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Musicians performing on Valentine's Day
Residents enjoyed Valentine's Day Entertainment

Delivering Joy...

Music & Flowers

Residents are thankful to Giving Tuesday Donors for the lively entertainment of Bill and Wayne on Valentine ‘s Day. The band played a variety of fun, sing-a-long songs from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s.
Cupid arrived in the form of Sharon Schmelz and her team (pictured below) delivering carnations to residents and staff. Thank you to the floral team at Adams Fairacre Farms, Wappingers Falls, for the attractive arrangements.

Cupid and Team delivering Valentine Carnations

Additional appreciation to our Giving Tuesday Donors for supporting music therapist Christina Tadin who has resumed practices with the LCC Resident Chime Choir.  A recent concert included renditions of  Love Me Tender and Singin’ in the Rain. Rehearsals for a summer concert are underway.  Stay tuned for details!

Easter and Passover

Rev. Kelly Ray Meritt, Director of Pastoral Care, celebrated a joyous Easter Service with residents and families in the Living Room. Recreational Therapy staff arranged for residents to enjoy dying their own eggs and a fun visit from the Easter bunny.

Our thanks and gratitude to Rabbi Renni S. Altman from Vassar Temple for coming in to share Passover traditions and provide a beautiful description on the meaning of Passover. 
Rabbi Reenni S. Altman, Vassar Temple

Doing Good Comes in Many Forms

We celebrate National Volunteer Week April 17-23 by finally welcoming back volunteers who have been unable to partner with us in person these past two years. Our residents and staff are thrilled to see spiritual care volunteers, student healthcare interns and college students sharing their cheerful enthusiasm. They are a shining light. Our board members, all of whom volunteer their expertise, have been meeting via zoom until now.
We recognize volunteers from St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, First Evangelical Lutheran – both in Poughkeepsie - and the ever faithful team from St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, Pleasant Valley for assisting with worship, Holy Communion and praying the Rosary.  Thanks to the Heart and Soul prayer shawl ministry at Our Savior Lutheran, Fishkill for the hundreds of shawl/lap blankets they have crocheted and knitted.

Sue Brady, from St. John's, visited regularly for four years with her her granddaughter, Kayla, pre-Covid Covid. Sue brought Holy Communion to residents who were unable to make it to the Chapel for Sunday worship.  What would normally be a one-hour process routinely turned into a four-hour one because both Sue and Kayla, 6 years old, are simply drawn to older folks. And as you can imagine, residents adored thi cheerful youngster. Kayla thought one resident, Charlotte, was the best and let he know she loved her pink sweater because it had little flower buttons that were "so pretty".  Another resident, one they met in the hallway, caught her attention because there was a dog on her watch. Kayla remembers the woman smiling and telling her it was her "watchdog"!  A younger resident kept coloring books and crayons in her room so when Kayla arrived they could spend time coloring together.
For Sue Brady, having Kayla by her side was an added bonus.  When asked what motivates her to volunteer she shared, "I just really enjoy talking and hearing stories.  I guess maybe I'm an 'old soul' myself and maybe that's where Kayla gets it. I tell residents they brighten my day. They have so much to give."
Sue Brady, St. John's Lutheran Volunteer

We recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. These people inspire us to serve. We are thankful for the volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in our LCC community.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974. Today, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, whether with a vote, a voice, or a wallet – doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all.
Please consider becoming a Lutheran Care Center Volunteer! 

To assist with recreational therapy, music, entertainment, arts and crafts, classes or presentations, contact Carolyn Brazil, Director of Recreational Therapy, at cbrazil@tlcn.org or 845- 235-8230. Watch for an opportunity to volunteer your horticultural and basic clean up skills on our Spring Garden Clean Up Day in early June! We are working on transforming one of our garden spaces into a Sensory Garden.

To determine how you can assist with spiritual care, contact Rev. Kelly-Ray Meritt, Director of Pastoral Care, at kmerrit@tlcn.org or 646-387-0867.

Occupational Therapy Month 2022

Empowering Everyday Living
April is Occupational Therapy Month.  It is a critical component of any rehabilitation plan.
We celebrate this vital profession and the meaningful differences our OT staff makes in the lives of those in our care. 

Lutheran Care Center is often a first choice of patients needing rehabilitation when being discharged from a hospital. There’s a reason. Our Occupational Therapy professionals are dedicated to restoring, adapting and modifying pain and disabilities through exercises, education, and training, adaptive technologies, and tools. We empower our patients to modify their environments to help them thrive, targeting areas such as personal care, activities of daily living, household chores, work-related tasks, and social activities.

OT has a wide range of benefits, and our expert team works to improve:
Ability to perform Activities of Daily Living 
Motor Control and Coordination
Executive Functions
Attention and Concentration
Working Memory
Processing Speed
Reading Comprehension
Sensory Processing
Self Regulation
Expressive and Receptive Skills

At Lutheran, we are dedicated to treating the person, not only their symptoms. Our occupational therapy practitioners are motivated by a holistic perspective. We meet the individual, and their family, where they are physically and mentally. We adapt the environment or task at hand to fit your unique needs. You are a critical part of the team tailoring your goals enabling you to return to your home environment at your best with a plan for continued improvement.

Pictured below are LCC's professional and caring Occupational Therapists:
(L to R) Shauna Francis, COTA; Chris Hillerud, OTR; Darby Arce, COTA,  Patty Piaget, COTA; Robyn Tauss, COTA and on the R:  Kathy Ryder, OTR. Not pictured: Sarah Baloch, OTR
Kathy Ryder, OTR Staff

Creating and Nurturing Connections

Many have asked how they can show their appreciation for our professional, dedicated staff. Here’s an opportunity to do so during National Skilled Nursing Care Week in May.  Special meal breaks and gift cards will be presented May 8-14. Your gift will bring a smile in the middle of a busy schedule as we present these much appreciated treats throughout the week. 
Perhpas you would like to recognize an individual staff person who has touched the life of your family member, or simply say Thanks! all those serving on a particular unit, or give a shout out to a staff member in an administrator role?  This is the perfect opportunity!

When donating online please tell us why you are contributing. Add one word that comes to mind when you think of that person or staff team... such as caring, helping, compassionate, necessary, cutting edge, vital, etc.  Click here  now to show your appreciation.  If you prefer, send a check to Patricia  Ludington, Administrator, Lutheran Care Center, 965 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY  12603. Don't forget to add a message.
We appreciate you!

The Lutheran Care Network is a ministry of healing, hospitality and community
through partnerships in caring.

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