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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 .

 

blog-volunteer

 

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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We'd love to hear from you! Located in Ballwin, Missouri 63021, Meramec Bluffs senior living offers independent living, REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care assisted living, and skilled nursing. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here

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.

Mason Pointe Senior Living Executive Chef shares a recipe from their fall menu

Make This Recipe Today!

shrimp-skewers-ck-226796-xMason Pointe Senior Living Executive Chef, Christian Gullet, shares one of his team’s latest recipes for their fall menu, which residents already are giving rave reviews. And now you can make it too! As featured on KFUO.

Orange Ginger Shrimp

4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 16 Ounce Raw Shrimp 21-40 Ct
  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Sherry Cooking Wine
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ¼ Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoon unsweetened Pineapple Juice

Preparation:

  • Clean, devein, and peel shrimp. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • To make sauce, heat one tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a saucepan. Add minced garlic, ginger, curry, and pepper.
  • Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add sherry and cook until reduced by half. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Heat the second tablespoon of vegetable oil in the saucepan. Add shrimp and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked.
  • Serve 1/2 cup sauce with 6 to 7 shrimp per portion.

 

About our Culinary Team

Leading the innovative culinary team at Lutheran Senior Services at Mason Pointe is Executive Chef Christian Gullet. With his dynamic team at Mason Pointe, they create phenomenal culinary execution and training. Chef Gullet is a seasoned talent with all-encompassing experience in the culinary arena, and committed to ensuring a fantastic food experience for all residents and guests.

 

 

Lenoir Woods Edgewood Apartments Construction Making Progress

Construction for the Edgewood Apartments at Lenoir Woods Senior Living Community in Columbia, Missouri, is quickly coming together. This new independent living building made up of 79 apartments, broke ground June 2016 and is on track for its Summer 2017 completion date. “We are progressing well,” said Mark Schoedel, LSS Vice President of Construction and IT. “Our foundation is complete and we are starting to go up vertically.”

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With beautiful living spaces, the Edgewood apartments were built in direct response to a need of additional independent living apartments as the landscape of senior living grows and changes.

Current and future residents have enjoyed seeing the progress, in person and by webcam. “The live web camera is an excellent way for future residents to monitor the progress,” said Mark, referencing the camera that PARIC has installed so anyone can watch the progress. “We continue on schedule for a fall occupancy for the 49 residents who have selected units to date.”

Interested in learning more? Join us for lunch…

See for yourself all the progress. View the live construction camera here!

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We'd love to hear from you! Located in Columbia, MO 65201, Lenoir Woods senior living offers independent living, REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation, assisted living, and skilled nursing. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

LSS Receives Signature Healthcare Foundation 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award

The Signature Healthcare Foundation has presented its 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award to Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) in recognition of the significant cost savings achieved through LSS’ participation in the federal Center For Medicare & Medicaid Services Model 3 Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Pilot Program (BPCI) and the changes implemented through the BPCI and LSS’ REACH (Rehabilitation through Achievement) program. These changes focused on care coordination along the continuum of care and resulted in reductions in length of stay, readmission rates and costs, providing a model for effective and efficient patient care.

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“Since expanding our presence in the short stay, post acute care rehabilitation market through REACH, we have successfully lowered the cost of these services to payers by re-designing the way we deliver and provide these care services and the way we work with our health system partners to support their goals,” said Gary Anderson, LSS Vice President Clinical Effectiveness. “We expanded in this market as a result of our decision to participate in the Model 3 Post-Acute Care bundled payments program and pursue its goal of reduced total cost of Post-Acute Care services. “

The entire LSS organization – clinical, finance, administration, communities and more – is driving functional performance improvement every day through a broad range of therapy and nursing interventions. Over the past 18 months, the average length of a REACH stay has been reduced by over seven days – from 25-27 days to 18-20 days, while the hospital readmission rate has dropped from the 20-25% range to the low teens and even single digits. At the same time, the REACH guest satisfaction rate is in the 95+ percent range.

“Our most recent quarterly data show that our efforts saved Medicare approximately $400,000,” Anderson added. “This is a measurable program that helps preserve Medicare for the future and increases the percentage of REACH guests who are able to return to their previous living destination as a result of our services.”

The Senator Paul Simon Award was instituted to honor Senator Simon’s service to Signature Healthcare Foundation as a member of its Board of Directors. The award is intended to encourage and reward cost effective strategies in healthcare. Signature Healthcare Foundation was formed in 2002 with a mission to utilize physician leadership to improve healthcare quality, efficiency and affordability.