFUO radio broadcast.

Looking for a FREE way to keep your health in check throughout the holidays and beyond? Affordable Housing at Lutheran Senior Services offers Wellness Kiosk Computers staffed with RN Parish Nurses to measure blood pressure, weight, blood glucose level, and provide referrals for health services you may need!

Call and schedule a FREE appointment today.

Project Wellness is made possible through contribution by the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis.

For additional information, contact Michelle Wamser, Affordable Housing Director of Service Coordination, at 314.884.7905 or at


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St. Louis, MO 63108
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St. Louis, MO 63147
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St. Louis, MO 63112
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933 Belt Ave.
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225 W. Rose Hill Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
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Affton, MO 63125
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Belleville, IL 62223
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