Monthly Archives: April 2014

Celebrate Older Americans Month!

Older Americans Month

This May, we celebrate the 51st annual Older Americans Month. First declared by President Kennedy in 1963, every president since has made a formal declaration recognizing May as Older Americans Month. This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”

Here at Primrose, we certainly don’t need a presidential declaration to remind us of the important and influential role you play in our communities and towns across our country. However, this designation gives us a wonderful opportunity to recognize the wealth of talent, experience, and wisdom that each of you has to share.

The United States Administration on Aging encourages retired Americans to focus on health and safety this month. This challenge goes hand-in-hand with our mission here at Primrose. At Primrose we strive to create “happy and healthy living environments for our growing senior population.” In the month of May, we want to especially encourage you to take some time and consider ways you could become healthier in the next year.

For ideas on how to become safer, healthier, and happier, stop by Primrose today! Not only do we have wellness programs specifically tailored to what you are looking for, but we also have a lot of fun!

So, this month, we celebrate and thank all of our older Americans for their leadership, guidance, and direction. Enjoy your month, as we all look forward to a “healthy tomorrow.” Remember, if you think of an idea or activity that we could do to help celebrate and raise awareness of this month, let us know!

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

Sweetwater Retirement Named Community of the Year

Denise Ferrucci

Denise Ferrucci – Sweetwater Executive Director (center), with the Primrose Management Team (l to r) Mark McNeary – General Counsel, Brian Morgan – Finance Director, BJ Schaefbauer – Company President, and Jim Thares – Founder and CEO

BILLINGS, MT – Sweetwater Retirement Community has been named a Community of the Year by its management company. The announcement was made last month during the company’s annual Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“We are extremely honored by this award,” said Sweetwater Executive Director Denise Ferrucci. “We have an amazing staff here at Sweetwater, and they deserve this recognition for all of the hard work, dedication, and respect they commit to each day.”

In addition to the title, Sweetwater received a monetary award which will be shared among the employees.

Sweetwater Retirement Community, located at 3140 Sweet Water Drive, opened in 2006 and consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 8 Townhome Villas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sweetwater Retirement Community
Denise Ferrucci, Executive Director
406-651-8111
dferrucci@sweetwaterretirement.com

For more information, please go to www.sweetwaterretirement.com.

Bismarck Primrose Receives Community of the Year Award

Emily Bivens

Emily Bivens – Bismarck Primrose Executive Director (center), with the Primrose Management Team (l to r) Mark McNeary – General Counsel, Brian Morgan – Finance Director, BJ Schaefbauer – Company President, and Jim Thares – Founder and CEO

BISMARCK, ND – Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC has named Primrose Retirement Community of Bismarck as a Primrose Community of the Year. The announcement was made last month during the company’s annual Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“Primrose of Bismarck has always been one of our top communities,” said Primrose Retirement Communities President BJ Schaefbauer. “It is clear that the residents always come first there. They are a tight-knit team in Bismarck, and we are very proud of them.”

In addition to the title, Primrose of Bismarck received a monetary award which will be shared among the employees.

Primrose Retirement Community of Bismarck, located at 1144 College Drive, opened in 1994 and consists of 48 Independent Living apartments for seniors.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Bismarck
Emily Bivens, Executive Director
701-222-8183
ebivens@primroseretirement.com

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

Aberdeen Primrose Employee Awarded Scholarship

Allison Hanson

Allison Hanson awarded scholarship

ABERDEEN, SD – Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC has named Allison Hanson of Aberdeen as one of two winners of their annual $1000 Education Scholarship. The formal announcement was made last month during the company’s annual Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Hanson serves as a part-time Medication and Nurse Aide at Primrose Place Assisted Living in Aberdeen, where she joined the Primrose team in 2012. She is a junior at Presentation College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

“Working at Primrose Place has been such a great opportunity and has made the transition into nursing school a lot more comfortable,” said Hanson. “I’ve learned so much about communicating with residents and their families and how to effectively work through any problems.”

“Allison has great potential, and it is a priority for us here at Primrose to invest in our employees and in the next generation of health care professionals,” said Primrose Retirement Communities President BJ Schaefbauer. “We’re glad to be able to help her pursue her education, and we’re proud to have her on our team.”

The Primrose Education Scholarship is awarded annually to two employees from any of the Primrose Retirement Communities’ 30 location. The other scholarship winner is Emily Hess, who works as an LPN at Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau, WI.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Aberdeen
Michelle Hagan, Executive Director
605-225-7626
mhagan@primroseretirement.com

Wausau Primrose Named Community of the Year

Zoey Vecellio

Zoey Vecellio – Wausau Primrose Executive Director (center), with the Primrose Management Team (l to r) Mark McNeary – General Counsel, Brian Morgan – Finance Director, BJ Schaefbauer – Company President, and Jim Thares – Founder and CEO

Wausau, WI – Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC has named Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau as a Primrose Community of the Year. The announcement was made last month during the company’s annual Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“The Wausau Primrose has continued to be one of our best performing communities,” said Primrose Retirement Communities President BJ Schaefbauer. “More importantly, the staff there exemplify the high level of quality service we are proud to provide. Primrose of Wausau is a wonderful example which all of our retirement communities around the country should strive to follow.”

In addition to the title, Primrose of Wausau received a monetary award which will be shared among the employees.

Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau, located at 2100 Townline Road, opened in 2009 and consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 10 Townhome Villas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau
Zoey Vecellio, Executive Director
715-842-1818
zvecellio@primroseretirement.com

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

Wasilla Primrose Grateful for Volunteer Walt

Walt F

Primrose volunteer Walt F.

Wasilla, AK, Retirement Communities

Walt started volunteering in 1987. His kind and giving nature has helped many people and businesses throughout the years. He is one of the first to lend a helping hand to staff and residents alike. He is a volunteer at our local hospital, clinic, Wasilla Chamber of Commerce and even here at Primrose.

No job is too big or too small for him. He is just happy to help. Amongst his many talents he is also a published writer. His selfless acts of kindness make us all very fortunate to have him reside here in our community.

by Maria Rodriguez
Life Enrichment Coordinator

Zanesville Primrose Employee Receives Company-Wide Award

Moe Ulry

Moe Ulry – Employee of the Year (center), with the Primrose Management Team (l to r) Mark McNeary – General Counsel, Brian Morgan – Finance Director, BJ Schaefbauer – Company President, and Jim Thares – Founder and CEO

ZANESVILLE, OH – Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC has named Moe Ulry as the Primrose Employee of the Year. The announcement was made last month during the company’s annual Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Ulry serves as the Property Maintenance Technician at Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville. In that capacity, he directs the overall maintenance and upkeep of Primrose of Zanesville.

“He has been a part of our team since we opened in 2008, and continues to amaze us every day with his caring attitude and knowledge of his work,” said Primrose Regional Operations Manager Jill Yetzer. “He is a great asset to our Primrose team!”

“Employees like Mo are exactly what makes Primrose great and what sets us apart,” said Primrose Retirement Communities President BJ Schaefbauer. “We feel very luck that he is a part of our team. Mo makes a difference in the lives of our residents every day, and we’re proud to recognize him for all of his hard work and dedication.”

The Primrose Employee of the Year award is given annually to one of the more than 1500 employees of the 30 Primrose communities around the country. The award is accompanied by a monetary prize.

Primrose of Zanesville, located at 4212 North Pointe Drive, opened in 2008 and consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 8 Townhome Villas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville
Shala Steinman, Executive Director
740-450-1100
ssteinman@primroseretirement.com

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

Primrose Awards Education Scholarship

Emily Hess

Emily Hess awarded scholarship

WAUSAU, WI – Primrose Retirement Communities has named Emily Hess of Wausau as one of two winners of their annual $1000 Education Scholarship. The formal announcement was made last month during the company’s annual Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Hess serves as an LPN at Primrose of Wausau, where she joined the Primrose team in June, 2013. She is a senior at Chippewa Valley Technical College and will be graduating as an RN with an associate degree in nursing.

“I have had such amazing experiences working as an LPN at Primrose,” said Hess. “I have learned so much from my experiences at Primrose and have gained so much from helping families and residents.”

“Emily has great potential, and it is a priority for us here at Primrose to invest in our employees and in the next generation of health care professionals,” said Primrose Retirement Communities President BJ Schaefbauer. “We’re glad to be able to help her pursue her education, and we’re proud to have her on our team.”

The Primrose Education Scholarship is awarded annually to two employees from any of the Primrose Retirement Communities’ 30 locations. The other scholarship winner is Allison Hanson, who works as a Medication and Nurse Aide at Primrose Retirement Community of Aberdeen, SD.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau
Zoey Vecellio, Executive Director
715-370-0431
zvecellio@primroseretirement.com

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

Primrose of Anderson Awarded Retirement Community of the Year

Hervey Anderson

Hervey Lawrence – Executive Director Anderson Primrose (center), with the Primrose Management Team (l to r) Mark McNeary – General Counsel, Brian Morgan – Finance Director, BJ Schaefbauer – Company President, and Jim Thares – Founder and CEO

ANDERSON, IN – Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC has named Primrose Retirement Community of Anderson as a Primrose Community of the Year. The announcement was made last month during the company’s annual Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“The Anderson Primrose has, time and again, been one of our best communities,” said Primrose Retirement Communities President BJ Schaefbauer. “More importantly, the commitment, respect, and devotion which the staff show for our residents each day and every day serve as a fine example for all of our Primrose communities and epitomize the quality service we are proud to provide.”

In addition to the title, Primrose of Anderson received a monetary award which will be shared among the employees.

Primrose Retirement Community of Anderson, located at 1118 West Cross Street, opened in 2007 and consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 6 Townhome Villas, with two more currently under construction.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Anderson
Hervey Lawrence, Executive Director
765-425-8106
hlawrence@primroseretirement.com

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

'Spring has Sprung' at Findlay Primrose

Nancy Williams and mural

Nancy Williams poses beside her mural, “Spring has Sprung,” which she painted for the Primrose Pub

Nancy Williams has been a resident at the Findlay Primrose for about four years. She enjoys painting on glass, and recently created a Spring/Easter picture in our Pub.

Using colorful acrylics, she dabbed her brush here and there and soon came up with a beautiful masterpiece that includes an Easter Bunny, lots of flowers, and a boy flying a kite.

She worked on it as time allowed, and the process took her about one week. At first she couldn’t decide what to paint on the kite, but then it came to her: a “P” for Primrose, of course!

We are lucky to have Nancy as part of our Primrose Family and look forward to seeing other creations by her throughout the year!

by Karent Barchent
Hospitality

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