Monthly Archives: September 2014

Primrose of Pueblo Salutes Veterans

Fire station #2 Truck

Our Fire station #2 Truck

Fire Station #2 Color Guard Team

Fire Station #2 Color Guard Team

Veteran Honorees from left to right Dan Neu, Brian Dodson, Jim Childress, Bill Nimon and John Moore

Veteran Honorees from left to right Dan Neu, Brian Dodson, Jim Childress, Bill Nimon and John Moore

Honorees, other veterans and family members

Honorees, other veterans and family members

Resident and Volunteer Bernie Karpinski our song leader for the event

Resident and Volunteer Bernie Karpinski our song leader for the event

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

Primrose is honored to have many military veterans from our Armed Forces right here amongst us. Five of our newer resident veterans were honored on Thursday 8/21 in a dignified ceremony hosted by the Life Enrichment team of Barbara Della Rossa and Heidi Brooks, and witnessed by over 70 family members, friends, residents and staff members.

Our local Fire Station Number 2 Firefighters provided a 3 member Color Guard Team to post the American flag, and 2 other officers hoisted a magnificent American flag from their fire truck. Resident Bernie Karpinski led us in singing America the Beautiful and God Bless America.

The honorees were from the U.S. Army: Jim Childress, Brian Dodson, and Dan Neu; from the U.S. Air Force: John Moore; and from the U.S. Navy: Bill Nimon. Each was presented with a Primrose Certificate of Appreciation. Betty Yeager and Donna Samuelson were presented with their husbands photos, and Marylyn and Bill Clare were thanked and fare welled. The most dramatic moment was when the photos were finally unveiled.

Already in the works for Veteran’s Day 2014, 6 even newer Primrose Veterans will be honored in a similar fashion. Save the date 11/11/14 at 11:00 a.m. to honor and induct Mel Spence, David Biggs, Carl Montes, Raymond Cordova, Ivan Majors and Ken Wiley. Make sure to stop by the first floor Fireside Lounge and admire the newest faces on the Primrose Wall of Honor.

Thank you for your service.

by Barbara Della Rossa
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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Hawaiian Day at Mankato Primrose

Primrose Resident Daisy

Primrose Resident Daisy fully embracing Hawaiian Day!

Mankato, MN, Retirement Communities

Here at Primrose of Mankato, we love to participate in themed week days! This month, we decided to host a Hawaiian Luau during our lunch hour. We served barbeque pulled pork, grilled pineapple, sweet potato fries, and pineapple coconut cake. Needless to say, we had very few leftovers that day!

It was a fun-filled lunch that included door prizes, a punch bowl, great music, and fabulous costumes. We encouraged our residents to dress up in their tropical best!

Everyone at Primrose knows, that when it comes to dressing up, Daisy always steals the show! We just had to snap a photo to commemorate her enthusiastic participation!

by Emilie Hauser
Activity Assistant

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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Wasilla Primrose Residents Visit Organic Produce Farm

Francis Banish and Diane Treece on a golf cart tour

Francis Banish and Diane Treece on a golf cart tour

Frances Prator

Frances Prator

Carol ,Doris M., Ruby W., Eleanor O., and Frances P.

Right to left Carol ,Doris M., Ruby W., Eleanor O., and Frances P.

Wasilla, AK, Retirement Communities

Primrose residents visited Pyra’s Pioneer Peak “up pick” farm in Butte, Alaska. Assisted living residents wouldn’t let the rocky pathway stop them from picking fresh grown vegetables.

Hearing about all the organic produce and effort that goes in to farming in Alaska was fascinating.

The owners of the family-operated farm provide golf carts for visitors to access fields via dirt paths.

Residents ended the day by sitting in the sunshine enjoying watermelon while reminiscing about growing up on farms of their own.

by Maria Rodriguez
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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National Assisted Living Week

National Assisted Living Week

In the world of senior living, the terminology used can often be difficult to understand. Those seniors who may be in need of a little extra assistance from time to time are often the ones most overwhelmed by the options available to them and what, exactly, they all mean. National Assisted Living Week is September 7-11, and we want to stay with it as our topic for the month.

What does it mean to need assisted living? It certainly can mean different things to different people, but the common thread that all of our assisted living residents share is that they need some level of assistance with the normal activities of daily living. Perhaps it is as simple as needing someone to make sure that medicines get taken at the proper times each day, or maybe there is more to it than that.

In the end – the reality is that you don’t have to spend time worrying about needing assistance. At Primrose, our nursing team walks through an assessment of your needs with you. They then guide you and your family through a customized plan of care that addresses those needs. The process is simple, and the goal is for true wellness and greater independence – just ask some of our current residents and their family members.

If you think that you or a loved one may be in need of assisted living, we would be happy to help you out! For more information, just go to www.primroseretirement.com.

Wausau Primrose Itinerary for National Assisted Living Week

Kim Trudeau and resident Marie Marcell

Kim Trudeau and resident Marie Marcell (We’re going to have to pull this wig out again for Crazy Hair Day!)

Wausau, WI, Retirement Communities

National Assisted Living week is September 7th-13th! We look forward to planning this week every year. To kick off National Assisted Living Week we celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 7th. We have a Pie and Ice Cream Social in the afternoon where residents will be showing pictures of their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Each day of the week a different theme, staff members and residents participate every year! This year’s daily themes are:

Monday-Mismatch Day
Tuesday-Pajama Day
Wednesday-T-shirt and Hat Day
Thursday-Patriotic Day
Friday-Support Your Favorite Sports Team Day
Saturday-Crazy Hair Day

The overall theme of the week is “The Magic of Music”. Therefore we have lots of musical entertainment scheduled. Accordion and guitar players to sing-a-longs and a one of a kind electronic orchestra played by a single musician! I think the most exciting activity planned for the whole week is the Ice Bucket Challenge for The ALS Foundation! Many of the Wausau Primrose Staff Members will be participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge and staff members will donate money to The Tim Warosh Foundation. Tim is CNA, Kim Trudeau’s other half. Kim has been a Primrose Team Member since 2009. In June of 2013 Kim came to work and shared some heartbreaking news, Tim had just been diagnosed with ALS. Kim says that the biggest challenge since Tim was diagnosed is the unknown- right now it is progressing slowly, but the uncertainty of the future is difficult. Primrose of Wausau staff is honored to be able to help a valued coworker and friend. Recently Kim was honored with our Employee of the Quarter Award. Kim has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, she has a huge family so caring is just second nature to Kim.

She loves working at Primrose because of the residents. She enjoys being able to know their likes and dislikes and she works to see that that they are always happy and satisfied. Kim loves the environment at Primrose including all the staff which she considers like family. She has worked with geriatric and pediatric patients during her career in healthcare. She decided to work in an assisted living because she wanted to be in a homey environment. A bonus for Kim and Primrose is that her back yard is literally next door so she can be here in a flash when we need her!

Good Job Kim and thank you for your dedication!

Pictures are to follow of our fun filled week!

Melina Rodriguez
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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