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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
all corporate news, Society news, center news or center news highlights.


Corporate news

Feb 08, 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.

 

You can help our residents feel loved by sending a note to someone who lives here. Send a birthday greeting, holiday greeting, get-well wish or thinking-of-you message to your favorite resident using our FREE send-a-note feature.

 

You don’t even need a stamp! Just complete the form below, and we’ll print it out and deliver it to your loved one.

 

If you don’t know a resident’s name but would still like to send a note, type “any resident” in the name of resident field, and we’ll make sure your message is delivered to someone who would love to receive a note. Please allow 48 hours for your message to be delivered.


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Corporate news

Feb 01, 2016


In 2008, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) enhanced its Nursing Home Compare public reporting site to include a set of quality star ratings for each nursing home that participates in Medicare or Medicaid.

 

The Nursing Home Compare website features a quality rating system that gives each nursing home a rating of between 1 and 5 stars. 

 

This provides residents and their families with an easy-to-understand summary of three dimensions of nursing home quality:

 

  • health inspection results
  • staffing data 
  • quality measure data

 

The goal of the Five-Star Rating System is to help consumers, families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions.

 

CMS also intends for the system to help nursing homes identify areas for improvement.

Click here to download
"What are the components
of the Nursing Home Compare
Five-Star Quality Rating System?"

 


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Corporate news

Jan 28, 2016


By 2030, the number of seniors in America will double from 35 million to 70 million.

 

Meanwhile, the number of people able to provide assistance to them will drop.

 

The Good Samaritan Society and the Family Caregiver Platform Project are sounding the alarm about this looming caregiver shortage.

 

The Family Caregiver Platform Project is nonpartisan and dedicated to including caregiving issues in as many state political party platforms as possible.

 

Many people like you already know the difficulties of caregiving.

 

With your help, you can encourage policymakers to improve state and federal support for caregivers.


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Center news highlights

Jan 26, 2016


(Kissimmee, Florida) – Faith is important to Charlotte Young. So when she moved to Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village, she was delighted with how many spiritual opportunities the campus offers.

 

“I am an active member of the Good Samaritan Community Church on campus,” Charlotte says, “and I attend a weekly Bible study.”

 


Charlotte Young (right) prays with fellow Kissimmee Village residents Judy Grames and Carol Nordstrom.

She was also one of 130 people who attended the campus’ annual women’s prayer breakfast a few weeks ago.

 

The event, open to the entire Kissimmee Village community, gives residents and staff members a chance to gather to pray for each other and for national and global issues. The keynote speaker was Julie Anderson, wife of Kissimmee's Healthcare Center administrator, Ben Anderson.

 

“There were people who asked for prayer for family and friends, some made requests for our country, for the staff of Kissimmee Village, for the upcoming presidential election — all these things are important,” Charlotte says.

 

“There were people present who needed prayers for the same things, but never would have voiced their need. Every prayer request, and then some, were prayed for by the women at the breakfast.”

 

The event was a beautiful reflection of one of Charlotte’s favorite Bible verses, Philippians 4:6–7, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

The opportunity to pray with a large group was very powerful, Charlotte says. It’s one of the many reasons she’s thankful to call Kissimmee Village home.

 

Kissimmee Village is a great place to live,” Charlotte says. “And most of all, it has the most friendly people around anywhere.”

 

Click here to learn more about the many activities and groups available at Kissimmee Village.



Corporate news

Jan 14, 2016


(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Grace Anderson’s memory of the moment she got a concussion seven years ago is fuzzy.

 

She doesn’t remember falling and hitting the back of her head on the sidewalk.

 


Grace's memories of immediately after her accident are hazy, which is common with a brain injury.
Click here to read an in-depth story about traumatic brain injuries.

Her first memory is waking up, laying flat on her back.

 

Grace remembers feeling weak, dizzy, confused and uncoordinated as people helped her stand.

 

She doesn’t remember much about her ambulance ride to the hospital other than the lights were too bright, the sounds were too loud and there was too much movement.

 

At the hospital, doctors ordered an X-ray and CT scan, and closed the wound on the back of her head with 15 staples.

 

Grace’s test results, as well as her symptoms – which included vomiting, headache and dizziness – led doctors to diagnose her with a concussion.

 

Challenges in recovery

 

After being discharged from the hospital, Grace, 66 at the time, used a walker to move around her home for the first few days.

 

“I was wobbly,” she says, “I was confused.”

 

Grace also remembers feeling frustrated because she couldn’t think very well for several months after her accident.

 

“I love to read. During that time, I could not read,” Grace says.

 

She didn’t return to work for more than four months.

 

“The process of thinking about anything hurt,” Grace says. “I preferred to stay at home.”

 

She stopped going out in public as often, knowing her symptoms would get worse any time she had to talk, move around or be exposed to light and noise.

 

Six months later, she continued to have dizziness, confusion and balance issues. Bright lights and computer work bothered her.

Concussion symptoms

 

  • Headache or "pressure" in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems, dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light and noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy or groggy
  • Confusion, concentration or memory problems

 

 

 

“The process of thinking about anything hurt."

 

 

 

 

“I wore a visor,” Grace says. “I was cautious about walking. If I walked down the hall, I felt I had to hold onto something.”


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