Lutheran Home Hickory, established in 1962, is a nursing facility that provides Alzheimer s disease care units, assisted living, respite care and short-term rehabilitation. Its amenities and services include 24-hour nursing care, nutritious meals, individualized nutritional plans, emergency response system, beauty salon, barbershop, pharmacy, therapeutic activities, therapies, restorative care, podiatrist, dentist and volunteers. The facility also offers a chaplain, interdenominational spiritual programs, transportation, housekeeping, newspapers, Internet access, library and private telephones. The facility s Alzheimer s disease units provide family group support and pets, including dogs, cats and birds. Lutheran Home Hickory is a part of Lutheran Services for the Aging, a ministry of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ministry s centers are licensed by the State of North Carolina Department of Facility Services.