Medicare Open Enrollment

Aaron Mast, Patient Accounts writes…

With the seasons changing and cooler weather, we look forward to many fund and exciting holidays and events. However, you don’t want to overlook Medicare Open Enrollment during this time, as it could affect you for the entire year of 2018. Each year from October 15 to December 7, Medicare allows members to compare Part D Prescription Plans, and switch to different companies or plans at no penalty. It is a good idea to compare prescription plans to determine the plan that gives you “the biggest bang for your buck.”

Things to consider include monthly premium, deductibles, copays for medicines, and pharmacy network status, among others. You also need to consider how you want to pay for the insurance plan. You may choose to have the plan billed to you monthly, or have the amount deducted from your Social Security Benefit.

Good Samaritan is happy to help its residents and cottagers with researching and enrolling in Part D Plans. Residents/families are invited to schedule and appointment with our Accounting Staff during the Open Enrollment Period. Please call Aaron to schedule an appointment or for more information.

NOTE: Cottagers will need to bring a list of medicines (or bottles) and their red, white, and blue Medicare Card.

Avoiding the Flu

Tina Kroeger, Director of Nursing writes…

Flu season is quickly approaching. Here are some things you need to know about seasonal flue. Symptoms of the flue start suddenly and may include the following: fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Seasonal flue is a respiratory illness that is spread from person to person in respiratory droplets when the infected persons sneezes, coughs, or when touching something the flue virus is on and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Seasonal flue is very contagious and adults can infect others one day before getting symptoms and five days after getting sick. Therefore you can give someone the flue before you even know that you are sick. The flue virus can cause serious complications in our elderly population, such as bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, or worsening of chronic medial conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma, and diabetes.

The single best way to protect yourself and others against the flu virus is to get your flue shot each year between September and December. Remember to always cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the bend of your arm and to wash your hands often to keep from spreading the flue to others.

FIVE TIPS TO TAKE IF YOU GET THE FLU

  1. Stay at home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone
  2. Avoid close contact with well people
  3. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
  4. Treat fever and cough with over the counter medications
  5. If you are very sick or you have risk factors that put you at a higher risk, such as elderly, pregnant, or have chronic health problems, contact your doctor

Information obtained from CDC website

Blessings through Generosity

Stephanie Erwin, Associate Administrator, writes…

Happy fall to everyone! What a beautiful time of year as the air gets cooler, and the leaves are a colorful tapestry of God’s great landscape. It’s a busy time of year with the Annual Meeting and Halloween this week. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and with that comes many exciting events and activities happening in the Home. Last Friday evening, we had our 60th Anniversary Gala. What a wonderful evening it was to celebrate both the history and the future of the Home. Thank you to our many supportive sponsors, donors, residents and staff who made the event a success. A big thank you to Burgundy Ramsey, our Development Director, who has worked many months preparing for this event. It was a huge success, and requests have been put in for it to be an annual event.

As CFO of the Home, I handle the Home’s finances on a daily basis. As I tell new employees, it takes a lot to run Good Sam to maintain the quality care and facilities that we are known for. The Gala was a fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Home Foundation which helps the Home with projects that our operating account cannot absorb. Support from events such as the Gala, yearly donations, and bequests help us continue growing the Foundation to ensure financial stability in the future. Please consider annual donations to the Foundation, or talk to someone about including the Foundation in your will and estate planning. It’s because of others before us who thought of the Home, that we continue fulfilling our mission today. God Bless!

60th Anniversary Gala

We will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary with a fundraising gala on Oct. 20 at the Oakley Lindsay Center, starting at 6 pm! Tickets are $60 per person. Proceeds from the event will go the Good Samaritan Home Foundation. During the event, we will be recognizing those who have been instrumental to the Home’s success. Individual honorees are Carla Derrick, Dennis Williams, and Bill & Joyce Winn and Placematters. Corporate honoree will be Integrated Technology Associates. Kent Adams and Laura McReynolds of Adams & McReynolds Retirement Partners will be the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.

The event will feature live entertainment from professional dueling piano group, Felix and Fingers. The menu for the night will consist of heavy hor d’oeuvres, cater by local favorite, Thyme Square. There will be a cash bar. We will also have a silent auction and raffle with several great items!

Special thanks to our sponsors: Wells Fargo, Moore’s Floors, Blessing Health Systems, First Bankers Trust, Uncle Sam’s, Architechnics, Brinkman Plumbing, Cason Huff & Schlueter, First Choice Physical Therapy, Hansen Spear, Peters Heating and Air, Quincy Medical Group, Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell, and Sturhahn Jewelers. We also thank Blessing Homecare, Mr. K’s,  Elizabeth Mannhardt, Interstate Battery, Laura Shaw, Westview Golf Course, Stoney Creek, Duker & Haugh, Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson, EA Wand, Bella Soul Day Spa, Wellman’s Florist,  Quincy Community Theatre, Heartland Lodge,  Williams Shooting Supply, Royal Printing, and Maine St. Magazine.

Seating is limited, and RSVP’s are required. For more information or to reserve your ticket, visit gshq.org/gala or contact Burgundy Ramsey at 217-223-8717 ext. 4240 or bramsey@gshq.org.

Hurricane Donations

We are currently collecting donations for those affected by recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These donations will go to the Hurricane Disaster Relief  Fund through LeadingAge, an association that we partner with that represents several nonprofit aging communities across the country. One hundred percent of donations will go directly to seniors at affected nursing homes to cover a wide range of needs, including basic supplies like food and water. Donation checks can be made out to the Home with Hurricane Disaster Relief in the memo line. They can be dropped off at the front desk, accounting window, development office, or deposit boxes located near the front entrance and accounting office. We will continue collecting through the end of September.

How to Prevent Influenza

Annie Hildebrand, RN Education Coordinator writes…

Cold and flue season is fast approaching. I wanted to share a few tips on how to decrease the spread of cold and flue viruses, as well as what steps we take at Good Samaritan Home to prevent the spread of these seasonal illnesses. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease. It is a virus that is transmitted through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. The virus may also be transmitted by touching surfaces contaminated with influenza virus and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Basic respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette are essential in preventing the spread of the virus. You should cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Wash your hands often to lessen the chance of the virus being spread to others. Alcohol based hand gels or foam can also be effective, if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water. If you do become ill, you should limit your contact with others for 24 hours after your fever is gone, without the use of fever reducing medications like Tylenol. You should contact your physician if your symptoms are severe. Seek medical treatment if you have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in your chest, sudden dizziness, or confusion.

There are face masks, tissues, and hand gels located throughout the building. Visitors, staff, and residents are encouraged to use these items and to wash their hands frequently. Please do not visit if you are ill. By following these simple guidelines, we can all do our part to keep our resident sand ourselves healthy.

Autumn is Coming!

Executive Secretary & Director of Cottage Admissions, Sarah Dolbeare writes…

Can you believe September is here already? The coming of Autumn/Fall is a glorious reminder of the beauty of the earth. Whatever else may be happening, the extravagance of color lifts my spirit. And long after the leaves have fallen and the snow flies, the memory of this beauty lingers as a treasured image. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”

There is a profound message in the passage of the seasons. Each has its own array of color, its own beauty and its own truth. Each gives witness to being part of a larger whole and a more enduring reality. Autumn has the riot of colors that give way to darker tones and a season with a very different kind of beauty. “For everything there is a season, and time for every matter…”

All of life is a gift. Autumn is an invitation to behold the beauty around us; to look for the joys of creation; to celebrate the passage of the seasons. It is an invocation, a call from the eternal to appreciate the opportunity in the present moment to see the hand of the Creator. When we see before us the movement of the seasons, we become witnesses to a holy passage which leads to life. “For everything there is a season…”

This autumn take time to reverently hold a bouquet of leaves and fall flowers in your hand and share them with someone. Take time to stand in awe before a tree and its blazing hue. Find a place where you can look out over a panorama of autumn beauty, and then offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God, “For everything…!”

Arthritis Pool Class

Rehabilitation Unit Secretary Christine Broeker writes…

Good Samaritan Home offers Arthritis Pool Classes in the Watson Aquatic Center that are open to the public. These warm water, group, aquatic exercises consist of simple range of motion exercises that are done at your own pace. These classes are led by high qualified instructor, Maggie Johnson. This program is highly recommended by local physicians. To be able to participate in the class, it is required that we have a  signed order from your doctor stating that it is OK for you to be in a warm water pool. You will need to bring this with you to your first class meeting.In order to participate in these classes, you must be able to do the following:

  • Get yourself in and out of the building
  • Dress and undress yourself
  • Stand in water up to four feet for about an hour while doing exercises
  • You do NOT need to be able to swim. 

Class schedules are as follows:

  • Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30-8:30 am
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 9:15-10:15 am
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 11 am-noon

Current registration fees are $25 for 10 visits for Good Samaritan Home Cottagers and $35 for 10 visits for community members. If you have any questions regarding the pool, please contact Christine Broeker at 217-223-8717 ext. 4201.

Musical Activities

Activities Director Sally Hodgson writes…

For the musically inclined, there are several opportunities to both listen and participate in musical activities here at the Home! We have a regular line-up of several very talented musicians including:

  • Steve Buckman, who plays a wide variety of piano music the third Sunday of the month.
  • One Country Gent, who plays old country, early rock, and hymns on the piano the first Tuesday of the month.
  • Marvin Cook & Tom Morss, who sing and play old country, early rock, and gospel on acoustic guitar.
  • The husband/wife duo Flame & Embers best known for their Elvis hits. You are likely to see some sequined hats while he plays keyboard and they both sing.
  • David Damm, whose known for his hilarious jokes, along with the huge collection of instruments he plays.
  • Sue Keller, who sings and plays country and gospel on the guitar.
  • Volunteer Voices, a local choir who lend their beautiful voices to traditional music.
  • The Happy Wanderer’s, who visit us quarterly singing and playing classic hits on their guitars.
  • Frank and Loreea Brown, who sing gospel and old country as Frank accompanies on the guitar.
  • Dennis Benjamin, who sings and plays classic country, early rock and gospel on his guitar.

For residents who want to join in, there are several opportunities, including:

  • Vicky Daggett’s Sing-a-long, where lyrics are displayed on the big screen as Vicky plays.
  • Hymn Sing with Linda Hoener, who gives a short lesson about each hymn before playing it for the residents to join in.
  • Foose Sing-a-long, where everyone is invited to lend their voices to classic hymns and old favorites.
  • Drumming Circle, where local musicians provide equipment and everyone is invited to express themselves.

We are blessed to have halls filled with music, as these talented local musicians share their gifts with us. Keep an eye on the activities calendar and come experience these performances sometime!

Operation Christmas Child

With the heat of summer, you’re probably not ready to start thinking about Christmas. However, we need your help with a project! We are currently accepting donations for Operation Christmas Child. This is a project through Samaritan’s Purse, a charity out of North Carolina. The group collects shoe boxes full of gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love. In some cases, this might be the first gift these children have every received.

If you would like to donate, suggested items include: shoe boxes, toy cars, jump rope, balls, toys that light up or make noise, extra batteries, school supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, combs, brushes, washcloths, t-shirts, socks, hats, hair accessories, flashlights, craft items, stuffed animals, dolls, musical instruments, etc. Just remember, it has to be able to fit in a shoe box. Add a personal note to the child!

Do not include: used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, knives, military figures, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medications, vitamins, breakable items, or aerosol cans. These items will be sent out of the country and have to go through customs.

You can bring in an already made up shoe box, if you like. Just be sure to mark it with gender and age category. Donations may be dropped off at the front desk or the activities office by Friday, September 29. For more information contact Sally at 217-223-8717 ext. 4227.