Dec 09, 2013
Rachel Cacek, program trainer and resident, receives a certificate from Bill Anderson, a Good Samaritan Society vice president. Click here for more photos from the event.
Participants of the AARP Foundation’s Connecting to Community pilot program are celebrating as they enter the next phase of classes. They’ve gone from simply finding the power button on their iPads to now installing apps like Facebook and Pinterest.
During a recent class time, Bill Anderson, a Good Samaritan Society vice president, thanked and congratulated residents on their progress so far.
“We’ve been so fortunate to have all of you be pioneers for this program, and to have the opportunity to work with iPads and work with these amazing volunteers both from the University of South Dakota and your own Good Samaritan Society community,” says Bill.
“Thank you for successfully completing the first phase of the program. That’s a pretty big deal. It’s probably the toughest part of the program because you’re trying to figure out what this thing in your hands is, and how it works, and what you can do with it.”
Dec 09, 2013
Three Services@Home agencies, serving more than 300 clients, have been developed by the Good Samaritan Society during the last three years in Hot Springs Village, Ark., Loveland, Colo. and Sioux Falls, S.D.
One of the newest services offered by the Society, Services@Home provides services, care and companionship for individuals in their own homes.
- Relief and respite care
- Memory care
- Personal hygiene and grooming
- Meal preparation
- Assistance with light exercise
- Medication reminders
- Light housekeeping
- Errand services
- Appointment escorts
- Shopping assistance
“The launch of Services@Home is a significant step in advancing our strategic direction to support well-being,” says Jacci Nickell, vice president for Development and Operations Delivery Systems. “I deeply appreciate the efforts of all who worked on the business model and the staff of the founding agencies. Together, they are leading the way in design and implementation of services that are mobile and customizable, meeting the needs of those we serve and in the place they call home.”
The Society continues to expand its number of Services@Home locations, most recently in Davenport, Iowa, with Good Samaritan Society – Guardian Family Care.
Click here to see how Services@Home is helping a Sioux Falls, S.D., resident stay in her own home.
Dec 04, 2013
(Manson, Iowa) – As a certified nursing assistant, 18-year-old Kalene Klaassen helps care for residents at Good Samaritan Society – Manson. But when she was a toddler, it was one of these residents who helped care for her.
Staff member Kalene Klaassen and resident Ed Egli
Kalene was diagnosed with cancer when she was a year old. Her treatments took place at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., more than 200 miles away from her Iowa home.
For almost a year, Kalene would travel with her parents, Jan and Jim, for cancer treatments, splitting time between Minnesota and Iowa.
Ed Egli, a neighbor Jan knew as a child growing up in Manson, heard about Kalene’s situation and the Klaassens’ long journeys back and forth for months. Ed organized a fundraiser for the family, with proceeds helping them with the cost of travel and
living in two places.
Today, Kalene has been in remission for more than 17 years. She now works with her mom at Good Samaritan Society – Manson, where Jan is a licensed practical nurse. During a recent shift when they were both working, Jan took her daughter to a resident’s room.
The resident was Ed Egli.
Ed hadn’t seen Kalene since she was a child. When Jan asked if he remembered Kalene, a smile spread across his face. “This is that little girl?” he asked as he reached for her hand.
Ed admits that his memory is a bit foggy on some parts of his life, but he remembered Kalene and the fundraiser he did for her like it was yesterday.
“Seventeen years ago, I helped take care of you,” Ed said to Kalene. “Now you help take care of me!”
Kalene and Ed’s hands were locked together in a tight squeeze as they talked with Jan about the blessings of growing up in a small Iowa town surrounded by caring friends and neighbors. That same kindness and support is evident in the same town with the same people, nearly two decades later.
Dec 03, 2013
Dee Kollasch poses with a recently completed painting of hydrangeas. Click here for more photos from her recent art show at Van Buren Terrace.
(Algona, Iowa) – Dee Kollasch has led a full and active life, starting her nursing career in 1946 when she entered the three-year hospital nursing program at St. Vincent Hospital in Sioux City.
Over the years she received a Bachelor of Science from Briar Cliff, a Masters Degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and programs in operating supervision and hospital administration. She’s worked as an operating room supervisor, director of nursing and in hospital administration, as well as directing the practical and associate degree nursing programs at Iowa Central Community College for 23 years.
“I loved working with people, and helping people get well,” said Kollasch.
However, her dedication and intensity of her work in the health field tended to keep her too busy for her first love — painting.
Nov 27, 2013
(Blaine, Wash.) – A year ago, a fuzzy feline with a big heart and gentle personality pounced into Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt. Staff members had been searching for the perfect pet to provide companionship and peace to residents. Annabelle the cat joined the west wing team, and it didn’t take long for her to win over residents with her calm ways, friendliness and love for people.
Annabelle soon became a regular guest on resident Dorothy Livengood’s bed. “I don’t really like cats,” says Dorothy, but she reaches over and gives Annabelle a pat before the two lay down to take a rest.
Recently, Annabelle’s unusual gift of compassion was expressed in a most touching way. While family members were sitting at the bedside of their dying loved one, Annabelle was seen at the bedside, too. She spent time with her front paws on the bed and her back feet on the legs of family members, just looking at our resident. For two days, her vigilant presence was a comfort for the family. Staff members said she even remained in the room for another day after the resident died.
Annabelle continues to give love and compassion to everyone she meets.
“Annabelle is a good cat,” says resident Loyd Bailey. “I love her, and she knows it.”