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October 2019 News and Events

Employees of the Month

Lucas Kasper

Lucas works as a Dietary Aide in our long term care and skilled nursing facility. He is in 11th grade at Prairie High School. When asked about his job Lucas said he enjoys,

"Interacting with the residents and being able to improve their quality of life by providing good service."

When he isn't working he enjoys going fishing, hunting in the fall and winter months, and watching football and baseball. If he isn't found doing any of those things you'll probably find him playing video games. 

We are so lucky to have you on our team Lucas! Thank you for all you do!


Julia Moore

Julia works in our assisted living facility as a CNA. She has worked at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids for two years. 

Julia is from Atlanta, Georgia. She was born and raised there. She moved to Iowa in 2016 for school. She went to Coe College where her father and grandparents attended. Later she transferred to Kirkwood. 

When asked about her favorite part of her job, Julia said...

"I like to think of myself as detail-oriented. And it makes me happy when the residents notice and appreciate the detail and attention I give them." 

In her free time Julia enjoys going to the lake (when its warm), spending time with friends, and going home to Georgia to visit her family. 

We are blessed to have you with us, Julia! Thank you for all you do! 




This Month's Events

Coffee Club

Join us every Monday morning at 9:00am in our Piano Lounge for our coffee club! Enjoy a warm cup of coffee while you meet new friends and see our gorgeous facility! All are welcome, no R.S.V.P. necessary! Free complimentary coffee mug on your first visit! 


Happy Hour Lineup

Join us every Friday afternoon at 3:00pm (unless otherwise noted) for live music and drinks! See this month's lineup below!

October 4th - 2:30pm Accordion music with Neil Rohlena (NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!) 

October 11th - Piano music with Betty Debban

October 18th - (New entertainer!) Piano music with Rhonda

October 25th - Music with the Accordion Club


Bingo with Prairie High School

They are back! Join us on the first Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:00am in our Skilled Dining Room for a fun morning playing bingo with students from Prairie High School Key Club! 

This month's date: October 5th


Assisted Living Family Brunch

We offer a complementary brunch in our assisted living facility for the invited family and friends of our assisted living tenants! Brunch is held on the 2nd Friday of every month unless otherwise noted.

This month's brunch: October 11th

RSVP by calling our building at (319)632-1350


Memory Care Family Brunch

We offer a complementary family brunch for our memory care tenants and invited guests on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the noon meal!

This month's date: October 23rd

RSVP by calling our building at (319)632-1350


Halloween Party and Trick-or-Treating! 

Residents will be participating in a spook-tacular Halloween party at 3:00pm on Halloween followed by trick-or-treating from 4:00-5:30! 

If you have kids or grandkids that would enjoy visiting the residents and getting some candy please bring them to the Trick-or-Treating event!

Visit Amy our Community Relations Director for questions. 


Assisted Living Flu Clinic

It's that time of year! The flu clinic for assisted living tenants will be held on October 15th at 11:00am in the assisted living activity room. All assisted living tenants should take note!




Regular Reminders

Labeling Laundry

If you or your loved one resides in our long term care or skilled nursing facilities we ask that you please clearly label all laundry with the owner's name. This helps ensure that all laundered items are returned to their proper owner in a timely fashion. For questions or assistance with labeling, please speak with Brenda our Housekeeping Manager. Her whereabouts can be found through Tina at the front desk. 


Transportation to Appointments

We offer transportation to appointments on Thursdays during business hours for our assisted living tenants. If you or your loved one need to schedule transportation, please speak with Tina at the front desk who will direct you to Terry our Maintenance Director/Appointment Chauffeur. Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis and we appreciate as much notice as possible to ensure proper accommodations can be made. 


Change in Meal Rates

We are so thankful that so many friends and families choose to dine with us.  With the increases in food costs since we opened in 2017 and in the labor costs due to more and more people dining, we see a need to increase the cost of our guest meals.  Beginning September 1, 2019 guest meals will be $8.00.  We will continue to use the punch card system; 5 punch card for $40 and 10 punch for $80.  We highly recommend using the punch cards.  When purchasing we can take cash or check.  Please keep in mind that the staff does not have access to cash for change. You may purchase your punch cards at the front desk.




Volunteers and Donations Needed

Nail Painting

We have lots of ladies that love getting their nails done!

We are currently on the search for anyone who would enjoy painting nails! 

One on One Visitors

Studies have linked socialization to tons of increased mental and physical benefits. Human thrive with social interaction and we want to give our residents more of it! We have lots of residents who would benefit from having a visitor! Sit and chat over ice cream or a cup of coffee, play cards or a board game, the possibilities are endless. 

If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity please contact our building at (319)632-1350.


Halloween is right around the corner and we are looking for candy for our residents to pass out during a trick or treat event! Our residents will love getting to see the kids in costumes and making them smile with treats! Donations can be taken to Tina at our front desk. We will be collecting until Halloween. 

Thank you!




Happy Birthday!

Jo C. 10/2

Joanne M. 10/2

Fran E. 10/11

Jasper R. 10/16

Barb S. 10/16

Sandy R. 10/23

Aileen E. 10/28

Abe W. 10/28


Be sure to wish these people a very happy birthday when you see them! And join us on Thursday, October 17th at 2:00pm in our Piano Lounge for our monthly birthday celebration!!




In Loving Memory

Arlan Kohtz

8/24/27 - 8/31/19


Wishing you all a wonderful month!!!



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