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Eight years after Callaway’s 600 residents banded together to keep the doors of a skilled living facility open, the central Nebraska town is planning for additional health care upgrades.

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We are overjoyed with this recent donation given by Stacey Erstrom! Stacey restored this beautiful aquarium, made the cabinet it sits on, set it all up for us, added all the fish, decorations inside and an automatic fish feeder and will keep it cleaned ongoingly! Thank you Stacey for your generosity and for caring so much! This will truly be a blessing for all and greatly enhance our resident’s quality of life here at Callaway Good Life Center! GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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A new popcorn machine was donated to the Callaway Good Life Center in memory of Leslie “Bud” Hickenbottom by his family! We thank the Hickenbottm family for their generous donation in memory of Bud!



Pictured is Halla Eggleson, Dietary Manager

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Congratulations to our July Employee of the Month Laurie DeLaune.

Laurie has been an employee at the Good Life Center over 6 years.  She is one of our Certified Nurse Aides and also helps with Restorative.  Laurie’s career as a C N A began in 2008.  Her hobbies include reading, sewing, baking (especially if it’s chocolate!) and being with her grandchildren.  She has 3 daughters, Emily, Shalina and Michaela, one son-in-law Brad who is married to Michaela.  She also has 4 grandchildren, Neal, Rebecca, Jack and Penelope.

Laurie’s co-workers shout out stated, “Laurie stepped up and took over the Morning Gatherings in Jeanie’s absence.  She enlisted the help of her grandkids and the residents enjoyed every minute.  Each time I ventured down the hall in the morning there was a different activity.  One day Laurie played the piano and the residents played “ Name that hymn”.  Thank you Laurie for your enthusiasm and inventiveness in serving and for your bravery in stepping out of your comfort zone to help!”

When we asked Laurie why she enjoys what she does, she said, “I love having a job where I can make a little difference for the better in someone else’s life.  The residents have become like family for me.  They give me more than I could ever give them back!  They have enriched my life so much.”

Laurie, we think you offer more than a “little difference” for our residents.  You produce smiles from everyone you come in contact with.  Thank you for your service!

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Congratulations to our June Employee of the Month, Hallie Conroy.

Hallie has been a C N A at CGLC since July of 2014.  She began while she was in high school and continues to work when she is home from college.  She is taking classes in Lincoln to become a nurse.  In 2017 she got her Med Aide certificate and helps us out in that capacity as well.  While in Lincoln she has worked in an Alzheimer’s unit and with Home Health Care.

Hallie enjoys movies, cooking, and walking her dogs.  She is the daughter of Mitch and Lanett Conroy, and has two sisters Cassidy and Taylor, all from Oconto.

Hallie’s co-workers’ shout out that “She came in to help us out on the 2 pm – 10 pm shift when we were short staffed.  Thank You Hallie, we appreciate you!”  Also, “A resident wanted ice cream for supper and the machine was down, so Hallie went to the Coop and got ice cream for the resident.  The resident’s eye lit up and she was overjoyed with her ice cream.”  Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.  Thanks Hallie for your thoughtfulness!

When we asked Hallie why she enjoys what she does, she replied, “Working with the residents gives me skills and knowledge I will use the rest of my life.”  Good luck with your nursing career Hallie!


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Congratulations to our May Employee of the Month, Lydia Connell.  Lydia has been a Certified Nurse Assistant for the last year, and has worked at Callaway Good Life Center for the past 4 months. 

Lydia loves to camp, swim and spend extra time reading or learning.  She lives with her Mother and Stepdad.  She has two full brothers, and three step-brothers.  She also has a “very cute nephew!”  Lydia also enjoys the time spent with her dad.

Lydia’s co-workers gave her this shout out, “Lydia jumps in and covers shifts, she is kind to residents and staff.  In addition to being a great C.N.A, Lydia is open to learning new things.  Her attitude and work ethic is a wonderful example to everyone.”

Lydia told us the reason she likes her job is, “I love being able to put a smile on people’s faces, and having the opportunity to positively impact someone’s day.”

Lydia makes us all smile!  Thank you for all your hard work.


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No Comments on Callaway Good Life Center 8th Annual Walkway of Flags

Callaway Good Life Center – presents our 8th Annual “Walkway of Flags”

Honor a loved one or their memory on our Walkway of Flags!

The walkway surrounding the Callaway Good Life Center will be decorated with dozens of American Flags during the Memorial Day holiday in honor of our armed forces, servicemen and women, friends, family members and loved ones. Celebrate the life of someone special and support our Center by sponsoring a flag for a donation of $25.00 or more.

We will tag your sponsored 12” X 18” flag with the name of your honored individual and place it with the others along our walkways beginning May 24nd, 2018. It will remain there through May 30thnd as a symbol of remembrance.

Residents and visitors of Callaway Good Life Center can view this display at their leisure. In addition, everyone is invited to a short dedication ceremony of the Walkway on Wednesday May 30th, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Callaway Good Life Center.

Please fill out the information below and return it with your donation of $25.00 or more. Celebrate a special person and help support the mission of the Callaway Good Life Center! Then project we are working to raise funds for this year are new bedspreads that provide a homey look and feel for our resident’s beds.
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Phone: __________________________

Number of Flags: ___________

Donation Enclosed: $ ______________($25, $50, $100, Other $)
Make check payable to Callaway Good Life Center

Flag(s) in honor of: ___________________________________________
Flag(s) in memory of: _________________________________________

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Jerry’s vision of a sidewalk that extends from the Callaway Community Center to the Callaway Good Life Center is well on it’s way to being a reality! This is being funded all by donations! What a wonderful man who started this project and the wonderful donors who made it happen!!

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Congratulations to our April Employee of the Month, Alexis Springer.

Alexis has been with us since November, 2017.  She is a Certified Nurse Assistant on our evening shift.  Alexis has been a C N A for 18 months.

Alexis enjoys spending time outside, running, being with her family in Lincoln, and spending time with her dog Remi!  Alexis’s family all live in Lincoln.  She has 1 brother and 1 sister.  She came to Callaway with her boyfriend Tyler Lynch.  They are enjoying life with 3 month old pup Remi!

 Alexis co-workers nominated her, and Remi.  They said, “Alexis and her new puppy came out for a visit on Good Friday.  She had Remi all dolled up in an Easter Bunny outfit and went from room to room so the residents had a visit from the “Easter Bunny”!  Thanks Alexis, and Remi!”

We asked Alexis why she enjoys her job, and she replied, “I like being a C N A, because I enjoy making others lives just a little easier.  I am going to school to be an RN, and hopefully become a part of Hospice staff.  I enjoy spending time with my residents.”

We enjoy having Alexis as part of our team and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.

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