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Rainbow Swirls Brighten Shady Oaks’ World

Recently, residents and staff worked together to create 16 colorful, three-foot tall pinwheels. The craft project enlisted the help of individual residents who spent time carefully cutting out the shapes of the blades of each pinwheel from sturdy plastic. The plastic came from new dividers made for organizing office files.  Staff assembled the red, orange,… Read More

Cling Art Brings Joy

The creative spark shone brightly when residents applied their artistic skills during an afternoon craft activity recently.  Using several sets of colorful permanent markers folks filled in the spaces of intricate window cling designs. The finished pictures were bright, happy patterns that when peeled off the backing paper and applied to a clear window appeared… Read More

In Honor of Father’s Day

  Shady Oaks residents Gerald D., Alan U., Jack S., and Robert R. were among many other dads at Shady Oaks who were recognized and honored on Father’s Day. The fellows received a special Father’s Day poster to display in their room and a bag of savory snack mix to enjoy. The smiles summed it… Read More

Celebrating National Flip Flop Day

What better way to celebrate National Flip Flop Day than to make a cheerful summertime decoration using…. flip flops! The ladies got creative and used cute, child-size flip flops, pretty artificial flowers, and colorful ribbon to easily assemble a daisy-shaped decoration to hang up in their room or on the door. Each one was unique… Read More

Sights and Sounds of Summer

  Shady Oaks residents appreciated seeing a parade of classic tractors drive by the windows recently. A group of farmers and classic farm equipment enthusiasts, led by organizer Paul Nehman of Lytton, Iowa, drove 54 tractors on a 30-mile round trip. The route, which began in Yetter, travelled around the western half of Calhoun County… Read More

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Shady Oaks residents celebrated Mother’s Day by recognizing and honoring mothers. Colorful ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ posters were given to mothers to wish them a happy day. A delectable Chocolate Cherry Dream dessert was served to everyone, along with cheery teapot décor napkins. Smiles were abundant as our Shady Oaks mothers were delightfully surprised by the… Read More

Cinco de Mayo is a Sensation

Residents and staff at Shady Oaks know how to party! Folks really turned out to share in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Everyone got into the spirit by donning spiffy black mustaches, sombreros, and colorful eyeglasses. (The look was especially entertaining since the mustaches had to be attached over a mask!) Two special characters… Read More

A Ball in the Hall

Who needs a beach when a wide hallway will do? Residents turned out to have fun with a huge rainbow-colored beach ball. With some 50’s music in the background the stage was set for some entertaining exercise! Back and forth the ball went, sometimes with a foot kick or a tap and push of the… Read More

Easter Morning Devotions Mark the Holiday

Residents attended Easter morning devotions on each of the four hallways. Life Enrichment hosted the devotions; residents each sat in their doorways to listen and participate. Via a YouTube video on Deeto, Pastor Roy Karlen from the Woodlawn church in Lake City shared an Easter message specifically created for the residents of Shady Oaks. After… Read More

Fun Friday Floats

A Friday afternoon seemed like the perfect time for listening to Malt Shop Memories tunes while enjoying delicious rootbeer or orange floats. Life Enrichment travelled up and down the hallways creating refreshing servings of two scoops of hard vanilla ice cream topped with a generous amount of either rootbeer or orange soda pop. Both residents… Read More