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April

“St. Luke’s” Private Suites to Open May 2020

Perry Lutheran Homes’ St. Luke’s Private Suites are set to open in May 2020, and will accommodate individuals in need of short or long-term skilled care and rehabilitative therapy stays. With the transition and remodel from assisted living apartments to that of private suites, Perry Lutheran Homes is now able to offer more focused and specialized care and social programs at each campus.

St. Luke’s Private Suites have en suite bathrooms with shower, walk-in closet, large picture window, and an open living area. The suites feature a spacious studio layout and

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03

April

Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health of Elderly

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation or loneliness. We need to keep older adults safe, but also keep in mind that social isolation can have a negative impact on older people’s immunity and mental health…

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25

March

Perry Lutheran Homes Meals on Wheels Prepared to Serve Additional Home-bound Elders

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults are among the most vulnerable. To protect themselves from exposure, more will need to stay at home and self-isolate. However, the issue of food can make it difficult to do so. Perry Lutheran Homes Meals on Wheels is ready to StepUp and serve additional home-bound elders who are staying at home by delivering meals to their doorstep.

“We want to do everything we can to make sure that all elders in the community are safe and healthy, not just those that live with us in

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14

March

No Visitors Allowed – Only Essential Medical Personnel

In compliance with government healthcare agency directives regarding COVID-19 and visitors, Perry Lutheran Homes is issuing the following public notice:

Public Notice: Absolutely no visitors may enter Perry Lutheran Homes – Spring Valley Campus or Willis Campus unless you are essential medical personnel.

Visiting regarding end-of-life matters will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Thank you for your help to keep our residents safe, and we still encourage you to reach out to your loved ones by phone, email, social media or mail! If your loved one does not have a personal email address

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11

March

Senior Care Communities Urged to Restrict Visitors for Resident Protection against COVID-19

Government health agencies are now urging senior care communities to restrict visitors for the protection of residents against COVID-19. Now that COVID-19, or the Novel Coronavirus 2019, has come to Iowa, Perry Lutheran Homes is following proactive, preventative protocol and restricting visitors to essential visitors only at both Spring Valley Retirement Community Campus and Willis Campus in Perry to keep residents safe and healthy.

Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease

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09

March

Project Deliver the LOVE to bring Joy to Perry Elder Citizens

Elder loneliness is a silent epidemic affecting the health and well-being of our “invisible elders” living at home and in senior care communities right here in Perry. Studies have shown that more than forty percent of those age 65 and over regularly experience loneliness. These feelings of separation, disconnection and isolation lead to serious health problems such as depression and dementia, as well as an increased likelihood of death.

“Project Deliver the LOVE” is one of the ways the community of Perry can StepUp together with Perry Lutheran Homes to celebrate,

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06

March

Preparedness is Key to Prevent, Contain and Minimize Impact of Coronavirus

With the continued spread of COVID-19, or more commonly referred to as the coronavirus, it is important for all persons and healthcare agencies to be informed and prepared just as with any virus or health care concern.

“Protecting our residents, caregiving team and community is our top priority. All Perry Lutheran Homes campuses, Spring Valley Retirement Community campus and Willis campus, remain free of COVID-19. Our emergency preparedness plan is in place should COVID-19 affect the community of Perry,” said Melissa Gannon, COO and Administrator of Perry Lutheran Homes. “To help

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28

February

Meals on Wheels Making Positive Impact on Lives of Perry Elder Citizens

Surveys were recently given to Perry Lutheran Homes Meals on Wheels recipients in Perry and Northern Dallas County. The resounding results confirm that this much-needed program has a big impact on the daily lives and quality of life for home-bound elder residents in need of daily nutritious meals and wellness checks.

Anonymous survey responses include positive comments about the meal quality, delivery driver importance, and the need for Perry Lutheran Homes Meals on Wheels program to continue.

“The pleasant and caring staff are so accommodating! They greet mom and her dog with

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13

February

Perry’s Osmundson Manufacturing “StepsUp” to Provide Meals on Wheels to Vulnerable Elderly

The community of Perry continues to StepUp to join Perry Lutheran Homes to care for the most pressing needs of its elderly citizens. A recent example that demonstrates the heart this community has for its elderly residents is a gift of $3,000 given by Heather Bruce and her team at Osmundson Manufacturing. This gift will be used to provide and deliver daily hot meals to homebound elderly and disabled people in Perry and Northern Dallas County through Perry Lutheran Homes’ Meals on Wheels project.

Melissa Gannon, Chief Operating Officer at Perry

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13

February

Project Deliver the Love

Elder loneliness is a silent epidemic affecting the health and well-being of our “invisible elders” living at home and in senior care communities right here in Iowa.

More than forty percent of those age 65 and over regularly experience loneliness. These feelings of separation, disconnection and isolation lead to serious health problems such as depression and dementia, as well as an increased likelihood of death.

Inspired by Perry Lutheran Homes StepUp Movement (Serving Together our Elders with Passion) and our past initiatives to fight hunger through 100,000 meals packed in four years

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