Ask anyone associated with Good Samaritan Society – George how they feel about this small-town nursing home and you’ll hear the same response. It has a friendly, welcoming environment.
Residents, families and staff members like the peaceful feeling.
One of those family members is Tara Hansen, whose daughter, Kate, is a resident.
“Every time I walk in, I’m always greeted,” says Tara. “And it doesn't matter if it’s by an employee or a resident. I also love the fact that when I walk in, it smells like a home – not an institution.”
Charlie Gerken’s mother lived at the center for a short time until she passed away. He and his family were impressed by the dedicated staff.
“The staff were very attentive,” Charlie says. “They would always listen and work with us. They were very easy to get along with and helpful.”
It gave Charlie a sense of relief to have his mother at the center with caregivers available 24/7.
Florence Eben, a current resident, has lived at the center the past six years. She appreciates the food and fellowship and spends her days keeping busy with activities, attending chapel and socializing.
“I love it here,” Florence says. “Everybody is so good to me. I have friends close by. Every night they come to my room and we watch church. I have a little sign on the door that says ‘Florence’s chapel.’”
Brenda Leonard knows firsthand the special camaraderie at the center. She made many friends while living there as she recovered from a fall that broke both of her arms.
“I really enjoyed it – the caring, the sharing and how kind they were,” says Brenda.“It was just nothing but love. It’s probably the best thing that happened to me. It gave me a different perspective altogether.”
Brenda continues to stay in contact with her friends – both residents and staff. She visits once a week and goes from room to room. She encourages others to visit too.
“Come and see the residents because they love people,” Brenda states.
Teresa Neuman, a staff member at the center, couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling job.
She has been a certified nursing assistant and medication aide for six years.
“It’s a tough job, but it’s worth it,” says Teresa. “The bonds that you make with your co-workers are incredible.”
She is proud of the quality care that she and her co-workers provide and has heard residents express their thankfulness.
“We’ve gotten people from a different place and it was like night and day for them,” Teresa states.
Teresa has become close with residents, family members and co-workers alike.
“The days are always different and it’s just like a big family,” she states. “You just kind of let them in your heart.”