Showing gratitude during National Skilled Nursing Week


Good Samaritan Society staff members enjoy being an integral part of the cities and counties in which they work and live.

‘Really important’ community services

Often, the services provided by the Company cannot be found for miles around. Good Samaritan Society – Battle Lake, MN offers skilled nursing, assisted living facilities and seniors’ apartments.

“There aren’t a ton of senior housing options in our area. What we provide in our community is really important because otherwise people would have to travel 20, 30, 40 miles to receive care in a setting like this,” says Battle Lake administrator Casey Ward.

Nor does anyone need to travel outside the area for outpatient rehab, Ward says, it happens here. All of this makes his building a must-visit facility for Battle Lake residents and Otter Tail County residents.

“We have a nice view of western Battle Lake and we have a dock and pontoon. We’re just a really beautiful, unique campus,” Ward says.

This is one of the reasons why the residences for the elderly are always full. With good weather ahead, Ward is looking forward to taking on the role of pontoon captain soon.

“Favorite part of the job description for the summer,” says Ward.

National Skilled Nursing Week

During National Skilled Nursing Week, Ward shares his gratitude to caregivers who make residents feel special and to all families who trust the Society with their loved ones.

“It brings a lot of value to the community and the community is very grateful. We are so grateful for the way they show it to us,” Ward says.

Throughout the pandemic, local grocery stores have been laying flowers to brighten up residents’ rooms. Families also bring treats to say thank you to staff members.

“The community has really done a lot,” says Ward.

While he admits battling the coronavirus at Battle Lake has been difficult, the location is now well-located thanks to safety measures and the COVID-19 vaccine.

“There were times when it was pretty tough, but everyone pitched in to make it work,” Ward says. “We’re all in this together. We’re all in this together.

Hopefully we will propel our way to the end of the pandemic. Ward says new tour options bring hope. Vaccinated residents and visitors can get together with fewer restrictions.

“We are starting to see more and more people in the building. It’s nice to see all that traffic again,” says Ward.

Back to Skilled Nursing

This past year has brought many changes to skilled nursing facilities. Rochelle Rindels, the Society’s vice president of nursing and clinical services, says the organization continues to adapt to meet the needs of residents.

“Right now, with our vaccination rates, our facilities are among the safest places,” Rindels says.

Safe places where people can live, stay active and receive care.

“What we saw in skilled nursing facilities today is very different from what we saw 10 to 20 years ago. I think it touches on a variety of things, from the services offered in a nursing facility to the complexity of the resident or patient we care for,” says Rindels.

These residents will have even more conveniences at their fingertips in the future.

“We’re kind of on the cutting edge of virtual care and telehealth and what that looks like in nursing homes. I think in the next 5-7 years we will see a change in the way care is delivered in a nursing facility,” says Rindels.

Right now, you can count on a family atmosphere wherever the Society takes care of others.

“The one thing that hasn’t changed in nursing homes is the sense of community that develops between residents and also the relationship between nurses and residents. They become like your family members. You share birthdays and anniversaries with them and get to know their immediate family and loved ones, just like your own family,” says Rindels.

‘Thank you for trusting us’

For those celebrating skilled nursing facilities, their staff and residents this week, Rindels says thank you.

“We value and appreciate our skilled nursing facilities and the employees, residents and family members who are involved in these facilities. Thank you for trusting us to care for your loved ones and for truly being part of building community and moving forward day to day in our locations,” Rindels said.

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