National Nurses Week

Being a Nurse Means
By: Melodie Chenevert, RN

You will never be bored,
You will always be frustrated,
You will be surrounded by challenges,
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility
And very little authority.
You will step into people’s lives,
And you will make a difference.
Some will bless you,
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst,
And at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed at people’s capacity
For love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin
And end.
You will experience resounding triumphs
And devastating failures.
You will cry a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human
And to be humane.

National Nurses Week is May 7th -11th. PLEASE tell the nurses how much you appreciate every-thing that they do for you. We have some of the GREATEST NURSES here who care deeply about their residents. Thank you to all the nurses here we truly appreciate your service, your caring, and your compassion. We will be passing out cupcakes on Wednesday, May 9th to all the nurses on all 3 shifts in honor of Nurses Week. The cupcakes are donated by JRX. Pharmacy.

National Nursing Home Week!

Save the date! We are celebrating National Nursing Home Week next week, May 14-18, 2018! The week kicks off with our annual Mother’s Day Celebration! Monday, May 14th, residents and families from Anna Brown, McReynolds, Eastbrook Lane, Sheltering Grove, and cottagers from the main Harrison campus and Cherry Lane. Tuesday, May 15th, residents and families from Foose, Eber, Southern Court, Sunny Dale and Stevenson Manor are invited.

Wednesday, May 16th is our Employee Appreciation Day! Pizza will be served to all three shifts. Employees are welcome to wear jeans and a Good Samaritan Home shirt. Also, on Wednesday May 16th, we will be doing a community service project. Residents will make and take some yummy baked goods to the local fire station in appreciation for all they do for the community.

Thursday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the Social Room, the new members of the Century Club will be inducted. This year Ether Ferguson, Janet Ehrhardt, and Emma VanAusdall will be recognized, in addition to all current members.

Samaritans Assemble! On Friday, May 18th at 11:30 p.m. we will say thank to you our “Super” Volunteers during our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Make your reservation today to Sally at ext. 4227!

Join us for some of these great events!

Pancake Breakfast

Uncle Sam’s will be hosting their Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Fundraiser again this year! The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be on Saturday, March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the main dining room at Good Samaritan Home!

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the front desk at Good Samaritan Home or from Director of Development, Burgundy Ramsey. Tickets will also be for sale the morning of the event. Sausage will be sold after the event.

All proceeds will help meet the needs of residents and staff at the home. If you would like to volunteer to help with the event or would like more information, please contact Burgundy at 217-223-8717 ext. 4240 or via email at bramsey@gshq.org.

Multiple Levels of Care

For over 60 years, Good Samaritan Home has been focused on one thing… caring for you and your loved ones. We offer multiple levels of care, more than any retirement community in the area, all on one campus. We have the personalized support you need now, with the security of knowing we’ll be here for you if your needs change.

What is Lent?

Chaplain James Riley writes…

Lent is a 40 day preparation for Easter. It is a time when a Christian may focus their lives on being more faithful to Jesus. Not every Christian denomination observes Lent, but any Christian may observe if they so choose.

Lent is a time when a Christian focuses on their relationship with God by sacrificing anything that is impairing that relationship and replacing it with something that enhances it. This time of sacrifice leads up to the joy and new life of Easer: the defeat of death and the hope of eternal life because of the resurrection of Jesus.

The biggest misconception of Lent is that you are observing it if you just give something up. So, if you give up smoking or soda and take the money that you spent on those things and gave them to God in some way (for instance, your church or a food pantry or women’s shelter), you are observing Lent. If you give up four hours of TV every night and replace it with something like two hours of prayer and Bible study and two hours of visiting shut-ins, you are observing Lent. The hope and purpose of Lent is that you would draw closer to God continually, even after Lent, by turning these new behaviors into habits.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. This year that is February 14th. Ashes will be available in the chapel after devotions, about 9:45 AM and are available for residents, cottagers, family members, visitors, and employees. The ashes signify a sorrow for sins and drifting from God and a desire to draw closer to him. There are also pamphlets throughout the Home explaining Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter in more detail, or you can contact me and I will send you one.

Have a blessed Lenten Season!

Safe Outings

Sally Hodgson, Director of Activities writes…

Good Samaritan Home is concerned about your safety. Every precaution is taken to ensure resident safety at the Home and on outings. Behind the scenes, much happens before, during and after outings.

Prior to going to a restaurant, we visit and assess the environmental hazards. Not all establishments have exactly the same handicapped accessibility. Other issues, such as raised door thresholds, can prevent safe entry. The layout of the place we are visiting as well as the parking lot can impact the decision on whether to go there. Entrances, exits, floor surfaces, and restrooms are examined.

Weather probably has the largest impact on outings. Residents are transported in heated/cooled vehicles, but are at risk of the elements if that vehicle should break down in traffic.

Prior to leaving, nursing staff must be notified of who is going. Outings are posted at the receptionist desk on Monday mornings (when they come out in The Patter). Residents must be signed up in order to go on the outing. Outings are filled in a first come, first served basis. The nature of the outing and the needs of those attending directly influence the number of staff members that accompany residents.

We gladly do all of this work so those that go have a good time. It is a privilege and a pleasure. We look forward to outings as much as you do. If you haven’t signed up for an outing with us, try it, you might like it! For a list of future outings, please check out our activities calendar!

Flu Season

Rachel Hampsmire, RN BSN writes…

Influenza (flu) season is in full swing. Here at Good Samaritan Home, we have seen many with signs and symptoms of the flu. This time of year we see lots of visitors and family, and it’s important to keep in mind that this virus is something you want to minimize exposure to. The flue is a virus that attacks your respiratory system, not your gastrointestinal system as many believe. For many, this virus is not a big deal and will run its course. But the elderly population is at a higher risk for developing complications associated with the flue.

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever over 100.4
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills and sweats
  • Dry persistent cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

The flue can come on very quickly, so prompt treatment is essential. It is important to remember that proper hygiene is also important. With the new year starting, let us have a resolution to stay as healthy as possible and keep the flue to a minimum.

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!