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Frank Shepke (left), President and CEO, and Denise Dickinsen, Vice President of Planned Growth and Development, help ensure each resident at Lutheran Homes of South Carolina’s five campuses receive the best care possible.

100 years of commitment to highest quality of physical, mental and spiritual well-being at five locations across South Carolina

By Denise Dickinsen • Vice President

For anyone considering a retirement community, there is a plethora of options throughout South Carolina. Only one offers the array of benefits provided by Lutheran Homes of South Carolina at its five campuses around the state.

Lutheran Homes boasts all this:

  • a 100-year history of commitment to residents
  • continuum of care services at five locations
  • doting attention on residents only possible at a nonprofit care community
  • full suite of activities that promotes the well-being of mind, body and soul
  • in-home care services to help nonresidents age well in place
  • the loving comfort of hospice services

No other retirement community delivers so much.

As a bonus for those who value a spiritual dimension, the five campuses — Franke at Seaside in Mount Pleasant, Heritage at Lowman near Lake Murray, Trinity on Laurens in Aiken, RoseCrest in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, and Rice Estate in Columbia — are built on a Christian mission of service to the community. They imbue their programs with a spiritual underpinning, including chaplaincy services at all their locations. A value add for those so Inclined, Lutheran Homes welcomes people of all faiths and creeds to join their communities.

Team members at Lutheran Homes facilities are fully engaged in the culture of service, devoted to the needs and desires of residents whom they refer to as “Priorities.” Their mantra is “Five to THRIVE” — an acronym for the quintet of ways team members can take five minutes of extra effort to provide a world-class experience for every individual “Priority.”

“Priorities who come to be served by us are the most important thing we do every day,” says Frank Shepke, Lutheran Homes President and CEO.

A care continuum guides residents over time through a comprehensive array of health services spanning all levels and intensity of care, from independent living to assisted living and skilled nursing. Four of the five Lutheran Home communities also include short-term rehabilitation programs that help speed recovery and return patients to their lives at the highest level of independence possible.

Whether positioned amid the hubbub of cities or ensconced in pastoral settings, Lutheran Homes campuses are oases of community, with programs that stimulate all dimensions of wellness, not just physical.

Imagine living in a community where daily programs keep life interesting, such as inter-generational activities with children, holiday parties, musical activities, field trips, computer training, guest speakers on topics as varied as economic development and the lives of hummingbirds, and so much more on and off campus.

Dedication to the whole person, supported by the mission-driven philosophy, is a hallmark of Lutheran Homes communities.

“We believe that every Priority deserves wellness that extends throughout one’s life,” says Denise Dickinsen, Vice President, Planned Growth & Development.

Staff on the five campuses provides the full spectrum of health care services, but they also cater to the lifestyles of those still active and independent. Residents at Franke at Seaside can get into sticky wickets at the new croquet field while enjoying a fulfilling, independent lifestyle among the sea oats, cattails and sea-salt breeze just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. Those wishing to be closer to the middle of the state can sit back and relax or stay busy with a full social calendar at the Heritage at Lowman near Lake Murray, or work on their short game on the putting green.

For those needing a helping hand for daily activities or hygiene, Trinity on Laurens is an oasis in the middle of downtown Aiken — a beautiful, fun-filled town where time seems to stand still. RoseCrest, located north of Spartanburg, and Rice Estate in Columbia are perfect refuges to focus on healing and let go of the worries of daily life. Instead, residents and clients have full access to state-of-the- art rehabilitation equipment with a knowledgeable, caring staff available to ensure your road to recovery is smooth and efficient so you’re sure to get back to your optimal level of independence.

Lutheran Homes’ commitment to well-being goes beyond their campuses. Their suite of BeWell Home Services and BeWell@Home includes nonmedical assistance for residents and nonresidents alike, and BeWell@Home adds a continuum of care and healthy lifestyle coaching. Lutheran Hospice provides compassionate end-of-life care. The goal in all cases is to help everyone, regardless of where they live, to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.

With a focus on ministry, mission and wellness around the state, Lutheran Homes campuses offer programs for nearly every lifestyle, rooted in faith and obsessive dedication to treating residents like royalty.

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