Category: Life at Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail

January 9, 2018

Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail Awarded Best of Senior Living Award for 2018

Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail kicked off the New Year with some exciting news. We were awarded a Best of Senior Living Award for 2018 by SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. According to SeniorAdvisor.com, recipients represent “the best of the best” of in-home […]

January 4, 2018

Vintage Hills Sponsors Lego League State Contenders

Vintage Hills in Ankeny has sponsored a group of 8th grade girls from Northview and Southview middle schools. The girls came together to make an all female Lego League team, named “Iowaish.” The Iowish is led by two coaches: Graham Schardt and Wendy Lilly, with 7 members: Avryn, Alysa, Grace, Avery, Talia, Francesca, and Faith. First Lego League is […]

December 15, 2017

Spring 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 20 different classes with everything from Greeting Card Making to Trivia and Talk to Issues of the Day to Bracelet Making and even Valentine Creations, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

November 27, 2017

Vintage Hills Supports Meals from the Heartland

The residents of Vintage Hills continue their annual tradition of supporting the Meals from the Heartland program. This program is made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations and beyond who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world. The residents of Vintage Hills did their part […]

November 15, 2017

It’s a Wrap!

Today was the big day! All year long, the residents and their families have been contributing each month various items for Operation Christmas Child.  The residents of Vintage Hills had a “packaging party” today. Fifty gifts for needy children were packaged by the residents and will be sent on to fifty children all over the world. Bouncy balls, […]

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween from Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail!

The residents have enjoyed this festive Halloween season with many activities for all to choose from! Residents made seasonal Halloween cards, decorated pumpkins and handed out candy during our annual trick-or-treating parade. The kids from La Petite joined us in their costumes for a parade and they enjoyed special treats and some songs with our residents. It has […]

October 19, 2017

Let’s Play Ball!

The Vintage Hills Vipers are at it again with another season of Bean Bag Baseball. This week we hosted the Bickford Bees. It was an exciting game for the Vipers, but the Bees pulled off a 15 to 10 win over the Vipers. Everyone had a good time though and it was fun to see all our friends […]

August 30, 2017

Social Drumming

Both staff and residents got to see the amazing effects of music today during our Social Drumming program. Joe Parrish brought his interactive drumming program to Vintage Hills. What a wonderful program! Residents who are normally quiet opened up and residents who are no longer verbal were moving to the beat and creating music. Everyone […]

August 22, 2017

Fall 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Pumpkin Decorating to Scrapbooking Memories to Photography 101 to Armchair Travels and even History of Tea, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

August 21, 2017

Eclipse Viewing Party

Vintage Hills held an eclipse viewing party for all the residents. The event was televised live in the Theater. For those residents who wanted to venture outside to see the event for themselves, special eclipse glasses were provided courtesy of Dr. Sharon Rowlet of Team M.D. Many residents reminisced about the last time they had seen an eclipse […]

July 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Mary Jane!

Today Vintage Hills celebrated a BIG birthday for a special lady! With the help of family, friends and residents, we hosted a wonderful party for the birthday lady. Special guest musicians Paul Michael Davis and Kerrie Davis provided the entertainment. The birthday lady was serenaded by these wonderful musicians. Each resident enjoyed a champagne toast for Mary Jane!

July 20, 2017

Wine and Canvas

Wine and painting seem to go hand in hand these days. The residents of Vintage Hills did a little painting and a little sipping. Bruce, our creative Maintenance Director, guided the residents into creating wonderful landscape pieces!

July 20, 2017

An Interesting Visitor

Everyone has read the studies on how therapy animals assist seniors in many positive ways. Research shows that dogs, cats and other animals can improve the outlook and health of seniors. Hospice facilities, hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes, senior centers, mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, even prisons have discovered the perks of pet-assisted therapy. The […]

June 16, 2017

Quilts Made of Memories

Joyce Coin moved to Vintage Hills from Missouri in January of 2017. She is very active and participates in just about everything! Joyce enjoys crafts, but especially quilting. She recently made two quilts out of her late husband, Wayne’s shirts. Wayne and Joyce were high school sweethearts and had been married for 52 years before he passed away […]

June 12, 2017

This Week at Vintage Hills: Creating Masterpieces and Taste-Testing Super Foods

It was a busy week at Vintage Hills. Several ladies created canvas masterpieces! Each painter chose a different picture to paint. We also held a super foods taste testing. Residents tried quinoa, sprouted grains and red lentils. Sprouted grains are “seeds” that have partially started the growth process. This deactivation of anti-growth enzymes leads to greater availability of vitamin […]

April 5, 2017

“Assisted Living Today” Rated Vintage Hills as One of the Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in the State of Iowa

Assisted Living Today is a premier publishing resource focused on providing high quality, trustworthy information about various aspects of senior living. The article has this to say about our community:  Whilst this is a retirement community that offers assisted living, memory care, and even short recuperative stays, the feel of the place is more country […]

March 16, 2017

The Zoo Comes to Vintage Hills

The Blank Park Zoo traveled to Vintage Hills on Wednesday to present their education program with their traveling animals. Our residents learned about four very interesting animals, the Bearded Dragon from Australia, the Tenrec from Madagascar, the Burmese Star Tortoise and a Guinea Pig. The program was very interesting and we all learned a lot from the presenter. Residents had […]

March 15, 2017

ARL TheraPets Program at Vintage Hills

The Animal Rescue League (ARL) TheraPets program brings a certified pet and their handler, as a team to visit our community several times each month. This program offers our residents an opportunity to interact with an animal and the program truly makes a difference in the resident’s physical and emotional health. It has been observed that visits from pets […]

February 17, 2017

A Little Bit of Hawaii Comes to Vintage Hills

It may be February here in Iowa, but the residents of Vintage Hills got a taste of tropical fun during our annual Hawaiian Luau! The residents enjoyed tropical drinks, pulled pork sliders with pineapple salsa, grilled Hawaiian chicken skewers and fruit dipped in chocolate. Russ Barlow entertained the residents with the tropical sounds of the islands. It was a […]

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Residents and Staff at Vintage Hills

The residents of Vintage Hills enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s day. At lunch, each lady was presented with a red carnation and all the men received chocolate hearts. Chef Eli prepared a wonderful meal with your choice of Italian Sausage Pasta Bake or Smoked Ribs with tossed Salad, Garlic Bread and Chocolate Mousse. In the afternoon, residents enjoyed a […]

January 23, 2017

An English High Tea

The residents of Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail enjoyed an English High Tea on Friday. A variety of teas were served including traditional Earl Grey, Hibiscus and Peach. Sweet treats accompanied the tea. The table setting was a mix of dainty tea cups, saucers and beautiful pots. A large group of ladies (and one gentleman) enjoyed each other’s company […]

January 3, 2017

Starting in January: Afternoon Meditation

The physical effects of mindfulness meditation are astounding. Here are just a few of the benefits for seniors: 1.) Mindfulness boosts the immune system. 2.) Mindfulness slows the progression of disease also has a protective effect against cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. 3.) Mindfulness reduces stress and depression. 4.) Mindfulness reduces loneliness. Mindfulness teaches the […]