Luke Simmons’ 25-year career as a nurse at Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Village has connected him with many residents and patients over the years. Now, his dad, Jerry, is one of them.
After leaving the hospital, Jerry started rehabilitation therapy at the Village, where Luke is the assistant director of nursing.
The pandemic started a few months after Jerry arrived, so Luke wasn’t able to see his dad for several weeks while his room was in a quarantined area. But with the wing now open, the two have been able to connect.
“We had a nice, long conversation,” says Luke. “I appreciate that he takes everything in stride.”
As with most people, Luke says the visitor restrictions have been hard on his parents. Before the pandemic, Jerry’s wife visited the Village often.
“It was kind of rough for a while because I can’t see my wife,” Jerry says.
Even though they miss seeing each other in person, they make up for it by talking on the phone several times a day.
Father and son memories
Luke has good memories of being in Boy Scouts with his dad as the scoutmaster.
“My dad was very involved with scouting,” says Luke. “I appreciated how he lead the troop but had time to spend with his sons when we were on a camping trip or racing pinewood derby cars.”
Jerry has fond memories of coaching Luke in baseball. And today, he’s proud of the man Luke has become and the profession he’s in.