The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Care without walls

Lutheran agency helps Ohio seniors recuperate

Last year after having both hips replaced, Florence Partin, 84, smoothly transitioned back to living at home, with the help of Lutheran Homes Society in Toledo, Ohio. Now the member of First St. John Lutheran Church, Toledo, is back to her active life, which includes volunteering at a hospital. 

“I had such good help when I was recovering,” she said. “And I wanted to get better, so I was a good patient.”

Partin ticked off a list of services LHS Care Transitions coordinator Jackie Garcia provided: health progress checks, walking through her home to ensure safety and a willingness “to answer any questions.” 

Garcia, a licensed practical nurse, helps clients like Partin follow discharge and medication instructions so they can remain at home. “For every person I’ve come across there’s no place like home. They sleep better and feel better. It’s the environment they want to be in as long as possible,” she said.

Toward that goal, Garcia ensures “follow-up appointments are made, medications are called into the pharmacy and picked up, and any services are going smoothly,” she said. “If there’s a service lacking, we link [them to] it.” 

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