The Willows of Marshalltown Newsletter

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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

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).

Hello July:

July is a time to celebrate. We will kick off the month decked out in red, white, and blue! The fourth of the July is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a great day to spend time with family carrying on traditions. It’s a time for fireworks, cookouts…

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

Hello June:

May showers have been a bit of a roller coaster, tempting me to think we may need to turn our courtyards into an ark. We worked around the rain for many of our outside plans. However, there were a few beautiful days and we were able to get flowers planted in their beds. Residents and staff had a wonderful time working together…

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

Hello May:

May is such a special month. The first day of May has been celebrated for centuries as a time of renewal and optimism. In days past, one might make a May basket, filled with flowers and small gifts, to be left secretly…

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

Welcome Spring:

The winter has finished, and I think we are all glad to see the sun shining! We are just starting to see the greenery come back to life. With weather beginning to warm, we can start planning outdoor activities and more trips. I look forward to the springtime activities and adventures.

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

Happy Irish Month, Willows Family!:

Spring is just around the corner and I cannot wait to see our beautiful gardens in bloom again. As we wait for flowers to appear, we have much to enjoy in the month of March — including St. Patrick’s Day and its festivities. We will have some green beer and Irish Cream on March 17th. Wear your green!

Also this March we will be hosting a senior lunch and bingo event on…

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

Love is in the air at The Willows –  from your Executive Director:

Happy Valentines Day to all! February brings three holidays we look forward to. Who doesn’t love watching the Super Bowl? Even if you don’t like football, you must watch it for the commercials and the excellent food! It is amazing companies spend millions of dollars to put a 30 second commercial on one of the most watched programs of the year. Valentine’s Day is a great day to remember your sweetie. Who doesn’t love…

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

Happy New Year!  –  from your Executive Director:

Happy New Year 2020! As 2019 passes, I ponder just how grateful I am for my Willows family. I hope the new year brings us untold amounts of joy and inspires us to appreciate everything we’ve been given. We have a beautiful community filled with great people, which is all I could ever ask for. I want to extend my thanks to our fantastic staff, our thoughtful owners and of course, to all of you. Together we create a very special home that is the core of The Willows community. I am looking forward to…

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

Seasons Greetings from your Executive Director

Happy Holidays Willows Residents and Families. WOW! Has this year flown by! So much to be thankful for. 2019 has been a blessing for many. It is the holiday season that we all look forward to every year. December is a wonderful time to get together with so many people that mean a lot to us. We take time out of our busy schedules to spend with our loved ones, reflect on the year’s activities and look towards the New Year. We have many holiday events planned that…

Read the entire December 2019 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).

Special staff and resident spotlights.
November programs, themes, and events.
Early warning signs & symptoms.
& much more… November 2019 Willows Life Newsletter(pdf).