Lutherans have been assisting the elderly in West Michigan since 1924, when the Lutheran Home for the Aged opened in downtown Grand Rapids. Over time, this retirement home moved toward a medical model of care, caring for elderly individuals who needed continuous nursing care.Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
came to Grand Rapids in 1965, taking over management of the home for the aged from the Michigan Synod of The Lutheran Church in America. In 1967, the residence was renamed Luther Home. In December 1976, Lutheran Social Services purchased the Calvin Christian Retirement Home at 2000 32nd Street SE, which provided rooms, meals and activities for independent seniors. They renamed it Luther Village. In 1986, Lutheran Social Services began building a new Luther Home near Luther Village, and named the campus Luther Community. The 50 Luther Home residents and their records moved to Luther Community on a single day, January 7, 1987.
In 1996, an assisted living facility, Luther Woods, was added to the campus. That year also marked the start of Lutheran Social Services’ in-home services, which currently helps more than 200 clients in six counties.
Luther Community evolved into MapleCreek in 2007. Luther Village became The Terraces at MapleCreek
. Luther Home was renamed The Lodge at MapleCreek
. Luther Woods became The Woods at MapleCreek
, and the newest part of the campus was added, The Cottages at MapleCreek
: condominium-style homes in a beautiful wooded setting. The in-home care program, informally called MapleCreek at Home
, is now part of the statewide In-Home Services program of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.
Together, MapleCreek’s care providers enable our residents to remain as independent as possible while aging in place with the help they need.
After a $30 million renovation and expansion project, MapleCreek offers a new style of senior living with a full continuum of care on one campus. Living options include condominium-style homescondominium-style homes
, catered independent living apartments
, assisted living, memory care
, skilled nursing
, and in-home services
. Each residential center has a life enrichment coordinator who coordinates activities, special events and outings. The residents of the Terraces
are members of the Friendship Club
, with many special extra opportunities chosen specifically for them.
MapleCreek welcomes people of all faiths, with opportunities for daily prayer and weekly worship services
. There is the new 160-seat multi-denominational Trinity Chapel at the Terraces, also available to those who live at The Cottages. The Woods features St. Luke’s Chapel, and the new chapel at The Lodge has a stained glass depiction of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. The chapel program is directed by a full-time ordained and board-certified chaplain.