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March

Perry Lutheran Homes Offering up to Seven Scholarships for Local High School Seniors

The U.S. Census Bureau has estimated that by 2030, 22.5% of Iowans will be 65 years or older, a nearly 15% increase from 2000. Healthcare jobs in Iowa will no doubt be in great demand; likely adding to the current shortages across Iowa and the nation. Perry Lutheran Homes is launching several new initiatives to build awareness for and grow local community members into nurses, nurse aides, and more. One of those initiatives is the StepUp Scholarship Program for local, area high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education.

“Perry Lutheran Homes established

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25

February

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Eden Acres Campus

Please join us for our Chamber Ribbon Cutting at our newest location – Eden Acres Campus!

This will take place on Tuesday, March 9 at 8:30AM at Eden Acres Campus, 1300 28th Street, Perry.

Enjoy food, refreshments and socially safe visiting.

We ask that all guests park and enter through the main entry on the east side. All guests will be screened, need to wear masks, and practice proper social distancing.

Don’t worry – we are taking all precautions to close off all other areas of Eden Acres Campus to keep our residents safe

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25

February

Scheduled, In-Person Visits Resume Monday, March 1

EXCITING NEWS! On March 1 we will be able to start scheduling in-person visits for all residents at Perry Lutheran Homes King’s Gardens Campus & Eden Acres Campus once again so long as the Dallas County COVID-19 positivity rate stays below 10 percent!!

With the vaccination of residents and staff, we are still anxiously awaiting revised guidelines from local and national health agencies. Until revised visitation guidelines are issued, all resident visitors will be asked to abide by the same protocols as from before.

All visits must be scheduled in advance.
Visitors will

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22

February

Perry Lutheran Homes is Developing People and Advancing Careers Through StepUp Career Advancement Program

Perry Lutheran Homes launched their StepUp Career Advancement Program. This is a pathway for employees of Perry Lutheran Homes working in any career field to earn certifications and degrees through promotion, higher education and tuition reimbursement.

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06

January

Perry Lutheran Homes Holds First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Perry Lutheran Homes partnered with CVS Pharmacy to hold their first on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday, January 5. Over 100 individuals, both residents and staff, with signed consent forms living or working at King’s Gardens Campus received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The second “booster” dose will be administered on January 26.

Rev. Max Phillips, CEO at Perry Lutheran Homes receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine administered by CVS Pharmacy nurse Leah Dicket.

Through this vaccine, residents will be able to once again enjoy social time, group

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16

November

Perry Lutheran Homes Acquires Rowley Masonic Community

Perry Lutheran Homes announces the acquisition of Rowley Masonic Community in Perry, IA. Perry Lutheran Homes, a leader in eldercare for nearly sixty-five years, will honor the spirit of caring for the community’s elders that was the driving force behind the creation of the Rowley Masonic Community in 1957 and its expansion in 2014.

“We look at this as a unique opportunity to reach more people with the Perry Lutheran Homes ministry and to continue leading the way in caring for seniors and older adults. We are grateful to those that

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08

October

Perry Lutheran Homes Launches TechConnect Program!

Here at Perry Lutheran Homes, when we say we want to help keep residents connected, we mean it!

Perry Lutheran Homes is on a mission to help every single resident connect through technology with the launch of our TechConnect Program!

Our goal is for every resident living at any Perry Lutheran Homes campus to have a dedicated tablet (if they are able to use one independently and do not have means to purchase their own) setup and ready for their use for video chatting with family and friends, browsing through Facebook to

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13

August

Silver Linings in the Storm: Area Senior Care Communities Work Together for Resident Safety and Wellbeing

With the Monday, August 10 derecho storm, much of Perry and other communities in its path were devastated. Out of the aftermath, Perry Lutheran Homes in Perry, The Bridges in Ankeny, Bishop Drumm in Johnston, and Granger Nursing and Rehab in Granger, came together and rose to the occasion to ensure the safety of over 70 nursing home residents.

The Madrid Home sustained extensive roof damage, broken windows and loss of power from the storm. Perry Lutheran Homes COO and Administrator, Melissa Gannon, reached out to offer assistance in any way

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24

July

Perry Lutheran Homes Willis Campus Dining Room has a Fresh New Look

In long-term care communities, the dining room is a hub of daily activity. Perry Lutheran Homes wanted to create a space that was more cheerful, welcoming and homelike for residents to enjoy.

Designer, Mark Holub of Holub Home, lent his visual display and design expertise to the recent dining room refresh project. Holub came highly recommended by Bill VanVliete, interior designer serving on the Board of Directors for Perry Lutheran Homes. The goal was to give residents a delightfully appealing place to dine.

When asked about the project, Mark said, “Since the

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23

July

Perry Lutheran Homes Meals on Wheels Program Nearly Doubles in Size

The Perry Lutheran Homes Meals on Wheels program has nearly doubled in clients and meals served as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Most of the growth has come from a large group of interested individuals in the community of Dallas Center.

After hearing about the Meals on Wheels program, volunteer delivery driver Bob King, approached Perry Lutheran Homes to see about serving clients in Dallas Center. When asked what prompted the request to bring Meals on Wheels to Dallas Center, King said, ”Dallas Center has many aging residents who live by themselves

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