May 09, 2016
(Arthur, North Dakota) – When Pastor Paula Mehmel was offered a job at Good Samaritan Society – Arthur, she admits she was hesitant at first.
Her mother, who has dementia, is in a nursing home, and a few years ago, Paula's children watched their 51-year-old father die in a nursing home.
But it turns out life at a Good Samaritan Society nursing home isn’t anything like what Paula expected. “And I’m so very grateful for that,” Paula says between spiritual activities she leads for residents.
“I just get joy when I come here,” she says. “This is not a depressing place. This is a joyful place.”
In her role as chaplain at the rural North Dakota skilled care center, Paula offers spiritual support to the seniors who live there. Some have lived in the area their whole lives and have family nearby, but many don’t.
“There are a large number of individuals for whom the Good Samaritan Society center really is their community, really is their home,” Paula says. “That’s one of the things I really appreciate about being the chaplain here. There is that sense that you’re part of a family here.”
"This may be the last stop
The deep friendships and camaraderie throughout Good Samaritan Society – Arthur inspire Paula.
Especially, she says, “with the residents, and their ability to find joy. This may be the last stop on their journey, but their journey hasn’t stopped. And they see that.
“Whether it’s engagement in Bible study, or bingo, or the activities, or the conversations, or the relationships that are built at the table, the care that they have for one another, that happens all the time. And it’s an act of joy. I see it everywhere.”
Click the video above to hear Pastor Paula talk about what she loves most about being
a chaplain at the Good Samaritan Society.
May 04, 2016
Click on the video above to see how the send-a-note service brightens one resident's days.
It always feels good to know someone cares.
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Apr 28, 2016
Jennette Wasmund visits her husband, Fred, who has Huntington's disease and lives at Good Samaritan Society – Specialty Care Community in Robbinsdale, Minn.
(Robbinsdale, Minnesota) – The stress and guilt of caring for her husband, Fred, convinced Jennette Wasmund she needed to seek help – for both of them.
Apr 27, 2016
There are 43 million American families caring for a vulnerable older adult or a person with a disability.
Yet few of the political parties acknowledge this large and growing part of our population — but you can help change that.
The Family Caregiver Platform Project (FCPP) is working with 14 national partner organizations, including the Good Samaritan Society, in a non-partisan effort to marshal the power of family caregivers across the United States.
Apr 18, 2016
(Mountain Lake, Minnesota) – George and Lori Puentes were living happily in northern Minnesota, where life goes from fishing to hunting to ice fishing.
But their lifestyle came to an abrupt end in October 2013 when Lori went to her hometown of Mountain Lake to visit her parents, Irma and Richard Lohrenz.
“I noticed that there were some drastic changes in my mother's behavior, her memory and her moods,” Lori says.
“When I left, I said to Dad, ‘If you need us to move down here to help, we can.’ And he said, ‘No, no it’ll be fine.’ We got a phone call probably about two weeks later. It was Dad. We moved down about a month after that,” Lori says.