We're Generation Innovative

We know that what has worked for previous generations may not be the best solution for those we serve now or in the future. As our society has changed, so have the needs of youth, families, and senior adults.
Genacross Lutheran Services actively embraces new ideas and new technologies that enable us to meet those changing needs and to deliver innovative services and improved outcomes wherever our help is needed.
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“Gina” was discharged from a local hospital several months ago and needed IV therapy treatments in her home. Prior to returning home, she requested that Genacross at Home provide the support she would need. On the day of discharge, a Genacross at Home nurse met Gina at her home, along with the infusion company, to begin her IV therapy treatments. Her treatments progressed well, she was ready for discharge within a 60-day period, and she was starting to get back to her normal activities of life. Less than two months after Gina was discharged from Genacross at Home services, she had an episode in her home late one night and ended up going to the emergency room. Genacross at Home was immediately notified through a partnership and technology that identifies when previous patients are admitted to this particular emergency room. Genacross at Home staff was able to meet with Gina the next day and start home health services to help her transition safely back to her home.

The Genacross Lutheran Services-Toledo Campus is excited to offer the Lee Silverman Voice Treatments (LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG®), which are innovative approaches for treating Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. In essence, the concept is amplification of movement or speech to achieve results. The type of results that can be achieved are evident in the case of “Walter,” a resident of the Toledo Campus. He participated in the LSVT BIG program in May and June of 2016. At the beginning of the program, Walter and the physical therapist set goals for improving his balance, decreasing the time it took to complete his morning self-care tasks, walking at a faster pace, and making his handwriting larger and, therefore, more legible.

Throughout the four-day-a-week program, Walter was taught strategies and exercises for dressing, performed handwriting drills, and was taught to “walk BIG!” As a result, he was able to get out of a chair 76% faster, walk for 10 feet 36% faster, and get dressed 54% faster than when he began the program. In addition, his handwriting size increased by 50%. As an added benefit to moving more and “BIG,” Walter experienced improvement with his chronic low back pain. Today, he is walking with no device and has been able to return to swinging his golf clubs — an activity he had really missed. He also recently began the LSVT LOUD speech therapy program.