Hello Spring!

Hey, hey!! It’s April! What a fun month!

The days are getting consistently warmer, all joined by Easter, daffodils, and baseball. So many good things happen in April. For starters, April is all about freshening your home, because we know how winter has been hiding dust and clutter. So expect to see us coming through your apartments doing some inside window washing and more.

Also, there is something so “right” about bringing out your spring and summer wardrobe and…

Read the entire April 2021 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Dear Residents and Families,

This letter provides important information on visitation in our community.

For almost a year many families have had limited in-person visits with their loved ones who live at The Willows of Marshalltown. With the recent development of vaccines and the high rates of vaccine distribution among nursing facility and assisted living residents, many family members expected that visitation restrictions would be completely lifted. However, you should know that CMS has not yet lifted or revised the nursing facility guidance that was issued on Sept. 17, 2020. These guidelines are tied directly to county positivity rates and unfortunately still prohibit some in-person visitation options.

Assisted living programs have been advised to follow this same guidance as a basis for visitation. The fact that CMS has not issued new guidance after recent long term care vaccination clinics has led to a great deal of frustration for our staff, residents, and families alike.

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with the most current visitation options available to you and your loved ones in our community, based on current guidance.

Resident Outing Guidelines:

Fully vaccinated residents do not have to quarantine following an outing if:

  • They have completed final vaccine dose two weeks prior and no more than three months prior.
  • They are asymptomatic.
  • They were not exposed.

Unvaccinated residents must quarantine based on county positivity rates:

  • <10% – Quarantine for 7 days
  • >10% – Quarantine for 10 days
  • Followed by negative COVID-19 test

Visitor Guidelines:

Visitors can be accepted if the following guidelines are met:

  • The visit has been scheduled in advance.
  • The visitor (s) have passed the mandatory screening questionnaire.
  • The visitor (s) have passed the mandatory rapid Covid test
  • Scheduled visits will occur inside the resident’s apartment OR
  • Outside in the Willows Gazebo- weather permitting
  • Visitor (s) must wear masks at all times during visit.
  • Compassion Care Visits that have been scheduled in advance
  • Face time, and zoom calls are still available to schedule anytime

We know that this past year has been an extremely challenging time for your family. Please know that we actively support all efforts to safely reunite you with your loved one and will provide you with the most current information as federal authorities revise visitation restrictions or we have other guidance that impacts these restrictions.

Please contact me, Jennifer Stanley if you have any questions about visitation at The Willows of Marshalltown.

Respectfully,

Jennifer Stanley
Executive Director

Happy Irish Month!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m wishing each of you the luck of the Irish this month. I feel lucky every day to do what I love. It is my greatest hope that each and every resident feel lucky to live at The Willows.

Read the entire March 2021 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Happy Love Month!

The cold weather and snow sure did show up in January! February brings three holidays I look forward to. I honesty love watching the Super Bowl, not really for the football but for the commercials and excellent food! Secondly, Valentine’s Day is a great day to remember your sweetie…

Read the entire February 2021 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Happy New Year!

There’s a chill in the air, but there is also a feeling of new beginnings. This month, hundreds of thousands of people will challenge themselves to New Year Resolutions. Whatever that goal might be, this is the month to make it happen! Yours truly will be attempting the oh-so-popular “lose weight” resolution, but with families sending so many goodies, and Chef Jesus preparing delicious items, I may have bitten off more than I can chew, pun intended…

Read the entire January 2021 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Season’s Greetings Everyone!

Once again, the festivity of the holiday season is upon us with 2020 soon to come to its close and the brightness of a brand new year just around the corner. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems that December arrives earlier with every passing year!

I am always reminded at holiday time what makes The Willows such a uniquely special place. The Willows is special for a great many reasons, but what sticks out in my mind is…

Read the entire December 2020 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Welcome November!

Thank you for the patience and perseverance you have shown during the Covid-19 pandemic. Doing your part to keep yourself and your loved ones safe has been a big part of The Willows staying safe…

Read the entire November 2020 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Fall is officially here!

The leaves are turning colors, the farmers are harvesting their crops, pumpkins are popping up everywhere and there are Friday night football games. Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. Embrace the season for all it’s worth…

Read the entire October 2020 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Fall is on its way!

Can you believe that our summer is already coming to an end? We have had some great weather this season and some truly beautiful days. But we have many fun things still ahead…

Read the entire September 2020 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

It’s August Already!

Great news! On August 10, we will restart outdoor family visits. Our residents need to see their families and vice versa. The love and excitement that these visits bring…

Read the entire August 2020 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).