This is an update from the Iowa Veterans Home
It’s hard to believe we have been navigating COVID-19 for nearly 5 months. We miss seeing you at IVH! We wanted to connect with you to let you know you are frequently on our minds. Residents continue to ask how you are and they let us know how much they miss your presence.
We continue to grow our “Phone a Vet” program. If you are interested in phoning a resident or two periodically please let us know and we will get you started.
Outdoor family visits have been taking place for roughly 3 weeks and are going well. Although social distancing is in place our staff continue to get residents outside and engaged in 1:1 activities. Residents and staff are handling ever changing CDC and WHO guidelines with patience and understanding. We continue to take things day by day and celebrate no residents in our COVID unit. Together we are making the best of the circumstances.
At this point we have no indication on when we will be able to have volunteers again. For updates regarding our current visitor status follow our Facebook page or call the switchboard. With restrictions in place we are still unable to open the canteen or have outside vendors come to IVH. For those of you who don’t frequent social media we have included the current needs list below. If you have any questions please reach out to Betsy at 641-758-9751.
Reach out to Kristy at 641-753-4489 or call the main switchboard 641-752-1501 with questions.
On behalf of all Iowa Veterans Home residents and staff we thank you for your continued support and wish you, your family, and your community health and peace.
All our best,
Betsy Randall & Kristy Kelley
- Non-food items
- Ball caps
- Hand held games
- Men’s & Women’s body wash
- Puzzles (esp. 200-300 large pieces)
- Art Supplies (paint, model cars, paint by number, leather kits, etc.)
- After shave
- Men’s cologne
- Activity books
- Adult coloring books
- DVDs & CD’s
- Small baggies
- Food Items
- Candy (individually packed)
- Little Debbie/Hostess or store brand snack cakes
- Peanut Butter sandwich crackers & Cheese sandwich crackers
- Party crackers
- Diabetic snacks (almonds, peanuts, beef sticks & cheese sticks)
- Sugar free cookies and snacks
- Single serving bags of chips
- Cans of nuts
- Prepackaged donuts
- Hershey bars
- Reese’s peanut butter cups
- 3 Musketeers
- Peppermint Patties
- Milky Way Midnight
- Mini Muffins
- A friendly reminder that all food donations must have the expiration date visible and be in sealed packages.
The WAVP is open! There has been some changes in procedures to make sure you are protected including cleaning and sanitizing, fewer tables in use for the social distancing guidelines, and more events planned for outdoors and outdoor seating. If you haven’t already, sign up with your email address to receive up-to-date activities and news.
We are asking for suggestions to make our AMVETS website easier to access and information you, as a reader, would like to read. Please contact Mary Steinbach, email@example.com or call 319-230-9318.
Included on the Updated version of the AMVETS website is a tab at the top of the page for Scholarship forms. Currently it includes all the local forms, links to all National scholarship forms, and the Department Ladies Auxiliary form. When forms are available for the Department AMVETS, Sons of AMVETS, and Riders, these will be added to the page.
Included on the Updated version of the website is a tab at the top of the page for Scholarship forms. Currently it includes all the local forms, links to all National scholarship forms, and the Department Ladies Auxiliary form. When forms are available for the Department AMVETS, Sons of AMVETS, and Riders, these will be added to the page.
These forms are downloadable and fillable. This should make it easier for students to access the forms.
All officers of the AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of AMVETS, and the WAVP board members are asking for your patience and understanding of the events happening around us at this time. We continue to function as a Veterans Service Organization supporting Veterans and their families. The WAVP will remain closed until the State determines it is safe to do so. As soon as it is possible regular meetings will presume and also the activities at the WAVP. Some current social distancing practices may still be in place. Please continue to support the Thursday food drive up events.
Thank you for your continued support, stay safe, stay strong, and stay healthy.
The WAVP will continue to be closed at this time. No meetings planned for April. There has not been anything added to the calendar for events at this time. If things change, watch for email updates, Facebook updates, or something posted in the paper.
This is a difficult times for everyone, but we will stay strong and stay united.
The health and safety of our members is our greatest concern as cases
of 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise. Older adults, and
those specifically with diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease may be
twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. As such, most people
on Medicare will naturally be at a higher risk.
The CDC is asking anyone with symptoms to call their health care
provider or local health department for guidance before seeking care to
avoid spreading germs to others.
However, if you develop emergency warning signs – pain or pressure in
the chest, disorientation or confusion, a blue tint in your face or lips, or
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath – seek medical attention.
We all need to keep our wits about us and know that this all will pass.
Thank you RON IHDE 319 276 4662 or 319 290 6762
Please continue to support the AMVETS Steak night, Auxiliary Food night, the WAVP Breakfast and Fish Fry. Other Service organizations support us during these events, so join them at their events.
When you receive the monthly email notification for the newsletter, the entire articles are not included in the email. The messages and the calendar information are too big to send within an email. To view an entire article or to view the calendar you must click on the heading of the article (example: Commanders column) (or on your phone, tap the heading). This will take you to the actual website where you will have a drop down box from the HOME tab for the various articles. You can then read the entire article. There is also a tab on the top to view the calendar. When you hover over a date it will give you more information about a certain event. Also, on the top is a tab for tributes which includes a memorial page for those members we have lost. There is also a tutorial tab that you could read through to give you more information to navigate through the website.
Other helpful tabs include the “links” tab. Check out these links to access helpful information.
If you are still having issues pertaining to the newsletter and the website, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-230-9318 Mary Steinbach