A Taste of Italy

As a way to brighten up a few gloomy rainy days, Kingsway team members worked together to host an Italian themed lunch. June includes National Italian Day to celebrate the Festa della Repubblica so the theme was an easy choice. The lunch featured several different types of pizza, pasta, breadsticks, salad and chocolate, raspberry and creamsicle ice-cream for dessert.

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Kingsway Scholarship awarded

The 2018 Kingsway Retirement Living Scholarship was awarded to Andrew Hunsader and Noah Hastings. Both are entering the medical field and each received a $1,000 scholarship from Kingsway. An anonymous donor established the scholarship for students entering the health care field. The family’s loved one lived at Kingsway where she received outstanding care. The donor hopes others who enter the health care field carry on the tradition of outstanding care their loved one received at Kingsway.

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Dementia Friends Training

During the month of April, a Dementia Friends Champions Training was held at Kingsway Retirement Living. Training attendees were provided the knowledge needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with community members. An Information Session is a face-to-face session that lasts approximately one hour and is run by a Dementia Friends Champion.

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Marine Corps veteran joins team at Kingsway

Grace Miner knew at age 17 she wanted to join the United State Marine Corps. She became interested in joining the armed forces due to a friend who was joining the United States Air Force.

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Donated ice cream machine provides tasty treats for all

When planning a team member appreciation event to be held in July, there is one easy thing to do to ensure success—serve ice cream. With this in mind, Kingsway Retirement Living (Belle Plaine, MN) maintenance team member, Tom Meger, began to explore options to be able to host an ice cream sundae bar.

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A token of appreciation: Kingsway veteran receives Quilt of Valor

As a red, white and blue handmade quilt was wrapped around Severin “Buddy” Riesgraf, a huge smile came across his face.  Buddy, a Kingsway Retirement Living resident, was honored for his military service in front of family and friends during a recent Quilts of Valor presentation by St. Croix Hospice.

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Robotic Pets Provide Comfort for Memory Care Residents

When Wanda Kane visits her mother, Myrna Mellgren, Myrna often asks three questions: How is your husband? How are your kids? How is my cat? The pair spends a lot of time talking about Myrna’s cat, Pansy.

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Chaplaincy student shares residents joys and disappointments

Alan Hairsine enrolled in the WELS Chaplain Certificate (CCP) course through Martin Luther College to learn how to better communicate the saving message of Christ and be a comforting presence to those who are hurting. As part of his education, Alan is shadowing Pastor Ed Fredrich, chaplain atThe Lutheran Home Belle Plaine Campus.

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It’s Never 2 Late: Technology enhances life for all ages, abilities

It’s never too late to enjoy your life: You’re never too old to sing a Broadway tune or laugh with a giggling toddler, to connect with a loved one’s photo or play a game. On The Lutheran Home Campus
in Belle Plaine, Minn., these little reminders of joy are on display in a big way — a 70-inch TV with state-of-the-art touchscreen.

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Even when life is hard, there is beautiful music

You’ll often find Miss M sitting at the piano in Hope Residence and thumbing through a binder of music
until she finds “Tara’s Theme,” the refrain at the beginning of “Gone with the Wind.” Her fingers hover above the keys, then fill the lobby with chords that swell and fade.

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