Current News

Celebrating Social Services

When things are at their most challenging it is typically a Social Worker who can step in and bring order to the chaos. It is their superpower! Here at Shady Oaks, we have two amazing Social Workers: Amy Smith, Social Services Director and Jenna Hanson, Social Services Assistant. Amy has worked at Shady Oaks for… Read More

Skyping Maintains Family Connections

Technology is proving to be a wonderful tool during this time of social distancing. Shady Oaks residents are enjoying the benefits of skyping with loved ones. Recently, Jack and Betty S. skyped with their daughter Cindy and her husband Dave. It was terrific to be able to see one another and spend time chatting. Cindy… Read More

Cheerful Creations Bring Happy Smiles

Painting ceramics is a popular activity at Shady Oaks. Recently, Pat C. chose a hen sitting on a nest and Marlys D. selected a cute kitten to paint. Both ladies were pleased to work on pieces that will make nice, brightly-colored decorations for springtime.  

Residents Savor Culinary History Program

Shady Oaks residents enthusiastically welcomed local author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby on February 20th for a presentation about her one-of-a-kind book entitled “A Culinary History of Iowa.” During the hour-long evening program everyone was delighted to hear her descriptions of Iowa’s rich culinary history. Darcy began by sharing some vintage photos from the Lake City area… Read More

Residents and Staff Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Love was definitely in the air at Shady Oaks during the first two weeks of February. Red and pink valentine decorations adorned the rooms everywhere in the facility. Residents and staff spent time decorating special valentine sacks which were filled with valentines and candies for each resident and staff person. A favorite valentine activity called… Read More

Team Member Receives Honor

On Tuesday, August 6th, 2019, we had the opportunity to celebrate Elyse Schroeder, C.N.A.  Lori Ristau from the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) was present to award Elyse with the IHCA Foundation Scholarship.  Residents, friends, family, and co-workers enjoyed celebrating Elyse’s accomplishment with punch and Elyse’s favorite:  scotch – a – roos!  Elyse has been… Read More

Vetter Senior Living Receives National Great Place to Work Certification

Elkhorn, Nebraska — Vetter Senior Living, a non-profit company serving seniors in five midwestern states, is proud to announce that all of its locations have been certified as GREAT WORKPLACES by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®.  Vetter Senior Living (VSL) employs more than 3,500 people and earned this credential based on extensive… Read More

From the Garden

Nothing tastes better than garden fresh fruits and vegetables! Just this year, Shady Oaks has been blessed with generous donations of asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet corn. The residents love them and the only complaint is they don’t last long enough! Fresh flowers are also a welcome addition and brighten common areas and residents’ rooms…. Read More

Madison Moments

The residents of our Madison Community (Memory Support) are keeping a close eye on their tomato plants. There are several tomatoes that are starting to turn and they are looking forward to picking them soon! Visiting pets are always a big hit and our residents enjoy them all. Pictured is Leona Jensen enjoying a visit… Read More

The Green Thumbs

Residents living in the Madison Community (Memory Support) enjoy spending time outside doing yard work. The residents have their own private courtyard and have been ‘sprucing it up’ a little each day. To date, the residents and team members have raked leaves, trimmed bushes and trees, and removed dead plants. It has made a big… Read More