Lake City

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 […]

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 […]