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Mid-Willamette Valley
Monthly Marketing Update
- April 2020

Thank you for all you are doing to serve our seniors and help protect them as much as possible. I am hearing from so many that it has been a struggle to work differently and with less connection; and many people are seeing the economic impact of this pandemic. But I also am hearing about the kindness, sharing, communication, and selflessness in our community. I am trying (key word- “trying”) to focus more on the kindness side of things, and some days are easier than others.

Now more than ever, our community needs to have resources and information on housing, care and support, and together we can help with that! In addition to the numerous resources on our website, we set up a new Coronavirus resource page, and we are happy to add any valuable content that helps and is not promotional.

A bit of an update on business… we will start hosting the networking meetings again, but will be managing these virtually using ZOOM. The links to log on and join us are included below and hope you can connect. Samaritan Hospitals very much wants to still hold the “Transitions of Care” meeting this month and the case managers desperately need timely responsiveness from communities and homecare when called or emailed. Please try and join our zoom meetings if at all possible.


Network Meetings - Salem/ Albany/ Corvallis


9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Linn/Benton)
Speaker: Amy Schmidt, Retirement Connection
Topic: Adapt, Adjust & Find a New Normal
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10:45 AM
Transitions of Care Monthly Meeting
Topic: Transitions of Care virtual meeting with Candy Sawyer, Samaritan Case MGMT
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APR 22
9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Salem)
Speaker: Amy Schmidt, Retirement Connection
Topic: Making the Shift to Virtual Networking
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Upcoming Hospital Case Manager Fairs


AUG 31
12 PM
Corvallis Good Samaritan Case Manager Luncheon
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
3600 NW Samaritan Dr, Corvallis, 97330
HP/Starkeer Room


Marketing and Development


9 AM
How to Use Zoom
Online Webinar



10 AM
Free Virtual Webinar on Decluttering
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2 PM
Actions Home Health Clinicians Can Take to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Online Webinar



APR 20
9 AM
Excel Pivot Tables and Dashboards
Online Webinar



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How to explain social distancing to those with Alzheimer's



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Senior Loneliness Line
If you or a loved one are experiencing
loneliness or isolation, please call


We know that you are managing a great deal right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is here to help.


Here are a few ways…

1)    Corona Virus resource web page: We have set up a webpage at to offer updates on Skilled Nursing and housing closures, community resources, and other updates. Please send me any relevant updates you feel should be included.

2)    Events Calendar: We are updating our events calendar many times each day on We are including the originally planned date, shown as CANCELLED and then also adding the new date to help communicate as many updates as possible.

3)    Care Availability: We have expedited the use of a new resource we have been beta testing. is a free resource for hospitals, providers and families to search availability without needing to submit person details, and it is free for providers to report the housing and skilled availability. We have added the ability for communities to mark “not accepting residents due to coronavirus, and also the ability to mark if they are accepting Respite stays at this time.

4) Job Postings: We have expanded our Jobs Board to offer more position postings than typical including hourly staff and job resource link.


On The Move


Do you know someone that has recently changed positions? Send us an update to share in the monthly newsletter, helping everyone stay connected and informed about community changes.


Additional Resources

There are so many resources included in Retirement Connection, that often a few may slip past you and may not be noticed. Did you know that the guide also includes:

Financial Services and Hospitals


Nuggets of Knowledge

“Loneliness is not a lack of company, loneliness is a lack of purpose. ” – Guillermo Maldonado

I often feel that I am best when helping others make connections, and being a resource. Lately with the Stay at Home order, I am struggling to feel the same sense of purpose. It has made me look at how I identify my role. I am needing to shift gears and see what is possible online and with virtual opportunities. As my team has moved to working remotely, we are all feeling the effects a bit differently. I may be the most extroverted member of our team and I have had to ask for and accept their emotional support at this time.  

~ Amy Schmidt
Retirement Connection


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