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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Never far from the love of a friend at The Lutheran Home

Carman Meyer retired a decade ago, but every week she’s back at her former workplace in Belle Plaine. She didn’t want to leave Eunice. The pair met when Eunice moved to The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine with her dad in 1977.

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Nurse from The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine goes to camp

Jane Glende is a busy nurse, wife and mother who spends her days helping older adults at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine. Her work has a predictable rhythm far removed from the lively atmosphere of a camp, but Jane happily pitched in at the Joy in Jesus retreat at Green Lake Bible Camp near Spicer, Minn. The annual camp-style retreats for people with developmental disabilities are hosted by Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) and the WELS Minnesota District Special Ministries.

“I decided to do it because it’s a completely different scope than what we have at the skilled nursing facility,” Jane said.

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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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“Just something about it” for employee turned resident

Violet Krueger has been in and out of The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine since she was a teenager, but not for her health. She started working there after ninth or 10th grade, when she decided high school was not for her.

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Special needs, special situation, a very special solution

Doug McKinnon rarely visited the doctor. The 65-yearold typically shrugged off health concerns until one day last November, he couldn’t ignore them. Doug was found driving erratically — his son Steven in the car — two hours from their northern Minnesota home. While talking to Doug, the police officer
sensed something was very wrong. Emergency room doctors at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn., determined Doug had suffered multiple strokes, causing vascular dementia.

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A day away from the ordinary for residents living with dementia

Skirted rear wheels, a cloisonné emblem on its hood and silver metallic lacquer make the Tatra 87
hard to miss. The vintage automobile immediately caught the eye of four residents from The Lutheran
Home: Belle Plaine’s Special Care Residence on a tour of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) this fall. The museum visit was funded through Special Care Solutions, a Nursing Facility Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grant awarded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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Care of the soul inspires a grateful heart

A simple “thank you” would not suffice. Robert Schmitz felt the staff who had watched over his mother, Elaine, night and day needed a gift to let them know their work, done with such compassion, had touched his heart.

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Veteran served stateside during WWII in Military Police

In 1945, Allen G. Peltz stood 100 feet from the casket of deceased President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Washington D.C. It was a long way from home for Allen, a farm boy born and raised in Belle Plaine, Minn., during the depression.

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Sarah Beckius retires after 35-year career with TLHA

She was 21-years-old and newly engaged when Sarah Beckius responded to an ad in the newspaper for a position at Hope Residence supporting residents dealing with disabilities. She got the job, wasn’t sure it was the right fit and decided to give it a month. That was 35 years ago.

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