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Good Samaritan Society - Home Care celebrates 20 years of service


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

While some retirees venture off to the warm, dryer climates of Arizona and other parts of the south and west for their golden years, many find that they can only feel right at home here in the Midwest, specifically southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

However, no matter where one goes, there’s no question that as our wisdom continues grow as we age, so can our dependability on others. Dependability on others comes in different arrangements, whether moving to a care facility, assisted living center and today many even include having the option of staying right at home.

Good Samaritan Society - Home Care located in Preston, Minn. is celebrating 20 years of making at-home life possible for many of the area’s residents. Good Samaritan began providing assistance in 1994 when home care services weren’t widely established.

“In those days there was not a lot of support for home care,” said Vickie Lynch, Director of Home Health for Good Samaritan.

Even so, Lynch and others at Good Samaritan knew that the need was there for home health services. Good Samaritan Society Administrator Doug Aretz helped pioneer home care services beginning with a man who had been placed in the nursing home but wanted to return home.

“He [Aretz] was the one who started the agency and had the vision to provide care for people going home from our facility,” Lynch said.

The Good Samaritan Society - Home Care is a Medicare- and Medicaid-certified agency that also accepts many forms of insurance and private payment. The Good Samaritan Society extends its service area far beyond Fillmore County, serving Olmsted, Winona, Freeborn, Mower, and Houston counties in Minnesota and Worth and Mitchell counties in Iowa. Lynch stated that clients range in number from between 80 to 100.

The Good Samaritan Society is part of one of the largest not-for-profit providers of senior care and services. It owns and operates more than 240 care centers, senior living communities and home care agencies.

While Preston’s home care program began in 1994, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society was founded in 1922.

A wide array of services are available through the Good Samaritan Society:

Telehealth. The Good Samaritan Society allows for health care delivery from a distance, allowing patrons to see, hear and talk to nursing staff though various telec .....
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Preston approves bond sale for 2014 street projects

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 7 Preston City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, informed the council that the city’s favorable “AA/Stable” Standard and Poor’s rating had been reaffirmed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The city ..... 
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Birth Announcements - Mark James Yonts

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Serenity proudly announces the birth of her baby brother! Mark James was born on June 13, 2014 to John and Danielle Yonts of Preston, Minn. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are James Yonts of Rushford, Minn; ..... 
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Birth Announcements - Jack Carl Steven Holger

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Jon and Sara Holger of Preston, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jack Carl Steven, born on June 10, 2014. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Carl and Sue Holger of Rushford, Minn.; Steve O ..... 
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POET team members share experiences from Kenya

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This summer a group of POET team members traveled to Kenya, Africa to help build a dorm for the Traveller’s Oasis Girls School. Michele Anderson, Quality Manager at POET Biorefining, Preston and a resident of Saint Charles participated in this mis ..... 
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Fillmore Central to offer trap shooting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Members of the Harmony Conservation Club attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 24. Board member Sue Sikkink explained they had approached her with the idea of starting a trap shooting team at Fillmore Central. The trap shooti ..... 
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Fillmore Central Band and Choir perform at Disney World

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

This past week, June 16-22, the Fillmore Central Band and Choir traveled to Orlando, Fla., to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort. The marching band performed at the Magic Kindgom during the afternoon of Wednesday, June 18, for an enormous crow ..... 
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North Preston regional pond planned

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the feasibility report for a North Regional Pond at the Preston City Council’s June 16 meeting. Early in April when Grabau discussed the details of the feasibility study for the proposed North Industrial Park, se ..... 
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Virgil J. Rindels

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Virgil J. Rindels, 96, of Greenleafton, Minn., died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Virgil was born on January 26, 1918 in Castlewood, S.D., the son of John and Jennie (Bleeker) Rindels. He attended school in Castlewood. I ..... 
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