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Lutheran Life Villages to merge home-care division

Lutheran Life Villages has announced plans to merge its home care division with Birchwood Inc., a facility that provides day care to people with dementia, giving caregivers respite and time for other responsibilities.

The deal is expected to close June 1.

Both organizations are nonprofits. Birchwood’s facility at 8151 Glencarin Blvd., off Illinois Road, will be renamed The Village at Birchwood.

Lutheran Life Villages now operates retirement homes and offers in-home care to families of older adults living in northeast Indiana. Services are customized, based on clients’ needs, and can include meal planning, preparation, and cleanup; light housekeeping; transportation; bathing, dressing and grooming assistance; pet care; and companionship.

Alex Kiefer, president and CEO of Lutheran Life Villages, said the merger allows his organization to reach more families.

“Adult day services fills a gap between in-home services offered by our home care division and residential-based services at our three campuses in Kendallville and Fort Wayne,” he said in a statement.

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