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Milestones at PMHH: Home health, St. James residency mark 25 years

July has been a month of milestones for two affiliates of the Perham Memorial Hospital and Home.

Celebrating quarter-century anniversaries are Perham Home Health Care and the St. James Manor residence facility.

St. James Manor will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary Open House on Friday, July 24 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

A short tour will be given and a free BBQ lunch will be served. St. James is teaming up with the East Otter Tail County Fair and will be providing transportation from the fair to St. James Manor every one-half hour beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. from the main entrance of the fairgrounds, where senior activities are held.

Senior citizens living in Perham who wish to attend St. James' open house should call Transit Alternatives at 1-866-998-3002 for a free ride, courtesy of St. James Manor.

St. James Manor is a HUD Section 202 building with Section 8 rental assistance.

Applicants must be 62 years of age, or handicapped or disabled to qualify. Applicants must also meet income limits. The current income limit for one person is $32,950 per year, for two people $37,700 per year. Income is calculated by using regular monthly income plus income from assets. Rent is based on 30 percent of adjusted monthly income (regular monthly income and income from assets, less allowable medical expenses.) Utilities are included in the monthly rent except for electricity used in individual apartments, and telephone. Residents pay for cable television, but St. James can offer a reduced rate.

Loretta Ackert, one of the original residents, still resides at St. James Manor.

Loretta says, "I like living here, that's why I've stayed here this long. My family thinks this is a great place for me to live!"

Loretta is one of many residents who likes to make goodies to have out for morning coffee in the community room. She makes coffee bread, sandwiches and cupcakes.

St. James Manor is owned and managed by Memorial Hospital and Homes Association. The three-story building consists of 38 one bedroom units, two of which are wheelchair handicap accessible. St. James has many features and amenities that most apartment buildings cannot offer:

---Emergency pull cords in bathroom and bedroom

---Secure building with intercom system

---Air conditioner sleeves in each apartment

---Elevator in center of building

---Coin-op laundry on second floor

---Community room for special gatherings

---Transit Alternatives van service

---Viking Library System bookmobile drop off

---Blood pressure checks

---Free tax preparation for residents