Monthly Archives: March 2016

Random Acts of Kindness at Aberdeen Primrose

Presentation college students and Primrose residents enjoying lunch together

Presentation college students and Primrose residents enjoying lunch together

Aberdeen, SD, Retirement Communities

Primrose residents in Aberdeen, SD, have been busy preparing for National Random Acts of Kindness Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 17th. Fresh baked cookies and 38 loafs of banana bread, prepared by members of our Assisted Living Baking Club, were delivered to unsuspecting citizens of our community by staff and residents alike.

Among the many places we visited, we had great fun visiting the campus of Presentation College. Armed with huge homemade cookies and an assortment of gift cards to local merchants, several residents from our independent living community enjoyed visiting with the students and faculty members who were on lunch break from class and surprising them with a random act of kindness. When our work was complete, we decided to stay and have lunch right there on campus. A couple of the students wasted no time in paying forward an act of kindness to us and offered to pay for our lunch! We were equally delighted when they accepted our invitation to join us. Pictured is Primrose Life Enrichment Coordinator Aubrey Iverson, Primrose residents Milbert and Betty Schick, Margaret Marone, Beverely Sawinsky, and PC students Paige Posvar from San Diego California, and Braedon Seelhorst from Maryland.

Man's 'Best Friend' Visits Lima Primrose

Daisy with her handler, Renae, and Primrose resident, Bonnie

Daisy with her handler, Renae, and Primrose resident, Bonnie

Lima, OH, Retirement Communities

Most people are familiar with benefits that animals have on people. Therapy dogs are just one of the ways that seniors enjoy this benefit. Every other Thursday at Primrose of Lima, in the fireside lounge, a BIG dog named Daisy visits. Daisy is a Great Dane.

The residents look forward to seeing both she and her handler Ranae. Daisy especially enjoys one certain resident who never misses a visit with her. Bonnie, the lovely lady in the picture is that certain person. Daisy sees Bonnie and a lap to sit on. We all know that Great Danes are lap dogs. Daisy is a very well behaved puppy; she is just over a year old. She is just one of the Therapy Dogs that come to Primrose.

On March the 1st we are having a group of potential therapy dogs come to meet the Primrose residents. The dogs will meet the residents and become used to a different environment. The dogs and handlers will go through a course in front of the residents and some residents will get to participate. The tester will explain what the dogs have to learn to be able to pass the course. Daisy will be one of the dogs vying for certification. Primrose residents are excited to be a part of this exciting event!

Austin Primrose Goes Back in Time

The Old mill in 1873

The Old mill in 1873

The Old Mill Restaurant

The Old Mill Restaurant

The Old Mill in 2016

The Old Mill in 2016

Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

Primrose Retirement Community of Austin recently went back in time while going out for lunch at the Old Mill Restaurant. The outing was educational and fun, and pictures of The Old Mill in the 1800’s and 1900’s were framed on the walls. The pictures made all of us feel like we jumped back into time.

The Old mill restaurant has been around for a long time. It was originally a flour mill in 1873 and in the 1900’s the builder of the mill died, leaving it to his son. In 1903 it became a mill for grinding feed, and in 1933 it closed down for good due to the rise of large flour companies. In 1948, Ray and Mary Stromer purchased The Old Mill and turned it into a restaurant. Dave and Ann Forland, owners since 1988, are continuing to carry on the tradition of one of the most historic restaurants in southern Minnesota.

Decatur Primrose Valentine’s Day Game

Sid and Sherrie enjoying the Valentine’s Day activities

Sid and Sherrie enjoying the Valentine’s Day activities

We started a pre-Valentine’s Day party with few of our residents pairing up with some of our staff to play a question and answer game. It was in a format like the Newlywed Game, but the residents and staff were asked different kinds of questions.

Betty Stone and her partner Janice Perkins won the game. Betty won a $25 gift certificate which she used at the Beauty Salon. The rest of the contestants were: Sid Smith with Sherrie Pearson. Treva Kuhn with Taylor McElroy. Penny Robinson with Doug Durbin. We asked the residents and their partners questions separately. The teams then got back together and tried to guess how their partners answered. Penny Robinson and Doug led by the half-time, but Betty and Janice had a miraculous come from behind win on the last question. Thanks to both the participants and the audience for taking part in our game. It was a lot of fun!

Recipient of Two Purple Hearts at Mansfield Primrose

Nick Schemine

Nick Schemine

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

Nick Schemine, 81, still has his right leg thanks to a French doctor in a field hospital who refused to let other doctors amputate the mangled limb. Schemine, a PFC and radio man with the 6th Armored Division, failed to get out of his halftrack before a German shell hit. It was somewhere near a town called Armaucourt, Northeast of France, on Sept. 25, 1944.

Even before he hit the ground, PFC Schemine’s war was over and he earned his second purple heart. In January Schemine, a radio operator, was transferred to the Sixth Armored Division. It was a quick transfer to the east coast; a 14-day trip over the Atlantic to Scotland and south into England for training that led up to D-Day. On the way to Lorient, a German submarine base, Schemine was knocked flat by the concussion from a German grenade. After three days in a field hospital he rejoined his unit. He got a Purple Heart.

The Sixth Division began rolling through France and were nearing the Belgian border in September when Gen. George S. Patton came calling. “He was in a Jeep and rolled right up next to my half-track. “Hi son. How’s it going?” he said. “Ok,” I told him. “You need anything?” he asked? I said, “We’re fine.” So he says, “Give em’ hell then,“ and the Jeep pulled away.

Not too long after that, the Germans opened up and PFC Schemine tried to dive off his doomed halftrack a second too late. “I didn’t stick around for the Battle of the Bulge. I was gone by then,” he said.

He wound up in the 91st Field Hospital in Nancy, where medics fed him morphine and blood and where the nameless French doctor saved his mangled right leg. After 16 months of numerous operations to his leg, he was finally released from the hospitals and listed for life as 100 percent disabled.

Lancaster Primrose Emphasizes 'This is Living!' Motto

Lancaster residents and staff

Lancaster residents and staff

Lancaster, OH, Retirement Communities

Our residents are like family. I always tell everyone to treat our residents in the same way we would like to see our parents or grandparents treated. This is a special place to work, fun loving and caring, and our residents and staff love one another. If you are having a bad day you can bet that one of the residents will do something to make you smile and forget what was making you upset. In our community we have more seniors than ever and every one of them has a story about their lives that they like to share. Some are sad, some happy, and some are just crazy. We love our residents more than anyone could love someone who isn’t a blood family member. It is such a good feeling to know that we can make a difference in just one person’s life. We love it here at Primrose of Lancaster and that is why we say “This is Living!”

Story Time Led by 'Ms. Primrose' at Pueblo Retirement Community

Resident Ann Leach

Resident Ann Leach, also known as “Ms. Primrose,” leading her story time.

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

The library fills up with residents eager to hear “Ms. Primrose” read her favorite stories and poems. Resident Ann Leach, known as Ms. Primrose to fellow residents and staff, has started up a new tradition. Ms. Leach moved into Primrose in 2010 and has published many books and poems of her own including an audio testimony about Pueblo Primrose. She has always had a natural ability to present the stories and poems in a way that catches your attention and leaves you wanting more.

The audience grows each Wednesday at 2:00, with smiling faces and listening ears. Ms. Leach gives those who can’t see the opportunity to explore their imagination though her great stories and poems. The library is the perfect spot for story time. It’s quiet, cozy, and comfortable. Ms. Leach creates an atmosphere that is relaxing for all residents. She has found great joy in doing story time. Pueblo Primrose is lucky to have our own Ms. Primrose.