Welcome to Lutheran Homes Society

Every day, the ministries of Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) touch the lives of seniors and youth within our service area of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. LHS provides a continuum of senior living services, youth care services, and outpatient services that focus on enhancing people’s lives. While Lutheran Homes Society’s rich heritage spans more than 150 years, our charitable ministry continues to evolve to meet current needs. Our mission, vision and values provide the framework for how we provide care and services, how we relate to staff and volunteers, and how we serve the community at large.

What's Happening? Full Events Listing

  • Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

    6-Week Arthritis Education Program

    Wednesdays, continues through August 13, 2014

    1 - 2:30 p.m.

    Creekside Dining Room
    2045 Perrysburg Holland Road, Holland, Ohio

    Different topics presented each week by Pam Zielinski, COTA.  Open to the public.

    For more information, call Christina at 419-366-3655.

  • Kettle Run Senior Apartment Community

    Identity Theft & Fraud

    Presented by the Bucyrus Police Department

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    1 p.m.

    Social Room
    1780 Whetstone Street, Bucyrus, Ohio

    Refreshments and tours avaialble. Open to the public.

    For more information, call 419-697-9397.

  • Luther Hills Senior Apartment Community

    Medicaid Waiver Overview

    Presented by Tracey Veitch, LSW, Area Office on Aging

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Social Room
    2472 Luther Hills Circle, Oregon, Ohio

    This public event includes MyCare Ohio displays and senior living housing tours.

    For more information, call 419-697-9397.

  • Luther Pines Senior Apartment Community

    Dollar Days Room Sale

    Thursday, August 7, and Friday, August 8, 2014

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Building A Social Room
    805 Mumaugh Road, Lima, Ohio

    Open to the public. All items $.25 to $1.00. Proceeds go toward the Resident Council's holiday events.

    For more information, call Shelly at 419-225-9045.

  • Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

    Creekside Independent Living Open House

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    1 - 3 p.m.

    Creekside Condominiums
    2045 Perrysburg Holland Road, Holland, Ohio

    Tour one- and two-bedroom condos. Purchase or rent.

    For more information, call Joni at 419-861-5616.

  • Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

    Creekside Independent Living Open House

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    Creekside Condominiums
    2045 Perrysburg Holland Road, Holland, Ohio

    Tour one- and two-bedroom condos. Purchase or rent.

    For more information, call Joni at 419-861-5616.

  • Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

    Wellness Clinic

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    1 - 4 p.m.

    Creekside Senior Wellness & Rehabilitation Center
    2045 Perrysburg Holland Road, Holland, Ohio

    Variety of screenings available.  No appointments required. Open to the public.

    For more information, call Chris at 419-366-3655.

  • Luther Meadow Senior Apartment Community

    Senior Lunch

    Provided by WSOS Community Action

    Weekdays

    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Social Room
    100 Meadow Lane, Gibsonburg, Ohio

    An activity may accompany lunch. Open to the public. Donations accepted.

    Lunch must be ordered through WSOS the day before. Call 419-637-7947.

  • Lutheran Home at Napoleon

    Gentle Exercise Class

    Every Tuesday Morning

    10:15 - 11 a.m.

    Alpine Village Dining Room
    1032 S. Perry Street, Napoleon, Ohio

    Open to the public for $3.00 per session.

    For more information, call 419-592-1015.

  • Lutheran Home at Toledo

    Zumba Classes

    Choose from classes throughout the week.

    Various times available.

    Community Room
    131 N. Wheeling Street, Toledo, Ohio

    Open to the public

    For pricing and more information, call Ann-Marie at 419-381-2225 or email
    A-M4zumba@att.net.


Lives Touched

Stories of God at work in our midst

Dancing Teen“Jeff” came to LHS Family & Youth Services six years ago with no verbal communication. He had learned to express himself through pinching, grabbing, hitting, and kicking. He was a very aggressive youth, and appeared to be a very unhappy individual. Staff patiently worked with Jeff on his modes of communication, helping him communicate his wants and needs without the acts of physical aggression. Yet, daily activities, such as taking a shower, using the restroom, wanting a snack, or wanting a toy, could turn into behavioral outbursts. These same challenges were also apparent in Jeff’s educational setting, but staff demonstrated persistence in both the residential and school settings. They helped Jeff communicate by using positive reinforcement, hand-over-hand techniques, and an enormous amount of verbal praise; eventually providing Jeff with the confidence to trust staff. In May, Jeff graduated from the Liberty Educational Center. On graduation day, his parents helped him move into his own home, where Family &Youth staff is providing him with homemaker/personal care services. Today, Jeff is leading a much more productive and happy life than he was six years ago. Even though Jeff may not communicate through his words, he has learned less aggressive ways to express his wants and needs. He has a gentle approach when demonstrating to staff that he wants a certain item, would like to take a shower, or go outside for a walk. When he really wants to let someone know how happy he is, he breaks out into a dance…no music necessary!

Ruth and JimLutheran Home at Napoleon received a call from a family in a panic over the care of their parents. “Ruth” and “Jim” have been married for more than 55 years and have not been apart in the last 15. During much of that time, Jim was Ruth’s primary caregiver. One day, when family members stopped in to check on them, Jim was not acting right. His speech was slurred, and he did not really respond to questions. The daughter called for an ambulance, and both parents were taken to the hospital. Jim was sent to a Toledo hospital for further evaluation, and the family had to decide quickly how best to care for their mother. After many tears in the emergency room, the family decided to separate their parents. Napoleon staff worked quickly to accommodate Ruth’s emergency admission, knowing that it was going to be difficult for the family. Chaplain Genter supported Ruth with prayer and comfort. Jim was monitored at the hospital and was then referred to the Napoleon campus for rehabilitation. Initially, staff wanted to separate the couple so that Jim could focus on regaining his strength; however, he insisted on sharing a room with Ruth. In the beginning, it was a bit difficult because Jim tried to care for his wife. After staff explained that they were there to help, Jim began focusing on getting well and allowed others to care for Ruth. Jim continues to receive therapy services with the goal of returning home with his wife, and he is making great progress. The family is unsure if going home is the best choice, but staff has explained that it is important to allow their parents to try to reach that goal. If Jim and Ruth are able to return home, a home visit will be set up before discharge so everyone will know what to expect. The children expressed gratitude for the staff’s care and commitment in working toward their parents’ wishes.

Pete and his fatherBefore "Pete" came to LHS Family and Youth Services, he had run out of places that would accept him. He could not control his temper. He went from one residential treatment setting to another and spent several months in juvenile detention centers. LHS staff provided support and understanding to Pete, while also providing structure and guidance. Yet, he still lashed out at others. He was very aggressive and assaultive, but staff stuck with him and gained some insight into his emotional state. Staff located the biological father Pete had never met. His father was eager to meet him and get involved in his life. LHS flew the father to Ohio several times at the organization’s expense. Father and son connected at a Partners in Treatment Family Weekend, where his father stayed at a hotel, along with other parents, and met with Pete in a more structured environment. Pete’s therapist met with them individually and together, and another staff member met with the father to discuss long-term plans. Pete’s behavior began to improve. He is now forming healthy relationships with peers and staff, and is doing well in school. His relationship with his father continues to flourish through frequent phone calls and visits. Plans are being made for Pete to live with his father.

Patient undergoing physical therapy“Chuck” came to Lutheran Home at Toledo a very sick man. He suffered from a severe infection and had to be isolated in his room for a rather long period of time. Because of his illness, Chuck was not able to participate in therapy, which caused further decline in his overall health status. It was at this point that Chuck became very depressed. He told his caregivers that he was ready to give up. However, a team of compassionate staff that included nursing, therapy, social services, psychological services, and chaplaincy worked to address Chuck’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Along with tremendous support from his congregation, the staff supported Chuck through his difficult times. With praise to God for His healing touch, Chuck has had an amazing recovery. He is able to socialize out of his room and is now receiving therapy. In fact, Chuck changed from a patient who made a special effort to avoid therapy to someone who comes early to his appointments.