Monthly Archives: March 2014

Primrose Adds New Staff

Alesa Heupel and Richal Wambach

Alesa Heupel and Richal Wambach

ABERDEEN, SD – Primrose Retirement Communities has announced that Alesa Heupel and Richal Wambach have joined the Primrose Home Office Accounting Department.

“We’re very excited that Alesa and Richal have joined our team,” said Primrose Director of Accounting Scott Noeldner. “We look forward to the many talents they bring to Primrose.”

Heupel, an NSU graduate, previously worked at Hub City, Inc. in Production Control.

“I look forward to utilizing my background and education to make a meaningful contribution to Primrose,” Said Heupel. “It’s exciting to work for a company like Primrose, which is experiencing so many opportunities and such growth.”

Wambach, also an NSU graduate, comes to Primrose after more than twelve years with North Central Farmers Elevator.

“It is always exciting to have a new set of challenges,” Said Wambach. “I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to utilize my years of accounting experience while working with different Primrose communities across the country.”

Heupel and Wambach both began in their new positions earlier this month.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Communities
Dylan Kessler
605-725-3985
dkessler@primroseretirement.com

COMPANY INFORMATION:
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. Founded in 1989, the mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create a happy and healthy living environment for seniors. From the opening of the first Primrose community in 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include 30 locations in 15 states, with two currently under construction.

For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.

Primrose Retirement Community Opens Sales Office

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI – Primrose Retirement Community announced today that a temporary sales office has been established while construction continues on the new retirement community being built on Newman Road. The temporary office is located on the second floor of the Educators Credit Union at 1400 North Newman Road. At this location, Primrose Executive Director Tracie Minorik will be available to meet with anyone interested in learning more about Primrose.

Primrose of Racine, currently underway at 1775 North Newman Road in the Village of Mount Pleasant, is expected to be completed this fall. The community will consist of 36 independent living apartment homes, 40 assisted living apartment homes, and 8 townhome villas.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about Primrose or making an appointment to meet can contact Minorik at 262-886-3333.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Mount Pleasant
Tracie Minorik, Executive Director
262-886-3333
tminorik@primroseretirement.com

COMPANY INFORMATION:
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. Founded in 1989, the mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create a happy and healthy living environment for seniors. From the opening of the first Primrose community in 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include 30 locations in 15 states, with two currently under construction.

For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.

Casper Primrose Life Enrichment Coordinator Honored by Library

Lori Howard

Lori Howard with awards

Casper, WY, Retirement Communities

Lori Howard is the Life Enrichment Coordinator at Primrose Retirement Community. She frequently utilizes the library and literacy in her work with seniors, and is extremely upbeat, positive and delightful.

She always encourages reading and learning and is a strong advocate for library services and programs. Last year, she brought several residents to the library to see author C.J. Box, which was no small undertaking.

During the library campaign, she made sure her residents were informed about the issue by inviting a speaker to present.

During her time at Primrose, Lori has coordinated a book discussion group for residents and has put Primrose on the bookmobile schedule.

A Primrose resident recently said, “Can you believe, Lori, that before you got here, we didn’t have any way to get books?!”

The book discussion group celebrated its two year anniversary in March 2014, thanks in large part to Lori’s contagious enthusiasm.

Thank you, Lori, for all that you do for seniors and the library in our community.

Contributed by:
Nicholle Gerharter, Reference Librarian
Natrona County Public Library

Cheyenne Primrose Resident Marilyn Bishop's Worldwide Journey

Marilyn Bishop

Marilyn Bishop

Cheyenne, WY, Retirement Communities

Let me introduce myself: I’m Marilyn Bishop and I’m a Wyoming born-and-raised native. My life was very ordinary and normal until the late 1960s, and then my life became a changing journey.

My husband James came home from work one day and just said, “We’re going to Kuwait.”

Well, needless to say, I was stunned by this news flash. James was offered a position with the State Department in Kuwait at the American Embassy. Then came even better news: I would be able to have a teaching position at the American school there.

However, as in anyone’s life, a few bumps came along. The position was to teach English language to foreign students, which meant I needed to learn to speak Arabic, and I did learn.

At this time my 4 year old son Tim was getting excited about going to kindergarten so I had to tell him where Kuwait was in this big world.

We left Cheyenne to Denver then to London, England, and five days later we arrived in Kuwait at 3:00 AM in the morning. The door opened and it was the 3rd of August and the temperature was over a 100 degrees — a blast furnace climate, we were at our new home.

As we settled in to our new life at Kuwait we made so many new friends from all over our world. It was a wonderful time as we were able to travel all over the Middle East and the Far East and all of Europe. I love history, and this journey took all of us around the world to India, Iraq, Ireland, Hong Kong, Africa, Nepal and so many other countries that it would take too much time to write them all down here.

Every country gave the gift of learning about their culture, along with meeting so many wonderful people.

My son Tim grew up well-traveled and to this day turned out to be a great human being and all around nice guy.

So as life goes I’m back where I started — in wonderful Cheyenne, and know how blessed I am. Today I look around and know how very lucky I am, as I live at Primrose now, and I have made so many loving friends here, and what a wonderful gift I have been given. This is my time to share some great global stories with all of you. I can promise you it will be a hoot.

by Marilyn Bishop
Cheyenne Primrose resident

[Welcome, gentle reader. You have just finished reading the 43rd installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

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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Casper Primrose 'Blessed' by Volunteer Bertie Shields

Francis Dixon and Bertie Shields

Primrose volunteer Bertie Shields (r) works on a puzzle with resident Francis Dixon

Casper, WY, Retirement Communities

Bertie Shields is a face that everyone here at Primrose of Casper recognizes and knows as a capable, compassionate and loving nurse. She became an LPN in 1972 and has been here at Casper Primrose for about 8 years.

She retired last year to be a full time grandmother but her love for our residents drew her out of retirement and back to our Primrose family. She always has a smile on her face and a kind word for the people here in our community. She gets up before 4:00 each morning to drive down Casper Mountain to be here with us.

She LOVES Christmas and the holidays. It’s nothing during the Holiday Season to see her coming in the door with decorations or even a tree or two (or more) to add to the holiday spirit. She even has her wonderful husband — who I believe may be the real Santa Claus — come and visit us for our Christmas party.

Bertie is very family- oriented and is an avid “Soccer Grandma.” She is also very into doing crafts and often brings in little things she has made.

We feel so blessed and fortunate to have Bertie as part of our Casper Primrose Family.

by Lori Howard
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 Recognizes Three Outstanding Employees

Sandy, Tina & Glinda

From left to right: Sandy Beizaee, CNA, Tina Hernandez, Administrative Assistant and Concierge, and Glinda MacKenzie, Director of Dining Services

Sandy Beizaee, Tina Hernandez and Glinda MacKenzie all started on 6/28/10 just before the Pueblo Primrose opened in July of 2010 and have been here “the longest”. Tina Hernandez, Administrative Assistant and Concierge, Glinda MacKenzie, Director of Dining Services/Housekeeping and Assistant Executive Director and Sandy Beizaee C.N.A will all hit their Fourth Year Anniversary in just three months.

“In addition to having been here when we opened, they are all team players, outstanding to work with, and truly make a difference in the lives of residents, family members and staff members. This Life Enrichment Coordinator is thankful to know and work with them.” — Barbara Della Rossa

Why did they choose to work for Primrose?
Sandy was driving up Outlook, noticed the sign, drove past, saw how beautiful the building was and decided she definitely wanted to work here. Glinda had been working with the Department of Corrections and thought Seniors would be a welcome change. For Tina who had just moved back to Pueblo from Denver, she knew it was just what Pueblo needed, a beautiful and brand new community on the north side.

Some of their favorite memories of working here?
Sandy has brought much joy to many residents by the simple act of dancing with them at musical events and has loved the parties and special events held for both residents and staff. Glinda remembers the excitement, laughter, and teamwork exhibited amongst the entire team that opened our building together that summer of 2010. Tina reflected on how small the staff was, with lots of cleaning, multi-tasking, and just making the job fun. She loved getting to see us go from 0% occupancy all the way to 100%.

Favorite part of their jobs?
Wow they are almost identical and all center upon the Residents. Sandy says, “Assisting and spending time with the residents”. For Glinda, “Having a Resident tell me they appreciate us or what we do; It makes my day and makes it all worthwhile.” Tina loves helping the residents and the staff with anything she can, little or big, she loves making a difference.

What they enjoy doing when not at Primrose?
For Sandy it’s spending time with her Grandchildren, gardening and fishing. Glinda loves spending time with her Dogs, walking on the Riverwalk and scrapbooking. Tina loves family time and both cooking and shopping for family.

Anderson Primrose Recognizes Outstanding Employee Barbara Gomm

Barbara Gomm (r) with resident Phyliss Autrey

Barbara Gomm (r) with resident Phyliss Autrey

Barb started working at Primrose Anderson, IN, when the community first opened in 2006. She chose to work for Primrose when she watched the building going up and then found out what it was.

“I went online and put in my application,” she said.

“Some of my favorite things about working here are all of the great people that live here! I knew I wanted to work in a place like this! The favorite part of my job is when people come to the kitchen door and compliment the meals.”

“My hobbies are reading and doing puzzles.”

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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Kansas City Primrose Recognizes Outstanding Employee Jennifer Good

Jennifer Good

Jennifer Good (r) with resident Elaine Courtney-Cofield

When did you start working at the community?

I started working at the Kansas City Primrose community in August of 2003. I just recently celebrated my 10 year anniversary.

Why did you choose to work for Primrose?

The reason I started working at Primrose is because I have a passion for working with seniors. In total, I have worked in senior communities for about 20 years. I’ve always enjoyed helping them and hearing the things that they’ve experienced over the course of their lives.

What are some of your favorite memories of working here?

I have many fond memories in my 10 years in this community but a few of my favorites are being a witness at the wedding of two residents. Don and Marian moved into our community not knowing each other and ended up not only falling in love but getting married. They had their ceremony in the lobby with both their families and included all the residents and employees. It was truly an honor to be included in their special day.

Another great moment was being there to see a very special woman, Helen, turn 100 years old. I think we can all agree that turning 100 is quite a momentous occasion! And since then, we’ve been able to celebrate 6 more birthdays with Helen! She’s quite a lady!

Also, twice a year we have parties to celebrate our residents and our community. The residents invite their families in the summer for a Summer Bash and in the winter we have a Holiday Open House complete with special musical entertainment and fine food created by our chef, Phillip Martin. It’s always a great time to get acquainted with residents’ families.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job would have to be seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents. It’s truly rewarding to feel the appreciation from the residents when I can help them with things that they can no longer do or just don’t want to do anymore. Because let’s face it, who wants to clean their apartment when they’re retired!

What are your personal hobbies?

My favorite things to do in my spare time are spend time with my family and friends. I’m getting married in two months and that has been a huge but happy event to get ready for! In the summertime, I enjoy going to a friend’s farmhouse in Iowa. While there I enjoy fishing, riding four-wheelers, and just enjoying the quiet country life. Last year I went on my first float trip, and I’m looking forward to my next trip down the river with good friends!

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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Anderson Primrose Recognizes Outstanding Employee Maria Rivera

Maria and Ethel

Maria Rivera (l) and resident Ethel

Maria Rivera started working at Primrose in Anderson, IN, on July 3, 2012. She chose to work for Primrose because it seemed like a good place to work, everyone was so friendly.

“I have so many wonderful memories, but one that really stuck with me was when the ladies started dancing during the ice cream social.” Being able to talk to the residents and co-workers is one of the favorite parts of my job, they are like family to me.

Some of my favorite hobbies are reading, going for a hike and pretty much just hanging out with family.

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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March 2014 Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics at Primrose 2014

Al Workman signing up at the Olympic athelete registration table

Winter Olympics at Primrose 2014

Noaha Peters, Helen Haren and Maxine Zimmerman competing in the Bobsled race competition

Winter Olympics at Primrose 2014

Ruth Clark competing in the downhill ski jump competition

Winter Olympics at Primrose 2014

Harriet Shellhaas with her medals and trophies

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

Residents of Primrose participated in The 2014 Primrose Winter Olympics week. This was a week filled with Olympic competition events such as curling, bobsled race competition, downhill ski competition and match the country with the flag Olympic trivia game.

Residents also got competitive with receiving points for each activity they attended for the week. Residents were assigned countries to represent them according to which room number they were. This determined the country that received the points and this determined who won the Gold, Silver and Bronze according to the Primrose winter Olympics.

Residents also one their own individual gold, silver and bronze medals for their competitions in which they took place in. A fun time was had by all and come to find out, we have a lot of competitive residents living here at Primrose.

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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