Monthly Archives: July 2017

Zanesville Primrose Executive Director’s Passion for Work

Shala Steinman, Executive Director

Shala Steinman, Executive Director

Recently at our 2017 Executive Director Leadership Conference we were encouraged to “Find our Why.” My “why” is building relationships. It enriches the lives of our residents, employees, family members and myself. When you know your why it keeps you going, even on the tough days.

It’s also essential that we encourage our team members to find their own personal why. This helps in creating a culture that your team deserves and makes them want to work and stay at Primrose for a great length of time. This also allows us to create that great team approach so we are all working together to create a great experience for our residents, employees, family members, and prospects. We are all here to provide a person-centered approach when caring for others.

I have been an employee of Primrose for nine years and I can truly say that I love my job and love coming to work every day. Working in this environment is so rewarding because you know at the end of your work day that you have touched someone’s life in some meaningful way. It can be one simple thing that you have done that will mean the world to a resident, employee, family member, or prospect.

The other great thing about my job is I feel like I come to work every day to be with 90 different grandparents. At times, some of these residents have no one other than the staff, or their families may live far away and are not able to come visit often, so we can help fill that void.

One of our company’s core values is passion. We should show our passion through serving our residents, employees, family members, and prospects to make our communities successful. I have learned over time that through passion we are showing others that we truly are putting everyone at the heart of Primrose.

I encourage everyone to visit Primrose so you can experience what I feel every day coming to a Primrose community!

by Shala Steinman, Executive Director

Mansfield Primrose Resident Teaches Art

Jeane with one of her artistic creations

Jeane with one of her artistic creations

Jeane teaches art classes at Primrose, which take place twice a month. She has previously worked as a freelance commercial artist. She is always trying to get residents to participate and lets them know it requires no special talents or experience.

“You’d be surprised,” Jeane said. “Some of them have some real talent. They don’t really realize that, but I hope they stay with it because you never know. We start out on very simple projects that sometimes I think they wonder why are we doing this? But it’s about taking it in steps and doing perspective points and color schemes and shades and not about making beautiful pictures to start with. That comes later,” she added.

Jeane will be hosting an art show with her students’ work to be displayed in the fall.

Sioux Falls Primrose Participates in Alzheimer’s Association ‘Longest Day’

Sioux Falls staff on The Longest Day, 2017

Sioux Falls staff on The Longest Day, 2017

The National Alzheimer’s Association held its “The Longest Day” event on June 21st, 2017, and Primrose of Sioux Falls, SD was proud to partner with them to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Primrose communities across the country wore t-shirts bearing the logo “Together we can create lasting memories” and many pictures were displayed on face book. It was great to see so many participate.

The Sioux Falls Primrose hosted a speaker, Sue Blair Brown, who wrote and Illustrated a book called “Making & Keeping Memories.” It was written to help family and friends understand the effects of Alzheimer’s on their loved ones. When one person in a family is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s it truly affects everyone in the family. We hope with further education about Alzheimer’s it can lead to a better life for the ones who are affected.

We hope this day was a great way to honor those with Alzheimer’s and we are thankful for the continued support of our Primrose communities and the employees who give of their time to assist when needed.

July 4th Tradition at Lancaster Primrose

Primrose residents and staff getting ready for the parade

Primrose residents and staff getting ready for the parade

Each year it has been a tradition that Primrose Retirement Community of Lancaster participate in our July 4th parade. This year was the first for several of our residents and our new Sales Director, Krista Graham.

Once we learned our spot in the parade, several staff members decorated the bus while waiting for our cue to start driving. It was a perfect day for a parade, and there was not an empty seat on the bus.

The residents were very excited to be in the parade, and were dressed in their red, white, and blue – some with hats and some with funny wigs. Hundreds of people watched on each block of the parade route. There were so many people there that they were lined up on the sidewalks and in the streets, and the residents had a wonderful time waving at the spectators. We all got back to Primrose just in time for a wonderful July 4th cookout.