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

Center news highlights

Jan 13, 2016


(Nisswa, Minnesota) – At the Good Samaritan Society, we provide our hospice patients with treatments that fit their unique needs.


One of those treatments, aromatherapy, uses fragrant concentrated plant oils to positively affect mood or health. Similar to other integrative therapies, aromatherapy is intended to enhance and complement traditional medicine — never to replace it.


The aroma these oils provide is believed to stimulate brain function. When applied to the body, they can also be absorbed through the skin and travel through the bloodstream, providing a number of benefits for the patient.


Essential oils can help by:

  • Enhancing quality of life
  • Improving mood
  • Facilitating emotional release
  • Easing pain and anxiety
  • Promoting a peaceful passing
  • Controlling odors

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Center news highlights

Jan 04, 2016



(Mountain Lake, Minnesota) — Sue Larson says her personal caregiving experience helps her to better relate to others looking for help with loved ones. For the past five years, she has been the housing manager at Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Lake assisted living.


“In my situation, my husband had multiple health issues for well over 40 years. And in the past two, he really declined to the point he needed dialysis. I think even to just get him set up with the dialysis really took its toll on me personally,” Sue says.

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Center news highlights

Dec 28, 2015

Stylist Michelle McBride loves spending time with Sue Graves during Sue's hair appointment.

Click here for an album of photos from the salon.


(Mountain Home, Arkansas) – Sue Graves was 10 when she got her first perm. Now at age 97, Sue still believes in the benefits of feeling beautiful: she has a standing appointment for 8:15 every Thursday morning to get her hair tinted and teased.


The appointment, she says, helps her "feel good and look pretty for the rest of the week."


Sue, who worked nearly all her life in the jewelry business, is just one of many residents at Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home who live by the philosophy to look good is to feel good.


It is a sentiment backed by research.


According to a study published recently in Perspectives on Psychological Science, women and men have improved physical and emotional health after a visit to a salon or barber. The study also found women felt younger by simply going to an appointment for their hair.


"Women who think they look younger after having their hair colored/cut show a decrease in blood pressure…" the authors of the study say.


This is no surprise to Michelle McBride, Sue's stylist at the Clips and Curls beauty salon at Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home.


"Everyone feels good after receiving compliments — that brings about a sense of dignity," she says. "Residents feel good and refreshed after they get a haircut, a hair set or a color. It's important to have this control and regeneration of spirit."



"Hair is a crown of glory for many residents. It’s a source of pride and they still have control when it comes to having it done the way they want to do it.”

 – Donna Kaeser, Clips and Curls Too salon

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Center news highlights

Dec 23, 2015

(Denton, Texas) – A young Luis Alfonzo had just arrived from Venezuela when he took a job cutting grass for two weeks at Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village.


Today – 32 years later – Luis holds a campus management position and is championed by all as its heartbeat.


“He is the heart and soul of this place,” says campus pastor Hank Demous.


Administrator Michael Larson echoed that thought.


“He is the staple of this campus, the heart of this campus,” Michael says.


Luis, Denton Village’s senior living environmental services director, came to Denton in 1983.


“I happened to be in church that day and the former maintenance director (at Denton Village), he told the crowd in church that he was looking for two boys to work here cutting grass for two weeks,” Luis says. “And two weeks, so far, has been 32 years."


Spend just a little time with Luis and it’s easy to see why everyone admires him. He has a strong work ethic, is kind to residents and co-workers, is willing to do any task and always has a smile. Plus, he’s never missed a day of work.


On a recent day, just a few minutes after arriving for work, Luis has already converted part of a dining room into an exercise area, answered radio calls and pages from his staff, greeted co-workers, helped a resident in need — and he hadn’t even picked up the list of work orders for the day.

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