Wagner, S.D. – Residents of Good Samaritan Society locations in small towns can go months without seeing loved ones who live far away. The visitor restrictions designed to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic prolong that separation. And while staff work hard to engage those in their care, it can still be lonely for residents.
Which is why a recent gift and letter to the Good Samaritan Society – Wagner is so touching. Wagner is a rural community in southeastern South Dakota (pop. 1,560). Paulette Ford sent three pages of gratitude to Whitney Podzimek, administrator, for the care her father receives there. Ford wrote:
“Just wanted to express how MUCH I appreciate the letters I have received from you, describing ALL that you all are doing to keep our loved ones, who are residents there, AND the entire staff as SAFE and as PROTECTED as possible!!! TRULY!!!”
The letters she references were sent to all family members regarding the steps the Society is taking to protect residents’ well-being.