Our Stories

People come to LSS Lutheran Village at an important stage in their lives but for different reasons. Each person’s story is unique. We strive to meet our residents where they are and serve them as individuals so that they can be happy and healthy. Here are some of those unique stories.

Gail’s Story

Gail lived at LSS Lutheran Village for just under two years. His family moved him here from hospice after nearly losing him twice. As soon as he arrived, he started to thrive and said he felt safer at Lutheran Village than he did in his own home. One of his favorite activities was drinking coffee out on the porch and greeting everyone who comes into the building. Although he struggled with dementia, Gail played Euchre with friends every day and helped the cooks in the kitchen. A veteran, he liked talking to other residents who had served. After Gail passed, his daughter Pam remarked that Lutheran Village was the perfect place for her father because he was safe, happy and felt at home. We were truly blessed to know Gail and his family.

Ruth’s Story

Before relocating to LSS Lutheran Village, Ruth lived in an assisted living facility in Finley, and her granddaughter traveled from Ashland to drive Ruth to all of her appointments.  Eventually this routine became unsustainable, and Ruth decided to move to Ashland.  After investigating several options, Ruth and her granddaughter chose LSS Lutheran Village.  Ruth’s granddaughter was reassured that Lutheran Village had 24 hour nursing staff, something that not all facilities offered.  Ruth loves that her apartment is bright and inviting and has a place for her treasured collection of miniature village scenes.  She also enjoys playing bingo and listening to the frequent live music performances.  Both Ruth and her granddaughter are pleased they found LSS Lutheran Village.

Forrest’s Story

Forrest, a veteran of both the Army and Navy, moved into LSS Lutheran Village with his beloved wife Sally.  It was important to them to stay together and be close to their four children, their biggest source of pride.  Forrest was particularly grateful to be at LSS Lutheran Village after Sally passed away.  He credits the staff with helping him through his grief and counts them as part of his extended family.

Ruth and Carl’s Story

Carl and Ruth have been married for 70 years, tying the knot on December 7, 1946, after Carl served four years in the Armed Forces during World War II.  They have two children who live out of state.

Before moving into LSS Lutheran Village, Carl and Ruth had been thinking about assisted living for five years.  Ruth was taking care of Carl and the house, and it was becoming too much.  On a visit, their children toured LSS Lutheran Village and thought their parents would be happy there.  They were right.

Ruth immediately responded to the home like setting.  She enjoys the view from her apartment and is pleased their bedroom is the same size as the one in their former house.  Ruth and Carl and their children are happy with their decision to relocate to LSS Lutheran Village and are grateful for the peace of mind that comes with it.

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