Meridian Village Staff Member Writes Book about Visiting Care Centers Lutheran Senior Services

Sharing a Story of Friendship

When Vickie Rodgers wanted to bring her grandchildren to the senior living community where she works, she knew she needed to prepare them. Being an educator herself, she looked for books about visiting care centers and senior living communities but didn’t find anything that would help. So, she decided to write her own.

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Teaching Picture-Taking and Thoughtfulness

Anytime a person can combine two things they truly enjoy into one activity, it’s typically going to be a successful experience. For Bob Underwood a favorite hobby of his (photography) recently melded with his past profession (teaching) when he was asked to teach photography to a group of local girl scouts to help them earn their photography merit badges.

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Dancing Down Memory Lane

The piano at Richmond Terrace got a workout when Christian Frommelt visited. Playing rousing tunes such as “The Maple Leaf Rag” and “I Cover the Water” he not only entertained residents but brought back memories as residents tapped their toes and bobbed their heads to the music.

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Stitching a Community Together

Mason Pointe Independent Living opened in November 2020 making the Lutheran Senior Services’ Town & Country, Missouri, location a full Life Plan Community. The Hook and Needle Club is one of the new groups that has formed around resident interests. This group came together for ladies who are interested in sewing, knitting, and crocheting.

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Using CMS Five-Star Quality Ratings to Find a Care Center

There are many things to think about when considering moving to a nursing home. These things are the same whether it is a single building or is part of a senior living community offering a continuum of care. Important questions include: How close is the community to family and friends? And, does the community have a good reputation? One of the most important considerations can also be one of the hardest to get answers to: Is the Care Center, where you get 24-hour nursing care, one of good quality?

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What is Memory Care Assisted Living and When is It Needed?

Older adults living with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments can benefit from a living setting that provides the care they need with programming that engages them. Memory care assisted living is a controlled-access, purposeful environment created with the special needs of the residents in mind. Staff cater to those needs, with a focus on the residents’ holistic well-being.

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Skilled Nursing Facility, Nursing Home, Care Center: What Does it All Mean?

When you start to look into senior living, whether for yourself or your loved one, it can feel like there is a big learning curve, especially when it comes to terminology. Being familiar with terms commonly used in senior living is especially critical. This becomes more important as you move into the licensed levels of living, such as the Care Center, where care is provided for residents.

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A Tranquil Expansion

The newly expanded garden at the Village at Mackenzie Place, a Lutheran Senior Services Affordable Housing community located in St. Louis, Missouri, not only provides residents with a tranquil space to enjoy the changing seasons, this garden also gives residents a selection of fresh vegetables and herbs throughout the summer.

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Independent Living? Assisted Living? What’s the Difference?

Whether you are considering senior living for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to be familiar with the terminology especially when it comes to the levels of living. Independent living and assisted living are two levels of living built specifically for seniors with assisted living providing staff to help with the activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and toileting. But that’s just the beginning of describing these levels.

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