Last week tenants at the Assisted Living Complexes in Davenport and Vinton enjoyed special events all week long in honor of National Assisted Living Week. This year’s theme for the week was “Capture the Moment”, and staff and tenants did just that!
Two important patriotic events took place at our Lutheran Home Communities this past week.
The Davenport Lutheran Home hosted a Legislative Forum on August 29th that was open to the public. Representatives were invited to attend, and important topics such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Iowa’s elderly residents were discussed.
At the Vinton Home, 3 veterans were recognized at a Quilt of Valor ceremony on September 1st. These residents were given a certificate and hand made American quilt in honor of the sacrifices they made to protect and defend our Nation.
We are proud to announce that Diane Gloede, COO for the Lutheran Home for the Aged Association- East, was honored Tuesday evening with The “Francis Lackner” award of honor. This award from LeadingAge Iowa honors the late Francis Lackner, the association’s first executive director, and pays tribute to his distinguished service, dedication and foresight in aging services. This is Leading Age Iowa’s highest award. Thank you Diane for all of your many accomplishments for the Lutheran Home for the Aged Association- East and for our elderly residents. Congratulations!
The residents and staff members of the Vinton Lutheran Home enjoyed an extra special visit this past week. Members of the “Pink Heals Tour” parked their pink fire trucks in front of the Lutheran Home and toured the campus to visit with the staff and residents. The pink fire trucks are driven across America to bring the Pink Heals Program to cities every year. This program is designed to bring awareness to the importance of fundraising efforts for cancer victims and all proceeds raised stay local. People with cancer, cancer survivors, and individuals who’ve lost a loved one to cancer are all invited to sign the pink fire trucks. Two Vinton Lutheran Home residents had the privilege of signing a fire truck during the “Pink Heals” visit.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!
The Davenport Lutheran Home will be hosting Long Term Services and Supports Legislative Forum.
-You are invited to learn more about legislative issues facing your local long term services and supports professionals and share your concerns with Congressman Dave Loebsack, Representatives Monica Kurth, Cindy Winckler, Ross Paustian, Phyllis Thede, Gary Mohr, Senators Jim Lykam, Roby Smith, Joni Ernst, Charles Grassley and candidates Christopher Peters, Jean Simpson, Joan Marttila, and Marie Gleason.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendance will make a difference and send a message to our local legislators that we support the needs of our local long term services and they should too!!
It’s late Summer now, and that means it’s time reap the fruits of our labor. The Vinton Lutheran Home residents have been enjoying fresh tomatoes and peppers from the gardens. We have been so fortunate to have farmers donate corn and cucumbers from their fields and gardens. And of course it is also a beautiful time of year to look out the windows at our raised flower gardens!
This week, the Davenport Lutheran Home held its annual Ice Cream Social. Residents, tenants, family members, and visitors enjoyed live music, games for the kids, prize drawings, sno cones, cotton candy, pie, and of course ice cream!
Diane Gloede C.O.O. of the Davenport and Vinton Lutheran Home Communities was honored last Thursday with a surprise recognition for her 40 years of service to the Lutheran Homes. Board members from both communities along with employees, residents, and Diane’s family gathered to celebrate her dedication and accomplishments. Congratulations Diane!!
This past weekend, the residents, families, and public, took part in the annual Vinton Lutheran Home Ice Cream Social. Our biggest fundraiser of the year was a huge success, thanks in large part to the staff, volunteers, family members, and of course, the beautiful weather didn’t hurt either.