The Patter November 15

News & Views from Campus: November 17-November 23, 2019

 “Shall We Dance” From the desk of Sarah Dolbeare

This was given to us by a cottager.  It was written by an 83 year old woman to her friend.  I hope you enjoy it and read it as a letter written to you by a friend.  There certainly is a lesson to be learned from it.  The last paragraph says it all. 

Dear Friend,
    I’m reading more and dusting less.  I’m sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden.  I’m spending more time with my family and friends, and less time working.  Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure.  I’m trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.
    I’m not “saving” anything. I’m using my good china and crystal for every special event, such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis Blossom.  I wear my good clothes to go shopping.  I’m not saving my favorite perfume for special occasions, but wearing it whenever I want to.  “Some day” and “one of these days” are losing their grip on my vocabulary.  If it’s worth seeing or hearing or doing, then I want to see and hear and do it NOW. 
    I’m not sure what others would’ve done had they known they wouldn’t be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted.  I think they would call family members and a few close friends.  They might even call a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles.  I’d like to think they’d go out for a special meal.  I’m guessing; I’ll never know.
    It’s those little things left undone that would make me angry, if I knew my hours were limited.  Angry because I hadn’t written certain letters that I intended to write “one of these days”.  Angry and sorry that I didn’t tell my husband, parents, children, grandchildren, friends, etc. how much I truly love them.  I’m trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives.  And every morning when I open my eyes, tell myself that it is special. 
     Every day, every minute, every breath we take is truly a gift from God. 

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, we might as well dance!       Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends (and maybe even use the good china and crystal)

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Nov 17
  9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  2:00 pm: Steve Buckman, Social Room

Monday, Nov 18
  9:00 am: Devotions: Pastor Brady White, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
  2:30 pm: SLN – Truman & the Berlin Airlift, Social Room-
  6:30 pm: QKC Therapy Dogs

Tuesday, Nov 19
                 Popcorn Day
  9:00 am: Devotions: Rev Tony Metz, Chapel
  9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
  9:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
10:00 am: Music by Marvin Cook, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:30 am: St James, Our Redeemer & the Lutheran Church of St John Communion, Chapel
  2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall

Wednesday, Nov 20
  9:00 am: Aldi’s Shopping   **
  9:00 am: Devotions: Rev Carol Stufflebeam, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
  1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room
  2:00 pm: Flame & Embers, Social Room
  6:30 pm: Turkey Craft, Social Room (Make a fun Thanksgiving Craft)

Thursday, Nov 21
  9:00 am: Devotions:  Pastor Tom Rains, Chapel
  9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room


Friday, Nov 22
  9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Nov 23
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:00 pm: Bingo, Eber Gardens

  ** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk

  All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

QCT

  We have been invited to the Preview of the QCT Production “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” (and then some) on Tuesday, Nov 26.  Cost is $5.00 per person.
*If you are driving yourself – Sign up at the front desk.
*If you are riding the bus, call Activities at ext. 4227 to sign up.
Deadline to sign up is November 21.

Social Services Reminder

 The seasons are changing, the weather is getting cooler, carols are being sung, and gifts are being bought.

  Many of us enjoy giving gifts for Christmas and, for many the gift of choice here in our home is clothing and blankets. We wanted to remind everyone intending to give gifts of clothing or blankets or those who receive clothing or blankets as a gift; please make sure you have them labeled! Good Samaritan Home requires that all items be labeled with the residents name on it.  It saddens us to see so many new and beautiful items get lost after only one use!

  This holiday season, please make sure each clothing item or blanket is clearly marked with the residents name and given to Social Services.  We want you all to enjoy your beautiful new items for many years to come!

Weekly Inspiration

   Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.

Cherry Lane Estates

Cherry Lane Estates Meeting is Wednesday, November 20th at 8:45 a.m. in the North Dining Room

Therapy Department Provides

  Our Theraband Exercise Class focuses on joint flexibility, balance, and assisting in daily mobility. This exercise is performed in a sitting, standing position and is modified as needed.

  Come join us on Monday and Fridays in the Town Hall at 10:30 am to 11:00 am.

Prayer Request & Scripture

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK 
     Revelation 3:19-20

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him and he with Me.”

THIS WEEK PRAY FOR: 
Residents:  SOUTHERN COURT
   Staff:  COMPUTER TECH AND MAIL DELIVERY Jake, Lee and Janet

The Patter November 8

News & Views from Campus: November 10-November 16, 2019

OUR SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WRITTEN BY KAYLA HOERR……

  The Social Service Department at GSH is made up of one Social Service Director, one Assistant Social Service Director, and six Social Services Aides (SSA). A few of our responsibilities include: making sure residents are adjusting after admission into the building, completing advanced directives as needed, setting up any services they may need (including library visits, ancillary visits, and at times transportation arrangements), participation in interdisciplinary assessments, meeting with residents and family as needed for emotional support, lost and found, and most rewarding – discharge planning. The list could go on for days as Social Services work with all departments to make sure all residents’ needs are met. Our Social Services Department include:

    Kayla Hoerr is the Social Service Director and has been with GSH for one year. She oversees the Social Service Department. Kayla graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

    Melinda Meyer is the SSA for Eastbrook Lane and Sheltering Grove. She has been with GSH for 24 years, working in both SS and Activities. Melinda has a Bachelor’s Degree in English

    Heather Fox is the SSA for Anna Brown Vista and Stevenson Manor. She has been with GSH for 2 years, first starting in housekeeping, and them moving to SS.

    Kelsey Bennett is the Assistant Social Service Director. She is also the SSA for Sunny Dale, and the discharge planner for McReynolds Center and Eber Medicare. She has been with GSH for 15 years, working activities and in the dietary department before moving to SS eight years ago. Kelsey graduated from Quincy University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.

    Lucinda Smith is the SSA for Southern Court. She has been with GSH for 30 years, first working in housekeeping then moving to SS.

    Helen Rogerson is the SSA for Foose Center. She was looking for a career change when she came to GSH and is loving every minute of being a SSA.

    Amy Laughlin-Liesen is the SSA for McReynolds Center. She also assists with Eber Medicare. Amy has been with GSH for one years. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in African American Studies.

   Rebecca (Becky) Rossiter is the SSA for Eber Gardens. She graduated from Robert Morris College as a Medical Office Assistant. Becky worked as a unit secretary in the emergency department at St. Mary Hospital. She then worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield for 16 years before she came to GSH.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Nov 10
  9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  2:00 pm: Table Games, Eastbrook

Monday, Nov 11
  9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
  6:30 pm: Bingo with LifePoint Church

Tuesday, Nov 12
  9:00 am: Devotions: Rev Nancy Wilson, Chapel
  9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:00 pm: Placematters, Town Hall
  2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
  6:30 pm: Roll Double, Social Room

Wednesday, Nov 13
  9:00 am: Hy-Vee Shopping   **
  9:00 am: Devotions: Rev Jason Sommerfeldt, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
  1:15 pm: Digital Disciples, Board Room
  1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room
  2:00 pm: Dennis Benjamin, Social Room
  2:45 pm: Blessed Sacrament Builder’s Club, Town Hall
  4:00 pm: EAF Soup Supper, Social Room

Thursday, Nov 14
  9:00 am: Devotions:  Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
10:30 am: Mystery Meal Outing
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:00 pm:  Hymn Sing with Linda, Social Room

Friday, Nov 15
  9:00 am: Devotions: Pastor Kyle Frink, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
10:00 am: Senior Learning Network, Social Room
10:30 am: Mystery Meal Outing
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Nov 16
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:00 pm: Devotions, Chapel
  3:00 pm: Bingo, Social Room

  ** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk

All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Builder’s Club
  Students from Blessed Sacrament School Builders Club will be here Wednesday, November 13th at 2:45 pm in Town Hall.  They are bringing a fun craft to work on and then we will play games!

Senior Learning Network
  Explore the adventurous culture of the West during the time of the trappers, traders and trailblazers.  This is brought to us by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on Friday, November 15th at 10:00 am in the Social Room.
Next Up:  Truman and the Berlin Airlift on Monday, November 18th.

Weekly Inspiration

   Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble, but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Birthday Celebration

  Norm Ward will be Celebrating his 90th Birthday on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the GSH Social Room.  Please share a special memory on the memory board at his celebration. Your presence is all that is needed, no gifts please.   If you wish to mail him a card, please mail it to:  2130 Harrison Street, Eastbrook Lane Room 341, Quincy, IL 62301.

Prayer Request & Scripture

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK            

Luke 11:13

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will The Heavenly Father give The Holy Spirit to those who are asking Him!” 

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THIS WEEK PRAY FOR:

   Residents:  Sheltering Grove

   Staff:  BEAUTY SHOP  AND GENERAL STORE Linda, Nancy, Emily; Nancy, Ann, Sara, Stephanie, Jessica

The Patter November 1

News & Views from Campus: November 3 – November 9, 2019

Introducing Dave Stieglitz, CFO/Associate Administrator

   David Stieglitz holds licenses as both a nursing home administrator and a certified public accountant in Illinois.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Accounting from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  He has nearly 17 years of experience in the senior care profession, which he names as his first career love.  He also has experience as a Congressional staffer and tax preparer.
  Dave, as he tends to introduce himself, grew up in northeast Indiana.  Work took him and his wife Paige to northeast Illinois, where their son Reagan, 18, and daughter Taylor, 15, were born.  They feel very blessed and thankful to be back in the Quincy area, where Paige was from, and to be closer to her parents.  Dave believes very strongly that the best in senior care is delivered by faith-based non-profit organizations, and he is excited to join the mission of service at Good Samaritan Home.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Nov 3
  9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  2:00 pm: The Toaster Game, Eastbrook Lane

Monday, Nov 4
  9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
  6:30 pm: Bingo hosted by Urban Farmers 4-H Club, Social Room

Tuesday, Nov 5
  9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Henry Pratt, Chapel
  9:30 am: Odin & Ranger visit
  9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:30 pm: One Country Gent
  2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
  6:30 pm: Thanksgiving Hangman/Word Grid, Social Room

Wednesday, Nov 6
  9:00 am: Wal-Mart Shopping     **
  9:00 am: Devotions: Rev Tim White, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
  1:00 pm: Foose Sing-a-Long, Foose
  1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room

Thursday, Nov 7
8:45 am: Veterans Day Salute at Liberty School**
9:00 am: Devotions:  Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:00 pm: Quincy Country Steppers, Social Room

Friday, Nov 8
  9:00 am: Devotions: Pastor Kyle Frink, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Nov 9
10:00 am: David Damm, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room

  ** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk

All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Wall of Heroes
  If you are a veteran and would like to be included in our Wall of Heroes for the month of November, please contact Activities at ext. 4227 for more information.

Veterans Day Salute
 We have been invited to attend the Veterans Day Salute at Liberty High School.  If you are interested in attending, call Activities at ext. 4227.

  Placematters
  Now is a good time to do some placemat shopping here at Good Samaritan Home.  We still have some very nice fall placemats, and we are putting our Christmas/winter ones on the table daily.  Shop early for best selection!  Remember your friends, family and you will want their table looking decorative for the holidays.                             ~Joyce Winn~

Meet and Greet
  Come meet our Therapy Company November 6th @ 11:00 am in the Social Room.  PPS will talk about the services they provide and answer questions you may have for therapy.  Call ext. 4206 with questions.

Prayer Request & Scripture

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

John 17:20-23

20 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

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THIS WEEK PRAY FOR:

     Residents: MCREYNOLDS CENTER
     Staff: ADMISSIONS – Sarah, Cindy, Jody, and Sheryl

The Patter October 25

News & Views from Campus: October 27-November 2, 2019

STACY ARROWSMITH, DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES WRITES…

   My name is Stacy Arrowsmith, and I am the Director of Environmental Services here at Good Samaritan Home.  I have worked at Good Sam for over 17 years. 

   Some of the primary functions of my job include ensuring appropriate staffing, quality staff performance, ordering needed supplies, and recommending equipment purchases to administration.  As the Director of Environmental Services, I want to assure that the Home is maintained in a clean, visually pleasing campus for our residents, staff and visitors.

   We have both part-time and full-time employees in the environmental services department.  The day shift laundry workers working from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. are: Donna Helmick, Annette Lewis and Monica Lewis.  Our day shift housekeepers working from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. are: Lisa Haught, Joyce Johnson, Robert Knuffman, Josh Lunt, Shelia Miller, Steve Miller, Diane Moore, Carlatta Rice, Cory Shannon, and Chris Smith.  We have a few housekeepers that work 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and they are: Linda Barry, Barb Campbell and Lisa Starr. Our night shift laundry workers working from 10:30 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. are: Taylor Gilker, Regina Hudson and Amanda Moulton.  A few of our employees working from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. help with both housekeeping and laundry on certain days and they are: Megan Parada-Olivares, Lill Harvey and Sam Huckstep.  

   The next time you see any of our Environmental Services Staff, please let them know what a great job they do to keep our facility looking good! It takes a TEAM to keep it clean!!!

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 27
  9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  2:00 pm: Halloween Game, Eber Gardens

Monday, Oct 28
  9:00 am: Devotions: Pastor Sheila White, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
  6:00 pm: GSH Annual Meeting, Social Room

Tuesday, Oct 29
9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Resident Council, Social Room
  2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
  6:30 pm: York St. Jazz Orchestra, Social Room

Wednesday, Oct 30
  9:00 am: County Market Shopping**
  9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
  1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room
  2:00 pm: Frank & Loreea Brown, Social Room

Thursday, Oct 31
  9:00 am: Devotions:  Pastor Bruce Rice, Chapel
  9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:00 pm: Halloween S’mores Party, Speckhart Pavilion
  4:00 pm: Trick-or-Treating, All Areas

Friday, Nov 1
  9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
  9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Nov 2
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
  2:00 pm: Bingo

** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk

  All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

  Celebrate Halloween with a yummy S’more! We plan on being in the Speckhart Pavilion from 2-3 pm Thursday, October 31st.  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  In case of inclement weather, we will be in the Social Room.

  Trick-or-TreatingThere will be candy available at the front desk and all the nursing stations for trick-or-treaters.  This will be handed out in the afternoon and evening on Halloween.

Fall Back 2019   Currently, the majority of the United States begins Daylight Savings at exactly 2:00 am on the 2nd Sunday in March. Daylight Savings then reverts to Standard Time on the 1st Sunday in November. Like most things in life, the practice of Daylight Savings has both its advocates and critics.

Prayer Request & Scripture
  Our Scripture of the Week is Matthew 6:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

 This week we are praying for residents in Foose Center and Staff Administrators Chuck, Dave and the Board of Directors.

Weekly Inspiration
Challenges are what make life interesting.  Overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.

Cakes for EAF Soup Supper
COTTAGERS – Any cottager interested in baking a cake for our Soup Supper, it would be greatly appreciated.  You may bring your baked good(s) to the front desk on the morning of       WEDNESDAY, November 13, 2019.

  Just a reminder that the Soup Supper is from 4-7 p.m. in the Good Samaritan Home Social Room.

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The Patter October 18

News & Views from Campus: October 20-26, 2019

Soup Dinner

Good Samaritan Home will be holding a Soup Dinner on Wednesday, November 13 from 4 pm-7 pm in the Social Room.  Cost:  $6.00 – Adults, $4.00 – Children under 10.   Price includes soup (chili and chicken noodle), grilled cheese sandwich, dessert and drink.  All proceeds will benefit Good Samaritan Home’s Employee Assistance Fund.  This program is designed to assist employees who are facing extended time off work due to an accident or medical condition and those who are dealing with a catastrophic event such as a house fire or death in the family.  Monies for this program have been solely funded through donations, employee payroll deductions, and fundraisers.

Meet & Greet

Please join us on Thursday, October 24th from 2-4 p.m. in the Social Room to welcome our new Administrator, Chuck Newton.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 20
9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
2:00 pm: Steve Buckman, Social Room

Monday, Oct 21
9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
6:30 pm: QKC Therapy Dogs, Social Room

Tuesday, Oct 22
9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Sing-a-Long, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Placematters, Town Hall
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Table Games with the Youth Group, Social Room

Wednesday, Oct 23
9:00 am: Aldi’S  Shopping**
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev Tim White, Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room

Wednesday, Oct 23
9:00 am: Aldi’S  Shopping**
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev Tim White, Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room

Friday, Oct. 25  9:00 am: Devotions: Pastor. Joshua Hall
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
10:00 am: Men’s Group, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Oct. 26
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
3:00 pm: Bingo, Eber Gardens

** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk
All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Prayer Request & Scripture

Our Scripture of the Week is Isaiah 30:15 in returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

This week we are praying for the residents in Eber Gardens and staff in Activities Sally, Jessica B., Ashley, Sande, Sarah, Sydney, Tammy, Micah, Sharon, Jessica L, Rachel.

Weekly Inspiration

You don’t always get what you wish for.  But you always get what you work for.

Digital Disciples

Just a reminder that the digital Disciples meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Cay Horn Barnum Board Room. If you need assistance with your phone, tablet or computer, we look forward to assisting you. We will be available from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Patter October 13

News & Views from Campus: October 13-19, 2019

From the desk of………Chuck Newton, Administrator/CEO
Since coming to Good Samaritan in late September, I thought it was time to introduce myself and tell a little bit about my family and me.  My name is Chuck Newton, and I am the new CEO/Administrator here at Good Samaritan Home.  I have over 25 years of leadership experience in CCRC management in senior living.  A graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, I have achieved proven results in program development and management, strategic planning, resident and staff satisfaction, community relations, and project coordination. I have been instrumental in repositioning communities to better serve today’s seniors as well as achieving a CMS 5 star rating for high-quality healthcare services. I led communities to a financially strong position with ongoing financial viability of operations, and the management of large endowment reserves while managing the multi-million dollar annual operating budgets.  During my career, I have also served as cabinet chair, board member and board chair for Leading-Age Illinois, an association of over 500 non-profit senior living organizations in the state.  Married for over 36 years, my wife, Lea, and I presently live in Western Springs, Illinois.  We have two children, Stephany and Samuel, a son-in-law Tyler and one-year-old grandson Charlie.  Hobbies include hiking and working on a 1967 MGB once owned by my father for 10 years and now me for the last 35 years.  I very much look forward to serving you here at Good Samaritan and continuing its Christian mission and values.  Please feel free to stop by my office at any time to talk.

Meet & Greet

Please join us on Thursday, October 24th from 2-4pm in the Social Room to welcome our new Administrator & CEO, Chuck Newton.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 13
9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
2:00 pm: Garbage Cards, Sunny Dale

Monday, Oct 14
9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain Josh Vahle, Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
6:30 pm: Happy Fall Ya’ll! Bingo with LifePoint Church, Social Room

Tuesday, Oct 15
All Day – Popcorn Day
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Tony Metz (Luther Memorial Church), Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Music by Marvin Cook, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: St James, Our Redeemer & the Lutheran Church of St John Communion, Chapel
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Bowling Dice, Social Room

Wednesday, Oct 16
9:00 am: Hy-Vee Shopping**
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Carol Stufflebeam (Union UMC), Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room
2:00 pm: Flame & Embers, Social Room

Thursday, Oct. 17
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Keela Neumann (First Christian Church), Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room

Friday, Oct. 18
9:00 am: Devotions: Pastor. Joshua Hall (Faith Presbyterian Church), Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Volunteer Voices, Eber Gardens
2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Oct. 19
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Saturday Devotions, Chapel
3:00 pm: Bingo, Social Room

** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk


All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Prayer Request & Scripture

This week we are praying for the residents & employees on Eastbrook Lane.

Our Scripture of the Week is Galatians 5:22. “The fruit of The Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.

Weekly Inspiration

You have to be at your strongest when you are at your weakest.

~Unknown

Cherry Lane Estates

Cherry Lane Estates meeting is Wednesday, October 16th at 8:45 a.m. in the North Dining Room.

Cottager Flu Shots

Cottager Flu shots will be in the Knapheide Family Room (the room with the fireplace) on October 18th from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Please bring your Medicare Number or Card with you. If you could, please wear a short sleeved shirt.

The Patter August 11

News & Views from Campus: August 11-17, 2019

Beatitudes For Friends of the Aged

By: Esther Mary Walker
Archived by: Annie Hildebrand, Education Coordinator

Blessed are they who understand
My faltering step and palsied hand.

Blessed are they who know that my ears today
Must strain to catch the things they say.

Blessed are they who seem to know
That my eyes are dim and wits are slow.

Blessed are they who looked away
When coffee spilled at the table today.

Blessed are they who never say,
You’ve told that story twice today.

Blessed are they who know the ways
To bring back memories of yesterdays

Blessed are they who make it known
That I am loved, respected, and not alone

Blessed are they who know I’m at a loss
To find the strength to carry the Cross.

Blessed are they who ease the days
On my journey Home in loving ways.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Aug. 11
9:00 am: Worship Service: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
2:00 pm: Trivia Surprise, Eastbrook Lane

Monday, Aug. 12
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. William Hutson, Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
2:30 pm: Musician Dennis Benjamin, Social Room
6:30 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Tuesday, Aug. 13
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Nancy Wilson (Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church), Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
12:30 pm: YMCA Summer Day Camp Kids, Social Room
The YMCA kids are back for their last activity of the summer!
1:00 pm: Placematters, Town Hall
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Giant Games, Social Room

Wednesday, Aug. 14
8:30 am: Wal-mart Shopping**
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Jason Sommerfeldt (Central Baptist Church), Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
10:00 am: Entertainer Bocephus Casey, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:15 pm: Digital Disciples, Board Room
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room

Thursday, Aug. 15
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room

Friday, Aug. 16
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Joshua Hall (Faith Presbyterian Church), Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Volunteer Voices, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Aug. 17
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Saturday Devotions
3:00 pm: Bingo, Social Room

** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk
All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Please note the changes in our shopping schedule! Please contact Social Services or Activities if you have any questions or concerns.

Prayer Request & Scripture

This week we are praying for the residents in the McReynolds Center and for the Admissions Staff.

Our Scripture of the Week is Psalm 145:1-2: “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.”

Quanada Support Counseling

Quanada will be offering on-site counseling for anyone who feels they need someone to talk to. No appointment is necessary and these sessions are free. They will be in rooms #120 and #214 in Sheltering Grove the following days: Wednesday, Aug 14: 9:30a-12p; Friday, Aug. 16: 3p-5p; Tuesday, Aug 20: 9a-10:30a; Thursday, Aug. 22: 2:30p-4p; Monday, Aug. 26: 2p-5p; Wednesday, Aug. 28: 9:30a-12p

Cherry Lane Estates Meeting

Reminder: Cherry Lane Estates will be holding their monthly meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. In August it will be August 21 at 9 am, location to be announced.

The Patter August 4

News & Views from Campus: August 4-10, 2019

Thank You to our Youth Corps!

Written by: Jessica Beever, Assistant Director of Activities 

As the summer is coming to an end, and unfortunately, we must say goodbye to our Youth Corps volunteers! As always, they have been a great help to our residents and staff while giving their time to the Home.

We had 35 kids that volunteered this year. They ranged from ages 11-16. They have helped with activities this summer such as bingo, helping get residents to various activities, spending time visiting with residents, helping in the beauty shop, wheelchair rides, etc. They also assisted in helping with special events such as pie night and our Fathers Day cookout. They have volunteered over 900 hours this summer.

To thank them for their hard work throughout the summer we planned a party for them. This year they enjoyed a party at Upper Moorman park where they enjoyed a meal, mini-golf, a water balloon fight, and many other fun games.

We are very grateful for their help throughout the summer! We wish them the best of luck as they return to school!

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Aug. 4
9:00 am: Worship Service: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
2:00 pm: Drumming Circle, Social Room

Monday, Aug. 5
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. William Hutson, Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
6:30 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Tuesday, Aug. 6
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Henry Pratt, Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
12:30 pm: YMCA Summer Day Camp Kids
The YMCA kids are back! Weather permitting, we will be outside. Ask your Activity Aide for more details!
1:30 pm: Musician One Country Gent, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Uno Attack, Social Room

Wednesday, Aug. 7
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Keela Neumann (First Christian Church), Chapel
9:00 am: County Market Shopping**
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:00 pm: Foose Sing-a-long, Foose Center
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room
2:00 pm: Watermelon Bust, Social Room
Come enjoy some fresh watermelon while it’s in peak system at one of our favorite Good Samaritan Home traditions!

Thursday, Aug. 8
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
10:30 am: Mystery Meal**
Sign-up at the front desk to go to a mystery destination for lunch! Cost is the price of your meal.
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Hymn Sing with Linda, Social Room

Friday, Aug. 9
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Kyle Frink (Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church & Union United Methodist Church), Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
10:30 am: Mystery Meal**
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Aug. 10
10:00 am: Musician David Damm, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room

** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk
All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Please note the changes in our shopping schedule! Please contact Social Services or Activities if you have any questions or concerns.

Prayer Request & Scripture

This week we are praying for the residents in the Foose Center and for the Administrators and Board of Directors.

Our Scripture of the Week is Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Staffing Updates

We are pleased to announce that we have filled our Chaplain position and our CFO/Associate Administrator Position. Pastor Josh Vahle will be starting as our Director of Pastoral Services/Chaplain in the next couple of weeks. David Stieglitz will be starting as our CFO/Associate Administrator by the end of August. Please help us offer them a warm welcome as they get started. More details to come!

Quanada Support Counseling

Quanada will be offering on-site counseling for anyone who feels they need someone to talk to. No appointment is necessary and these sessions are free. They will be in rooms #120 and #214 in Sheltering Grove on Friday, Aug. 2 10:30a-12p, Monday, Aug. 5 1p-4p, and Wednesday, Aug. 7 9:30a-12p, and throughout the rest of August. Check next week’s Patter for additional times.

The Patter July 21

News & Views from Campus: July 21-27, 2019

Association Membership

As we approach our new fiscal year, it’s time to think about your  Good Samaritan Home Association Membership for 2019-2020! Membership to the Good Samaritan Home Association helps us maintain the high standard of care that we provide to our residents every single day. In addition, Association Members are invited to our Annual Meeting, recognized in our Annual Report, and elect our Board of Directors. We want to thank our Association and Life Members for helping us maintain a legacy of superior Christian service. We hope that you will help us continue to move that legacy forward. To become a member or renew your membership, please contact Burgundy Hill at your earliest convenience. Membership starts as low as $10. Your contributions to Good Samaritan Home are tax-deductible. Your continued support of our ministry is greatly appreciated! 

Activities Calendar

Sunday, July 21
9:00 am: Worship Service: Rev. Dan Dolbeare, Chapel
2:00 pm: Pianist Steve Buckman, Social Room

Monday, July 22
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. William Hutson, Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:15 pm: Wal-mart Shopping**
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel

Tuesday, July 23
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Patty Johansen (Vermont Street  United Methodist Church), Chapel
9:30 am: County Market Shopping**
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Sing-a-long, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Placematters, Town Hall
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Table Games with Youth Group, Social Room

Wednesday, July 24
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. William Hutson, Chapel
9:00 am: Hy-Vee Shopping**
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room
1:30 pm: Chair Yoga, Town Hall

Thursday, July 25
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
10:30 am: Lunch at Huckleberry Smokehouse in LaGrange**
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Joe Chi, Social Room
2:45 pm: Blackjack with Rick Thomas, Social Room
6:30 pm: BBB Scam Presentation, Social Room

Friday, July 26
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Joshua Hall (Faith Presbyterian Church), Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
10:00 am: Men’s Group, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, July 27
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Bingo, Social Room

** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk
All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Prayer Request & Scripture

This week we are praying for the residents of Eastbrook Lane and for the Accounting Staff.

Our Scripture of the Week is Psalm 111:10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

BBB Presentation

Don’t let scams catch you off guard! Every day scammers find more creative ways to take your money and destroy your peace of mind. Don’t be caught off guard and fall prey to these criminals. 

Better Business Bureau Regional Director Mara Clingingsmith will discuss the latest scams targeting older adults in a seminar on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. Mark your calendars!

The Patter

News & Views from Campus: July 14-20, 2019

Importance of Optimism

Having a “glass half full” approach to life has long been considered important for overall wellness. Humana recently surveyed 2,000 people aged 60 and over, and found that 87 percent of seniors who identify themselves as “most optimistic” reported their health as good to excellent. This is compared to 44 percent for those who said they’re “least optimistic.”

Seniors who rated themselves as most optimistic also reported positively on other attributes linked to health, including sleep, confidence and overall happiness.

Despite these impressive numbers, having an optimistic mindset is often easier said than done. Here are some tips on staying optimistic:

Engage with your healthcare team and build a trusting relationship.

Find a higher purpose that makes you excited to get up in the morning. 

Remain socially engaged, not isolated, and nurture close relationships. 

Stay active and remember that physical activity is important. 

Find something that’s right for you and that you like to do. 

Practice gratitude and make it a habit to look for and appreciate everything you’re thankful for in life.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, July 14
9:00 am: Worship Service: Rev. Larry Wentzel, Chapel
2:00 pm: Drumming Circle, Social Room

Monday, July 15
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. William Hutson, Chapel
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:15 pm: Dollar Tree Shopping**
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
6:30 pm: Quincy Kennel Club Therapy Dogs, Social Room

Tuesday, July 16 – Popcorn Day!
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Tony Metz (Luther Memorial Church), Chapel
9:30 am: County Market Shopping**
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Country & Gospel Music by Marvin Cook, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
12:30 pm: YMCA Summer Day Camp, Social Room
1:30 pm: St. James, Our Redeemer & the Lutheran Church of St. John Communion, Chapel
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Roll Double Game, Social Room

Wednesday, July 17
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Carol Stufflebeam (Union United Methodist Church), Chapel
9:00 am: Hy-Vee Shopping**
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room
1:30 pm: Chair Yoga, Town Hall
2:00 pm: Flame & Embers, Social Room
6:45 pm: QCT Bye Bye Birdie**

Thursday, July 18
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Tim White (Trinity United Church of Christ), Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Bartley Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:15 pm: Aldi’s Shopping**
2:00 pm: Joe Chi, Social Room

Friday, July 19
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Joshua Hall (Faith Presbyterian Church), Chapel
9:30 am: J.C. Penney Shopping**
9:30 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, July 20
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Saturday Devotions, Chapel
3:00 pm: Bingo, Social Room

** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk
All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Prayer Request & Scripture

This week we are praying for the residents in Anna Brown Vista and for our Community Healthcare Providers. 

Our Scripture of the Week is Psalm 19:14: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sigh, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

BBB Presentation

Don’t let scams catch you off guard! Every day scammers find more creative ways to take your money and destroy your peace of mind. Don’t be caught off guard and fall prey to these criminals. 

Better Business Bureau Regional Director Mara Clingingsmith will discuss the latest scams targeting older adults in a seminar on July 25 at 6:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. Mark your calendars!