Happy New Year!

As we start a new year, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude for the generous holiday foods and goodies for the staff. So many gifts and greetings came through our front door. Thank you to all who gave in any way to our residents and staff. We are grateful to be living in such a loving and sharing community.

“You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream (C.S. Lewis).” These encouraging words remind each…

Read the entire January 2022 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Make it a December to Remember!

Wow! Here we are closing 2021, with all that December brings, and I swear it was just January. Tempus fugit!

When I think back to childhood Christmases, it’s not the gifts I remember, it’s being together as a family… it’s the memories I cherish. I remember how I felt on Christmas mornings past… excitement, pure joy for a day with family… and waking up way too early with my sister and brother… descending the stairs… seeing if Santa ate the cookies. I will never forget the warm monkey bread we enjoyed in our pajamas.

As a mom, I have tried to follow family holiday traditions.

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

Hello Everyone!

I hope this finds you happy. November marks the beginning of the best season of the year. It is a month of change as we move into winter and a well-deserved rest. It is a time for us to pay attention and give thanks for our many blessings and all the tiny details in our lives, all of which make life so beautiful.

A few weeks ago we said we are going to blink and it will be Christmas. Well, it is getting closer, isn’t it? I suppose my enjoyment of the month stems…

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

Nothing Beats Fall!

There’s a chill in the air, leaves are changing, stores are packed with pumpkins and spices, and Halloween decorations are popping up everywhere. The crisp air, cozy atmosphere, field harvest, and Friday night football games are in full swing.

At The Willows, we are making fall crafts, and fall decorations are going up…

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

Nothing Beats Fall!

Winter? Take it or leave it.

But nothing, and I mean nothing, beats fall.

It’s safe to say that fall is nearly everyone’s favorite season. The days might be getting shorter, and winter might be just around the corner, but autumn is full of pleasantly warm days with crisp air, sunshine, and beautiful fall foliage.

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

August, Summer’s Last Stand!

Summer is in full swing, and we are having a great time enjoying our days here at The Willows.

July was filled with fun and excitement, and we are keeping the ball rolling with lots of special events to keep everyone busy, socially engaged, and happy. You will love it.

Whether it be time with family and friends or other fun activities, be sure to soak up all the good that The Willows Life…

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

July is here, and so is the heat!

Wow, summer is here, and things are heating up around our community! It looks like the Dog Days of Summer are upon us! I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather. I want to remind everyone to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen…

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

To Me, May Is All About Mom!

Because without Mom we would not be here. Yet the specialness of May is nearly endless.

Not only do we celebrate Mom with Mother’s Day, we also celebrate Veterans with our Memorial Day Bar Be Que, Nurses with our Nurse’s Day grand ice cream sundaes, Cinco De Mayo and of course the planting of our gardens.

We also get to celebrate the glorious sunshine that May brings, as well as visits from friends and…

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

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.


Jennifer Stanley
Executive Director