Life in the Rolling Countryside

assisted living webWellness, Comfort, and Endless Possibilities! The Lutheran Home at Topton, located within the rolling countryside of Berks County, is a community filled with activity and connections. We provide countless ways to lead a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle. Life at our community offers generous opportunities to enjoy friendships, improve your health, and nurture your passions. Our cheerful and sophisticated residents enjoy a variety of well-designed homes and a lifestyle that is truly worry-free.

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Medicaid — With A Community Spouse Annuity You Don’t Have to Wait Five Years

legal contract webNursing homes in the Lehigh Valley cost $140,000 – $180,000 a year. Medicare and health insurance don’t pay for this. Fortunately, Medicaid does. But impoverishment is the price of admission into the Medicaid program.

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Stay at Home with Home Health Care Services

hospice dying compassion webThe availability of home health and hospice services can help patients retain their residence of choice, which is often their own home, but it’s important to have a clear understanding of what each benefit entails. Lisa Giovanni, MSN, RN, president of St. Luke’s Visiting Association, explains that while both home health services and hospice programs provide medically necessary, intermittent home visits, their focus is quite different.

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Finding Relief from Painful Spine Fracture

couple outside dancing webNancy is one of more than 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, a disease marked by porous, brittle bones that can break more easily than healthy bones. Women over 50 have a 1-in-2 chance of breaking a bone due to osteoporosis.1 Osteoporosis is sometimes called a “silent disease” because it has no symptoms before a fracture occurs.2 That’s what happened to Nancy.

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Masters of Mirth, Gurus of Guffaws

dick van dyke showWouldn't it be nice if our problems could be solved in 30 minutes? Or we could have the perfect children or spouse? Television allows us to spend a few moments spying on families that are just like ours — or, thankfully, not like ours!

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Advice for Coping with the Pandemic

covid19 family stress banner webThe COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for older adults, says St. Luke’s clinical therapist Amie Allanson-Dundon, but there are ways you can enhance not only your own mental health, but that of your older loved ones. Even before the pandemic, older adults were already at risk for serious illness, says Allanson-Dundon, Network Director of Clinical Therapy Services. Add the fear of catching COVID with the normally higher rates of social isolation among older adults, and it’s not surprising that seniors are feeling increased stress. Moreover, the older adult population has suffered the greatest number of severe illnesses and deaths, with many seniors losing long-time friends and loved ones.

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