ALSM opens new Senior Daily Living Center in Somerset

September 21, 2018

Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the new Senior Daily Living Center and ALSM at Home Offices in Somerset.

The new 7,200-square-foot building along Berlin Plank Road will consolidate all ALSM operations and employees in Somerset County. Construction on the new center in Somerset started in January.

Andrea Schurr, director of mission advancement, said half of the center will host adult day programs and the other half will house offices for ALSM at Home caregivers.

“Sometimes people are caring for a parent and they need to work . . . or run errands,” she said. “This way they know their loved one is being taken care of.”

ALSM at Home offers in-home care. Caregivers assist with daily tasks, meals, housekeeping, laundry and errands.

“This way they can be independent and live at home longer,” Schurr said.

ALSM is a not-for-profit organization that employs more than 500 people in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties. Approximately 35 people are employed by ALSM in Somerset County, according to Senior Services Director Sally Lenz.

“And we’re always looking for more people, especially for in-home care,” she said.

CEO Patricia Savage said even her own mother was hesitant to visit the senior center in the beginning, but she changed her mind after the first day.

“She loved it,” Savage said.

In addition to socialization, the center also offers crafts, games and cognitive challenges, according to Schurr.

“And it’s nice to be among peers,” she said.

Members do not have to be Lutheran to join the center.

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