Caring for Seniors

All Flathead Valley seniors—even those of limited means—should have safe, secure homes in engaging and supportive communities. This commitment, this ministry, goes beyond providing food, shelter, and medical care. Immanuel believes that seniors should also have the opportunity to live purposeful lives. Several funds exist to address need gaps that arise in pursuit of these goals.

About 60% of the residents living in the Immanuel Skilled Care Center are on Medicaid. Because the leadership team believes that financial status should not affect the quality of care residents receive, Immanuel treats all older adults the same regardless of their ability to pay. This commitment means that Immanuel Lutheran Communities must absorb the $1.1 million in unreimbursed costs each year—an extraordinary financial burden. Through careful financial planning and stewardship, Immanuel is managing to cover these costs. Your charitable support to this fund—at any level—will help keep this promise.

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To qualify for Medicaid, older adults must demonstrate that they have less than $2,500 in total financial assets. It is easy to understand that these individuals have little to no money to afford simple personal necessities or to afford to participate in activities. The Christ Care Fund was created by caregivers at the Immanuel Skilled Care Center—giving from their own modest means—to help pay for small items that make a big difference. You can help, too. Your gift to the Fund might purchase shampoo or under garments, or an occasional dinner outing with friends. A gift to this Fund will brighten the life of an older adult with very modest means.

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As a Christian organization, Immanuel Lutheran Communities employs a full-time pastor who conducts Sunday worship, memorial services, holiday services, and other services when needed. The pastoral staff also conducts regular Bible studies and visits residents who are in the hospital or going through difficult times. If spiritual care is important to you, please consider a gift to support this ministry to older adults.

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By providing the full continuum of life care, Immanuel Lutheran Communities is deeply invested in quality hospice care. Hospice care allows individuals to end their lives with dignity and without pain. This program is funded in part by the Hospice Care Foundation. Immanuel provides hospice care to all older adults on its campus regardless of their ability to pay. In the past year nearly $15,000 in hospice care expenses went unreimbursed. A gift to this fund will help provide hospice for all and let people at the end of their lives—and their families—know that there are others who care.

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Immanuel Lutheran Communities practices an Abundant Life Philosophy focused on six dimensions of wellness: Physical, Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Vocational. A typical week for all levels of living includes exercise classes, parties or socials, support groups, church services, brain games, and craft classes, as well as many other activities. You can help our Recreation and Wellness team encourage whole-person wellness by donating to this fund.

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At the Immanuel Foundation, we believe that every senior living in Montana has the right to a safe, secure home in an engaging and supportive community. We work every day to make that vision a reality and your financial support is crucial.

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