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Sep 19, 2014


 

(Holstein, Iowa) – A visit to the hospital — planned or unexpected — can be an intimidating and often exhausting experience for patients and their families. And leaving the hospital can be an experience just as overwhelming and stressful.

 

“When a patient needs to be discharged to another level of care, it can be difficult for staff to find a post-acute rehabilitation center that has available beds or appropriate care levels. This can result in patients and their families waiting longer periods to be transitioned to the next level of care,” says Shelli Dannenberg, social services director at Good Samaritan Society – Holstein, Iowa.


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Sep 19, 2014



Just as Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, the Project Outreach mission group, including Cathy Smikle (right), washed the feet of seniors in Soacha, Colombia.

Kneeling on the ground, Cathy Smikle took the woman’s feet in her hands and gently washed them.

 

“I dried them off, smiled when she spoke to me in a language I don’t understand, and did the same to the next person seated in a line,” says Cathy, administrator at Good Samaritan Society – Mount Carroll.

 

And then she did it again. And again. And she was overwhelmed with gratitude.

 

“I was so grateful for this opportunity, to wash the feet of seniors in Colombia, and to help give them small comforts and provisions from my Good Samaritan Society friends,” Cathy says.

 

For eight days, Cathy and 12 other Good Samaritan Society staff members and friends
visited dozens of citizens in Soacha, Colombia, who use a senior center and soup kitchen sponsored in part by Project Outreach, a global mission program of the Good Samaritan Society.

 

“I had never been on a mission trip before, but when I had the chance to go on this trip earlier this year, I knew it would be a wonderful way to help others,” she says.


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Sep 19, 2014


Zach Severson (right) says resident Mary Smith is "pretty good" at bean bag toss. Watch the video below to learn more about his work volunteering at Good Samaritan Society – Canton.

 

(Canton, South Dakota) – Zach Severson is still in high school, but he understands the importance of giving his time in service to others.

 

"It's good to get to know the residents and maybe hear their story," he says. "We're helping the community and it just feels like the right thing to do."

 

Click the video to watch Zach work and play with resident Mary Smith.

 

 

Click here to find a center with volunteer opportunities near you.



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Sep 15, 2014



Founder’s Day Service Project Task force Chairman Jim Crawford (far right) conducts a home safety assessment for Bob and Beverly Smith.

(Hot Springs Village, AR) – When seniors John and Mary Johnson (not their real names) count their blessings, they count batteries.

 

Specifically, the batteries in their smoke detectors installed by volunteers from Good Samaritan Society – Hot Springs Village. The Johnsons were part of the Founder’s Day Service Project, a nationwide project of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.

 

“We were so surprised and grateful when people from Good Sam came over,” Mary Johnson says. “We knew Good Samaritan was different, but we never dreamed they would offer us this kind of assistance.”


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Corporate news

Sep 15, 2014


(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – An estimated 1 million seniors lose about $2.6 billion annually through fraud, according to the MetLife Mature Market Institute.

 

In addition to online scams and investment fraud, strangers, acquaintances and even family members are to blame more than half the time in fraud involving senior citizens.

 

The average fraud victim, according to a MetLife study, is a white woman between 70 and 89 years old who may be cognitively impaired, overly trusting or lonely.

 

Below are four common types of fraud that prey on senior citizens along with actions to protect yourself or your loved one.


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