Today, Lancaster County moved into the state’s “green phase” of reopening, further easing COVID-19 mitigation strategies. As this occurs, Luther Acres in Lititz and St. John’s Herr Estate in Columbia are taking careful steps to begin easing restrictions on a number of our Independent Living services, such as hair care and dining options. This information will be shared with residents through virtual town hall presentations, printed material and posted reminders.
Social distancing and universal mask wearing when in common areas remain in place. We urge residents and their families to continue to be vigilant and take all proper precautions as restrictions begin to ease around us. The population we serve are the most vulnerable to viruses such as COVID-19.
In regards to visitation, guidelines for visiting Independent Living residents remain unchanged from the “yellow phase,” and can be found here: https://bit.ly/2A5NYkK. The ongoing restrictions for our Personal Care and Healthcare Centers will remain in accordance with guidelines from the state Departments of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Lebanon County remains in the state’s “yellow phase,” and all visitation restrictions continue to apply at Spang Crest in Lebanon.
We encourage families and residents to communicate regularly through phone calls, texts, video chat, and other virtual means. We have team members who can help. If you need assistance, please reach out to the Executive Director or Administrator at your campus. They can be reached at Luther Acres, 717.626.1171; at St. John’s Herr Estate, 717.684.0678; and at Spang Crest, 717.274.1495.
Thank you for your support, understanding and encouragement as we balance protecting our residents while the greater community opens up around us.
Founded in 1949, Luthercare, a social ministry organization affiliated with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of Lutheran Services in America, is a leading provider of independent, personal care and skilled care residences in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Luthercare operates Luther Acres, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lititz, Pa.; Spang Crest, a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing and memory support personal care community in Lebanon, Pa.; and St. John’s Herr Estate, an independent living and personal care community in Columbia, Pa. Additionally, Luthercare operates four PA Keystone Stars-accredited child care and early learning centers in Lancaster, Marietta, Reamstown and Annville. Luthercare, a pioneer in Child Care Programs, also offers a Mentoring Program, which aids home-based child care providers in Lebanon and Lancaster counties.