A Perfect Homecoming

The West Denver suburbs of Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Lakewood-The neighborhoods that surround Lutheran Medical Center-are graying, according to census data.

In fact, the core cities that make up central Jefferson County have a larger percentage of older adults than does the state overall, posing particular challenges to caregivers.

A new pilot project, funded by Lutheran Medical Center Foundation’s Fund for Lutheran’s Future, seeks to keep older adults healing at home after they are discharged from the hospital. The project, A Perfect Homecoming, is provided in partnership with Seniors’ Resource Center, and typically serves those who live alone and are independent, but needing extra support to get settled in and have what they need.

Older adults who have visited Lutheran’s Senior Emergency Department, Internal Medicine or Comprehensive Cancer Center will get help with transitioning back to independent living through the project. Services include transportation and assistance getting settled back at home, pharmacy visits, transportation to appointments for follow-up care, in-home assessment of risk factors, such as broken steps or exposed wires, and special attention to making sure older adults understand and can perform their follow-up care.

Although the project is still new, previous programs like it have seen enormous success in reducing hospital readmission rates, an important goal for older adults.

“Donations to the Fund for Lutheran’s Future allowed us to invest in this project. It’s the right thing to do for our older patients and our community, and we are grateful,” Salzmann says.

To learn more about how to support the Fund for Lutheran’s Future, please visit supportlutheran.org or call 303-467-4800.

A Perfect Homecoming is one of those simple but innovative ideas that can change people’s lives,
— Carol Salzmann, Director of the Foundation and Vice President of Community Development at Lutheran.