By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
At the stroke of midnight Dec. 31, the Lutheran Care Center (LCC) in Little Falls, will become Little Falls Health Services (LFHS), operated by St. Francis Health Services (SFHS). LFHS will also operate Bridgeway Estates.
LCC has served the Little Falls community for 49 years. The nursing home is licensed for 55 residents and Bridgeway Estates has 42 one- and two-bedroom apartments for those age 55 and older. Tenants have access to services and close health care, receive daily meals, weekly housekeeping, scheduled social activities and transportation, free laundry facilities, all with the comforts of home.
Based in Morris and in operation since 1963, SFHS is a faith-based non-profit organization, serving people of all faiths. It runs 11 other facilities in the state, providing services to the aging.
Herman Johannes, who has been on the Lutheran Care Center Board since 1973, said LCC wasn’t looking at closing. The Board had visited with several different companies about a sale, but felt St. Francis Health Services could best fill the need for care in the city. SFHS, he said, “Came up with a good offer — the best offer.”
Carol Raw, vice president of senior services, said the changes most often made by SFHS are environmental. Assessments will be made at the facility to determine what, if any, changes will be made, but LFHS will continue to be a skilled nursing facility.
The LFHS mission states: “We are committed to express Christ’s message of love and hope by providing for health, residential, community and allied services in a holistic, competent and caring manner that recognizes the value and dignity of every human life,” with core values of integrity, commitment, respect, excellence, service and stewardship.
The approach LFHS will take is that it takes a community to feel alive and thrive.
With that in mind, it is focused on the dignity, rights and individual capability of each person, offering the professional caring services needed and spiritual fulfillment for each resident.
Nurses are on hand 24 hours a day to monitor residents’ needs, and comprehensive rehabilitation services are available.
As with many nursing home facilities, SFHS encourages members of the community to volunteer. Those opportunities are for those who want to share a smile with residents and families, help visitors and more.
Scott Allen will remain as the facility’s administrator.
Raw said SFHS has a governing board, but that LFHS will also have an advisory board made up of community members, as St. Francis feels community feedback and input is very important.
For more information on St. Francis Health Services, visit its website at www.sfhs.org. To learn more about Little Falls Health Services, call (320) 632-9211.