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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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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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  • Walk-In Closet with Dresser

18

June

St. Luke’s Private Suites at Perry Lutheran Homes Now Open

Perry Lutheran Homes announces the official opening of St. Luke’s Private Suites Skilled Care Community at its Willis Avenue location. These newly remodeled, private suites are designed to accommodate individuals in need of rehabilitative therapy after surgery, accident or illness; skilled nursing care; and/or long-term care.

“St. Luke’s Private Suites help us better serve the needs within our community as well as those already in our continuum of care. Our private suites provide home-like accommodations such as en suite bathrooms with walk-in shower and open living area in which individuals can

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09

June

Perry Lutheran Homes Named a Best Memory Care Community by MemoryCare.com

Perry Lutheran Homes has been named one of the best facilities for memory care in the Des Moines area in 2020 by MemoryCare.com. MemoryCare.com, is a comprehensive resource for caregivers and older adults living with memory impairment.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one out of every ten adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s. In Des Moines, the number of senior deaths related to Alzheimer’s increased by 36 percent between 2013 and 2018. As the population continues to age, the demand for high quality Memory Care Communities will also increase.

“Caregiving

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09

June

Eight Ways to keep Connected with a Loved One in a Care Community

With visitor restrictions in place at most senior care communities, families have to get creative to find new ways to keep connected with loved ones in meaningful ways.

Here are eight ways to help you connect with your loved one living in a care community:

1. Technology
Use technology to video chat, send emails, or use social media to stay in touch!

2. Pen & Paper
Write and send cards, notes and letters. Include return envelopes and extra stamps to make it easy to write back. Staff can also help your loved one respond back

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04

June

Caregiver Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Caring for a loved one with health issues in “normal times” can be emotionally and physically taxing and stressful; add to that the concerns and circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the danger of caregiver burnout mounts exponentially.

A helpful perspective can be found in information cited in a recent publication of www.mccleanhospital.org, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Navigating the Stresses of Caring for a Loved One During a Pandemic”,

The unprecedented circumstances are challenging for everyone, but they may be especially difficult for caregivers. Whether they are supporting older adults, children, or

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27

April

“Project Deliver the LOVE” Postponed

“Project Deliver the LOVE” is postponed to an unknown future date when it is safe to gather and enter into Perry Lutheran Homes facilities. This event was originally scheduled for Friday, May 1, and was then postponed to June 3. However, with the continued pandemic, the future date will depend on how things progress. We are now aiming for Spring 2021.

“Project Deliver the LOVE” is an event designed to celebrate, honor and engage with the elder citizens in our community. Two hundred volunteers will be needed to pack and assemble

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03

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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