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An oasis in the side pocket

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Here’s a riddle. When can a pool table be a concession for both candy and hair conditioner? Vista Prairie at Fieldcrest in Sheldon, Iowa has the answer. Once a month, Jan, a four-year Fieldcrest resident converts the community’s game room pool table to a pop-up store covered with convenience items that residents want most.

Fieldcrest activities manager Judy Wallace remembers Jan’s reaction when she recruited her to manage the store, “She said ‘Yes I’ll do it. I think it’ll be fun.’ Toothbrushes and toothpaste, those are the necessities, but the candy is what really flies out of there,” Judy reports.

Initially, it was fun for Jan and for the residents to have another outlet, “It gets them out of their apartments to another area to socialize. Seeing other people helps us mingle and feel connected,” Jan reflects.

But having a social oasis hasn’t replaced the family interaction that residents miss so dearly since the coronavirus hit. “It breaks my heart that I can’t see them as often as I’d like,” says Jan. With the pandemic now seven months old, Jan feels lonesome and yearns for family visits free of time limits and conditions. With positive tests still high in Northwest Iowa, it’s a prevalent feeling among all residents and staff. Fieldcrest would like nothing more than to open up, as soon as it’s safe.

“It’s harder than I could have ever, ever, ever expected,” says Judy. “Being on the front line every day is very challenging. I’ve cried more tears than I knew were possible.” Still, she’ll keep coming up with innovative ideas to help residents feel engaged and part of the community.

Fieldcrest Assisted Living offers 69 one- and two-bedroom assisted living apartments for seniors who need access to personal care and supportive services. We also offer 12 memory care suites that provide a long-term option for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

A Childhood Calling: Calvin Diekmann, Executive Director at Vista Prairie at Fieldcrest

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Knowing your calling early on is not something everyone has the chance to experience, but for Calvin Diekmann, knowing he was destined to work with seniors came at an early age. “I love working with the elderly and always have since my grandparents passed away when I was a teenager,” Calvin said. “I always knew that’s where I would be.”

Calvin has been part of Vista Prairie Communities since 2003. He started out in Memory Care at Vista Prairie at Goldfinch Estates Senior Living Community as a Care Provider working weekends only. His love for VPC and its mission grew and he soon became Goldfinch’s Program Coordinator. In April 2012, Calvin took the next step with VPC and accepted a role as Executive Director at Vista Prairie at Fieldcrest Senior Living Community.

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