Aug. 14, 2006

Lakeside Enhancement Group celebrates first year

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

The Lakeside Enhancement Group, LEG, of Dassel is celebrating its first anniversary by holding a membership drive.

The 40-member group serves to enhance the lives of residents at both the nursing home and apartments at Dassel Lakeside Community Home.

LEG supports the residents and the work of the staff through fund raising and volunteering, said LEG co-chairperson, Sue O’Fallon. The other co-chairperson is Carol Servin.

Successful early projects include funding a popcorn popper and an electric bed. LEG is currently working on an end-of-life program for the home. It includes giving families memorial candles of their loved ones, she said.

LEG also hosts activities, such as a Mother’s Tea, featuring special entertainment and desserts for residents, and a volunteer dinner for staff.

LEG’s biggest fund-raiser is the fall bake sale at Dassel Cokato Middle School, she added.

Most nursing home facilities have become reliant on charitable donations to sustain quality operations. The State of Minnesota sets the daily care rate for all nursing facilities. Those rates have steadily lost ground against the cost of operation over the past decade. This is why LEG is important to Lakeside. A community group is one of the critical elements of remaining viable, according to Dassel Lakeside Home Administrator Bill Ward.

The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m., in the Lakeside activity room. The meetings are bi-monthly.

Membership in LEG is open to anyone who wishes to assist Lakeside in sustaining and improving services to mature adults. Dues are $10 per member a year. All funding of the organization goes to support the work of Lakeside Home and apartments.

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