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August

Remember the Three E’s when Approaching Senior Care Conversations

Having senior care conversations can seem daunting. However, there are ways to approach and have these conversations that can put everyone involved at greater ease.

Start EARLY – this helps to ease anxiety, stress, and worry instead of waiting until an emergency situation arises
Show EMPATHY – put yourself in their shoes and have the conversation in a way that shows caring and compassion
ENGAGE others – keep your loved one, other seniors, and trusted professionals such as doctors and social workers engaged in the process

As always, the staff at Perry Lutheran Home

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July

Perry Community and Mission Partners in Full Support at Acorns & Oaks Daycare Ribbon Cutting and Blessing Ceremonies

Perry, IA, July 28, 2017– Nearly one hundred people showed overwhelming support for the new, Acorns & Oaks Intergenerational, Christian daycare at Perry Lutheran Home main campus on Thursday, July 27. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 8:30 AM and a service of blessing for the daycare at 6:00 PM surrounded by community members, mission partners, staff, residents, and children.

“We are extremely blessed to be located in a supportive community like Perry, Iowa. The impact of this Christ-Centered, Intergenerational mission is something far beyond what we can imagine. On

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July

6 Signs That Your Loved One May Need Assistance

Do you worry about an elderly loved one living at home?

Consider these six signs that may indicate your loved one is in need of assistance:

Self-Care Difficulty – inability to shower, change clothes, brush teeth, etc.
Weight Loss – unable or unwilling to cook and/or eat
Confusion – when asked questions, about where they are, etc.
Isolation – detachment from friends and family
Resistance – unwilling to leave the house
Forgetting Meds – not taking medication as prescribed or at all

Reach out today for a care consult with one of Perry Lutheran Home’s knowledgeable staff members:

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06

June

Intergenerational, Christian Daycare to Open in July in Perry, IA

Perry Lutheran Home and Acorns & Oaks Christian Daycare have partnered together to create a unique, yet perfect, match. Intergenerational programs offer younger and older generations the opportunity to interact, engage, and form connections that benefit both the individuals and the community. This life-enriching mission will provide countless benefits to both residents at Perry Lutheran Home and children at Acorns & Oaks.

“Perry Lutheran Home is one of the very few in Iowa, if not the nation, to offer Intergenerational, Christian Daycare in a long-term care setting. When you think about

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23

May

Perry Lutheran Home Launches “Music & Memory” Program for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

Perry Lutheran Home (PLH) announces the launch of a new “Music & Memory” program which brings iPods filled with personalized music selections to residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to enhance their memories and enrich their lives. Grounded in research about how brains respond to music, the pilot program will engage fourteen Perry Lutheran Home residents who will have the opportunity to benefit from the therapeutic potential of music to tap deep memories and reconnect with the world. Perry Lutheran Home is one of only nineteen “Music & Memory” certified

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06

April

Meals from the Heartland + Perry Lutheran Home = Success!

24,192 meals packed in 6.5 hours with over 250 volunteers!

Perry Lutheran Home served as the host organization for a “Meals from the Heartland” event. This event took place on Wednesday, April 5 at Main Campus. Residents, tenants, staff, organizations, service clubs, students, and community members worked alongside one another to package meals. These meals feed undernourished people across the United States, including Iowa, and also in third world countries.

In addition to the meal-packing event, dementia simulations, “Music & Memory” demonstrations, and tours of the upcoming Inter-Generational Childcare project took place.

To package

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27

September

2016 Caregiver of the Year Award

Awarded by: LeadingAge Iowa

Presented to: Perry Lutheran Home – Tonya Wadle, CMA/Restorative Aide

This award is presented to a caregiver employed by a LeadingAge Iowa member organization who has demonstrated an exceptional proficiency in the delivery of quality resident care services to the residents of the organization. This category includes, but is not limited to, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, CMAs, and assisted living caregivers.

The recipient of this award will have demonstrated skills, both professional and interpersonal, that exceeded expectations. They will also work to lift up the value of aging services and

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01

August

2016 Leading Edge Care and Services Award

Awarded by: LeadingAge Iowa

Presented to: Perry Lutheran Home – Remembering Hope Education & Outreach

The LeadingAge Iowa “Leading Edge Care and Services” award is presented to a member organization or those affiliated with a member organization in recognition of creative new programs or services that have dramatically benefited the residents and/or clients of the member organization and serve as models of innovation and excellence. This includes those members that demonstrate superior achievement and are setting standards of excellence through programs that address some of the most complex challenges throughout the continuum

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September

2015 Best Innovation in Aging Services & Housing

Awarded by: LeadingAge Iowa

Presented to: Perry Lutheran Home – St. John’s Sensory-Connected Environment

When planning the redesign of the advanced stage dementia unit, St. John’s, the team at Perry Lutheran Home focused on how a lack of simulation and engagement for residents drives depression, boredom, and increased behaviors. The sensory connected environment makes this redesign unique with the goal to tap into the resident’s meaningful memories and create an individualized homelike, peaceful environment. The strongest early memories are church, school, and home so the Perry Lutheran Home team set out to

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01

September

2015 Phoenix Award

Awarded by: LeadingAge Iowa

Presented to: Perry Lutheran Home – CEO, Rev. Max Phillips

The Phoenix award is presented to an individual or organization that through innovative techniques, creative solutions, and unwavering perseverance has risen from adversity to not only impact their organization but their surrounding community. Potential candidates include LeadingAge Iowa member administrators, CEOs, executive directors, housing managers and service program directors.

Rev. Max Phillips, Chief Executive Officer at Perry Lutheran Home, was the Phoenix Award recipient due to his innovative ideas, creative solutions, and support of staff initiatives and development. Because

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