Monthly Archives: November 2014

Veterans Day at Sweetwater Retirement Community

Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold, a Veteran and a POW of WWII, standing with the Missing Man table set for Veterans Day

Sweetwater Retirement Community

Sweetwater Retirement was honored to have Dale Webb, a Veteran and advocate speak to our residents. Our residents were honored and observed the POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony is a table set for one as a way to remember those that are missing.

The table set for one is small- symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors. The tablecloth is white- which symbolizes the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. The red rose and the red ribbon remind us of the families who keep the faith awaiting their return as well as an accounting of our missing.

The lit candle symbolizes the upward reach of unconquerable spirit, the lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, salt on the bread plate symbolizes families’ tears as they wait. The inverted glass reminds us that they cannot toast with us tonight. Lastly, the empty chair reminds us they are not here.

We must REMEMBER.

Never, ever forget.

Not only on Veteran’s Day but every day.

Thank you Bill, for your service and commitment to our country. We are proud of you.

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Mishawaka Primrose Retirement Community Hires New Executive Director

Senior Living

Executive Director Wendy White

Mishawaka, IN, Retirement Communities

MISHAWAKA, IN – Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka has announced that Wendy White has been named Executive Director. She began her duties on November 17, and in this capacity, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community.

White has worked in the geriatric health field for over 30 years, serving as a Human Resource Manager, Marketing Director and Executive Director in both independent and skilled living environments. “Years ago, I had the opportunity to be on a team that opened a new assisted living community. I had hoped to have that opportunity again and was intrigued with Primrose,” White said. “All along the interview and hiring process, I felt very comfortable with the family-like culture that Primrose stands for. From the beginning I knew it would be a good fit for me,” she added.

“We’re very excited to have Wendy in her new role,” said Primrose Regional Operations Manager Jill Yetzer. “Her enthusiasm and drive will help Primrose continue in our mission of providing an amazing experience for our incredible residents. We’re confident that she and her team will do great things for Primrose of Mishawaka.”

Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka/South Bend is located at 820 Fulmer Road. Expected to open in the summer of 2015, the community will consist of 36 independent living, 40 assisted living apartment homes, and eight independent living 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 include 30 locations with three currently under construction.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dan Smilloff – Communications Manager
605-216-2448
dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com

Ruby Heckathorn Thankful for 'Many Things'

Ruby Heckathorn

Ruby Heckathorn

Lima, OH, Primrose Retirement Communities

Ruby Heckathorn is thankful for many things in her 100 year life. Family is at the top of the list, along with having a good place to live. She also is thankful for good health, the ability to get around, and “having her mind.”

Ruby says she is so very thankful for all her friends at Primrose and all that the staff does for her. She has expressed gratitude at being able to go on outings, and the churches her family takes her to. She is grateful for the experience with the Farm Bureau and the 4-H — the 4-H introduced her to foreign exchange students from Denmark, Netherlands, England, Finland, India, Turkey and China. She was glad for the opportunity to visit Europe, all the states, Canada and Mexico.

Ruby is very thankful for being raised on a farm, and for being a teacher for many years.

by Larrain Benroth
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Pueblo Primrose Raises Money for Children with Medical Needs

picture collage from Pueblo Primrose Childrens Surgery Fundraiser

One way to be thankful is to help others by raising money for a great cause. Pueblo Primroser’s donated a record $751.00 to the local Al Kaly Shriners to help children who need surgery. What better way to help and have fun then an Oktoberfest? The perfect Autumn weather brought over 80 residents, family members and friends outdoors to the Courtyard for a festive time on Wednesday October 8th. Several residents enjoyed dancing and even more groups at the tables held hands and swayed to and fro to the catchy music.

The 16 member “Al Kaly Shriner Polka Band” played plenty of polka tunes and the Life Enrichment Team with help from outstanding volunteers served up Beer, Brats, Potato Salad and Pretzel Rolls. Primrose of Pueblo created the idea of having an Oktoberfest Queen, and this year the lovely Ann Leach was crowned Queen of the Oktoberfest with two of her sons and daughter-in-law present to witness the honor. It was a logistical “miracle” that involved an amazing staff to erect tents, move chairs, tables and residents to enjoy this beloved annual tradition. Primrose is thankful that is living and that we are able to help others too.

by Barbara Della Rossa
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Pueblo Primrose Residents Visit Orlando Disney World

Pueblo Primrose Disney World Tour picture collage

The Primrose Travel Club went on another adventure in October — to Orlando, Florida and Disney World! The group, consisting of Bernie Karpinski, Donna Samuelson, Doc Turman, Nancy Stutz, Jane Boykin, Connie Pagano, Gina Drown, Heidi Brooks, Ashlee Ensley, Mike DeCarlo, Jackie DeCarlo, Elliott Woods, Lois Williams and Laura Ensley, departed on October 22, 2014 for a 7 day magical trip! The group visited all 4 Disney Parks in Orlando – the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. They also went on the Keys to the Kingdom Tour which took them backstage at the Magic Kingdom and underground to see how the Utilidors at the Magic Kingdom are used. In addition, they went to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and got to experience some things that your everyday visitor to Disney does not get to see! The staff that went dressed up for the Halloween Party as the characters from Winnie-the-Pooh! While we were there, resident Jane Boykin celebrated her 85th birthday Disney Style…with a Mickey Cake! The trip was one that none of them will ever forget…from the attractions and the rides to the nighttime light shows and fireworks…every experience was incredible! Mickey….we hope to “See Ya Real Soon”!

by Gina Drown
Executive Director

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Mankato Primrose Residents Decorate Pumpkins

Residents decorate pumpkins

Residents take a break from hectic activities to decorate pumpkins

Mankato, MN, Primrose Retirement Communities

You can always count on seeing many pumpkins around the hallways of Primrose of Mankato through the month of October! For our second year in a row, we decorated pie pumpkins (smaller pumpkins) that our residents could take home and use as centerpieces or as door decorations! It’s a favorite craft for us to participate in.

Pumpkin decorating/carving is something that our residents remember doing themselves as kids, with their children, and with their grandchildren. It is so great to see the creativity come out in all of our residents. Their pumpkins always end up looking unique. Some prefer to use stickers, some like paint, and some like ribbon and raffia.

We also held a “Pumpkin BINGO” session where we had mini decorative pumpkins as prizes. Almost every door you walk past here at Primrose is decorated with a pumpkin of some sort! It’s a fun way for us to get into the Halloween Spirit.

by Emilie Hauser
Activity Assistant

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Linkhorns in Resident Spotlight at Kansas City Primrose

Jim and Marge Linkhorn

• THEY HAVE 3 SONS, 6 GRANDCHILDREN, 1 GREAT GRANDCHILD
• TWO SONS LIVE LOCAL – ONE SON LIVES IN SPRINGFIELD
• THEY HAVE BEEN MARRIED 67 YEARS
• THEY LIKE THE FRIENDLINESS OF ALL OF THE RESIDENTS AND STAFF
• THEY HAVE ALOT LESS TO WORRY ABOUT LIVING AT PRIMROSE
• DNA HAS PROVED THAT ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS JIM’S GREAT GREAT GREAT UNCLE
• MARGE LOVES TO READ; JIM LOVES ANTIQUE CARS AND USE TO DO WOODWORKING
• THEY TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY FOR 32 YEARS