Ice Cream, Ballpark Hot Dogs and a Beautiful Garden!
Ice Cream, Ballpark Hot Dogs and a Beautiful  Garden!
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Entrance to LCC
Ice Cream Truck

Take Me Out to the Ballgame! 

While National Skilled Nursing Care Week and National Nurses Week ~ both in May ~ are about lifting up staff dedicated to these professions, our staff chose to celebrate residents as well. Together, those who provide daily care as well as those who call LCC home, celebrated by participating in fun, theme-based activities.

Together Through the Seasons was the theme for NSNCW. On the day designated to celebrate All Things Summer residents enjoyed tasty ice cream delivered by this special truck.
On Sports Day, residents and staff pulled out their team-related gear and enjoyed fun activities, ball park hot dogs and stadium music.
Sport Theme Day at LCC

Families, Residents and Staff Gather in a Beautiful Place

How does one begin to process all that has taken place over the past year and a half?  For residents, families and staff at Lutheran Care Center one powerful response was to provide a beautiful space for reflection.  The Memory Garden concept was conceived by Cherie Shafer Ferguson, Nurse Supervisor.  Her organizational skills, along with the hard work of a dedicated committee of volunteer staff, gave way to a huge upgrade of the North Atrium.  The design includes tributes to those who have passed ~ residents, staff and family members. An engraved plaque also commemorates the heroic efforts of the LCC Staff as well as our community emergency services providers.

The Memory Garden was dedicated on Saturday, June 19, 2021~ a glorious, sunny morning.  Many residents participated, including the recently re-organized LCC Chime Choir under the direction of music therapist Christina Tadin. Their chime renditions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Amazing Grace were moving. Attendees joined in on the chorus. The final song, You’ll Never Walk Alone, was led by Christina on guitar.  The poignant words to each of these songs touched many hearts and brought tears to some. 
Christian Tadin, Music Therapist

Thoughtful reflections were shared by administrators. Colorful butterflies, drawn by daughters of staff members, landed on our walkways . Balloons, new plantings, a butterfly birdbath, birdhouses hanging from trees and a fountain offering the peaceful sound of trickling water provided a perfect setting for all to not only reflect but also look forward in hope. 
Patricia Ludington, Anita Aroon, Cherie Shafer Ferguson
Chalk Butterfies on Walkways Chaplain Kelly-Ray Meritt

Families took time to share their memories with one another. Many had purchased plaques in honor of their loved one.  Mary Ann Bolde and daughter Tammy Chenevert (pictured below on left) near the plaque in memory of husband and father, Floyd W. Bolde,  an antique car enthusiast and beloved bus driver. Refreshments were served while guests lingered to enjoy the beauty and an opportunity to be together outdoors.
The Bolde Famiy Remembering Husband and Father, Floyd W. Bolde Family of Former Resident

Heartfelt thanks to the many individuals, organizations and businesses who contributed financially, with gifts-in -kind or in many hours of hands-on work to make this memory garden a reality. Donors are listed below. We are grateful to everyone.
Staff Volunteers Butterfly Birdbath

Five Star Rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has once again rated Lutheran Care Center with an Overall Five-Star Rating. Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality. This is a reflection of the professional care and dedication evident on a daily basis.  If you know of someone who might benefit from Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Adult Day Health Care (soon to re-open) or our Adult Foster Care Program, please direct them, or a family member, to our website or invite them to talk with an informed person on our admission team.

Please consider a gift to support the care of all who call Lutheran Care Center home. Click Here.

A Memory Garden Thank You to..

the many hands that cleared land, cut trees, planted bushes, flowers and an herb garden, refurbished and painted the pergola, pressure washed, installed new rocks, built a new grill encasement, refinished tables, and to the donors who made it possible to purchase these materials as well as bird baths and bird feeders, new umbrellas, chairs, outdoor furniture, hanging baskets, flags, solar lighting, a water fountain and two park benches.
Andrew and Veronica Amberger                                               
Micheline & Suzanne Brudnak                                                  
Janet Canero                                                                              
Kimberly Christensen                                                                  
Tracey DeMarino                                                                         
Patti D’Angelo                                                                                 
Pat DiMeglio                                                                                
Alan Ferguson                                                                              
Cherie Ferguson                                                                                             
Lori & Roger Gray                                                                      
 Andrea Guzi                                                                                
Lisa and Sean Hubbard                                                                 
Theresa Jennings                                                                         
 Elizabeth Kimma                                                                                         
Rose and Tom Kline                                                                                           
Terri Koenig                                                                                   
Christine Kosakowski                                                                    
Joann Lau                                                                                      
Patricia Ludington                                                                          
Margaret & Michael Lydon                                                             
Brian Mallet                                                                                     
Soybia Martinez                                                                                 
 Aparna Marthi                                                                                                 
Deborah & Wayne Muller                                                           
Mary Murphy                                                                                    
Vanessa Pisco
Stacey Platt
Lisa Rhodes 
Sharon Shmelz                                                                                  
Christine Stock                                                                                
Sandy Sloan                                                                                      
The Norman Quiel Family
.  Buffalo Wild Wings, Wappinger’s Falls
 Chili’s, Poughkeepsie
Crate Escape Inc., Wappinger’s Falls
Dominos (Corporate)
 Falls Diner, Poughkeepsie
 Foam and Wash Car Wash
Forget Me Not Cupcakes, Milton
Hannaford, Wappinger’s Falls
 Heritage Food and Drink, Wappinger’s Falls
 Imperial Nails, Wappinger’s Falls
 Katz and Unterreiner Insurance Agency, Peekskill
Longobardi’s Restaurant, Wappingger's Falls 
Olive Garden,Poughkeepsie
Pastry Garden, Poughkeepsie
Price Chopper, Poughkeepsie 
                                           Spins Bowl,Poughkeepsie and Wappinger's Falls                                    
 Stop and Shop
The New Corn Crib Greenhouse, Poughkeepsie
 The Poughkeepsie Policemen’s Benevolent Association
  Valley Custom Sign Shop, Pleasant Valley
Special thanks to staff who supported the cause:  Ed David,Albert Cupa, Bruce Deragon and Rick Snyder                                                                                                                  
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