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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
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Aug 03, 2015


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(Peoria, Arizona) – It was about 3 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2014, when Good Samaritan Society – Peoria Good Shepherd  went dark. Nicknamed “the big bang,” a short left the electrical system fried and and left an entire building without power.


Linda Exner, administrator, says it didn't take long to realize how serious this problem could become.


In the darkness, however, the center found a bright light shining in staffing coordinator Casy Stewart. As the center began to recognize the magnitude of the power outage, they quickly moved their 97 residents to about a dozen other care centers around the area.


When those residents were moved, Good Samaritan Society – Peoria Good Shepherd made sure it was their own staff members who went to care for them.


That’s where Casy comes in.


Casy used staffing technology to find a way to make it work.


She sent out a message: "We need help for second shift to relieve the staff that has been here dealing with the disaster."

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Center news highlights

Jul 23, 2015

Residents Anna Mae Sullivan (left) and Grace McClanahan look forward to visiting with lemonade stand customers.

(International Falls, Minnesota) – If you're in the area, stop by and say hi to residents and staff at our old-fashioned lemonade stand.


The Good Samaritan Society Way committee at International Falls developed the lemonade stand idea, complete with free lemonade, to offer visitors and passers-by a cool, refreshing drink during the summer and stir up some friendly conversation.


Residents and staff give out the lemonade from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.


"Tips" received at the stand support the mission of the committee.

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Jul 22, 2015

(Pipestone, Minnesota) – Ed Wussow spent his final days surrounded by loved ones in his semi-private room at Good Samaritan Society – Pipestone.


Before his death, Ed received end-of-life care. But without a private hospice suite, life went on as usual around him. His roommate watched TV, or visited with friends and family. Being with her dad at the end was important, says Ed's daughter Wendy Claussen. But without a private room to talk and be together, the time spent with her father during his last days was a challenge, too.


Click this video to hear Wendy's account of the experience.



From relieving pain and improving comfort to having someone around, end-of-life care at the Good Samaritan Society is an extension of the care that residents like Ed receive. But in many locations, a separate hospice suite isn't available.

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Jul 21, 2015

The new wheelchair-accessible bus seats 12.

(Fort Collins, Colorado) – Residents and staff of Good Samaritan Society - Fort Collins Village recently celebrated the arrival of a new bus equipped to provide residents with even greater access to community activities.


"Due to the generosity of hundreds of donors, we were able to order the new bus in March," says Jan Sawyer, director of resource development. "It arrived in June."


Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village began raising money for the bus two years ago. 


The bus can transport 12 passengers and accommodate up to five wheelchairs.

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Jul 07, 2015



Las Cruces Village campus baker Laura Amador

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – If you’re on the Las Cruces Village campus and smell freshly baked bread or see residents laughing with friends over a sweet treat, there’s one person to thank: Laura Amador.


Laura is the campus baker for Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village, where she gets to do something she’s enjoyed her whole life.


“I always loved to bake,” Laura says, “since I was in middle school.”


Now she’s in charge of baking breads and creating desserts every day for residents at the senior living campus.


She loves getting to be creative with her treats.


“I just imagine it in my mind what I’m going to do way ahead of time, and sometimes I try it at home first to see how it comes out,” Laura says. “If it doesn’t come out, then I don’t want to do it.”

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