The Patter Oct. 21

The Patter

News & Views from Campus: October 21-27, 2018

Written by: Aaron Mast, Patient Accounts

With the seasons changing and cooling weather, we look forward to many fun 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 2019.

Each year from October 15 to December 7, Medicare allows members to compare Part D Prescription Plans and switch to different companies or plans with 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, 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 and families are invited to schedule an appointment with our Accounting Staff during the Open Enrollment Period. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact Aaron Mast at ext. 4980 or amast@gshq.org.

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

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 21
9:00 am: Worship Service: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
2:00 pm: Steve Buckman, Social Room

Monday, Oct. 22
9:00 am: Devotions: Evangelist Sheila White, Chapel
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:15 pm: Wal-mart Shopping**
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
2:15 pm: Chair Yoga, Social Room
6:00 pm: Annual Meeting, Social Room

Tuesday, Oct. 23
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Patty Johansen, Chapel
9:00 am: County Market Shopping**
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Board Room
10:00 am: Sing-a-long
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 Apostolic Christian Youth Group, Social room

Wednesday, Oct. 24
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Matt Hunt, Chapel
9:00 am: Hy-Vee Shopping**
10:00 am: Senior Learning Network: Typical day at Hearst Castle, Social Room
10:00 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: Nehemiah Missions presents: Frank & Loreea Brown, Social Room

Thursday, Oct. 25
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Board Room
10:00 am: Men’s Group, Board Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
10:30 am: Lunch Outing to LaGrange**
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room

Friday, Oct.26
9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain James Riley, Chapel
10:00 am: Senior Learning Network: History of Glore Psychiatric Museum, Social Room
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Joe Chi, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:00 pm: Mamma Mia! Dance Class, Social Room

Saturday, Oct.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.

Golden Games
Wednesday, November 7, we will participate in the Golden Games at the Quincy Senior Center. Everyone will play games during the morning and enjoy lunch before returning home. If you are interested in going, please call Activities at 223-8717 ext. 4227. There is no cost for this outing.

Prayer Request & Scripture

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

Our Scripture of the Week is Amos 5:14: “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.”

Weekly Inspiration

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is” – Albert Einstein

Save the date: Soup Supper

The Employee Assistance Fund will be holding a Soup Supper Fundraiser on November 7 from 4 to 7 pm. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children and can be purchased in advance from the Front Desk. If you would like to donate a dessert for the event, please contact Missy Loos at ext. 4296!

The Patter Oct. 14

The Patter

News & Views from Campus: October 14-20, 2018

Written by: Aaron Mast, Patient Accounts

With the seasons changing and cooling weather, we look forward to many fun 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 2019.

Each year from October 15 to December 7, Medicare allows members to compare Part D Prescription Plans and switch to different companies or plans with 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, 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 and families are invited to schedule an appointment with our Accounting Staff during the Open Enrollment Period. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact Aaron Mast at ext. 4980 or amast@gshq.org.

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

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 14

9:30 am: Worship Service: Chaplain James Riley, Chapel *Please note the time change, this week only.
2:00 pm: Halloween Service Project, Southern Court

Monday, Oct. 15
9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain James Riley, Chapel
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
2:15 pm: Chair Yoga, Social Room
6:30 pm: Quincy Kennel Club Therapy Dogs, Social Room

Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Popcorn Day!
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Rev. Tony Metz, Chapel
9:00 am: County Market Shopping**
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Board Room
10:00 am: Music by Marvin Cook
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: Bon Fire, Speckhart Pavilion (Weather Permitting)

Wednesday, Oct. 17
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Carol Stufflebeam, Chapel
9:00 am: Hy-Vee Shopping**
10:00 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: Music by Flame & Embers, Social Room
2:30 pm: Senior Learning Network: Take a virtual live dive through a underwater kelp forest on Anacapa Island off the coast of California, Social Room

Thursday, Oct. 18
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Board Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
12:45 pm: Aldi’s Shopping**
1:30 pm: Coloring Guild, Sheltering Grove

Friday, Oct.19
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Steve Disseler, Chapel
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Joe Chi, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall

Saturday, Oct.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

Golden Games: Wednesday, November 7, we will participate in the Golden Games at the Quincy Senior Center. Everyone will play games during the morning and enjoy lunch before returning home. If you are interested in going, please call Activities at 223-8717 ext. 4227. There is no cost for this outing.

Cancellation: David Damm has canceled his performance on October 13. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Prayer Request & Scripture

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

Our Scripture of the Week is Amos 5:14: “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.”

Weekly Inspiration

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”– Walt Disney

Thank you note from Elberta Kunz

“I would like to thank everyone for the pretty cards I got for my Birthday. I sure appreciate them. God bless you.”

The Patter Oct. 7

The Patter

News & Views from Campus: October 7-13, 2018

Director of Development, Burgundy Ramsey writes…

As you may have noticed, our beloved Patter looks a little different this week. I would like to welcome you to its reformatting! We’ve received a lot of feedback the last couple of weeks regarding some of the changes we are making. It truly warms my heart to know how passionately each of you care about the residents and our organization. There is no doubt about how much we want to see this great organization succeed. I truly think of us as a family, and like a family, we may not always see eye-to-eye. But I know, and I hope you do too, that at the end of the day we stand by each other and all do what’s best for the Home.

While the days still feel warm, there is a chill in the evening and the tips of the leaves are beginning to change. Fall is slowly creeping in. The change of the seasons offer us the chance to notice the passing of time and take a moment for self-reflection. Maybe it’s because the stores already have decorations out for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but during this self-reflection, I am grateful. I am grateful for this community and its support of each other. I am grateful for how impassioned we all are in making this a home for all. We are a business and sometimes that means making tough decisions. But we are also a family, and there is a lot of love in this family. Change can be difficult, but it also gives us the chance to come together and be stronger. I am so grateful for this family and the love we share for each other.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 7
9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain James Riley, Chapel
2:00 pm: Drumming Circle, Social Room

Monday, Oct. 8
9:00 am: Devotions: Marcus Deege, Chapel
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
10:30 am: The Crossing Equestrian Team, Stevenson Manor Parking Lot
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:15 pm: Wal-mart Shopping**
1:15 pm: Digital Disciples, Board Room
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
2:15 pm: Chair Yoga, Social Room
6:30 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Tuesday, Oct. 9
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Kyle Frink, Chapel
9:00 am: County Market Shopping**
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Board Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Placematters, Town Hall
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Garbage Cards, Social Room

Wednesday, Oct. 10
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Jason Sommerfeldt, Chapel
9:00 am: Hy-vee Shopping**
10:00 am: Senior Learning Network: Jeff from FDR Presidential Library explains Japanese-American Internment during WWII, Social Room
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:00 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room

Thursday, Oct. 11
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
9:30 am: Coffee Hour, Board Room
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
10:30 pm: Mystery Meal**
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: Coloring Guild, Sheltering Grove

Friday, Oct.12
9:00 am: Devotions: Chaplain James Riley, Chapel
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
10:30 pm: Mystery Meal**
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Joe Chi, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall

Saturday, Oct.13
10:00 am: Musician David Damm, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
12:00 pm: Rosary for America, Chapel

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

All activities are subject to change

Golden Games
Wednesday, November 7, we will participate in the Golden Games at the Quincy Senior Center. Everyone will play games during the morning and enjoy lunch before returning home. If you are interested in going, please call Activities at 223-8717 ext. 4227. There is no cost for this outing.

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 Joel 2:32a: “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…”

Weekly Inspiration

“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”– Les Brown

Thank you note from Lillie Wilcox

“I would like to thank everyone who called, stopped by, or sent notes and cards to help me celebrate my 90th birthday. I really enjoyed everyone’s thoughtfulness. It was very much appreciated.”

Differences in Levels of Care

Good Samaritan Home of Quincy is a Life Plan Community. This means that we provide independent living, assisted living, nursing care, and more, all on the same campus.

Independent Living

Independent Living is for individuals or couples who are totally independent, but no longer want to maintain their own home. It is the perfect option for the active senior looking to downsize, while maintaining self-sufficiency. They all offer the privacy and independence of having your own apartment, but we take care of all of the inside and outside maintenance. At Good Samaritan, cottages vary in size, style and price. Monthly rent for the one or two bedroom units includes: all maintenance and utilities (except phone, internet, and cable). For more information and pictures on our cottages, check out our page on our Independent Living Cottages.

Assisted Living & Shelter Care

Assisted Living and Shelter Care cater to individuals who may need a little extra help from day to day, but do not need nursing services. These neighborhoods allow residents to remain as self-sufficient as possible, with the security of knowing 24-hour staff is just a call away. Our Assisted Living program offers tiers of services with rates adjusted accordingly. Assistance levels include services like housekeeping, medication administration, and help getting dressed. Service plans can be adjusted as needs changed. Assisted Living can be paid for privately or with long-term care insurance.

In Shelter Care, residents can get assistance with medication and bathing, however residents must be able to dress themselves and get to the main dining room for meals and activities. There is not a nurse in the Shelter Care office 24 hours a day, however there is call light in each room with 24-hour emergency response. Shelter Care can be paid for privately, with long-term care insurance, or with Medicaid. For more information and pictures on these two areas, check out our page on Assisted Living and Shelter Care.

Intermediate and Skilled Nursing Care

Intermediate and Skilled Nursing Care provides 24-hour medical care with input from the resident, family, physician, and staff. Intermediate care is for residents who cannot live alone, and need 24-hour supervision and assistance with daily activities. Skilled care is for residents who need 24-hour assistance and also need a skilled service, such as a feeding tube, IV services, wound packing, or rapidly changing care. Both of these levels of nursing care can be paid for privately, with long-term care insurance, or with Medicaid. For more information, check out our page on Intermediate and Skilled Nursing Care.

Special Care or Memory Care

Special Care or Memory Care is specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other forms of memory loss. While we offer Memory Care in all our nursing neighborhoods, we also offer our state-certified Special Care Unit. This is the only state-certified Special Care Unit in the area. Our team is specially trained to meet the individual needs of those with moderate to severe memory loss. This level of care can be paid for privately, with long-term care insurance, or with Medicaid. For more information, check out our our page on Special Care.

Short-term Rehabilitation

Short-term rehabilitation supports those needing a little extra care after a hospital stay. This service offers highly skilled levels of nursing and rehab services following at least a three night inpatient hospital stay. This level of care is primarily paid for by Medicare. If you have a Medicare Advantage Replacement Plan, preauthorization is required from your insurance company. We also participate in a program that allows a waiver to the three night hospital stay through Medicare called Next Gen. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if you qualify. Some of the services we can provide include: daily skilled rehabilitative physical, occupational, or speech therapy needed after a major surgery such as a hip replacement/fracture, knee replacement, or heart surgery; daily IV services; daily treated wound care or wound packing; a new feeding tube; a new colostomy; a new nephrostomy; and ileostomy services. For more information and pictures, visit our page on Short-term Rehabilitation.

Why Choose a CCRC?

Good Samaritan Home of Quincy is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), also known as a Life Plan Community. This means that we offer a wide spectrum of care options including independent living cottages, assisted living and shelter care, intermediate and skilled nursing care, short-term rehab, and the area’s only state-licensed special care unit for memory and dementia care. The best part? All of these services are available on one campus. There are several advantages with this type of community including:

Less moving

All of these services are available in the same place. As your level of need changes, we are here for you so you don’t have to move to a different facility.

Improved care

Our staff becomes family, and you will recognize familiar faces at every step of the way. These relationships also allow us to be more familiar with your individual needs and offer better continuity of care.

Reduces stress 

Change can be stressful, and we hope to make the transition easier.

Maintain friendships

Our community allows you to enjoy retirement in the same place and maintain social connections.

More amenities

Because of the size of our campus, we offer more amenities and activities.

Keeping Spouses Together

You and your spouse may not always need the same level of care. Here, those levels are all offered one the same campus, so you can stay together.

As a nonprofit community, we always reinvest in services and quality of care. We hope to be here for you now, and give you the peace of mind of knowing we will be here as your needs evolve. While we hope to help you through that process, you are never obligated to remain with us.

We always recommend that families start the conversation early. Availability can vary, but there are immediate openings in some areas. To learn more about the different levels of care and services we offer, visit our website at gshq.org. You can also call us at 217-223-8717, to talk about what might be the right fit for you.

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.