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Creating a special experience for Good Samaritan Society residents in Holstein, IA

Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 9:00 PM CDT
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HOLSTEIN, IA (Dakota News Now) - More people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and more things are returning to normal because of it. Residents at Good Samaritan Society facilities all over are able to have visitors once again. Residents at Good Sam in Holstein, IA said they’re really enjoying it. They’re even planning appointments at the beauty shop inside the assisted living facility around their visitors.

“To bring back that self-confidence and beauty that they don’t see in themselves is amazing,” Lisa Hinrickson said. She is the activity director at Good Samaritan Society in Holstein, IA.

Many residents in assisted living facilities lost that during the pandemic last year because they didn’t have their normal routine.

“It’s a little restricting, not what we were used to,” Vicky Murray said. “Thank god the activities director got us involved in other things. Like I did flowers and Deb does crocheting to keep our minds going.”

Murray lives at the Good Samaritan Society facility in Holstein. Just about a month ago, the beauty shop reopened there.

“Because with the pandemic, everything just seemed so restricted and coming into the beauty shop, actually having a normal situation happening to yourself is huge. And some of them would look at themselves and couldn’t believe they actually looked that good again,” Hinrickson said.

But Hinrickson is creating an even more special experience for the residents.

“I couldn’t believe their reactions were that great. I didn’t expect that let’s put it that way,” she said.

She bought a few accessories, the ladies got dolled up at the beauty shop, and then had glamour shots taken.

“And it just kind of blew up,” she said.

“I didn’t know I could be pretty. I didn’t know I was pretty. When she showed me that first one with the big smile, I go, ‘I am beautiful.’” Debra Langschwager said. She also lives at the facility in Holstein and is friends with Murray.

This experience is having just as big of an impact on Hinrickson as it is on the residents.

“The residents are huge to me. My passion comes from them,” she said.

If you want more information on visiting someone at a Good Sam facility, you can learn more here.

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