Recreational Activities at the Iowa Veterans Home
Enhancing Daily Lives
Residents of IVH attend programs off-grounds to enhance their daily lives. Transportation, of course, is provided also with a specially constructed bus along with two 15-passenger vans. The bus has a lift for residents who use wheelchairs.
Cultural opportunities such as theatrical productions at the Fisher Community Center, musical concerts at Marshalltown High School Auditorium, and model trains exhibit in Colfax are examples of events IVH residents take part in.
Athletic events such as High School Football Playoffs at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls are very popular among residents, as well as State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines, High School football and basketball at Marshalltown High School, and BCLUW High School. Stock car races at Marshalltown Speedway and Knoxville are always fun to attend.
Seasonal trips occur for Easter dinner and Thanksgiving dinner in Des Moines. July 4 is an annual trip to the Marshall County Fairgrounds for the fireworks and food snacks. Restaurants within a 50-mile area are visited on a regular basis to give residents an opportunity to eat away from home and order different kinds of food. Mexican, Chinese, Swedish, and barbeque are some of the dining out opportunities presented.
Fishing trips to local lakes are also very popular. Residents can fish with IVH equipment or use their own; bait is provided to the resident. At noon or evening (depending on the time of the trip), a full meal is provided.
Keeping busy at the Iowa Veterans Home Activities Centers
Arts & Crafts
The arts & crafts workshop is located on the main floor of the Malloy building. IVH activity staff schedule classes Monday through Friday in the workshop. Classes offered include leather working, rug weaving, sewing, woodworking, bead banner/jewelry making, needlework, crocheting and more. IVH activity staff provides one-to-one assistance to residents. Residents pay minimal costs for the materials and supplies they use. Once completed, residents may choose to keep the finished projects or sell them in the IVH gift shop.
The ceramics workshop is located on the main floor of the Malloy building. IVH activity staff schedule classes Monday through Friday in the workshop. Residents receive assistance in selecting ceramics projects and one-to-one classroom instruction on how to complete the projects. Residents pay minimal costs for the materials and supplies they use. Once completed, residents may choose to keep the finished projects or sell them in the IVH gift shop.
Other On Site Activities
IVH provides many on-campus resident activities and residents should always check Weekly Recreation Activity Calendars because new activities are regularly introduced along with popular and well-established activities.
Among popular on-campus activities are the following:
Balloon Volleyball - residents use a lighter volleyball to play the game.
Bingo - always a resident favorite;
Card Bingo - where two decks of cards are displayed to a table full of residents who see if they have the card in their area; and if so, in it goes until somebody has thrown in all their cards and wins.
Card games and Table games - are available on all units. Some games are unit events, while others are individual games.
Coffee Club/ Seasonal Dinners - occur on regular basis. Dinners like BLT's and sweet corn, oyster stew, waffles, grilled steaks, hamburgers and seasonal side dishes like potato salad, chili suppers, and many more.
Current Events - residents view a DVD of the week happenings and discuss local and global happenings.
Electronic touch play and Wii games - available on nursing units and Leisure Resource Centers.
Exercise classes - are popular to keep people physically fit and motivated.
Giant Crossword puzzles - completed in unit dayrooms.
Movie & Popcorn - is popular with among many residents.
Music - either with the Fun Machine, CD player, or Music Therapist occurs on many units.
Nut Picking - residents gather in the Kopper Kettle to pick walnuts clean, share coffee, and conversation.
Out for Walks - residents walk outside (weather permitting), inside in inclement weather and during their walks they visit Canteen, Library, Aviary, and other points of interest.
Pool Tables - located in the Malloy LRC available for use 24-7 unless a facility-wide activity is going on.
Poppies - The poppy is the Memorial Flower of the American Legion Auxiliary. Each year, residents of the Iowa Veterans Home make thousands of poppies that are distributed to various American Legion Auxiliary units throughout Iowa. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the poppy program, providing materials to make the poppies; the payroll to pay the poppy makers; and covering the cost of distributing the poppies. Proceeds from the distribution of the poppies help to aid veterans and their families in times of need.
Any capable veteran interested in making poppies should contact the Resident Services Office at 753-4536.
Sports Picks - residents pick a list of games each week during football and baseball season. Prizes are awarded to top two finishers.
Workout room - available for individual approved exercise.