One of our very own Independent Living residents, Pat, talks about her wonderful experience living here at Prairie Vista Village! See below the article from the Iowa Living Magazines- Altoona edition:

“Pat Bryan grew up in the Des Moines area and moved to Altoona in 1968 because she wanted her children to grow up in a smaller community with good schools. She and her family lives there for 29 years before relocating to Pleasant Hill for 19 years. Four years ago, she return to Altoona, calling Prairie Vista her home since.

Bryan lives in her own apartment within the residence but enjoys that her breakfast and lunch are served in a common dining area, where can socialize with other residents. Her housekeeping and maintenance are also taken care of, and she can hop on a bus that takes her and other residents to businesses around town, or in a van that will take them to doctor appointments.

It is very worry-free, Bryan says.

She feels that Prairie Vista has a friendly atmosphere and a wonderful administration of people who are caring and approachable. When COVID-19 hit, Bryan says that they shut down everything immediately and handled it well, keeping everyone informed along the way. She especially appreciated that the Altoona Public Library brought books throughout quarantine for residents to enjoy.

Prairie Vista also hosts lots of activities for its residents. Bryan says this enables her to socialize with others and helps with folks’ mental outlook. During quarantine, they made sure to continue these activities safely with activities such as trivia or bingo. The administration puts an emphasis on celebrating holidays as well, most recently by decorating the hallways with American flags for Memorial Day. They’re very good at keeping residents entertained, Bryan says.

There’s almost something for everyone, she adds. They just really take good care of us here

.Prairie Vista recently re-opened its dining area at full capacity, which felt like a homecoming when everyone got together again. It’s amazing how you form friendships, Bryan says. This is really a nice asset here.”

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