Current News

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

Crafts and More

We have several talented ladies who enjoy a variety of crafts. LaVonn McCarty is one of them. She enjoys painting pottery and can often be found in the Life Enrichment Room busy with her paints! Over the years she has painted many items including numerous Holiday pieces, college items, and various other pieces. If there… Read More

Ridin’ the River

August 17th Shady Oaks residents and team members traveled to Heritage Care Center, our sister facility in Iowa Falls, for a much awaited joint outing. The first stop was the Empress Boat Club, a 1937 log cabin on the Iowa River that is the home of the Empress Riverboat. Listed on the National Historic Register,… Read More

Caring For Our Work Family

Shady Oaks is a Vetter Senior Living (VSL) facility dedicated to both their residents and team members (employees). In March, the Shady Oaks Team began a “Caring Club” to be able to provide a monetary donation to team members in times of need. When the tornado hit Pilger, Nebraska on June 16th, one of the… Read More

Grab the Umbrella and Galoshes!!

It seems the sky has been gray more often than not over the past few weeks. After the drought last year, the rain clouds have been a welcome site. Thanks to the rain and the warmer temperatures, we think the corn will be well past “knee-high” by the 4th of July! Thursday, June 19th was… Read More