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.

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.