Assisted living resident helps out around campus

Running a senior living community is not an easy task. Fortunately for the Good Samaritan Society - Lodge of New Hope assisted living apartments in New Hope, MN, Marianne Johnson is a resident who knows a little about the industry, having experience as a licensed practical nurse and long-term care facility activities director.

“When I was volunteering, I did anything from driving people to doctors’ appointments, beauty appointments, whatever,” Johnson said. “Also, I would visit them if they wanted somebody; I was a senior companion. I get as much out of the visit as, hopefully, they get from me.”

“I think that she represents a stable presence for the other residents in the activities and throughout the community as well,” activity director Julie Scharnhorst said. “Marianne is very intentional. She’s alert and takes in her surroundings and the people around her. That’s why she sees the need and she fills the holes where needed.”

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