By Nick Kellen Administrator-in-Training
Otto’s second chance at life W
e have a saying at Good Samaritan Society – Waukon, Postville and
West Union: “Residents do not come here to die; they come here to live.” For one resident, Otto Nuehring, the expression rings particularly true. Otto grew up in Clayton County and
spent most of his life working at a meat packing plant in Postville. He battled obesity, and at the time of his admission into Good Samaritan Society – Waukon, he weighed 300 pounds. Emotionally and physically drained,
Otto knew he was at his life’s lowest point. Living had become unappealing due to his dependence on caretakers and a wheel- chair. In the past, Otto found life purpose in the ability to help others, but no longer being able to do so, he knew he had to help himself first. Otto began a strict diet and therapy
program with the help of staff members at the center. Together, they developed Otto’s daily exercise agenda, which included 8 miles on a stationary bike.
Far right: At 300 pounds, Otto begins working out with a rehab therapist and is motivated to change. Right: After losing 120 pounds, Otto is energetic and able to hang out with the local football team.
I n Ch r i s t ’ s L o v e , Ev e r y o n e I s S ome o n e Step by step and pedal by pedal, Otto
lost 120 pounds. But Otto’s progress was not simply a number on the scale –– he now walks independently, has increased energy and is recharged mentally. Most important, his new mobility allows him to help others, especially his wife. Otto attributes his success to the staff members, who both motivated him and accommo- dated his desire to work out after hours. Otto is just one story of positive
outcomes that occur within our rehabilita- tion and skilled care centers. The Good Samaritan Society is changing the percep- tion that care centers are places for the dying. Rather, they are places of life where residents grow and find new purpose. This Christmas, your gifts to Good
Samaritan Society – Waukon, Postville and West Union’s rehabilitation departments will allow us to give residents like Otto a second chance at life. If you feel called to give, please see the tips at right. May God bless you for your generosity.
A publication of Good Samaritan Society – Waukon, Postville and West Union
Waukon, Postville and West Union, Iowa
How can I give?
1. Mail in the enclosed envelope.
2. Donate online at www.good-sam.com
3. Call or stop by. Gifts designated to the rehab/ therapy departments will go toward the following projects.
Waukon - upper arm restorator Postville - NuStep West Union - recumbent bike
All gifts are tax-deductible within IRS regulations.
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