Happy birthday, B.J.!

by Barbara Lewis 29. June 2012 13:07

B.J. Walters celebrated his 103rd birthday with a party at Hope Village in Williamsburg on June 13. Residents enjoyed some of B.J.’s favorite foods for dinner, along with a birthday cake. Tables were decorated with highlights of 1909, the year he was born. B.J. was one of the first residents to move into Hope Village, a senior living community. “It was a great day to celebrate a very special man, who is a wonderful example of how to age well,” said Cathy Stathkis, Hope Village administrator.



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MapleCreek unveils "Catered Living Plus" option

by Barbara Lewis 1. December 2011 15:32


MapleCreek, Lutheran Social Services' senior living community in Grand Rapids, has a new option for those who want to live in independent living apartments but who need some extra care. Called "Catered Living Plus," the new program is available in nine Garden Level apartments at The Terraces. With the introduction of Catered Living Plus, a couple with differing needs can move in together and won't have to be separated because one of them requires more care than is usually offered at The Terraces. A new kitchen/dining room and a lounge are being created in the Catered Living Plus section. Resident aides are available around the clock to meet the residents' personal needs, supervised by program coordinator Gwen Melton, LPN.






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“Sequoia Stars” celebrate

by Barbara Lewis 18. August 2011 09:44

Lilia Zavala, service coordinator at Sequoia Place in Ann Arbor, held a celebration for residents who participate in the twice-weekly exercise programs. She served healthy snacks and drinks to the “Sequoia Stars” and gave each individual a certificate of achievement. Terry Knechtel, who teaches the Thursday class, also received a wheeled tote bag and a beautiful flower arrangement. The three residents with the best attendance records,, Mary Rich, Betty Comerzan and Hattie Russell, also received tote bags. “They have worked hard all year, and enjoyed a chance to relax and enjoy!” said Katherine Redies, Sequoia’s administrative assistant. Sequoia Place, with 55 one-bedroom apartments, offers affordable housing for seniors with limited incomes.

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New quality assurance director for Senior Adults

by Barbara Lewis 19. October 2010 16:05

Melanie Nabozny has joined Lutheran Social Services as director of quality assurance in Services for Senior Adults. Melanie had been a long term care clinical care consultant with Plante Moran for the past 10 years and has coordinated consulting and training programs with Aging Services of Michigan, HCAM and Nadonna. She recently led training sessions on the upcoming changes to the MDS processes and Medicare RUGS reimbursement models. Melanie worked for 10 years at a hospital-based skilled nursing community and as an MDS coordinator.. “Melanie has a broad base of knowledge of quality assurance program measures as well as the reimbursement models related to clinical operations in the long term care arena,” said Steven Tyshka, vice president, Services for Senior Adults. “With the continual changes in the health care environment and health care reform, Melanie’s knowledge and expertise will be a great asset to Lutheran Social Services in bolstering the quality of our clinical operations and systems.” 

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Nursing home residents volunteer to help animal shelter

by Barbara Lewis 12. July 2010 15:38

Residents at Lutheran Social Services of Michigan’s Luther Haven nursing center in Detroit have begun a community service project to help cats at the Michigan Humane Society shelter. Luther Haven Activities Director Tracy Ostasiewicz volunteers for the animal protection organization. They received a huge donation of fleece and asked for volunteers to make cat blankets, and Tracy knew this was something that would appeal to her Luther Haven residents, including Jerome Miller in the photo. “The kitties lie on the blankets to sleep, but they also play with the fringes and hide toys under them,” said Tracy. Activities like this benefit the residents in many ways, said Luther Haven Administrator Leif Woodhouse. “It not only gives them something to do with their time and helps them maintain their motor skills, it also improves their sense of self-worth to know they are doing something to help less fortunate creatures in our community. This shows that everyone, even people who need to live in a skilled nursing center, can do something for others.”



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