Iowa Falls

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Prevention in VSL Buildings

We are all are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it may impact residents and team members at Vetter Senior Living facilities. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. As the Coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, we have received new rules […]

Iowa Falls, IA: STUFFED FROM HEAD TO TOE…Country-style.

STUFFED FROM HEAD TO TOE….country-style! The fall season is often complemented with colored leaves, pumpkins, and a scarecrow here & there. At Heritage Care Center, we made homemade scarecrows for all to see outside our building and seem to be waving to folks driving by. For those who had some experience of farm life, this […]

Iowa Falls, IA: And the winner is……HERITAGE CARE CENTER!!

The Iowa Heath Care Association 2019 Convention was held in Des Moines this week with a theme of “Waves of Change…Oceans of Opportunities”. Member facilities and organizations were invited to participate in a vintage postcard contest with 5 winners chosen to receive a cash prize. HERITAGE CARE CENTER IS ONE OF THOSE WINNERS !!! A […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Life is a Journey…Enjoy the Ride!

LIFE IS A JOURNEY — ENJOY THE RIDE There is a song that quotes “Life is a highway” and it is so true. When you take a road trip, it’s amazing where the roads will lead us, such as to a family or friend’s house, a church, a town celebration, a school, a park / […]


HAPPY NURSING HOME WEEK!! It has been a week filled of wonderful happenings. There was cookie baking (given to Iowa Falls Police Department), Biker Day with motorcycle rides for residents (Thank you Denny Prohaska), monkey visit (thanks Trish Backer), Beach Day, Baseball Day, and yellow day/Chicken Dance Day. It was an extra special week to […]


MONKEY BUSINESS going on !! Remember the days of little kids being very high-strung, full of energy, curious, thirsty & hungry, and so cute you can’t help but smile and laugh? Residents & staff were entertained by such “kids”….meet TUCKER & OLLIE, capuchin monkeys. The proud owner is Trish Backer, with assistance from her brother […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Make My Day!

MAKE MY DAY !! It’s always nice to do good things for others. We recently put our hands to work to fill the hearts of others with love. We made May Baskets for the staff in appreciation for all they do at Heritage Care Center. The May Baskets required some “stitches” and fun with colors. […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Baking Appreciation For Law Enforcement

In honor of National Police Week, we chose to bake cookies for the Iowa Falls Police Department in appreciation for all they do (providing safety and the on-going connection with our community & children). Chief of Police Wade Harken was presented a basket full of cookies by some of our residents who were a part […]

Iowa City, IA: Flowers Galore!!

For our ladies day activity, we made floral arrangements for the dining room in honor of Mother’s Day. The tables were covered with colorful flowers and each “floral designer” picked their own flowers and created their own arrangement. What beautiful centerpieces!! Everyone did a great job and really enjoyed it. It’s been a great conversation […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Happy Nurse’s Week

We dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results and exceed the expectations of those we serve. In honor of Nurse’s Week we commend you on a job well done! Quality Care: We will dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results and exceed the expectations of […]

Iowa Falls, IA: EGGS-tra Special Art

“Hopping into EGGS-tra special art” — It’s such a joy to see the colors of spring and to capture them for all to see. For a springtime art project, we chose to use eggs for our blank canvas and make Easter baskets for our dining room tables. Art incorporates not only imagination, but fine motor […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Ladies Day-One Stitch At A Time

LADIES DAY — All beautiful things come together one stitch at a time. We recently had a ladies day only activity. All the beautiful ladies of Heritage Care Center were invited to come together. It was a day to talk about knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and needlepoint and what you can make using these skills. Our […]

Iowa Falls, IA: PAWS-itively Entertaining

PAWS-itively entertaining !! It has been wonderful to have some nice days for residents to enjoy the outdoors and entertainment. We recently had a visit from Matthew Estell (Iowa Falls) and Jane Cole (Jefferson City, MO) and their wonderful Boston Terriers. Matthew has earned many ribbons and awards at various competitions, including Westminster Dog Show!! […]


DOG-GONE DELICIOUS !! The smell of freshly baked goods lingered at Heritage Care Center as residents were creating dog-gone delicious dog treats to celebrate National Dog Month. Dogs are used many times as therapy for residents, and it was only fitting to treat them with some home-made treats! We made 42 peanut butter cookies and […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Whiter & Brighter

With all the duties a woman has to do, what task is usually done one day a week (on Mondays) and sometimes took the entire day, involves sorting by color, and involves at least 10 items? Have you guessed it? LAUNDRY DAY!! We recently had a Ladies Day and talked about laundry. We learned many […]

Iowa Falls, IA: We Can Make A Difference

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE !! Building character and connecting with others is a challenge for many of our youth. To help bridge the gap of young and old are organizations such as Boys Scouts & Girl Scouts. Heritage Care Center residents had some special guests recently. Our Wednesday night Bingo group had the assistance […]


Residents and staff of Heritage Care Center celebrated National Pie Day yesterday by making homemade pie crusts filled with blueberry, peach, apple, and cherry pie filling. Conversations around the table included stories about picking strawberries for the popular strawberry/rhubarb pie (a favorite for many), the use of lard versus butter for the crust, making lattice […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Happy President’s Day

HAPPY PRESIDENT’S DAY! Heritage Care Center residents shared their knowledge of U.S.Presidents. Our trivia questions included which presidents are featured on dollar bills and coins and Mt. Rushmore. We did a dollar bill match-up game, Mt. Rushmore Plinko,and guessed the famous phrases associated with the Gettysburg Address, Declaration of Independence, and U.S. Constitution. Fun was […]


LOVE IS IN THE AIR at Heritage Care Center today! Each resident was blessed with a dozen roses thanks to the generous donations of our community and HyVee Floral Department. For some, it was the first time they received a dozen roses. Some residents chose to share with the beautician, a spouse, or an aide. […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Snow Day Fun Day

School was canceled and so the kids all got to have a snow day fun day. So we decided to have one here at Heritage Care Center. We made homemade snow, played games and watched videos from different schools singing their snow day songs. Fun was had by all. We will dedicate ourselves to provide […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Feeding The Winter Birds

Winter bird feeding is one of the most popular ways for people to interact with nature, and most do it to help birds get through these tough months. So we decided to make some homemade feeders. Residents had fun stringing cheerios, spreading peanut butter on bagels and then dipping them in birdseed and lastly we […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Happy New Year

May the New Year bring you an abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful moments, and joyful experiences. May your positive actions and attitude inspire others. May you be brave enough to take on and overcome rewarding challenges. May you find yourself in high spirits and excellent health. May you love with all your heart and find […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Scholarship Awarded to Karly Hall

Two People showing award

Heritage Care Center was proud to award Karly Hall, LPN a scholarship from Vetter Health Services. Karly was presented her scholarship during the Resident Christmas Party on December 20th. Karly was selected for this scholarship from many quality candidates and is very deserving of this award. She began working at Heritage Care Center 5 years […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Baking a Birthday Cake

As meaningful and enriching the holiday season can be for many of us, it can be a challenging time for residents living in a nursing home. In preparation for for the holiday season this resident remembers celebrating her husbands birthday right after Thanksgiving and before Christmas. So as a Life Enrichment Coordinator it is very […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Honoring our Veteran’s

Those who live today remember those who did not. Those who know freedom remember today those who gave up life for freedom. Today, in honor of the dead, we conduct ceremonies. We lay wreaths. We speak words of tribute. And in our memories, in our hearts, we hold them close to us still. Yet we […]

Iowa Falls, IA: 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off

Heritage Care Center hosted a fall Family Appreciation Night Friday, October 19. The evening started with our 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off and supper. The kitchen made a few batches of chili, cinnamon rolls and pumpkin bars. Residents, families and team members tried all of the chili and voted on their favorites. All of the […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Heritage Annual Community Picnic and Fun Day of Fishing

Each year we take a day, set aside the normal daily paper work and chores, to spend our time together with residents in the great outdoors. This year is no different aside from the looming possibility of rain that hovered above us, threatening to scare fishermen and fish into hiding. Bus load after bus load […]

Iowa Falls, IA: From The Rear-View Mirror

Our town really goes all out for the 4th of July celebration with rides, shows, and attractions. A parade through town draws thousands outdoors and the holiday is topped off with several bangs of beautiful fireworks. Yep, our town really knows how to get down for Independence Day! The trouble that we have is most […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Getting to Know You…Getting to Know All About You!

Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me; as the song goes from the King and I. That’s what our National Nursing Home Week was truly about. The theme was called Celebrating Life Stories, but we struggled a little with what to do with this theme. We wanted to get our residents and […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Ukulele Club

I had the music teacher from the middle school contact me about a small group of 3 6th grade kids that formed a Ukulele Club. They had practiced ukulele’s in 5th grade and really missed it, so they got together with the music teacher to share their idea. She meets with them after school each […]

Iowa Falls. IA: Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle

It’s been more than 60 years since former Philadelphia Eagle, resident wore the green jersey, but tonight that all changed. He played for the Eagles for a short time in the 1950’s, but he cherishes the memories he made. On Super Bowl Sunday he was decked out in green and white one more time. Dreamweaver […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Michelle Oliver

Heritage Care Center is proud to announce that Michelle Oliver, Social Services Coordinator was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Vetter Senior Living. The VSL Academic Committee for Excellence chose Michelle to receive this scholarship from numerous qualified candidates from across VSL. Michelle was presented the award at our January All-Team meeting and was very excited […]

Iowa Falls, IA: 1st Annual Chili Competition

Heritage Care Center hosted our 1st Annual Chili Competition in conjunction with our fall Family Appreciation Night. Our Dietary team made chili, cinnamon rolls and cornbread. Team members, families and residents were encouraged to bring their best chili to enter the competition. We had 13 entries and everyone had a tough time choosing their favorite! […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Have A Coke And A Smile On Halloween

Coke And A Smile On Halloween Every year the Iowa Falls Chamber holds a costume contest for local businesses to dress up. In the past Heritage Care Center has not won, but we have placed in the top three. This year, we anticipated a winning costume. Carol, our Life Enrichment Coordinator, had a great idea […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Llama Llama Ding Dong

“A packer, a friend, or a hard working soul, a llama can fit just about any old role.” For our state fair finale we planned Furry Friends Day. Whats a fair without furry animals to look at and pet? Elizabeth, our medical records guru, brought in tiny kittens that everyone loved. We also wanted something […]

Iowa Falls, IA: State Fair Fun Day

State Fair Fun day held several surprises for our residents. One of our dedicated volunteers, Don, drove his tractor about fifteen miles so he could park the big machine in the front yard of the care facility. Another volunteer, Darwin, brought his muscle car over to show off the original parts and paint job he […]

Iowa Falls, IA: State Fair Days Of Summer

Aside from the horrible high humidity and heat that makes life miserable, August is an exciting month in Iowa because it is state fair time. The New York Times best-selling travel book, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, lists the Iowa State Fair in the top 25 and it is the ONLY fair it […]

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Iowa Falls, IA: Sight Seeing With The Empress

Iowa Falls is blessed to be built right on the beautiful Iowa River. With its limestone cliffs and picturesque banks, the river meanders through the heart of the town and holds a lot of historic memories for our residents and staff. The best way to enjoy the river is on our river boat The Empress. […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Fall Kick Off Picnic

Our annual fall kick off community picnic in September took place at a new park this year. The City of Alden has created a new park adjacent to their campground. The shelter house is very nice with power outlets, and positioned right next to the fishing area. In addition to the great amenities, the paved […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Hole In One

We find the IN2L amazing here at Heritage Care Center. With all of its features many staff members have stated they wished they could have one at home. I would have to say that my favorite use of the IN2L is to learn and teach new information to our residents. Many of our residents grew […]

Iowa Falls, IA: New Technology

Here at Heritage Care Center our residents are unsure of using new technology. The iN2L computer, with all of its amazing features can seem overwhelming to a lot of our older Iowans. The most common comment from people is “I don’t need anything like that.” These folks grew up in rural areas farming, teaching and […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Going To The Chapel

In Iowa people would sometimes plan their wedding day around moving day. Farmers who rented land had a years lease from March to March. Before moving into their next farm residence, betrothed would marry so they could move in to the new place together since people didn’t live together before marriage World wide though June […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Boji Gals

Boji Gals We were blessed with a lady from our area, who is staying a short time for physical therapy. Her name is Nancy, and with her friend Pat they make up a wonderful karaoke team called the “Boji Gals”. Pat is a serious karaoke fan. Pat’s computer contains over 30,000 karaoke songs. Pats home […]

Iowa Falls, IA: The Year Was 1912

The year started with 46 stars on the American flag. With the admission of Arizona and New Mexico, President Taft ordered the 48-star flag on June 24. The average worker earned $200 – $400 per year. The US population was 95 million. Most women washed their hair once a month using borax or egg yolks […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Forever Friends

In Iowa Falls motivated teens from the local high school can serve community hours to earn a purple cord for graduation. The purple cord is a symbol of the teen’s dedication to community and helping others. The Purple cord award is a distinguished graduation award available to students who volunteer for a total of 160 […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Willie, Roy, and Elvis at Family Appreciation Night

The final day of National Nursing Home Week was for families. With the dining room decorated with the theme Elvis in Hawaii, Family appreciation Night started with a delicious meal of burgers and brats cooked outside on the grill. (Kudos to the gentlemen that braved the unseasonably cold weather to barbecue for everyone.) The cook […]

Iowa Falls, IA: New Administrator Puckers Up For The Vetter Foundation

During National Nursing Home Week we wanted staff to be as involved as possible. With day four being rodeo day, and knowing we would have a pig here, we came up with a contest to raise money for the Vetter Foundation. Andrew, our new administrator, agreed that if we were able to raise $100 for […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Rodeo Day…Sort Of

Day four of National Nursing Home Week brought excitement and cold, cold weather. We had planned a rodeo day, complete with roping practice and animals. Earlier in the week we started advertising the activity that would be coming up, and even hyped up the suspense by having residents guess what animals would show up. When […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The second day of National Nursing Home Week was baseball day here at Heritage. After all, what says “Spirit of America” more than baseball? We invited staff to dress in their favorite team’s baseball jerseys, hats and styles. Staff and residents alike were offered hot dogs and baked beans for lunch. Then in the afternoon […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Uncle Sam, The Mayor and a Balloon Release-National Nursing Home Week

We kicked off National Nursing Home Week with flair. Uncle Sam spent the day with us, visiting each resident and putting smiles on their faces. During “lemonade on the patio” while threatening storm clouds loomed overhead, we convened under the carport area to listen to the Mayor of Iowa Falls, Gene Newgaard, read his proclamation […]