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A Work of Heart

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During the pandemic, many long term care organizations and hospitals experienced severe shortages of registered and licensed nurses.

Lakeview Christian Home, however, started recruiting international nurses to help in 2005, and was therefore able to avoid the shortages that many facilities across the country were experiencing. Since that time, they have recruited over 40 nurses, representing nine countries. The majority of these nurses arrived from the Philippines, and are employed for three-year contracts. Some have stayed far beyond their contract and others have moved to other locations but remain in contact. The common theme heard from these foreign born nurses that have stayed as well as those that have moved on is that “Lakeview Christian Home becomes your family.”


 

Annual Hospice Quilt Ceremony
Honors Long-Time Quilters

The Annual Hospice Quilt Candlelight Ceremony was held last month and the new quilt unveiled for all to see.  A square for each Hospice patient lost during 2021 was displayed on the quilt.  Lakeview honored three long-time quilters that are retiring at the ceremony.  Marilyn Tackett has been a quilter for over 16 years; her sister-in-law, Machelle Tackett has quilted 14 years and Linda Tanner has been a quilter for Lakeview Hospice for 4 years.  Family members were able to light a candle in honor of their loved ones.

The Hospice Quilt Ceremony was started by Jan Walterscheid and Cindy Defer and has been in effect for 21 years.

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Lakeview CEO, Jody Knox, will tell you that recruiting international nurses has increased quality of care, compassion and sense of community at the organization. It has also significantly increased workforce stability as these nurses commit to a

minimum of three years. These nurses are a great addition to the wonderful nursing team.

The nation recently celebrated National Nurses Week and Lakeview Christian Home honored all of its nurses that work in the Skilled Nursing Home, Home Health Care and Hospice. During that week, Chaplain, Terry McKean, performed a blessing of the hands ceremony, anointing each nurse with oil and a prayer of blessing over their hands that care for the most vulnerable of patients.

 

Lakeview currently employs 39 nurses. Knox calculated the years of experience each nurse has brought to Lakeview and they totaled over 500 years! All of these special individuals are devoted to the mission of caring for the aged, sick and the dying. Their contribution to resident care at Lakeview has helped earn the honor and distinction of a 5 star facility by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

We are excited to share!

New 5* Ratings

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       Testimonials

"My dad was surrounded by an amazing staff that cared for him.  He loved it at Lakeview!  When we visited, he raved about his friends on staff.  I had never heard such positive things about any other nursing home.  This was truly the best place for him."

                                                                    ~Kevin Lauer

"Thank you for enriching my mother's life with prayer and song.  Thank you for spending valuable time with her and demonstrating that her life mattered.  Your caring presence contributed to her comfort and peace as it did to mine."                                                             ~Lisa B

 

"Don't ever try to second guess God!  My 93-year old mother is a living miracle.  After a terrible fall in May, she went home from the hospital on a local hospice service.  After a couple of months on 24-hr care, she was taken off her medication and my mom started to come back.  We moved her to Heaton House at Lakeview in July because she was not capable of caring for herself.  After three months of care there, she was able to move into Assisted Living. She loves her apartment and tells me every day 'I can finally start living again'.  Thank you, Lakeview, for your love and support!"                                                 ~Sandy Gruber

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LAKEVIEW CHRISTIAN HOME EXISTS TO PROVIDE SPIRITUAL, MEDICAL, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL SUPPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH LONG-TERM MEDICAL NEEDS IN A CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENT.