Lake City

Lake City, IA: Table A Fare

On Saturday, September 16th, Shady Oaks participated in the SMCH Auxiliary’s Table A Fare. Two tables were decorated with a rustic pumpkin theme, complete with gold accents. The centerpieces were white pumpkins with fall sprays sprouting out of the top. They were placed on wooden slabs to complete the rustic vibe. Gold napkins, silverware, and […]

Lake City, IA: Baby Boom at Shady Oaks

At Shady Oaks Care Center, we strive to go above and beyond—not only for our residents, but for our team members as well! Our World Class Retention Team has been busy planning baby showers monthly! With many ladies expecting here at Shady Oaks, we have been combining showers and celebrating together. This past month we […]

Lake City, IA: Dancing with “Deeto”: How iN2L Has Created Moments of Joy at Shady Oaks

The iN2L system at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, IA, that our residents and team members have affectionately nicknamed Deeto, (Deeto means “I enrich” in Latin), is an extremely popular addition to the Memory Support Household area. The Life Enrichment team uses Deeto at every opportunity in scheduled groups for the Household residents. […]

Lake City, IA: 30 Years of Excellence

The leadership team celebrated Rachel Seil’s hard work and dedication of 30 years on July 20th. When asked what she wanted for her celebration she first commented a water balloon or water gun fight…she settled for chocolate cake with whipped frosting instead! Rachel started her career at Shady Oaks as a CNA of which encouraged […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Care Center Gives Back to Post 31

Each year, Shady Oaks team members run a series of fundraisers, with plans to benefit a community organization. And each year, their corporate office offers a matching donation, if the care facility meets their goal. This year, Administrator Jennifer Blair told residents that Vetter Health Services doubled its matching amount, from $500 to $1,000. With […]

Lake City IA: We Thank Our Lucky Stars for You!

Tables were decorated in red, white, and blue, ready to impress our local and resident Veterans. With a delicious meal ready to be served, laughs and chit chat entertained the men while lemonade and water was poured. On the menu for this special luncheon was: Filet mignon, Grilled potato pack with asparagus, carrots and onions, […]

Lake City, IA: Sharing Community Creations, One Portrait at a Time

On a gloomy, stormy day, Shady Oaks hosted a community photography show featuring some of Calhoun County’s BEST photographers! The display was hosted in the dining room with classical music playing in the background. The exhibit featured everything from family portraits, to landscapes and animals. The intriguing images were displayed in frames, printed on canvas, […]

Lake City, IA: Raising Money One Sweet at a Time!

Shady Oaks kicked off Easter weekend with a fun bake sale! There was a huge variety of sweet treats for everybody. From Larita’s sugar cookies to Jan Schubert cake and pies, team member’s, residents, and visitors picked up their delicious baked goods for Easter weekend. One popular item that sold out almost right away was […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks’ Mentor Program Gets a BOOST From South Haven Expertise

It was a glorious day for a drive, and on Thursday, April 13th a crew from Shady Oaks did just that! Jennifer Blair (Administrator) Kim Clark (DON) Allie Carroll (C.M.A./Scheduler) and I headed west to our sister facility, South Haven Living Center in Wahoo, NE. There was not a silent moment during the almost three-hour […]

Lake City, IA: Ladies Spring Luncheon

The Life Enrichment Team planned a scrumptious celebration to help welcome Spring at Shady Oaks! The Ladies Spring Luncheon was held on March 22nd with approximately 30 residents enjoying the festivity. The colorful tables were bright and cheery with bright pink tablecloths, green placemats and flowery napkins. The menu was fun and light, filled with […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Celebrates One Year Injury Free!

“Healthcare workers can be at risk when it comes to work place injuries,” commented Vetter Health Services Safety Coordinator Ed Remm. His remarks were made during an event at Shady Oaks Care Center on Thursday to honor the team for reaching the mark of one-year injury free. Shady Oaks Care Center is deeply committed to the […]

Lake City, IA: Team Member Receives Honor

Shady Oaks is once again happy to announce that Deven Blair, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), has been awarded a scholarship! This time, it is the Vetter Foundation $1,000 Scholarship to be used towards her degree in Practical Nursing. We are so proud of Deven for her outstanding commitment to providing […]

Celebrating How Our Heroes Touch the Lives of Others

Vetter Health Services has been delivering quality care to seniors for over 40 years. We pride ourselves on providing quality living options and care to seniors throughout all of our 30 locations. We celebrate the heroes that work for us and dedicate their lives in caring for others. Charles Devlin said it best in the following quote, “Every day […]

Lake City, IA: Rivalry

“A little friendly competition never hurt anyone.” But if you ask Kate Smith, she may beg to differ…  The Rivalry between Kate Smith (Shady Oaks Care Center, People Development Coordinator) and Dan Schock (VHS Clinical Leadership Development) began when Dan started visiting Shady Oaks Care Center. On a casual Jean Friday Kate proudly wore Black […]

Lake City, IA: Creating of Future ~ Shady Oaks Gives Back

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed…” ~Proverbs 11:25 Throughout the month of December, Shady Oaks has focused on just that, how we can “give back.” From complimentary coffee to delivering cookies out in the community, we continually strive to show our appreciation for the business and community support we receive. […]

Lake City, IA: A Holly Jolly Good Time

Santa Claus decided to take a break from all of his hard work to visit our residents and team members at Shady Oaks! The morning was full of laughs and singing while taking pictures with the jolly man and Mrs. Claus. Residents enjoyed visiting with one another while waiting to see the big man in […]

Lake City, IA: Team Member Celebrates 40 Years at Shady Oaks

Carmen Schrad, LPN celebrated 40 years of caring at Shady Oaks this December! To celebrate our dear friend, we hosted a reception with cake, coffee, and many kind words from fellow team mates and residents. Jenny Vote, DON commented, “Carmen is beyond dependable; she’s committed to achieving Dignity in Life with each and every one […]

Lake City, IA: Family and Friends Gather Around Our Table

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nothing is better than sharing an afternoon with one another while enjoying a delicious meal. For the 7th year in a row, residents, family, and friends were treated to a delicious meal during the Family Feast held on Sunday, November 20th. With buffet-styled dinning, our culinary team […]

Lake City, IA: Mia the Macaw

Though the late November day was cold and gloomy, Mia the Macaw made her appearance at Shady Oaks flaunting her vivid coat of blue, yellow, and green feathers. Team members and residents ooed and awed as Pam Schultz, CNA, made her way into the building to share her feathered friend with everyone. Residents sat in […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Hits the Slots

Residents admired the colors of fall during their drive to the casino on a sunny but crisp day. While discussing the harvest season, the excitement rose as they came upon Wild Rose Casino on the edge of Jefferson. Luck ran out and in a blink of an eye, a couple hours had passed enjoying penny […]

Lake City, IA: Apple of My Eye

Crisp autumn air and a bit of sunshine accompanied Shady Oaks resident to their yearly Community Orchard visit in Fort Dodge. Rich fall colors welcomed everyone as they entered the gift shop to enjoy a slice of home-made pie topped with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. After indulging in their sweet treat, they ventured around […]

Lake City, IA: A Stroll Through Calhoun County History

Shady Oaks was honored to host Iowa historian Darcy Maulsby once again as she spoke about her new book. Darcy did a wonderful job relating to our residents as she was digging back in time and giving their memories life. During her presentation she spoke of many things including: the railroad; how agriculture truly motivated […]

Lake City, IA: Fall in Love with Shady Oaks

“Fall in Love with Shady Oaks” was our theme for this year’s community scarecrow contest. Team members had a great time working together to assemble the scarecrow display. Although we weren’t this years winner, we still have a lot of fun participating! Jenna Hanson commented, “I was excited when I was asked to work on […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Care Center Team Member Receives Honor

Shady Oaks very own Deven Blair, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), has been named as an Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation scholarship recipient. Julie Adair, IHCA Vice President, Home Care and Workforce, presented Blair with the Foundation’s $1,000 Scholarship for her outstanding commitment to providing long term services and supports […]

Lake City, IA: Life is a Beautiful Ride

All Ability Cycles from Jefferson was kind enough to share their special made bikes with Shady Oaks. The cycles produced by Van Raam in the Netherlands are designed with handicap capabilities. They brought 2 bikes to meet needs for different physical levels. The VeloPlus can be used with a wheel chair while the Fun2Go allowed […]

Lake City, IA: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For…CUPCAKES!

The countdown ended, and the day was finally here…SCRATCH CUPCAKE DAY! Shady Oaks welcomed the community once again with the Scratch Cupcake Curbside truck, touting many different cupcake flavors that were sure to whet the appetite to try them all! This year’s favorites seemed to be “Wedding Day”– an almond cream cake with vanilla buttercream […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Care Center Attends Active Living Senior Expo

Conversations were flowing as seniors walked through the exhibits at the Active Living Senior Expo held at the Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge on June 14th. Shady Oaks partnered with our sister facility, Heritage Care Center (Iowa Falls) and had a prime booth location where many passers bys were able to stop. We had the […]

Lake City, IA: Serenity Surroundings at Shady Oaks

Many of our residents have fond memories of working in their gardens, getting their hands dirty, and getting to see all of God’s creations grow and flourish. We believe it’s important to keep those green thumbs nimble and do so every Spring! We also find it essential to uphold our Vision of Outstanding Facilities which […]

Lake City, IA: Fired Up About Safety

Shady Oaks was excited to host the Lake City Fire Department recently as we provided them with an outstanding BBQ pulled pork meal and some education! During their time here, we went through what would happen in the instance that there was a fire at Shady Oaks including utility shutoffs, smoke compartments, entrances/exits and expectations […]

Lake City, IA: Advancing Art Skills at Any Age with “Art on the Fly”

Jolene Peters of “Art on the Fly” is no longer a stranger at Shady Oaks! She first visited our facility to do a painting class with the residents. The result was beautiful butterfly paintings. There were ten residents who learned a new skill in the painting class, and were accompanied by the high school Family […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Team Member Achieves Distinction

Congratulations to Kim Pautsch on recently receiving the RN-BC credentialing through completion of the Gero Prep course. The “Gero Prep” course is a 10-module self-study learning program that prepares RN’s to pass the gerontological certification exam by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. We are very pleased that Kim took the challenge of completing this course, […]

Lake City, IA: Bridging Generations

Although there is a quite a difference in how life was in the 1930s and today, Shady Oaks is proving there is still conversation and companionship to be had. The Family Living Class at South Central Calhoun High School is participating in a program called “Bridging the Generations.” The first visit on April 6th was […]

Lake City, IA: Celebrating Our Volunteers

Volunteers were welcomed as they entered Shady Oaks for a morning full of delicious breakfast foods and chatter. This year for National Volunteer Week, Life Enrichment worked tediously on bright canary yellow and vibrant true orange decorations. Each volunteer received a favor of which read, “Your willingness to help in so many ways, brightens and […]

Lake City, Iowa: Going Above and Beyond for Our Team

At Shady Oaks Care Center, we strive to go above and beyond—not only for our residents, but for our team members as well! As a part of the Vetter Health Services (VHS) family, we have been enthusiastically working very hard to do what we can to improve our recruitment and retention strategies. Our efforts thus […]

Lake City, IA: Family Feast!

Tis the season! Nothing is better than sharing an afternoon with family and friends while enjoying a delicious meal. That’s exactly what we did November 22nd at Shady Oaks! The Culinary Team started preparing for the day at 4:30 AM. The feast consisted of a buffet of salads, pork loin or beef roast, potatoes with […]

Lake City, IA: 108 Years Young

Bessie Hendricks was showered with love from friends and family while celebrating her 108th birthday on November 7th at Shady Oaks Care Center. While wearing her tiara, Bessie enjoyed birthday cake and coffee while visiting with her family including her grand kids, great grand kids, and great-great grand kids! A little about Bessie: Growing up […]

Lake City, IA: The Cake Lady

Have you ever opened a mailbox in hope to find cake scraps waiting for you to devour? If so, you are no stranger to Lake City’s very own “cake lady.” A few of you may wonder who is this famous cake lady? Lois Hensel, who now resides at Shady Oaks Care Center, decided to share […]

Lake City, IA: ICHA Foundation Scholarship Awards to Two Shady Oaks’ Team Members

A reception was held in honor of Deven Blair, and Cassie Schleisman, both certified nursing assistants (CNAs), at Shady Oaks Care Center for receiving the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation Scholarship. IHCA ICAL Director of Workforce and Home Care Services Julie Adair presented Blair and Schleisman with the Foundation’s $1,000 Vetter Foundation Scholarships for […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Hosts a Well-Known Favorite…Scratch Cupcakes Curbside!

The eagerness and anticipation skyrocketed as the pink cupcake truck made its way up the highway towards Shady Oaks. A line had formed with money and flavor lists in hand. It was Scratch Cupcake Day and we were excited to share the delicious treat with the community! At Shady Oaks we have been working hard […]

Lake City, IA: Picnic Table Donation to City Pool

Shady Oaks is always looking for ways to give back to the community, and the opening of the new Lake City Aquatic Center was another great opportunity! The pool was open and very functional, but there was a missing piece in the concessions eating area. Luckily we had that missing piece! Three picnic tables in […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Residents Show Off Their Glamour

Some may cringe at the sight of a camera, but not the residents of Shady Oaks! Laughs and stories were shared while fancy hats and feathered fans were distributed in preparation of individual photo shoots. It was rewarding to see the smiles and poses emerge before the camera. Something as simple as getting your hair […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Assists in Storm Relief Efforts with Food Provisions

I think we could all agree living in small-town Iowa has its perk, one of those being community support of each other. After the storms on Sunday evening there has been nothing but support and selfless efforts throughout the community, and at Shady Oaks we are here to serve our community in any way possible. […]

Lake City, IA: April Showers bring May Flowers


At Shady Oaks April showers aren’t needed to have beautiful flowers to enjoy. A group of our residents and volunteers got into the spirit of Spring recently and created their own small bouquets. To do this, they used colored sheets of tissue paper (hot pink, light pink, teal, light blue, yellow, red, orange, purple and […]

Lake City, IA: Fashion Frenzy


It’s that time of year again, to put away the coats, gloves and hats and break out the sandals, capris and skirts. We celebrated Spring by having a fashion show for residents and guests. The dining room was transformed into a runway and team members posed as models, bringing in their favorite spring outfits from […]