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Celebrating Relationships with Senior Connections: Harold Williams & Mike

Harold-and-Michael_gs1“When I tell others about Senior Connections and how they connect friendly visitors to senior citizens, they naturally assume my friend is older than I. This is not the situation with my friend Mike, he is actually almost 15 years younger than I am. His life experiences and health have taken a toll on him, initially leaving him withdrawn, uninterested in much of
anything, and skeptical.

In the beginning, he shared how he was surprised that I kept our appointments each and every week. After six months of consistency and building his trust in our relationship, he decided that I could be counted on as a friend. We built this relationship over a weekly game of chess.

When we began our visits, Mike’s room was in a secure area as his staff feared he might abandon the care he needed. Today, he enjoys a different landscape from his room in an open unit and has changed his mind about the benefits of living in this community. He has
even suggested that I might want to join him as a resident at the nursing home in the future!

Having a friend who depends on me each and every week for conversation and companionship has given me focus in my own retirement and a unique opportunity to share myself with another senior.”
-Harold Williams

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Heart to Heart Service

Lutheran Senior Service Hospice Volunteers Needed

photo 5[4]Don Cole is called an angel by many. No, he doesn’t have wings and when he speaks, a chorus does not accompany his words. Yet, his heart to heart service as a part of volunteering for LSS Hospice is making an everlasting difference with many.

“I just have a good time,” Don said. “I just see the people and try to give them a little bit of companionship – fifteen minutes to an hour, whatever it takes. But it doesn’t feel like a task to me. It’s like, ‘Ooh! I get to do this!’’

LSS Hospice is looking for volunteers, like Don, who are filled with a heart of service towards others. As LSS Hospice continues to grow there is an urgent need. Volunteers are an important part of the hospice team, so important they are a Medicare requirement for ALL hospice programs.

Why Volunteer? Volunteering through LSS Hospice is a unique opportunity to become a part of a ministry to families and patients who are nearing the end of a journey. It’s a time for many filled with reflection and even celebration. Many current volunteers choose to volunteer because they have experienced the death of a loved one and want to help others in similar situations.

What Would I Do? Many patients are looking for a friend. They appreciate the conversation and companionship a new friend brings through playing cards, puzzles, or other games, reading, praying, sitting quietly, or activities.

Love assisting with office work? Through copying, filing, packet assembly, and other administrative tasks you keep things organized and efficient for all LSS Hospice Volunteers.

What are the Requirements? A heart for service! Volunteers must go through a background check and attend a mandatory 3-hour orientation and training session as well as be 18 years of age. Office volunteers might work an hour a week, or every other week, or even just once a month for an agreed upon time frame. Those who visit patients usually commit to about one visit per week, lasting on average about 30 minutes to an hour.

For more information, contact Kristy Bull at KBull@LSSLiving.org or at 314.262.8275.

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A Striking Success!

Bowling for Wellness Event Surpasses Goal

The 2nd Bowling for Wellness held at Tropicana Lanes on Sunday, February 22, was filled with splits, turkeys, a few gutters, and an opportunity to raise awareness and support for Project Wellness.

“This event is so much fun,” said Susan Hutchinson, Executive Director of Affordable Housing at Lutheran Senior Services. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to spare a day and make a difference in the lives of low-income seniors and their health.”

All money raised supports Project Wellness, a health initiative within Affordable Housing to offer tools and support for those who have limited financial abilities. These free or low cost wellness services will be made available to 700 residents living in the Metropolitan St. Louis area Affordable Housing Communities; all thanks to the Bowling for Wellness participants and sponsors that raised over $11,000.

“We’re ecstatic with the large increase in participation over last year and can’t wait to start planning next year’s event,” said Susan.

2015 Results

  • 1st Place – The LSS IT Team – My Giga Hurts
  • 2nd Place – Hilltop Manor –The Crazy Pins
  • 3rd Place – Westfield Manor – Belleville Bowlers
  • Most Money Raised – Westfield Manor with nearly $1,100
  • Honorable Mention – Home & Community Based Services with over $1,000

 

To view all of the pictures from the event, click here.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

KFUO Broadcasts from Hidden Gems

DSC_0157-editHidden Gems Resale has always been known to have unique finds. For those who stopped by on January 15, they received a very unique surprise. Radio station KFUO was broadcasting their program “Faith and Family” straight from Hidden Gems.

To listen to the whole broadcast, click here.

Featured on the program was Joy Brother, Move-In Resources and Resale Director at Lutheran Senior Services, who gave the story behind Hidden Gems Resale. “We do everything that has to do with the move,” said Joy. “We’ve expanded the program [at LSS] over the years. It’s a complimentary service for all residents where we go into homes and spend quite a bit of time talking to people, finding out what’s important to them relating to the move. And the biggest concern is usually what to do with all their stuff.”

Through helping others downsize or move, Joy’s team began referring Hidden Gems as a possibility for items that people no longer wanted or could not be used or sold. Joy and her team saw all the unused items as a way to not only help those they were serving but also to give back.

As Joy explained to KFUO listeners, proceeds from Hidden Gems Resale benefits Benevolent Care at Lutheran Senior Services. “It’s a way for us to help older adults at LSS who have outlived their financial means.” And with such great items, Hidden Gems has many repeat shoppers.

“I was really surprised,” said shopper David Roberts. “I come in here at least twice a month but didn’t expect to see this!” And even though KFUO’s presence can’t be guaranteed, the unique finds and knowledge of helping seniors is there every time you shop at Hidden Gems.

For more information on Hidden Gems, check out their Facebook page or visit them in person at 9051 Watson Road or phone at 314.963.0821.

KFUO at Hidden Gems Resale

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Home & Community Based Services Celebrates Installation and Open House

Home & Community Based Services opened their new offices to guests on January 7 for an open house and installation. Their new location at the Center 40 office building, a stones throw from the Home Office for Lutheran Senior Services, offers the available space to expand their outreach and services to St. Louis and the greater area.

The gathering was also an opportunity to install Mary Lazare, recently hired as Vice-President of Home & Community Based Services. Surrounded by friends and co-workers, Mary was recognized as a key addition to LSS and prayed over as she leads the expansion of HCBS.

Welcome home!

The HCBS Team

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Meramec Bluffs honored by Fenton Chamber of Commerce

1 award[6]Lutheran Senior Services is deeply committed to our communities. Not only in the LSS communities that we serve, but those towns, neighborhoods, and cities that we are a part of as well. Cicero, a Roman philosopher, politician, and lawyer said it best: “We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.

Cicero would be one of many to applaud Meramec Bluffs, recently honored by the Fenton Chamber of Commerce as their Large Business of the Year. Lauren Tams-Scherer, Senior Living Counselor, represented Meramec Bluffs as a part of various committees and events for the Chamber.

“It was a pretty overwhelming feeling [receiving the award]. The Fenton Chamber has a large representation of businesses (small and large), so to be chosen was amazing.”

Through events like the Chambers 4th of July Fair, the Annual Dinner, and Golf Tournament, residents and businesses are brought together under the common goal of seeing their town and surrounding areas thrive.

“Being a part of the Chamber is all about helping those businesses in our community and strengthening where we are,” said Lauren. “We’ve been able to spread the message of LSS to all those that we’ve met and build so many relationships.”

Congratulations Meramec Bluffs!

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Dedication Ceremony for new REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation at Breeze Park

Breeze Park in St. Charles revealed its latest expansion on Tuesday—a new REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation. The dedication was attended by Breeze Park residents, various city officials from Weldon Springs, Chamber of Commerce members, and honored guests – all who made the project possible through their unique skills.

Construction began in January 2014 and will officially open to new patients on January 1, 2015. REACH works with those who need short-term care following a qualified hospital stay. With a team of specialists, patients are able to achieve their recovery goals.

“Before we were turning away people due to insufficient space,” said Lesley Pedroli, Director of Regional Sales Health Services. “Now we can serve far more with this latest expansion.”

Those who attended the dedication were able to tour the new area, enjoy light refreshments, and speak with those who have made the new expansion possible. Twenty private rooms, convenient access to therapy, and a home-like atmosphere will allow Breeze Park to continue to live out the Christian Mission of Lutheran Senior Services: Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.

For more information on REACH at Breeze Park and other LSS Locations, visit http://lssliving.org/reach/

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11 Essentials for your Winter Survival Kit

138279078Winter is just around the corner, so it’s a good idea to have a winter survival kit on hand, both at home and in your vehicle. Here is a basic list of the necessities that you will need to be properly prepared.

5 essentials for your car

  • A warm blanket (or two), hats and gloves, socks and a pair of boots.
  • A shovel, sand or kitty litter (the non-clumping kind) or ice melt to get you out of that icy spot
  • Snacks, water and a working flashlight.
  • Flares, light sticks or other reflective tape – type items to put around your car or on your coat to make you visible to others drivers
  • Fully charged cell phone, turning it off in times of non-use

6 Must haves for your Home Survival Kit
Long power outages can result in the inability to heat your home so get to a safe place with power. If the power is only going to be out a short time, here are some things to have on hand.
Flashlights.

  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Food or snacks, a gallon of water for each family member for each day you might be without power
  • At least a 3-day supply of medicines in case you can’t leave the house to get more
  • Charged Cell phone, turn off when not in use
  • Consider installing a house generator, wood-burning fireplace or stove

Being stranded, whether at home or in your car, is never fun. Make sure you’re prepared will to “weather” any cold weather emergency!

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

LSS Salutes Veterans


They Did Their Share
On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.
Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.
No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.
Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.
We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say “thank you” to every wearer.
By Joanna Fuchs

Lutheran Senior Services gives thanks for all the men and women in our armed services, for their sacrifice, courage, and dedication.

Veteran’s shared their experiences on being a part of past Honor Flights at Laclede Groves.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

4 talented musicians + 10 instruments + 1 great cause = 1 night to remember

An overwhelmingly enthusiastic crowd was treated to a fabulous concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall on November 5 for a critical cause—helping low-income, older adults stay healthy, stay active, and most importantly, stay home.

The 442s, comprised of four talented musicians (Adam Maness, composer, guitarist, and keyboard instrumentalist; Sydney Rodway, double-bass; Shawn Weil, violin; and Bjorn Ranheim, cello) are a genre-defying band, who treated the audience to a mix of jazz, classical, whimsy, and emotional-tugging music. They played to a standing ovation Wednesday night all in support of Affordable Housing for Lutheran Senior Services.

Susan Hutchison, Executive Director of Affordable Housing was overwhelmed by the support. “Words cannot truly express my appreciation for that support of a cause that is so near and dear to my heart,” she said. “My feelings about the concert boil down to this: I love what I do, I love who we serve, and I was uplifted by a concert that helped make it possible to continue to do both.”

Due to the support of sponsors, advertisers, and concert-goers, Lutheran Senior Services was able to raise approximately $6000 to help provide health and wellness services to the 800+ very low income seniors served annually through LSS Affordable Housing.

Our favorite songs? The Caves and the Cold, Hohner, and Chimes

To find out more about the 442s and a sample of their music (including our favorites), check out http://www.the442s.com/

To get involved with our Affordable Housing program through a donation or volunteering, contact Susan Hutchison at 314.446.2558

Affordable Housing Benefit Concert Featuring the 442's

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.