Senior Connections Senior Connections Jan 2019 - Page 12

At Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, good things are happening STARRLA CRAY Associate Editor What does a typical day look like for someone who lives at Good Samaritan in Howard Lake? Actually, that’s sort of a trick question, since the answers are as unique as the residents themselves. For some, the ideal day might be spent playing with puppies in the center. Others might choose to go to an air show with friends, lead a lefse-making class, or volunteer on a welcome committee. “When people come here, they’re sometimes surprised to fi nd out that it’s OK to be spontaneous,” Good Samaritan Administrator Laura Salonek commented. “They choose when to go to bed, when to eat dinner, and how to spend their time. The people who live here are the bosses – we work for them.” Quickly, residents fi nd out that life at Good Samaritan can be full and fulfi lling. “Their life doesn’t end when they come here – it can actually begin again in new ways,” commented Kristi Sebey, who has been Good Samaritan’s Director of Quality for the past six years. Sebey developed a passion for working with the elderly after seeing her own father experience a long- term care center. “It’s very personal for me,” she said. “My heart just wanted to be in this setting in a deeper way, to make sure we are doing everything we can for our residents.” Surprises and service Every day, the staff at Good Samaritan take time to do extra things to delight the people they serve. One recent example is when they set up a romantic candlelit dinner for a couple who was celebrating their wedding anniversary. “[The surprise] meant so much to them,” Salonek said. “Little things like that mean a lot.” Salonek and her staff enjoy getting to know each resident, and fi nding ways to help them feel comfortable. For Salonek, having conversations with senior citizens comes naturally. “It started with my grandparents,” she said. “I’ve always been really close with them.” Salonek volunteered at an assisted living facility in high school, and she loved every minute of it. “Seniors are a really intriguing group of people,” she said. Sebey agreed, sharing that she is always interested in listening to what elderly people have to say. “We can learn so much from the older generation,” she said. “They’re just a wealth of experience and knowledge.” At Good Samaritan, the experience and knowledge of seniors is put to good use. For instance, a resident can lead a Bible study, or teach others how to make a special craft or dessert. 12 Senior Good Samaritan residents visited the Munsinger and Clemens Gardens near St. Cloud. Stop in and say ‘hi!’ Good Samaritan Society is located at 413 13th Ave. in Howard Lake. Tours are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To schedule, call 320-543-4427. The center off ers senior apartments, assisted living, rehab/skilled care, long- term care, outpatient therapy, hospice care, and meal programs. Gloria Rogers and a fuzzy orange kitten spent some time together at Good Samaritan recently. Community mem- bers who have pets are welcome to schedule a visit. Connections January 2019 Ellie Schrupp enjoyed an outing to The Paint Factory in Hutchinson. Senior Connections HJ.COM