Bingo, rosary and sing a longs are the core of most activities in many senior settings. Although we can never… ever..ever… remove bingo from our calendars, there is more we can be doing to enrich our residents’ lives. We are at a point where times are changing, as we continue our journey through what’s known as culture change and so is our understanding at Artman, of what residents need and want from us. My name is Katelyn McKinley and I am the Director of Community Life at Artman, Liberty Lutheran’s senior living community in Ambler, Montgomery County. I have the privilege of supervising a community life staff that provides our residents with daily activities and events to enhance the resident’s quality of life and provide them with a wonderful meaningful day.
With support from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA,) Liberty Lutheran has further extended its services to individuals and families recovering from a disaster.
Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern PA (LDR-PA) has received a two year grant of $14,000 from the ELCA to pilot a Spiritual Support Partners program for Disaster Recovery. Disaster Spiritual Partners are trained in disaster preparedness and recovery. They will accompany pastors and other faith-based leaders who find themselves in the midst of disaster affected areas and provide coaching and spiritual support during the recovery process.
Marie knew that there were no medical treatments that would cure her mother.
She says,“It was only a few weeks after mom came to Paul’s Run that the hospice team was called. She was 89 and had several serious health conditions. It was the best thing for her – and they treated her very well.”