Nailed It

February 3, 2020 — The popular TV show that’s all about baking and decorating to see if you can outdo the professionals has been brought to Altoona Nursing and Rehab… Residents and employees teamed up to decorate three delicious treats. Ten teams join in the fun and they had to decorate donuts into a snowmen, hohos into a reindeer... Read More

Bridging the Gap from Hospital to Home: Therapy Success

February 3, 2020 — Ned was admitted to Altoona Nursing and Rehab with the goal of getting his strength back. He has always been a very independent person so the transition from hospital to rehab took a toll on him. Little did he know that the transition is preparing him to safely return home to his wife. After hard... Read More

Employee of the Month: Araceli

February 3, 2020 — Araceli has been a CNA for nine years and has been working at Altoona Nursing and Rehab for two and a half years. Araceli became a CNA because she wanted to help people, fill their lives with love and bring a smile to their faces. Araceli has two children a son who is 13 years... Read More

February is National Heart Health Month: 8 Sweet Ways to Love Your Heart

February 3, 2020 — Sleeping at least seven hours each night. Be less salty. Adults should consume less than a teaspoon a day of salt. Get fruity and veggie. Increase your intake of both items. Keep your hands busy. Knitting, woodworking and similar activities keeps the mind active and reduces stress. Dance is a form of exercise that elevates... Read More

Resident of the Month: Bob

February 3, 2020 — Bob has lived at Altoona Nursing and Rehab for six years and is very active. Bob enjoys music, church, sports and social events. Bob grew up in Knoxville on a farm with his seven siblings. Bob enjoyed milking the cows and riding horses. After high school he went to work at a local factory. One... Read More

Soup: A Meal In a Bowl

January 6, 2020 — Despite the shorter winter days, our schedules do not slow down. We tend to seek out hardy, quick to prepare meals. Making a pot of soup is a perfect solution for a healthy, hot choice as it’s often called a meal in a bowl. There are dozens of different healthy soups that you can make;... Read More

In the Know with Maintenance

January 6, 2020 — A friendly reminder that this is a smoke-free building. With winter approaching maintenance will have a snow shovel and salt by each entrance door. If we receive more than two inches of snow maintenance will be in to shovel all the sidewalks. Also, Maintenance has been keeping busy with putting up our new curtain rods... Read More

Children and Residents

January 6, 2020 — One of the greatest rewards in life is watching a child smile and laugh while enjoying the company of a senior citizen. The bonds that can be formed is a beautiful thing to see happen. At Altoona Nursing and Rehab, one of our goals is to bridge the gap between generations. A few things we... Read More

Blanket Drive

January 6, 2020 — In the month of January, the residents are having a blanket drive for the homeless shelters in Des Moines. January is one of the coldest months of the year and unfortunately many homeless do not have proper shelter or blankets to stay warm out in the below 0 degrees and the windy environment that Iowa... Read More

In the Know with Nursing

January 6, 2020 — Slips, Trips, and Falls is what January will be bringing. With all the snow and ice on its way, it’s time to take precautions to keep safe. No one wants a visit to the emergency room. Make sure to use salt on your sidewalks, steps, and driveways. Wear slip-resistant footwear outside. Be cautious about getting... Read More