Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Right Place at the Right Time

Argus Leader contractor, Alfred

Argus Leader contractor, Alfred

He is described by the leadership in distribution of the Argus Leader as a solid contractor, with many years of service, and has been a great delivery person for our community and resident newspaper subscribers, always courteous, always kind. On a recent Monday morning, Alfred delivered the papers to his customers in one of the wings of our community, but realized he needed the assistance of our nursing staff.

He started to make his way down the hall, walking very slowly, and he was hunched over in pain. It was right at the shift change in our community and 2 of the nurses saw him coming down the hall and went to him asking if he was alright and he collapsed into their arms. He said he felt heaviness in his chest, and that he had a history of blood clots. The nurses called 911 for an ambulance and then asked him for the name of a family member they could call to alert them to the situation. They called his daughter and Alfred was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Within the hour, an email was sent to the distribution center of the Argus Leader by our staff and Alfred’s managers were alerted to the situation, and went to the hospital immediately to be with him. His daughter had committed to finish his deliveries that morning.

Later that day, we received notification that Alfred did have a blood clot, and it had been in his heart. He arrived at the emergency room and had been admitted, swiftly treated, and miraculously, was going to be discharged in another 24 hours. A thank you from the Manager in the Distribution Center and a remark that he was in the “right place at the right time.”
The next morning, our resident council met and one of the ladies asked if we had heard how the delivery man from the Argus was? I gladly reported that he had been treated at Sanford and was going to be able to go home soon, and shared the Distribution Manager’s remark that he had been at the “right place at the right time.” I am grateful that I work in a place that has an observant and professional staff, and such caring residents. I also believe that our healthcare systems in Sioux Falls are “first class” with cutting edge technology. I am certain that many of them were praying that morning for Alfred, and a positive outcome for his trip to the emergency room in an ambulance. Two days after the event, Alfred was back to making deliveries of newspapers, grateful to our nursing staff for their attention and intervention.

Zanesville Primrose Resident Enjoys Honor Flight

Tom Scott

Tom Scott

• Tom Scott served in the United States Army Infantry and his rank was Army Private First Class.
• He was recently fortunate to be chosen to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
• He was interviewed by the Veterans – who sent his name over to Columbus, OH for him to be considered for the Honor Flight.
• The Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure. Their mission is to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. Top priority is given to senior veterans including World War II survivors and others who may be terminally ill.
• All that were chosen flew into Baltimore, Maryland.
• They then took a bus to Washington, D.C. to see the sights
• They were not able to go to the Lincoln Monument on this trip but, they did get to go to the Washington Monument
• He was also fortunate enough to talk to United States Senator Bob Dole and even had his picture taken with him.
• He had a wonderful trip to Washington, D.C. and was honored to be chosen for the Honor Flight.

Sioux Falls Primrose Residents Visit Orchard

Sioux Falls Primrose residents enjoying a trip to the apple orchard

Sioux Falls Primrose residents enjoying a trip to the apple orchard

When Fall is here, it is apple picking time! A large group of residents went on a field trip to visit the Country Apple Orchard on Thursday, September 29th. When arriving, it was busy with apple pickers and people picking out pumpkins. We made a visit to the country store where we found apple pie, apple turnovers, and many other apple-related items to choose from. Everyone took their time and looked around the store before making their purchases.

Outside, we enjoyed a piece of apple pie with ice cream along with coffee and water. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed discussing the fun times they had growing up and getting things ready for the winter. Canning was a big part of the fall for most of them. A lot of the residents remembered helping their mothers and pie was always a special treat for them. It was a great afternoon!

Sioux Falls Primrose Celebrates Senior Living Week

Primrose residents Eva, Dee, and Allen with their medals

Primrose residents Eva, Dee, and Allen with their medals

Primrose Retirement Community of Sioux Falls celebrated Assisted Living week by holding a senior Olympics. In the front lobby each day a different game was played and each resident was given three chances to score points. They had a great time competing in our own unique versions of the javelin throw, milk jug toss, golf swing, and the discus throw. We were quite surprised how good some of the residents were at the games!

We hosted a social hour and awarded participation certificates and medals to the top three winners for each event and then we awarded the top three for the all around. It was a very special week for them. Dee said, she can’t wait for next year! We had a lot of laughs and fun. Our residents mean a lot to us they are all very special in their own way.

Lancaster Primrose In-House Physical Therapist

Resident Eva Kinser and Jimmy Mako

Resident Eva Kinser and Jimmy Mako

October is National Physical Therapy Month and Primrose of Lancaster is featuring our own in house physical therapist – Jimmy Mako.

Jimmy is employed with Blackstone Home Health which is a company that has graciously partnered with Primrose to help our wonderful residents with all of their physical therapy needs. He has his very own office right here in our community and has been with us for quite some time now.

Jimmy grew up in Springfield OH and went to Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Dayton where he received his doctorate in physical therapy.

Jimmy is known as “Dr. Jimmy” here at Primrose of Lancaster. All the residents love him and they look forward to seeing him at every visit. I asked resident Eva Kinser why she likes working with Jimmy. She stated “I think he knows what he is doing and he has helped me out so much.”

Jimmy states that he loves his job, from educating his patients on how their bodies work to helping them see improvement. He strives to help them regain their ability to perform activities that they used to do. Jimmy also states that he is very big on staying active himself. Thank you for all you do to help our residents, Jimmy!

5 Ways for Seniors to Build New Friendships

Retirement is a wonderful thing!  Being afforded the time to see and do things you always wanted to do but never had the time for is extremely enjoyable and rewarding.  Part of retirement involves meeting new people and making new friends – and this can be challenging for some seniors.  Here are five ways you can build new friendships in your retirement:

  1. Find a way to volunteer – Use your newfound free time to give back to those in your community who may be in need. Volunteering is also a great way to meet and develop friendships with people who share the same interests as you._k0c7253
  1. Continue your education – Many seniors go back to college after they are done working. Education keeps your body and mind active and allows you to learn new skills that may be beneficial to you in your retirement – and there are more seniors enrolling than you may think.  Be sure to ask if your local college or university offers reduced tuition options for seniors – many do.
  1. Join a club – From gardening to golfing, hiking to handball, everyone has an interest in something. Chances are good that there is a club in your town for people with similar interests as you.  After attending for a while and getting to know others, friendships are sure to develop.
  1. Consider semi-retirement – Perhaps you’ll consider taking on a part-time job. There are many employers looking to hire seniors and there is no better way to meet people and make a little extra money.
  1. Move to a senior living community – What is your current living situation? Do you have neighbors your age close by?  Is family close?  If your ability to fellowship with others is limited by your location, you may want to consider a senior living community.  You’ll live in a safe, friendly environment with great food, roomy apartments and activities to fit all interests.  Finding new friends will be easy because you’ll be living in a beautiful building surrounded by your peers.  Many who choose senior living comment that they wish they had done it sooner!

No matter your situation, if senior living is an option for you we would be honored to assist you in that journey.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by visiting

Mankato Primrose Residents Donate to Salvation Army

Anne, Barb, Vernice and Marge donating money

Anne, Barb, Vernice and Marge donating money

A few weeks back, the residents at Primrose of Mankato saw a story in the local newspaper about the Salvation Army accepting donations for the new year. The residents of Primrose in Mankato took it upon themselves to raise and donate to Mankato’s Salvation Army towards the noon feeding program. The noon feeding program operates seven days a week all year long feeding 30,000 people annually.

Our residents raised over $450.00 and once the money was collected, the Life Enrichment Coordinator, Hannah, contacted the Salvation Army to set up a date to visit, donate and tour the facility. During the tour we learned about the Salvation Army and the different programs and opportunities they offer for those in need in the local area. We learned so much information and we were amazed with the facility and the opportunities that are offered. Within the next few weeks we are hoping to go back to the Salvation Army and help serve lunch during the noon feeding program.