Monthly Archives: September 2013

Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne Announces Director of Nursing

Linda Schmidt

Linda Schmidt joins Cheyenne Primrose as Director of Nursing

CHEYENNE, WY – Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne has announced that Linda Schmidt has joined the Primrose team as the Director of Nursing. In this role, Schmidt will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Travis Lingenfelter, manage the nursing staff. She will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations. Schmidt began in this capacity on September 1st.

Schmidt brings with her 26 years in the health care industry, including extensive experience in hospital, skilled nursing, assisted living, and home health care settings. Most recently, she served as the Director of Operations for Amedisys Home Health Care.

“I am excited and honored to be a part of the awesome Cheyenne team.” said Schmidt.

“The staff and residents of Primrose of Cheyenne are blessed to have found Linda.” said Executive Director Travis Lingenfelter. “I am very excited that Linda’s warm personality, extensive experience in the medical field, and impressive qualifications are now part of the Primrose Family.”

Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne, located at 1530 Dorothy Lane, is set to open this winter. The campus will consist of 40 Independent Living Apartments and 40 Assisted Living Apartments, as well as four Townhome Villas.

Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care. From the opening of the first Primrose community in 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include 28 locations in 15 states, with three under construction.

About Primrose Retirement Communities
With 28 locations in 15 states with three currently under construction, Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC is a provider of independent and assisted living communities. Founded in 1989, Primrose Retirement Communities mission is to create a healthy, happy living environment for seniors. For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.

For More Information
Contact:
Travis Lingenfelter
Primrose of Cheyenne Executive Director
307-634-1530
tlingenfelter@primroseretirement.com

Naomi Sweeney's Class Reunion

Naomi Sweeney and her friend are the oldest living classmates at their All-Class Reunion in 2013

Naomi and her friend are the oldest living classmates at their All School Reunion in 2013

Billings, MT, Retirement Communities

When Hardin, MT, High School celebrated its 70th All School Reunion this summer, Sweetwater resident Naomi Sweeney was honored as one of the two oldest high school graduates there.

Actually, she had not wanted to be in the Hardin High Class of 1935 at all.

She was very unhappy when her father moved the family from Sheridan, WY, to Hardin at the beginning of her senior year. It was only when she met classmate Charles Sweeney that her attitude changed.

Their high school romance continued after graduation, although Charles attended university in Missoula and Naomi in Bozeman.

After graduating with a degree in business and a minor in home economics, Naomi taught for a year in Windham, a small town near Stanford.

Charles had earned a degree in business administration and also a commission in the Army Reserve through the university ROTC program. He became an accountant for Texas Oil Company in Butte until suddenly life changed.

After December 7th, 1941, Charles was called to duty at Fort Lewis, WA. Naomi soon joined him and they were married February 26, 1942 in Tacoma. After her husband was trained as a bomber pilot and headed for England, Naomi returned to Hardin to be with her parents. She was there awaiting the birth of her first child when Charles was shot down over the North Sea in June, 1943. He was a prisoner of war for two years.

“Those were not the best of times,” Naomi admits. They were able to communicate sporadically with letters that arrived in batches from time to time. Finally, Naomi was able to go to Billings to meet the train when Charles came home.

Although they lived for a few years on a farm near Hardin, they moved into town when Charles began employment with the Big Horn County State Bank. He retired as president and chairman of the board in 1980.

Although Naomi had not wanted to move to Hardin in the first place, she and Charles had a long and full life in the community where they raised their three children. They did at last move to Billings, where they had a home for 14 years before moving into Sweetwater (as some of the first residents seven years ago). Although Charles passed away in June of 2012, Naomi continues to be an active and valued member of the Sweetwater community at the age of 96.

Special thanks to Sweetwater resident Lorraine Collins who wrote this story.

To find out more about the senior living experience at Sweetwater, please contact Sweetwater Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Rapid City Primrose Residents Enjoy Fall Foliage Tour

Mother and Daughter residents recently moved to South Dakota and experienced Spearfish Canyon for the first time

Mother and Daughter residents recently moved to South Dakota and experienced Spearfish Canyon for the first time

Roughloch Falls, an area favorite

Roughloch Falls, an area favorite

Marge strolling up the walk to see Roughloch Falls

Marge strolling up the walk to see Roughloch Falls

Our view from our picnic table

Our view from our picnic table

Rapid City, SD, Retirement Communities

This year’s weather confused the fall foliage a bit, but fourteen residents of Primrose Rapid City enjoyed the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and the “Lime Green” leaves!

We journeyed north on Tuesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 19th. Our incredible kitchen staff prepared delicious sack lunches which were enjoyed by all in the great outdoors. We toured Roughloch Falls as they have great access to view the rushing waters.

Many of the residents commented on how much more they could see from our bus — it sits up high and has lots of windows. The sun hit the rim rock in the canyon making for exquisite sights. We were able to pull off and easily view Bridal Vail Falls from our many windows, too.

To view what’s next for Primrose of Rapid City, visit our calendar here — we are looking forward to a trip to the Farmers Market and to enjoy the Native American Day Celebration on Main Street Square this October!

by Suzette Cuny
Marketing Director

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

THIS IS LIVING

Pueblo Primrose Congratulates Jonathan

Nancy Stutz, Connie Pagano and Jane Boykin

Nancy Stutz, Connie Pagano and Jane Boykin congratulating Jonathan

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

It really is a small world, and you just never know how your zest for life will impact the life of someone nearby.

Primrose of Pueblo Residents are the life of the party!

On a recent trip a cab driver turned off his meter and did not charge the Primrose of Pueblo residents because he was having so much fun with them!

In an airport in Denver a man asked how to get in touch with our community because the residents were so delightful.

But the greatest story so far happened in Savannah, Georgia, on a recent Travel Club trip.

While on the plane from Atlanta to Savannah, our residents were behaving in their normal outgoing ways. They talked to everyone on the plane and were just having a great time.

When the plane landed in Savannah a gentleman named Jonathan stopped our group and introduced himself to us. He had been so encouraged by our group and our attitudes and outlook on everything. He just wanted us to know that we had touched his life.

Turns out Jonathan was on his way to a job interview in Savannah. We thanked him and told him goodbye.

We were ahead of him in the line so we reached baggage claim before he did. There, at the bottom of the escalator, stood a man holding a card with Jonathan’s name on it. We concluded that this was the gentleman that was doing his job interview — and that’s all it took!! Our ladies descended upon the man, telling him how wonderful Jonathan was and how outgoing he was, etc.

Jonathan walked up just as we were “persuading” this man that Jonathan needed to have the job. They both laughed and got a kick out of our group. We gave them our card and went on our way.

Fast forward a few weeks: we get an e-mail from Jonathan letting us know that he got the job and that he was so grateful to us for our kindness and support!

We asked him to please stay in touch with us and to visit us if he was ever in Colorado!

We then took a great “Congratulations” picture and sent it to him!! It is such fun to make friends everywhere we go!

by Gina Drown
Executive Director

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

THIS IS LIVING

Homemade Happiness at Mankato Primrose

Daisy and her homemade treasures

Daisy and her homemade treasures

Fran talking to Daisy, Maxine and Dorothy

Fran talking to Daisy, Maxine and Dorothy about her crafts

Dorothy and Maxine

Dorothy and Maxine with their homemade treasures

Mankato, MN, Retirement Communities

One of the best things about working at or visiting Primrose is hearing the stories the residents have to tell and seeing them beam with pride when they show you something special and dear to them.

This week at Primrose of Mankato there was a lot of that going on! We celebrated “Homemade Happiness” week — this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week.

Residents baked homemade cookies during a baking group with our Executive Director, Brooke Olson. They shared stories of baking and cooking and favorite recipes along the way.

There was a “Homemade Memories” reminiscing group, a great opportunity to hear some of those wonderful stories about things they used to make at home when they were younger, and how much things have changed.

The highlight of the week was a “Homemade Arts and Crafts Show” where the residents could sign up to have a booth and display things they’ve made. There was everything from oil paintings to wooden Christmas ornaments!

Residents shared stories about the projects they made. Residents, staff, and family members alike enjoyed walking from booth to booth to see the beautiful arts and crafts and hear the stories that went along with them.

by Rachel Carpenter
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

THIS IS LIVING

Mansfield Primrose Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

Poptarts provide entertainment

Poptarts provide entertainment

Hilda and Nick Schimine and family and background, Helen Boesch and family

Hilda and Nick Schimine and family and background, Helen Boesch and family

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

On August 17th residents and their families and staff and families of Primrose gathered for a wonderful 6th annual Anniversary Hog Roast under large tents, with table settings decorated with 35 records and polka dot-themed table cloths.

Entertainment was a 1960s group of four ladies all dressed in black and white and go-go boots singing and dancing to tunes of the 60s. They even used the hula hoop for a song or two and our director Tanya Frost took part in the hula hooping activities.

Residents were served BBQ pork, shredded chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, and ice cream sundae bar with lots of fun toppings. A beautiful day to boot and fun had by all. This is Primrose living.

by Angela Gardner
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Pueblo Primrose Residents Travel to San Francisco

Our first glimpse of the golden Gate Bridge

Our first glimpse of the golden Gate Bridge

The famous Lone Cypress on the 17 Mile Drive

The famous Lone Cypress on the 17 Mile Drive

Joan and Nancy enjoying Scoma’s fine dining

Joan and Nancy enjoying Scoma’s fine dining

The Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge

Dinner Cruise on the San Francisco Bay

Dinner Cruise on the San Francisco Bay

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Letting fellow resident “Babs” know that we loved her “town” and wished she could have been with us!

Letting fellow resident “Babs” know that we loved her “town” and wished she could have been with us!

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

The Primrose of Pueblo Travel Club is seeing the world! San Francisco was our most recent destination!

We did so many things in the 3 days that we were in the Bay Area and the time FLEW by!

When we arrived, after flying from Denver to San Francisco, the group took a Sunset Dinner Cruise on the San Francisco Bay and got our first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge.

We toured the city on the tour buses, including visiting Sausalito and driving over the Golden Gate Bridge.

The highlight of the trip was the train ride to Monteray and Carmel. The 3 hour ride was great fun as we ate dinner on the train and met people from so many places.

We were met by a bus that took us to the Pier at Monteray Bay where we had wonderful Clam Chowder and then on to the 17 Mile Drive down the Coast.

We stopped at Pebble Beach Golf Club where we got off the bus and walked straight into the clubhouse! We even purchased a golf hat there for our Regional Director of Operations since he is such a big golfer.

We were able to peruse the shops in Carmel for a few hours before we headed back to the train station for our trip back to San Francisco.

While we were there, our friends back at Primrose were never far from our minds. One of our friends, Babs, lived in San Francisco for a large part of her life. She wished that she could have gone with us, but it did not work out for her. So we did the next best thing: while on Fisherman’s Wharf, we took a picture with signs telling her that we missed her!!

The Primrose Travel Club is a wonderful group and a fantastic way to see some parts of the U.S. that we have not seen before! What part of the U.S. is on YOUR Travel List?

by Gina Drown
Executive Director

To find out more about the vacationing experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

THIS IS LIVING

Lima Primrose Residents Take Culinary Tours

Edy Butler, Beverly Stanghellini and Mary Hope Bryant look over the menus at Smokey Bones

Edy Butler, Beverly Stanghellini and Mary Hope Bryant look over the menus at Smokey Bones

Primrose Red Hat members Ruby Heckathorn and Bea Hawkey at Tony’s in Findlay

Primrose Red Hat members Ruby Heckathorn and Bea Hawkey at Tony’s in Findlay

Lima, OH, Retirement Communities

Lima Primrose residents exercised their taste buds by going on some lunch outings in September.

At the first of the month we tried out the Q BBQ Restaurant in Lima, which specializes in barbeque pulled pork, briskets and Ribs.

One of the residents suggested going to Smokey Bones, so we took a trip down to the one in Dayton. The food was delicious and the drive down was wonderful. It was a bright sunny fall day some of the trees were just starting to turn.

The next day the Primrose Red Hats went to Findlay to eat out at Tony’s Restaurant who is also famous for their ribs and a wonderful salad bar. After lunch we took a drive and then went to Dietches to get ice cream and chocolates.

That topped off a wonderful day. The residents enjoyed the lunch outings this month and are ready for next month.

by Larrain Benroth
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the culinary tours at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

THIS IS LIVING

Primrose Retirement Community of Stillwater Adds New Staff

STILLWATER, OK – Primrose Retirement Community of Stillwater has announced that Claudia Angevine has joined the Primrose team as the Director of Nursing. In this role, Angevine will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Joe Alexander, manage the nursing staff. She will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations. Angevine began in this capacity on August 19th.

Angevine brings with her 26 years of nursing experience, including the last seven years in the Retirement Community industry. Most recently, she served as the Registered Nurse Quality Manager for Grace Living Centers in Oklahoma City.

“I’m most excited about developing relationships with Residents and Primrose Team Members as we grow the community into the best it can be,” said Angevine.

Primrose Retirement of Stillwater, located at 823 S. Range Road, is set to open this winter. The campus will consist of 36 Independent Living Apartments and 40 Assisted Living Apartments, as well as eight Townhome Villas.

Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care. From the opening of the first Primrose community in 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include 28 locations in 15 states, with three under construction.

About Primrose Retirement Communities
With 28 locations in 15 states with three currently under construction, Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC is a provider of independent and assisted living communities. Founded in 1989, Primrose Retirement Communities mission is to create a healthy, happy living environment for seniors. For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.