About Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
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Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) had its beginnings in 1867 with the founding of The Lutheran Home for Children in Andover, an institution established to serve children orphaned by a cholera epidemic. The Lutheran Home for Children was the first Lutheran charitable institution in Illinois and one of the earliest in the nation.
Since that time, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) has been dedicated to its mission: bringing healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities. A not-for-profit social service agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), LSSI helps people of all ages, races, incomes and religious affiliations address important needs and make essential changes in their lives.
For over 50 years, LSSI has served the needs of older adults, starting with the development of its skilled nursing facilities, P.A. Peterson Center for Health in Rockford in 1941, and St. Matthew Center for Health in Park Ridge in 1959. In addition, LSSI began offering home care services for seniors in the Peoria area, beginning in 1981. These services are now offered in many locations throughout the state. LSSI also provides case management and Senior Protective Services which are offered in north central Illinois (in Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties) and adult day services, which serve seniors and people with disabilities in the Quad Cities area.
Today, LSSI meets the changing needs of older adults by offering a full continuum of services -- services from home care to rehabilitation to nursing care. In Fiscal Year 2010, LSSI’s Nursing and Senior Community Services touched the lives of 21,115 individuals.
LSSI is licensed by:
Illinois Department of Human Services
LSSI is accredited by:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Council on Accreditation (COA)
LSSI is certified by:
Health Care Finance Administration--Medicare
Illinois Department of Public Aid--Medicaid provider
Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services
Illinois Department on Aging as Local Provider Agency
for In Home Services, Care Coordination Unit, Senior
Protective Services and Adult Day Services
Department of Veteran's Affairs