Lutheran Honored with National Public Trust Award in Nashville

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Tom Holt, center, Lutheran President and CEO accepts the LeadingAge 2014 Public Trust Award in Nashville, Tennesee, from David Gehm, Chair of the LeadingAge Board of Directors and Audrey Weiner, Chair for the LeadingAge Nominations and Awards Committee.
Tom Holt, center, Lutheran President and CEO accepts the LeadingAge 2014 Public Trust Award in Nashville, Tennesee, from David Gehm, Chair of the LeadingAge Board of Directors and Audrey Weiner, Chair for the LeadingAge Nominations and Awards Committee.

With over 5000 people in attendance at the LeadingAge National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Lutheran was honored with the 2014 Public Trust Award. The award recognizes ongoing, significant influence on the public perception of aging services and the aging experience.

LeadingAge is honoring Lutheran for building trust with older adults and their families so they can plan ahead and connect to resources before they are in crisis,” said David Gehm, Chair of the Board. “We applaud your leadership for undertaking extensive research to identify and address gaps in service, mindful that planning for senior care is complex and, for many people, confusing and overwhelming.”

We also commend your initiative to expand the service coordination model into private homes,” Gehm said. “As a result, the Senior Life Matters program, coordinated by a certified geriatric care manager, is helping people find solutions to their concerns about aging. In addition, your free monthly Best of Times seminar series has proved to be a vital public service to help older adults and their families make informed choices.”

Lutheran is creating programs and services to prepare for the future, which will include the onset of baby boomers entering their senior years. “We are working toward a future where people have choices to help them remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible,” said Tom Holt, Lutheran President and CEO. “One call to us and we can help individuals navigate the complex world of aging services. Our Best of Times seminars will continue to provide education and awareness of topics that interest people and help them live life to the fullest.”

The Lutheran Campus is located on Falconer Street in Jamestown. The campus includes Edgewood Communities, an active senior living community for people over the age of 55. In addition, Lutheran offers Warner Place, a medical model adult day healthcare program, Hultquist Place Assisted Living, and the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center. G.A. Family Services for youth and their families in need, is also located on campus and includes a residential program, learning center, and therapeutic foster care. To learn more about Lutheran senior services, call Mary Borowski-Burns, Director of Admissions at 665-8139 or log onto www.lutheran-jamestown.org