Oct 24, 2014
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Seven Good Samaritan Society Home Care agencies have received a Homecare Elite award in a survey that measures the experiences of people receiving home health care from Medicare-certified agencies nationwide.
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Home Health Care Survey provides comparable data in areas important to consumers such as the quality of care, the timeliness of care, courtesy of staff and the education provided.
Jessica Gerdes, director for Homecare of Southeast Nebraska, says the center’s Honors Elite award reflects the excellence of care provided by the agency.
“Our staff members are very experienced, and we all share the same goal of caring for people and doing the best we can for them,” says Jessica.
“We received positive comments in all areas, but if we do see areas that are lower than others, we know that is something we can work on to improve as a team.”
Jessica’s location placed in the top 100 agencies surveyed; Good Samaritan Society – Home Care of Roseville, Minnesota placed in the top 500 agencies.
Placing in the top 25 percent were:
Home care agencies were measured on quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, process measure implementation, and financial management.
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Oct 23, 2014
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – At the Good Samaritan Society, providing excellent care with compassion sometimes means using extra precautions to protect patients and staff members from infectious diseases.
As the concern surrounding the ebola virus increases in the United States, all Society staff members are being reminded that policies and procedures are already in place regarding ebola and other infectious diseases. In fact, the steps that prevent the spread of ebola are the same steps used to effectively prevent the spread of influenza and the common cold.
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Oct 20, 2014
Social support can help men deal with stress and illness.
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – The men’s coffee group at Good Samaritan Society – Westview Acres in Waconia, Minnesota, has been a staple in Clarence Feltman’s life for years. Clarence has lived in the retirement community for more than a decade and was instrumental in organizing the group, which meets every Friday morning.
“I just feel better being around other people and getting out of the apartment sometimes,” he says.
Clarence is not alone in his desire to be with others. Men all across the Good Samaritan Society come together regularly to talk about politics, sports — and of course, their wives — as they socialize.
Oct 16, 2014
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – KELO-TV reported this week on the benefits of the LivingWell@Home services program for helping seniors continue to live in their homes as long as possible.
"It can cost as much as $50,000 a year for in-home health care for seniors. Nursing home care can run close to $70,000 a year," the report says. "But new technology is helping seniors stay in their homes longer and cut those costs."
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Oct 15, 2014
(Arapahoe, Nebraska) – Good Samaritan Society – Arapahoe has long cared for older loved ones in the community. Now with the help of a $1,000 grant, the center is reaching out to schoolchildren in need by supplying warm gloves, stocking caps and school supplies.
These items were recently distributed through Arapahoe’s Supplies for Scholars program. Funding for this project comes from the Society’s Social Accountability program, which encourages Society locations nationwide to develop projects that alleviate unmet community needs.