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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
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Mar 02, 2015

There is no place like home. From the comfort of her own living room, Violet Benecke works with physical therapist Alana Gavin. A short stay at Good Samaritan Society – Waukon made it possible for Violet to return home after time in the hospital.


Therapy services get Violet Benecke home in just 12 days


Violet Benecke

(Waukon, Iowa) – In January, Violet Benecke had the flu. She fell twice at home, and was hospitalized for two weeks to recover. When Violet was discharged from the hospital, she needed to regain strength and balance before she could safely return home. She moved to Good Samaritan Society – Waukon so that physical therapists could help her.


“Everyone was so friendly,” says Violet. “I was treated like a queen – I soaked in the hot tub and got my hair done. It was wonderful.”


Last year, 61 percent of the people admitted to Good Samaritan Society – Waukon were able to return home.


The Good Samaritan Society – Waukon offers physical, occupational and speech therapy. Some patients come directly from the hospital; others come from home. Some already live at the center and need extra help maintaining their strength. For whatever reason patients come to the care center for therapy, the center’s goal is to help them regain strength, live as independently as possible, and return home.

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Feb 27, 2015

America and the Good Samaritan Society are home for Phillipines-born Maria Payne.


Filipino native finds her fit a world away


(Manson, Iowa) – Home has taken on many shapes and sizes in 65-year-old Maria Payne’s lifetime. As a child in the Philippines, home was a tiny one-bedroom hut made of bamboo and a roof of coconut leaves, shared with her eight siblings and two parents.

These days, Maria’s home crosses oceans and seas, continents, languages and cultures. A small farming community in the middle of America — where snow seems to dominate weather patterns and potatoes replace rice as a diet staple — would seem a difficult fit. But Maria has cultivated strong relationships with her colleagues and community members, and she is as close to them as many people are to their parents and siblings.  


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Feb 25, 2015

Visitors enjoy watching toy trains pass by at Good Samaritan Society - Sioux Falls Village.
Resident Mary Gertrude Loper loved the display. "I think you should keep a little bit of your childhood," she says.


(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) -



Mary Gertrude Loper: They came and they said they had an exhibit of trains, and I said, “Well, I never want to miss anything, and I can always lay the book down," so I laid my book down and I came.




Mary: I didn’t know they miniaturized them so. That’s what fascinated me. They’ve miniaturized them, yet they’ve got it down pat.




Jim: I’m Jim Krekelberg. I work at National Campus. I’m the vice president and controller of the Society. Our club was invited here today. Took an opportunity to come here to the Village to share model railroad history and our hobby with the residents here. Many of them enjoy the hobby; they grew up with trains and are sharing stories about trains.


Mary: All these things are gone now. All the tracks are torn up where I grew up. I grew up in a very small town, and the post office was of course right by the track, and they’d drop the mail on a post, you know … didn’t even slow down.


Jim: This is my personal display that bring to events here. It's just a portable layout that were able to do switching. Were able to drop cars and pick up loads. Kids just love to run it. We have them sign a little book, and they just have fun running the train and backing up, picking up cars, and dropping off cars.


Mary: I don’t think you should ever let your mind get old. I think you should keep a little bit of your childhood. You can’t have any fun without a little bit of your childhood.


Package by Lonnie Nichols

Chief Storyteller/Senior Audiovisual Consultant

Center news highlights

Feb 19, 2015

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – The Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Sioux Falls is expanding service offerings at its Prairie Creek senior living campus.


Plans are to build a 32-unit assisted living center to care for people with memory loss and related issues.


The Prairie Creek campus is at 4400 Creekside Drive, two blocks south of the Empire Mall.


The new memory care center is scheduled to open in summer 2016. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this summer.


The Prairie Creek senior living community includes twinhomes, apartments, assisted living and affordable housing apartments

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Feb 18, 2015


(Prescott, Arizona) – The last time John Hendrickson drove his car, he decided to go shopping.


Christmas was coming, and he wanted to get his wife, Maggie, a gift. But it had to be a special gift, something that would comfort her, something that would last forever — like their love.


John found a giant stuffed teddy bear on this outing, and he knew that Maggie could snuggle with the bear and feel his love for her. He found a pair of diamond earrings, and like his love for her, he knew they would shine forever.


John gave Maggie these gifts for Christmas, telling her that she could cuddle with the bear at night so that their bed would not feel so cold and lonely after he died.


And although he didn’t know it, John gave Maggie a third gift: the gift of story.


It has been just over a year since John succumbed to lung cancer, and those who knew John are still telling his story.


They talk about the way John and Maggie met and married, blending families from previous marriages into one with their deep love. They talk about the family movie night that John loved so much that he gave flyers to hospice staff so he could keep hosting it even after he entered hospice.


And they talk about the deep compassion John had for those he loved.


That these stories still come up is no surprise to Good Samaritan Society – Prescott Hospice bereavement coordinator Sarah Twombly.


“John was a smart and inquisitive man,” she says. “When a nurse went out to talk about hospice services, he asked all kinds of questions about the kind of support available to him and to his wife after he died. John had always done everything for Maggie. All she had to do was ‘smile and be pretty.’ He wanted to continue to try to do everything for her even after he was gone. He requested a meeting with bereavement staff so he could see firsthand what kind of support Maggie would have.”



“Grief makes us disoriented and confused. Everything in our life changes when we lose someone we love. Finding our footing can be extremely difficult."

– Sarah Twombly
Prescott Hospice bereavement coordinator



The interdisciplinary team at Prescott Hospice knows that entering hospice can be overwhelming and leave family members with a host of uncertainties. To assist in this transition, the team encourages families to think about hospice services as the next chapter in a person’s life.


Sarah affirmed that she would reach out to Maggie after John died and that her staff would be in touch with Maggie regularly to offer support.


“Grief makes us disoriented and confused. Everything in our life changes when we lose someone we love. Finding our footing can be extremely difficult,” she says.

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