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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.

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

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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 www.mobar.org.

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 www.mobar.org.

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

 

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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

Directions:

 

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 .

 

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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.

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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 Michelle.Wamser@LSSLiving.org.

 

Locations and Hours

 

Centennial Plaza
4115 McPherson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
314.533.0550
Thursdays 9am-4:30pm

 

Dunn Road Manor
3399 Dunn Road
Florissant, MO 63033
314.830.2774
Mondays, 8:30am-4:30pm

 

Halls Ferry Manor
8725 Halls Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63147
314.388.1944
Mondays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm

 

Hilltop Manor
11 Hilltop Village
Center Drive
Eureka, MO 63025
636.938.3387
Thursdays, 8:30am-4:30pm

 

Hylton Point I
5500 Maple Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63112
314.361.4111
Wednesdays, 9am-4pm

 

Hylton Point II
933 Belt Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63112
314.361.1100
Mondays, 9am-4pm

 

Rose Hill House/Rose Hill House II
225 W. Rose Hill Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
314.966-0747
Tuesdays, 9am-4:00pm

 

The Village at Mackenzie Place
8520 Mackenzie Rd.
Affton, MO 63125
314.884.7900
Wednesdays, 8:30am-4:30pm

 

Westfield Manor
7245 Westfield
Plaza Drive
Belleville, IL 62223
618.233.5506
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am-2pm

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 .

 

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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.

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Talking Turkey with Meridian Village Executive Chef Wesley Ogilvie

As Featured on KFUO on 11/17/16.

Recipe: Cranberry Mayo Turkey Club

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup minced cran-raisins
  • 4 oz. sliced turkey
  • 4 pc cooked bacon
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 oz. sliced raw red onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix mayo and cran-raisins, salt and pepper in bowl and set aside. Lay out two pieces of bread and spread cranberry mayo on one side of both slices. Add one slice of cheese to each slice of bread. Add 4 oz. of turkey to one slice, top with bacon and red onions, and place other slice of bread on top completing sandwich. Spray with oil and Panini press (or toast in the sauté pan).

Recipe: Kale Pecan Pesto Penne with Roasted Diced Turkey

    • 1 oz. Basil
    • 2 oz. Kale rough chopped
    • 1 cup olive oil
    • 3 oz. toasted pecans
    • 1 oz. parmesan cheese
    • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
    • 1.5 pounds penne pasta cooked
    • 12 oz. turkey cooked and cut into strips or diced
    • Optional – 6oz cooked and cubed butternut or acorn squash)

Place the first six ingredients into a food processor and blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until blended together.

In a large pot or pan heat turkey, add in penne pasta, the kale pecan pesto, and butternut squash if desired. Heat until ingredients reach an internal temperature of 140 degree F. This dish can also be served cold as a pasta salad.

wesAbout the Chef:
Wesley Ogilvie has been with Lutheran Senior Services for 2 years as the Executive Chef for Meridian Village Senior Living Community. Before Meridian Village, Wesley lived in the Washington D.C. Metro Area where he was an Executive Chef and Chef Tournade for contract companies servicing the White House Complex, State Department Headquarters, DEA Headquarters, DOE Headquarters, Library of Congress, Intra American Domestic Bank, and many others. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts. Wesley has been working in foodservice for 15 years in various positions.

Veteran’s Day Celebration at Meramec Bluffs

On Veteran’s Day we honor all,
Who answered to a service call.
Soldiers young, and soldiers old,
Fought for freedom, brave and bold.
Some have lived, while others died,
And all of them deserve our pride.
We’re proud to all the soldiers who,
Kept thinking of red, white, and blue.
They fought for us and all our rights,
They fought through many days and nights.
And though we may not know each name,
We thank all veterans just the same.

By Cheryl Dyson

Across Lutheran Senior Services, we celebrated Veteran’s Day with both pride and respect for the service of many men and women. It is a blessing to have so many veterans as a part of our family and they continually have our thanks and prayers.

Meramec Bluffs Senior Living Community in Ballwin, Missouri celebrated with a service of thanks. Featuring the children’s choir from Immanuel Lutheran School in Washington, the Daughters of the American Revolution who gave quilts to veterans of the Vietnam and Korean War, and a program written by the Meramec Bluff’s Veteran’s Committee, the service was a time to recognize and pay tribute to those who gave their lives for the United States.

Richard Unrath received one of the two Meramec Bluff’s Veteran of the Year awards. “I served for 28 years in the Air Force in logistics and supply. My time in the service was very forming and I am surprised to be honored,” he said. “Today was a fitting memorial for everyone and we are quite moved for all the support that we receive.” The service ended with the song “God Bless American” led by the Bluffers Choir of Meramec Bluffs.

Afterwards, guided tours of their Veterans Room were available to all featuring medals residents have received for their services as well as maps and photographs from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Military guests were also in attendance, including the 620th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion led by Lt. Wayne Welander. They brought a display of military transportation equipment to view.

Larry Kamberg, the Chairman of the Veteran’s Committee at Meramec Bluffs, was pleased with the success of the event. “There are over 250 residents and guests here today. So the support shown is phenomenal. This is something we’re proud to have at Meramec Bluffs and something we’re honored to put together every year.”

 

Reflection Garden coming to Meramec Bluffs

In the very near future a beautiful and tranquil place will be created for the residents of Meramec Bluffs.

The design, a paved walkway leading into a circular stone circle with a waterfall in the center; will offer seating for those who wish to sit and view the Meramec River and the waterfall. The “Reflection Garden” will offer peace and quiet for people who are or have been connected with Meramec Bluffs. The venue near the log cabin is designed as a place of remembrance, reflection, family, joy, and other adjectives.

With careful planning and weather permitting, construction will begin late this fall and continue into early spring.

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The Reflection Garden (as it is now known) is a gift to Meramec Bluffs from a generous and kind person. The cost of design, landscaping and construction are covered by the gift from this donor including additional monies to create an endowment fund to maintain the garden into perpetuity.

The garden offers friends, spouses, & families the opportunity to purchase engraved brick pavers to become a permanent part of the legacy of Meramec Bluffs. 100% of the proceeds from the brick sales goes to Benevolent Care of Lutheran Senior Services Living Foundation.

A brochure will be coming out in November, but in the meantime order forms are available at the Independent Living, Assisted Living and Care Center reception desks. The pavers come in two sizes, 4×8 and 8×8. Pre-construction pricing of $250 and $500 will be available until the end of the year. Remember your loved ones, birthdays, anniversaries, births, and more with a personalized message. Questions? Call Maggy Spencer at 636-923-2315.

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Dunn Road Manor Expansion Begins!

Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) broke ground today on the $5.8 million construction of 36 new affordable housing apartments at its 62-unit Dunn Road Manor affordable living community at 3399 Dunn Road in Florissant. The new apartments will be located in a new wing added to the existing building that provides direct access to a variety of health-related and social services including a shared commercial kitchen, computer lab with internet access, library, parish nurse, chaplaincy services, multipurpose room and a unique tele-health kiosk already enjoyed by current Dunn Road Manor residents. When completed, Dunn Road Manor will provide independent living for 98 residents with an average age of 78 and average annual income of $11,000.

The project will utilize the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) offered by the Missouri Housing Development Commission. In 2012, LSS opened its first LIHTC project at the Village at Mackenzie Place in Affton. LSS currently provides decent, safe and affordable housing to nearly 800 very low income older adults in the St. Louis area as part of its mission to help older adults live life to the fullest.

“LSS is able to provide more than the bricks and mortar of housing, but also a family-like atmosphere where low income residents have an opportunity to successfully age in place, remaining at home where they wish to stay,” said Susan Hutchinson, Executive Director of Affordable Housing at LSS. “Dunn Road Manor has experienced a significant waiting list since it first opened, and this new addition will help provide a service enriched environment that meets the marketplace demand.”

Paric is providing general contracting services, and St. Louis Design Alliance in the project architect. Construction is scheduled for completion in Fall 2017.