Celebrating the forgotten friend of Lincoln
April 2nd, 2014
Luther Oaks held a program on April 1 to commemorate the life and times of friend to Abraham Lincoln, Leonard Swett. More than just recognizing the life of his “forgotten friend,” the program focused on recognizing the efforts of resident Nell Eckley to get her late husband, Robert S. Eckley’s book published.
Nell and Robert had four children together, and one of their sons, Robert George, a professional photographer, was in charge of the photography for the book. Robert participated in the presentation as well.
Robert S. Eckley was the former President of Illinois Wesleyan University. He served as the 15th president of IWU, and served for 18 years as president of the university. After his passing, the whole family worked together to ensure his work was published.
Resident Life Director, Taylor Pocopanni said “It’s amazing to think about the struggles Nell and her family went through in trying to get Bob’s book published. They worked hard and persevered and accomplished publication in its first edition.”
At the presentation on April 1, Nell discussed the challenges and triumphs in getting the book published, and the process of completion for the first edition of the book. The book is titled Lincoln’s Forgotten Friend: Leonard Swett.
Robert George shared photographs from the book and explained them, as well as shared some of his personal works of photography.
Luther Oaks moves forward with addition of skilled nursing to its continuum of care
February 21st, 2014
Luther Oaks has received Certificate of Need approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to add skilled nursing suites on its campus.
Luther Oaks will add 18 all-private skilled nursing suites, which will serve the short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing needs of Luther Oaks residents. The 25,000 square foot addition will cost about $7.5 million and will also include expanded common spaces and culinary services areas.
By summer 2014, Luther Oaks will have finalized construction documents and begun construction. The new skilled nursing wing is expected to be ready for occupancy by late summer 2015.
Luther Oaks’ campus currently consists of 90 independent living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments and 18 memory support apartments. This addition will provide skilled nursing and rehabilitation services as well as long term care to the residents of Luther Oaks, completing the full continuum of care.
“We are looking forward to being able to offer the finest options in short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing care to the residents of Luther Oaks,” said CEO & President, Roger W. Paulsberg.
Luther Oaks is sponsored by Lutheran Life Communities of Arlington Heights, Ill., a faith-based, not-for-profit organization that has been serving seniors for more than 120 years. The organization, whose mission is “empowering vibrant, grace-filled living across all generations,” currently operates five retirement communities in Illinois and Indiana with a sixth community currently being built in Naples, Florida. Lutheran Life Communities’ long-standing history points to its success as a leader in senior living.
February 14th, 2014
On February 12, Luther Oaks launched their new Internet and computer program, called Connected Living. Connected Living gets individuals utilizing the Internet and active in the “Web 2.0″ experience, or interacting with others on the Internet, either through social media, email or other websites.
Connected Living is a web-based platform that focuses on the social aspects of the Internet. Within its own platform, each user can create a Connected Living email address, and they can create a social profile, as well, which is only accessible to the Luther Oaks Connected Living community. Within the community profiles and pages, individuals can ask each other questions, share comments and discussion, and share pictures with one another. Calendars and menus for the community are also available within the Connected Living platform, so individuals have access to both items quickly and easily.
Not only does Connected Living provide an internal platform for communication with one another, it allows individuals the opportunity to learn about different sites on the Internet, like Facebook or Skype or different websites that may interest them. They can bookmark all of these sites on their Connected Living profile for easy access, as well. Connected Living has an ambassador on site that holds classes and discussions with groups of residents that are interested in learning more about technology and just about how technology can provide additional information for discussion topics. Once a month, discussion groups are held, which look at topics that are relevant to holidays or famous individuals, or whatever they may want to learn about. The discussions are enhanced by utilizing different resources you can find on the Internet, like YouTube or Google.
“We are all so excited to get Connected Living started here at Luther Oaks. It provides an additional opportunity for each individual to access the Internet and technology that is customized to their specific interests and knowledge and experience with technology,” said Resident Life Director, Taylor Pocopanni, “It also allows residents who may have family living far away or friends across the world to connect on a more regular basis, which is great.”
For more information on Connected Living, visit www.connectedliving.com.
Giving back and celebrating Christmas
December 19th, 2013
Employees not only celebrated the upcoming Christmas holiday; they gave back to their community as well.
Luther Oaks employees brought in non-perishable food items as they attended their Christmas party last week.
Over $400 worth of food and baby formula was donated to The Clare House’s food pantry and soup kitchen. The Clare House serves individuals in the Bloomington area. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they host a soup kitchen for those in need in the community. 13.4% of individuals in McLean County live below the poverty level. For more on the support and services The Clare House provides to the community, visit http://clarehouseofbloomingtonil.blogspot.com/.
Luther Oaks recognizes employees for years of committed service
December 9th, 2013
Recently, nine Luther Oaks employees were recognized for their 5 years of devoted and loyal service to our community.
Six of those employees were able to attend a delicious dinner at Baxters American Grille hosted by members of the Luther Oaks management team as well as members of the Lutheran Life Communities Corporate Director team.
Those celebrated were: Frank Alberts, Julie Brookshier, Karen Coughlin, Lamont Decker, Linda Hendricks, Sherry Lilienthal, Diane Porter, Vicki Tipsord and Rob Walden. Luther Oaks opened in 2007, and the employees celebrated have been with us from early on in the community’s presence.
“Their commitment exemplifies how our staff exceeds expectations every day at Luther Oaks, and we are grateful for them,” says CEO & President, Roger W. Paulsberg.
We, at Luther Oaks, thank each one of these dedicated team members for serving the residents of Luther Oaks and their fellow team members with such great care, attention and servant-minded hearts!