Formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, LeadingAge is an association of 5,600 not-for-profit organizations that offers a strong and distinct voice for its members as they strive to expand the world of possibilities for aging. The association advances policies, promotes practices and conducts research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age. That’s a mission Gehm has been supporting for more than three decades. Gehm joined LHM in 1990 as administrator for Lutheran Home Frankenmuth. He became president and CEO of LHM in 1994.
"I'm honored and humbled to be selected to serve LeadingAge (http://www.leadingage.org), as well as seniors, caregivers and senior care providers in Michigan and across the nation. LeadingAge, and Lutheran Homes of Michigan, are actively involved in very important discussions going on at the local, state and national levels that impact seniors and their loved ones. I look forward to those challenges and opportunities,"
Lutheran Homes of Michigan was recently identified as one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit, multi-site senior living organizations in the 2011 LeadingAge Ziegler 100 report — and there are presently 5,500 across the United States. Under Gehm’s direction, LHM experienced an aggregate growth of 22 percent in 2010, bringing its total number of units to 845 statewide. Senior housing is only one facet of service offered by LHM.
With an ever-increasing number of seniors wanting to stay in their own homes as long as possible, home care services are the fastest growing segment of the senior service market. The Lutheran Home Care division, comprised of Home Health, Hospice of Hope and Personal Assistance, has been booming. Home health has grown 100 percent, while LHM’s Hospice of Hope has experienced 150 percent growth. LHM’s Personal Assistance division has opened additional branches in Alpena, Monroe and Clinton Township in the past 12 months, with more to follow.
Through Gehm’s vision and leadership, LHM has also developed a one-stop resource for seniors and their caregivers called the Aging Enriched Network. This network serves as a clearinghouse of information on senior care and the various stages of aging, and places seniors and caregivers in touch with experts who can offer guidance. The network also helps connect seniors and caregivers with in-home services provided by the LHM team and prequalified affiliates, home care, housing options, respite care and hospice resources.
Gehm, who holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Wayne State University, is a licensed pharmacist and nursing home administrator. He currently serves as the vice chair for the Center for Aging Services Technologies, an international coalition of more than 400 technology companies, aging services organizations, research universities and government representatives committed to expediting the development, evaluation and adoption of emerging technologies to improve the aging experience. Gehm also served as treasurer on the board of directors of LeadingAge from 2007-08. He is former co-chair of LeadingAge's technology and managed care committees, and served on LeadingAge's House of Delegates. Gehm also served as past chair of the board of directors for Aging Services of Michigan (formerly Michigan Association of Homes and Services for the Aging).
For more than a 100 years, Lutheran Homes of Michigan has been providing services to seniors and their caregivers. Grounded in faith and dedicated to helping seniors and their caregivers embrace an aging enriched experience, Lutheran Homes of Michigan champions dignity and self-respect at every stage of senior life. Headquartered in Frankenmuth, Mich., LHM provides a continuum of services in the home, as well as in independent, assisted-living and skilled care residences across Michigan. For more information on Lutheran Homes of Michigan, visit http://www.agingenriched.org.