We are delighted to share that Martin Luther Campus has started offering outdoor visits to residents and their families.
Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic has meant we are closely monitoring the physical health of residents and putting all recommended infection control protocols in place to ensure their safety. While our commitment to health and safety continues, we are also incredibly cognizant of the need to support the emotional and social health of our residents. Outdoor visits are a direct and impactful activity to nurture and support the social needs of residents.
Visits began on Campus the week of June 29 and are going very well. Outdoor family visits are truly energizing and have brought so much joy to our residents and staff already. We've hosted reunions for spouses, parents/children, siblings, grandparents/grandkids/granddogs...and they have all been so meaningful! There have even been birthday and wedding anniversary mini-celebrations!
You can view a few photos from recent visits on our Facebook page at: https://bit.ly/38jWOrL and https://bit.ly/3eSDfZY
While we are enjoying and celebrating this time, we are also following the visiting guidelines put forth by the Minnesota Department of Health closely. In fact, here is a framework of these guidelines as recently shared with residents and families:
Outdoor Visits Process
Outdoor visits are available:
What to expect:
If you are interested in exploring an outdoor visit or have additional questions, please contact the following staff members:
Martin Luther Campus recently added 'Love Thy Neighbor' signs to our campus grounds. At the time of our order, the company generously doubled the quantity of our order to allow us to pass this message of equality onto others. We would like to make these additional signs available to folks who might be interested in a sign for their yard, window, etc.
Please register below for a chance to have your name selected in a drawing - we have two available. We will contact those chosen after Wednesday, June 24. Thank you.
*Special thanks to Prints of Love for their generosity. printsoflove.com
It's no secret that older adults have a lot of valuable life experience and perspective. We are delighted to share this sweet and smart list of advice directly from seniors of Martin Luther Campus. There are many years of combined wisdom in these words...
Congrats to the high school seniors who work and volunteer on our campus and to 2020 graduates everywhere!
May your futures be filled with great successes. Good luck and all our best from Martin Luther Campus.
National Volunteer Appreciation Week
April 19th-25th, 2020
As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our Martin Luther Campus volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in our day-to-day operations and for that, we are grateful! While our volunteer visits have been suspended at this time, our thoughts, prayers and appreciation for them carries on. As we honor our volunteers, not only this week, but all year long, our hearts are filled with gratitude and admiration for all they are, all they do and for the unique contributions they make in our community.
When Giving Is All We Have
One river gives its journey to the next.
We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.
We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.
We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it.
Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.
Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:
Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.
We share this poem in honor of our volunteers. It is a poem of thanks to those who live lives of service, which (the author states) includes all of us – from the large measure to the smallest gesture, from caregiving to volunteerism. We share these words, not only as a poem, but also as a recognition to our volunteers who give for so many reasons. For those many reasons, we, at Martin Luther Campus are grateful!
Interested in learning more about how to volunteer at Martin Luther Campus?
We asked our assisted living and memory care residents what happiness means to them. See their great answers and words of wisdom too!
A message from Chaplain Jack...
I want to wish all of our residents, their families, our staff and their families a Happy Easter Week! Easter Week starts with Easter Sunday and ends with Sunday after Easter. It is a very important time for Christians to reflect on a foundational belief in our faith. This is when we as Christians look past the Cross and the Empty Tomb and can rejoice in our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus.
Many traditions are found around Easter, and I know we can all remember Easter’s past with family and friends; the Easter Egg hunts, the Easter baskets with candy and of course the Easter meal we have shared together. But since the second century AD, the rejoicing celebration we have most cherished is gathering with our brothers and sisters in Christ to rejoice that we have a Savior who is alive, a Savior who reigns and a Savior who is ready to hear and answer our prayers!
So, on this Easter Week I want to wish you a blessed and happy week in our Risen Savior.
~Chaplain Jack Stanek, Director of Spiritual Care at Martin Luther Campus
by Ann, resident of Meadow Woods on the Martin Luther Campus
Seniors who call our community home expect the best, including a clean and healthy environment, compassionate health care providers, and vibrant programming to meet their social and emotional needs. Our health care team strives to exceed expectations each and every day, but now, with limitations associated with COVID-19, we must be more creative than ever to bring joy to our seniors.
We’ve thrown our normal calendar of activities out the window and quickly adapted our methods. The results are outstanding! Here’s what we’ve done thus far:
Although we cannot be with every senior during this time or peoples with compromised health systems, we still want to be a resource. Our Corporate Registered Dietitian will be putting together some short video segments to provide nutrition tips and fun little recipes for people to try on their own. We are hopeful that with these precautions we will be able to move on to our “normal lives” soon.
Nutrients found in foods can help boost our immune systems and provide our bodies with extra protection. That being said, it is not guaranteed that any of the foods will actually prevent you from ever becoming sick. However, here are just a few foods that can give us a little help in staying healthy!
Of course, proper hand hygiene is one of the most effective way to help prevent the spread of germs. We would also like to remind everyone to properly clean utensils, glassware and other serving dishes. Refrain from sharing silverware, cups, bottles, etc… to avoid the spread of germs from on to another.
The recipe today is one that our Registered Dietitian Becca thinks we all deserve at this time because it features steak! Steak is a wonderful source of protein, zinc and iron. Pairing foods like steak with other foods containing vitamin C (strawberries) helps our bodies absorb iron more efficiently too!
February is American Heart Month, making this the perfect time to focus on our heart health. Adopting a heart healthy lifestyle may seem daunting, but there are a few simple lifestyle changes seniors can make to protect their hearts.
Know Your Numbers
Do you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Are there other factors putting you at risk for heart attack or stroke? Talk to your doctor about your numbers, what they mean for your heart health, and what you can do to improve them.
Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet
Experts agree that a Mediterranean diet is good for the heart. Focus on fruits and vegetables, nuts and whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats. In addition, eat foods that are rich in potassium, such as bananas, melon, cooked broccoli, sweet potatoes and mushrooms.
Excess sodium can elevate blood pressure and increase your stroke risk. Avoid processed and prepared foods, which often contain a large amount of added sodium. When cooking, add herbs and spices for flavor instead of salt.
If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your heart. Talk to your doctor for strategies and support.
Physical activity doesn’t need to be intense to be effective. A simple walk around the block will help your heart. Incorporate movement however and whenever you are able.
Stay active and healthy with Martin Luther Campus! Our adult day programs offer opportunities for seniors to get out and get moving, and our long term care and assisted living programs promote and prioritize healthy living. Contact us to learn more!
Martin Luther Care Center is part of the Ebenezer family of Senior Care Communities. We provide transitional care, long term care, assisted living apartments, and memory care for seniors in Bloomington, Minnesota. We also have adult day programs for seniors living at home. We’re located at 1401 East 100th St., in Bloomington, MN.
Are you or a loved one interested in learning more about assisted living care? Call Amy at 952-948-5167 for more information and to schedule a tour today
Director of Community Relations
Hello friends, my name is Kate and I'd love to share with you ALL of the wonderful things happening at Martin Luther Campus. Be sure to check our Blog, Lifestyle page and Facebook page often to stay updated on the happenings at our community!