Lake City

Lake City, IA: St. Patty’s Green is a Welcome Sight

Shady Oaks residents were delighted with this year’s St. Patty’s festivities: enjoying a visit from a jolly leprechaun; sampling a holiday snack mix made with popcorn, pretzels, M&Ms, and green almond bark coating; and receiving a homemade St. Patty’s Day card from local children at the Gathering Group. Quality Life-We will create a living environment […]

Lake City, IA: Skyping Maintains Family Connection

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 […]

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 […]

Lake City, IA: Life Enrichment Brings Fun and Games to Our Residents

What’s going on this afternoon?” That’s a question that always has an answer at Shady Oaks! Our Life Enrichment department, consisting of Deb Jones, Coordinator, and Deb Zenor and Leanne Everhart, Assistants, provides a variety of activity options from which to choose. The monthly activities calendar, is theme-based and offers activities every day of the […]

Lake City, IA: Family Feast

The Family Feast held on Sunday, November 24th was a huge success! We welcomed over 120 friends and family to join residents for the Feast! Guest enjoyed tender roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and pumpkin dessert. The meal was bountiful and the smiles plentiful! Jovial conversation and warm fellowship were thoroughly enjoyed […]

Lake City, IA: Dancing Duo Delights Shady Oaks Audience

Dancing partners Dale Baker of Carroll, Iowa and Barb Wentink of Lincoln, Nebraska kicked up their heels in a half-an-hour performance one afternoon recently in the Shady Oaks main dining room. Residents who gathered to watch were mesmerized by the couple’s dancing talents. It was immediately apparent that Dale and Barb had been dancing together […]

Lake City, IA: Special Event Hits all the Right Notes

Music was raising the rafters on a recent Thursday evening at Shady Oaks! Over 50 residents, friends, and family members gathered in the main dining room to take in the terrific musical talents of the three-member band ‘Bare Bones Trio.’ Jack Yates, Eddie Simpson, and Larry Lind from the Fort Dodge area played a wide-ranging […]

Lake City, IA: Out and About

Shady Oaks residents took advantage of the beautiful weather on Tuesday to go out for lunch at Village Inn in Fort Dodger. The sunny skies brighten the day while residents enjoyed the view out the windows, checking the progress of the soybean and corn crops. Village Inn, located on the north side of Fort Dodge, […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Shopping Spree

When Shady Oaks residents want to go shopping they do not have far to go! Lake City is lucky to have a Dollar General store on the west end of town, which is only a few blocks away from Shady Oaks. Recently a group of ladies had their shopping lists ready for the short trip […]

Lake City. IA: Summer Day Fun

Shady Oaks residents took advantage of the perfect July weather recently by going to Twin Lakes State Park for a picnic lunch. This park is located in the northern part of Calhoun County. The group traveled to Rockwell City first, touring the town and its downtown square. Then the bus made its way to the […]

Lake City, IA: Out for Lunch

Residents recently enjoyed a trip to Carroll to go out to eat at Pizza Ranch. It’s one of their favorite places to go for lunch. Everyone looks forward to not only the wide selection of pizza, but also the tasty broasted chicken. The buffet always offers something for everyone: mashed and broasted potatoes, gravy, hot […]

Lake City, IA: A Surprise Worth Taking a Chance On

Folks who went on the recent Mystery Trip were delighted with the surprise destination: Humboldt County Historical Mill Farm in Dakota City, Iowa! The weather cooperated with sunshiny skies dotted with the occasional white cloud passing by. Dakota City is located about an hour and a half northeast of Lake City, adjoining the larger community […]

Lake City, IA: A Summer Time Outing

A recent trip to Culver’s in Carroll provided a welcome opportunity to get out and enjoy a meal with friends. The Shady Oaks group was fairly large, with seven residents, two volunteers, and two staff members boarding the bus to travel the distance from Lake City south to Carroll. Everyone was able to enjoy the […]

Lake City, IA: Let’s Go to the Drive-In!

Residents celebrated the start of warmer weather with a trip to the local drive-in for lunch. The Lake City drive-in is conveniently located just a few blocks away from Shady Oaks. Residents, staff, and a few volunteers boarded the Shady Oaks bus and traveled just a couple of minutes east to the mid-day destination. By […]

Lake City, IA: Annual Volunteer Breakfast

Shady Oaks volunteers attended the Volunteer Breakfast held on May 17th. It is annual event that Shady Oaks honors its valued volunteers. A scrumptious buffet breakfast was served: bacon breakfast casserole, sausage and gravy on biscuits, French toast bake, ham slices, lemon bread, blueberry muffins, fresh fruits, coffee, orange juice and milk. During the breakfast […]

Lake City, IA: An Array of Colors

On the first warm, sunny day residents took advantage of the nice weather and gathered in the gazebo area to plant the flowers that were purchased at Menard’s in Fort Dodge. Wave petunias, marigolds, regular petunias, and sweet potato vines were tucked into the potting soil. The plants were given a drink of water, and […]

Lake City, IA: We Are Off to the Races

Who knew wheelchair races could be so exciting? Many residents and staff turned out to view the friendly competition on Tuesday morning during National Nursing Home Week. Staff were paired up to race down a good length of the room and then back again to the finish line. Maneuvering the chair was trickier than expected, […]

Lake City, IA: Music To Our Ears

A special highlight of National Nursing Home Week was having one of our favorite entertainment groups come to Shady Oaks to give an hour-long musical performance. Bare Bones Trio (Eddie Simpson, Larry Lind, and Jack Yates) has been performing together as a group for four years. Their musical talents were well showcased as they played […]

Lake City, NE: Colorful Blooms

Shady Oaks resident Pauline W. is enjoying the warmer weather, sitting on a comfortable bench near the front entrance. Pauline purchased the potted flower arrangement to be placed next to the bench so everyone would be able to enjoy the colorful blooms as they are sitting outside, or coming to or going from the building. […]

Lake City, IA: Honoring our Mothers

Entertainer Larry Heschke from Fonda wowed the audience during an hour-long performance on Monday afternoon of National Nursing Home Week. He sang a variety of familiar songs, old favorites as well as more current popular tunes. Larry entitled the performance ‘Mother’s Day Songs’ and dedicated it to his mother who shared her love of music […]

Lake City, IA: Springtime Outing

It’s May and time for a bus trip to the greenhouse at Menard’s in Fort Dodge to pick out flowers for the planters at Shady Oaks. Several residents, volunteers, and staff enjoyed this outing recently. There was a bonanza of flowers to see and admire, along with many other greenhouse plants for the home. Menard’s […]

Lake City, IA: Annual Pet Show

The pet show was a success! Many residents attended and sat in a huge circle in the dining room to observe and meet all of the various pets that came to the show. There was a good variety of pets at the show this year: a German Shepherd, three Rhode Island Red pullets, three guinea […]

Lake City, IA: Fifties Fun

Residents and staff recently gathered together to celebrate one of the most favorite decades in recent memory: the Fifties! To start off the day, staff donned unique outfits to show off those recognizable Fifties styles. At noon everyone gathered in “Minnie’s Diner” to select their lunch choices from a 50’s themed menu: hamburger, cheeseburger, or […]

Lake City, IA: A Winning Culinary Combination

Recently, residents gathered together for a cooking activity to celebrate National Peanut Cluster Day on March 6th by making homemade peanut clusters. Cooking activities are a favorite thing to do, so many residents gathered in the dining room to watch the culinary demonstration. After gathering all of the utensils, hot plate, and ingredients, Life Enrichment […]

Lake City, IA: Celebrating Social Services

March is National Social Work month, and here at Shady Oaks we would like to take the time to acknowledge the ladies that provide Social Service to our residents on a daily basis: Amy Smith (Social Services/Admissions Coordinator) and Jenna Hanson (Social Services Assistant). Amy and Jenna both provide a strong commitment as well as […]

Lake City, IA: A Sweet Way to Celebrate with Pie and Friends

Residents, staff, and friends from the community gathered in the main dining room recently to celebrate National Pie Day. Of course, the only way to appropriately celebrate this event was to sample a personal slice of delicious pie! Shady Oaks Life Enrichment Coordinator, Deb Jones, baked ten pies for the special day. She was very […]

Lake City, IA: Celebrating National Bubble Gum Day

This past month we held a bubble gum blowing contest. Cindy Delance, Health Information Manager, took bragging rights with blowing the biggest bubble. Her competitor was Sara Casey, People Development Coordinator. Did you know that Bubble Yum tends to create the largest bubbles? It is hard to talk with, but it lasts longer than any […]

Lake City, Iowa: A Career of Dedication in the Dietary Department

Recently Shady Oaks congratulated Dietary Manager, Minnie Huster for her 45 years of service. Minnie began her career on August 13, 1973. She was hired as a dietary aide. By 1979 Minnie assumed the managerial responsibilities of the dietary department when her supervisor retired. In addition to her work experience, Minnie completed a 90-hour food […]

Lake City, IA: Team Member Receives Honor

Shady Oaks is proud to announce that Elyse Schroeder, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), recently was awarded, from the Vetter Foundation, a $1000 scholarship to be used towards her nursing degree at Iowa Central Community College. She was chosen, among several applicants, by the committee for the number of hours that […]

Lake City, IA: Dining Experiences are a Favorite Topic

Shady Oaks residents enjoy meeting once a month with Dietary Manager Minnie Huster to discuss dining-related topics. The meeting, open to all residents, is held on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the assisted dining area. Regular items for discussion every month include: what foods residents have enjoyed during the past […]

Lake City, NE: Checkers Connects Friends

“King me!” That’s an expression that is heard more often nowadays since Life Enrichment has discovered two residents who really like to play checkers. Life Enrichment Assistant Deb Zenor has realized that she needs more practice in order to beat either David A. or James M. Both fellows have a quiet, unassuming strategy and are […]

Lake City, IA: Celebrating 50 Year’s of Excellence

 Shady Oaks Nursing Home hosted an open house Monday, September 2nd, 1968. On Tuesday, September 3rd, 1968 Shady Oaks welcomed their very first resident. We were ecstatic to open our doors and celebrate our 50th Anniversary with the community Sunday, September 23rd, 2018. Familiar faces were greeted at the door by Public Relations Coordinator, Brittany […]

Lake City, IA: Fall in Love with Shady Oaks

The Lake City Square was filled with shopping vendors, chili cook off participants, inflatables, and food vendors ready to celebrate the 2018 Fall Fest. Brittany Drew, Shady Oaks’ Public Relations Coordinator, happily joined the vendors and set up a table eager to meet and greet community members. Shady Oaks’ table seemed to be a hot […]

Lake City, IA: Planting New Life

On Friday, September 7, 2018, residents and team members of Shady Oaks Care Center gathered at the back walking trail of the facility for the planting of an oak tree. This is not just any oak tree though! The tree was dedicated to our 50th Anniversary and we’re all excited to watch it grow with […]

Lake City, IA: Outstanding Team Members Retires

You can’t retire from being awesome! Georgia Wiederin, Head Cook, retired from Shady Oaks Care Center after 28 years of service on Tuesday, July 31st. On Wednesday, August 1st, we hosted a reception in the main dining room in her honor.  Residents gathered around tables as team members lined up in the door way to cheer […]

Lake City, IA: Wild About Western Days

We had a great time participating in this years Western Days! Team members had the opportunity to sign up for the SMCH fun run and walk free of charge courtesy of Shady Oaks! Approximately 10 team members joined in on the fun as well as a resident. Tom S. was determined to finish and he […]

Lake City, IA: Celebrating National Nursing Home Week

“Celebrating Life’s Stories” was this year’s National Nursing Home Week theme. We kicked off the week-long celebration by inviting area businesses to Shady Oaks for a community coffee. While at our facility, community members had the opportunity to meet our new Administrator, Randy Sparks, as well as, take tours. Visitors engaged in conversation while enjoying […]

Lake City, IA: Spring Fling

When team members signed up for a game titled “Spring Fling” they truly had no idea what they were in for! Residents gathered in the dining room ready to be entertained as team members got ready to compete. Two piles of clothing (eighteen pieces in each) were at the starting line. Chairs were spaced down […]

Lake City, IA: Spring Family Picnic

Birds are chirping and the sun is shining. Spring is the perfect time of year to get family and friends together, so we did just that! In lieu of our usual family feast in the fall, we hosted an indoor family picnic. The gathering also served as a meet and greet for our new Administrator, […]

Lake City, IA: 2 Year’s Injury Free!

Shady Oaks Care Center, in Lake City, Iowa, recently reached two years injury free, which is 730 days, or 17,2250 hours without a single injury! A celebration to honor Shady Oaks Care Center was held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Vetter Senior Living provided a delicious meal of steak or chicken, bar-be-que’d to perfection. Team […]

Lake City, IA: Creating Laughs

On your mark, get set, GO! Cheering and clapping rang through Shady Oaks as team members and residents put their athletic abilities to the test by racing each other in wheel chairs. Why were we racing wheel chairs you might ask? Monday, March 19th was National “Let’s Laugh” day. The World Class Retention Team coordinated […]

Lake City, IA: 30 Years of Excellence

Thirty years of hard work and dedication deserves celebrating! The Leadership Team gathered together to congratulate Deb Jones, Life Enrichment Coordinator on her years of service. A cake decorated in her favorite color, blue, was enjoyed by everyone. During the celebration, Deb shared her experiences throughout her 30 years of service at Shady Oaks, including […]

Lake City, IA: The Puzzling Peacock

A favorite hobby and pastime here at Shady Oaks is one that some people may find incredibly tedious. Puzzles of all sizes have been the center of entertainment in our library. One puzzle in particular has made quite the impact on the regular “puzzle doers”. All 550 pieces of blue and green puzzle laid scattered […]

Lake City, IA: Delicious Dining

Team members joined residents and couples to a delicious Valentine’s meal prepared by our Culinary Team on Wednesday, February 14th. Valentine napkins and chocolates garnished our dining room tables, getting everyone in the loving spirit. The scrumptious menu consisted of breaded chicken breast topped with cheese sauce and rice, tender ham, cheesy potato casserole, mixed […]

Lake City, IA: Have Fun at Work!

National “Have Fun at Work Day” was Friday January 26th but we decided to celebrate all week long! Starting that Monday we had themed dress up days of which started with pajama day. Team members dressed up in snuggly pajamas and some even wore slippers. NFL and college sports apparel could be seen all over […]

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 […]