Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Many, many seniors are military veterans. And to them we give the highest honor on this special day.

Working here at The Willows, I like to think of all seniors as Life Veterans. And remember, life lasts a lifetime. From the moment we’re born all the way to our cherished elder years.

So on this Veteran’s Day, let me convey deepest gratitude to all of you. Because you are all veterans of life.

As a senior your contribution to the world is so important. You have given so much love; love to your family, your friends and your country.

I think giving love is the most special thing about a life lived well. You have so many chances to convey love to others. We don’t always do that perfectly. But if we’re lucky, life is long. And we have lots of chances to not only give love, but to go back and mend fences where we have stumbled. This is also part of being a Life Veteran.

In fact, maybe it is the most important part.

I lost both of my folks when I was quite young. I never had the chance to care for them when they became seniors. Maybe that is why I love The Willows so much. I see a bit of my Mom and Dad in each senior resident and visitor.

So whether you are a military veteran, a Life Veteran, or both. I would love to meet you. Here at The Willows we help our residents organize access to their military veterans benefits. And we feel that all Life Veterans really deserve the latter part of their lives to be surrounded by love, and new friends.

So we do what can to make every day filled with love and care. Call me at 485-1672. I look forward to hearing from you.

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

I have to confess, there is a perk that I really did not expect when I began my career at The Willows. We have, hands down, the best restaurant in town, just a few steps from my office.

There are some unique things that The Willows does with our restaurant that really sets us apart and are not often found in senior living communities.

Our first secret weapon is that we have an Executive Chef, Jesus Rangel, who is culinary trained and a veritable artist in the kitchen. That means that his specialty is to come up with delectable dishes and delicious deserts to tempt our residents.

Our second secret is choice. Our residents love choice, so we have a menu of over 30 different dishes that can be ordered any time if the daily specials are not to one’s liking. (Though the specials are mouthwatering. I really look forward to the filet mignon with roasted potatoes!)

Another great feature is that you can eat any time of day, from 7am to 7pm. So if you like brunch at 10 or lunch at 3, or desert in the late afternoon, no problem. Again, choice is very important.

We also create our menu with direct input from our residents. So all their favorites are sure to be available. Our residents love challenging our chef to recreate their family recipes and our menu is frequently updated with seasonal options as well. I made my grandma’s fried chicken this summer and it was a big hit!

Lastly, and most importantly, we love to have fun here, so we are always creating themed meals and parties for our residents because we know that the best meals are ones we share together.

As I say every week, there are so many things to love about The Willows. I’d love to share some with you. Give me a call anytime on my personal number 485-1672.

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Many of the happiest and most contented residents at the Willows were not keen on the idea of Assisted Living when they first heard of it.

After all, who wants to move from a home filled with wonderful memories? Especially since Mom and Dad have seen themselves living in the family home forever.

But as we all know, life has a natural course. Soon, even the best of us start to slip a little, maybe find ourselves not eating properly, missing our meds, even having an occasional fall. And loneliness – it happens, and it can cause our health to decline significantly.

And that is where I can help. I can tell you stories and introduce you to seniors who once felt uncertain too, but are now enjoying a new life here at The Willows.

I have seen it many times. Even after dragging their feet Mom or Dad are instantly amazed at the comfort, the privacy, all the new friends, and support. They are eating better, their clothes are clean, their home is clean and safe. And most importantly, there is always someone to help them 24/7 if a need arises.

If you are a senior or the adult child of a senior, I am here for you. At some point in our lives we all need someone to help guide us across the threshold from the home you have outgrown to a new home, and a new life.

Once you take the first step, calling me, you will have an advocate and a friend to guide you through this process. You will see right away that helping seniors live their best life is my passion. Just call me on my cell, anytime, day or night. 485-1672. I can’t wait to meet you and help you on the road to a safe and happy life.

Photo of Jennifer StanleySafety. Warmth. Ease. Comfort. Connection.

Can you imagine having a job where you get to provide these things for seniors? I get to do that every day, and I love it. But lately, I’ve had some worries with this cooler weather coming in.

Every year I meet people that say I want to move into The Willows before winter.” But you know what happens? Winter comes quickly. And I worry so much about seniors in winter because there are so many added risks of living at home alone during that time. Falling on ice and exposure to extreme weather increase, dealing with shoveling snow and getting around for groceries and medicine becomes more challenging.

But if there is one thing I worry about most in winter, it’s isolation. Especially during a pandemic, when all the experts are telling you to stay home. But staying home alone can lead to isolation and depression and health can decline fast. I’ve seen it too many times. In the winter, it’s harder to fight it, it creeps into life before it’s noticed.

Which is why making plans for winter is so crucial in the next month or so. And together we can solve the “winter question” and the “isolation question” with one solution.

At The Willows, staying home in the winter is what it should be. Life here is full of warmth. You can have amazing meals with friends, a book or a game of cards by the fireplace in our library or club room, a cozy movie night with popcorn in our theater. All the snow is shoveled for you and most of all, you are not alone. Friends and caring staff are right there with you.

Here’s my cell phone, 485-1672. I’d love to bring your Mom and Dad home to The Willows with me for the winter and surround them with the warmth and care they deserve. Call anytime.

Photo of Jennifer StanleyBecause it will ease your mind, right now, or in the future.

I am talking about senior loved ones – your loved ones – with either current or developing memory issues.

Now here is the news – there are people in today’s world who absolutely adore caring for seniors with memory issues.

I should know, I’m Jennifer Stanley and here at The Willows of Marshalltown we have an entire Memory Care staff of these special, caring people.

You see, once you get to know seniors with memory issues, once you become familiar with the challenges they face, if you are one of the select few, your heart completely melts.

Sure, caring for seniors with memory issues is exhausting, which is why you should leave it to The Willows and our Memory Care staff. They are all trained, work three shifts and get days off. So they stay fresh to take care of Mom and Dad tomorrow, and every other day.

We do the hard work. The meal prep, the feeding, the dressing and laundry. We also lovingly engage them in one on one activities and are trained to handle the inevitable mood swings.

I understand, you may feel shy to discuss this topic, but don’t be. This is my life. And all conversations are private. Call me, Jennifer, at 758-3123 or on my cell at 485-1672.

Thank you so much.

Photo of Jennifer StanleyHi, I’m Jennifer Stanley.

If you or anyone in your family is of retirement age I have an invitation for you.

You see, I am a retirement insider. Retirement is my job and my life. I can answer your questions, correct your misconceptions, and show you all the overlooked advantages to good retirement living at a reasonable cost.

Without this inside knowledge, retirement living can be a big muddle. And I see it every day.

People living lonely, even desperate lives, because they are “trying to stay in their homes” way too long.

There is a whole world of new friends, social life, food and fitness in the right retirement community. And I can even do a trial stay for a few months to make sure your loved one likes the new life.

So hey, let’s get to know each other. I would love to meet you. I can bring a hot lunch to your home, we can meet at your favorite restaurant, or just visit me where I work –
The Willows of Marshalltown, 2315 Campbell Drive.

Just call me right now at 758 -3123 or on my cell at 485-1672.

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Photo of Jennifer StanleyYou have probably seen the signs around Marshalltown saying “Call Jenn.”

“Who the heck is Jenn?”

Well, that’s me. I am Jennifer Stanley, and I think my story may interest you.

I am a lifelong Marshalltown resident. Both of my parents died early in my life. But my sister and brother and I hung in there and got college degrees and have been in the workplace ever since.

My life has unfolded in a way that amazes even me. I started out thinking I wanted to be a nurse — I felt a calling to help people. Then that changed into an interest in social work. And that then turned into a Master’s Degree in management.

And then, after enjoying the business world for a few years I landed at The Willows of Marshalltown, our town’s newest Assisted Living and Memory Care facility — on the west side of town.

I am the Executive Director here. All day long I meet, greet and get to know folks who want to know more about The Willows. In short, I get to help seniors make the next big step in their lives.

Nothing makes me happier, because this satisfies my social side, and my caring side.

Would you like to get to know me? I would sure love that. Just give me a call any time at 758-3123 or on my cell at 485-1672.