1st Quarter thoughts from SPLHC Executive Director, Cheri Leachman

The last few months have brought many changes and improvements to the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home
Community. We are proud of the many upgrades already in place, and look forward to those yet to come.  The wider, automatic doors in Pebler are in place, and the new dining room flooring is scheduled to be completed by Mid-March.

The first of many new regulatory changes went into effect November 28th of 2016.  Some of them were already in place, but others will be noticeable to you. Posters that explain the grievance process, the whistle blower policy, and our
non-discrimination policy are for your information.

Many of the new regulations relate directly to Resident Rights.  There are too many to list them all here, but you may stop by the office at any time, or request a copy to be mailed to you.  Every one of them have one purpose; that is to
ensure Resident Centered Care.

All of us enjoy foods prepared at home. You are welcome to bring your loved one items for their use.  Residents are no longer able to share these with other residents. They MAY share food items that are purchased from a deli, bakery, or other State Certified kitchen.  I know it will not be the same as home baked cookies, but the thought will be
appreciated.  We are also not allowed to store food items for residents. A resident may store food items in their room as long as it is in a container that is covered, and in an amount that will not spoil.


This year we initiated a program called “A Sampling of.”  Each hour long program will focus on changes in the long term care industry, and then information on a specific subject. Our program in March will concern Power of Attorney for Healthcare.


I hope to see you at the Annual Meeting on March 19th.  It will begin at 1:30 PM, at the Gernand Retirement Village large meeting room.    It is always a well attended event.  In addition to electing new members to the Board of Directors, the results of the 2016 audit will be presented.


As always feel free to visit in person, or call me with any concerns, questions, or comments.
Cheri  L. Leachman, NHA

Executive Director


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