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.



Drink Plenty of Water

 Dinah Davidson, Resident Care Coordinator, writes….

Summer is here, so I wanted to remind everyone the importance of drinking water. The high temperatures of summer cause our bodies to sweat more, which means we lose water faster. Losing water too quickly without replacing it can lead to dehydration, which is very dangerous. Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated! Water might be a little bland, but these 10 facts about water aren’t:

  • The chemical compound for water H20. It can also be called dihydrogen monoxide.
  • Good hydration can prevent arthritis. With plenty of water in your body, there is less friction in your joints, thus less chance of developing arthritis.
  • Roughly 70% of an adult’s body is made up of water.
  • The earth is a closed system, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth at the beginning of time is still present today.
  • Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps in glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity’s needs.
  • Water expands by 9% when it freeze. Frozen water (ice) is lighter than water, which is why ice floats.
  • Human bones are 25% water.
  • By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has last over 1% of its total water amount.
  • Hot water freezes faster than cold water. This is known as the Mpemba Effect, and no one knows why it happens.
  • Water is sticky. The molecules love to stick to things, especially each ohter. It’s what give it such a larger surface tension. It keeps you alive: it means water can pull blood up narrow vessels in the body, often against the force of gravity.

Gems Game

Development Director Burgundy Ramsey writes…

It’s summertime and that can only mean one thing… baseball! This year, Good Samaritan Home is proud to be partnering with the Quincy Gems to host Good Samaritan Home Night at the July 29 game against Lafayette. First pitch is at 6:35 pm. This event is a part of the Home’s 60th anniversary celebration! We will be taking a bus to the game. Begin boarding at 5:45 pm. Admission is free for residents and cottagers. Sign up at the front desk.

We will be also giving out free tickets for the July 29th game to our employees and their families. As a special thank you, we will also be giving employees Gem Bucks to be used at the concession stand during the game. Those can be picked up from Burgundy Ramsey.

Saturday, July 29 is going to be a lot of fun! Be on the lookout for who’s throwing out the first pitch, singing the National Anthem, and singing during the 7th inning stretch. You might see some familiar faces! Wear your 60th Anniversary t-shirt, and come out and celebrate with us!

If you have any questions, contact Burgundy Ramsey at 217-223-8717 ext. 4240 or!

Differing Personalities

Brenda Belt, LPN writes…

One thing I have learned over the course of my lifetime is that everyone is different. Do you remember the old son “Personality” by Lloyd Price? I recently read an article about personality traits. The author mentioned five different traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Every person is a combination of three traits. A person might be very conscientious and agreeable, but introverted and not very open. If we could ever grasp the fact that not everyone is the same, we could begin working with others around us more efficiently. As we do activities together, I can see all of these traits working at the same time. I believe the key to understanding and respecting other people is to recognize these differences, and to not judge others for being themselves.

WINGS Volunteers Needed

Chaplain James Riley writes….

Good Samaritan Home offers end-of-life comfort care which we call WINGS. One of the benefits of our WINGS care is volunteers who come in and sit with residents when I cannot be there. I am looking for more volunteers to participate in this ministry. Each volunteer is provided training. When the need arises, the volunteer will be called with available two-hour shifts. There is no minimum requirement of hours. Each volunteer can take as many or as few shifts as they are willing and able. Shifts are usually in the morning or afternoon, falling between 8 am and 5 pm, although a person can volunteer as late as 8 pm if they want to. We carefully select residents, so the volunteer is not put in any difficult or uncomfortable situation This is a special ministry for special people who have a heart to do it. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering, please contact Chaplain James at 217-223-8717, ext 4491.