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Walden Place is perched on a hillside just beyond the beautiful scenery of Willow Creek Park. The Iowa City senior living community is under two hours from Des Moines and near University of Iowa Health Care and Coral Ridge Mall. Enjoy day trips to The Englert Theatre, Old Capitol Museum, and University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art. line¶ The welcoming community spirit is best enjoyed in the billiards lounge, library, and community rooms. The enrichment calendar boasts bean bag baseball, exercise classes, book clubs, and more. Neighbors become friends over chef prepared meals or while sipping tea in the gazebo. Walking paths and a flower garden surround the community offering a tranquil setting to enjoy the sunshine. There’s so much to discover at Walden Place. line¶ The simplest definition of Holiday Retirement is that we’re the nation’s leading provider of independent living and a robust family of more than 260 senior living communities. Holiday Retirement is in the business of providing security, comfort, and value to seniors seeking a fulfilling lifestyle in a welcoming environment. But really, we’re so much more than that. line¶ Our residents know that they’re experiencing something special here they couldn’t enjoy anywhere else. From exceptional, freshly made cuisine, to a full calendar of life-enriching programs and activities, life at Holiday Retirement is everything most seniors dreamed their retirement would be. line¶ We invite you to become part of the Holiday Retirement family. Surround yourself with neighbors who feel like family, staff who go out of their way to make each day special, and a welcoming atmosphere that lets you know you’re right where you belong. Come experience The Holiday Touch for yourself. line¶ Holiday Retirement’s senior living communities offer assisted or independent living at an affordable monthly rate with no long-term commitments and no expensive buy-ins. In addition to your private senior apartment, your rent covers three meals daily, housekeeping, maintenance, transportation, and even light laundry service. You’ll save time and money to dedicate to the people and activities you love! line¶ With an independent lifestyle at a Holiday Retirement community, you have the time to focus on what’s important to you. Maybe it’s being closer and spending more time with your family. Or meeting your neighbors and nurturing new friendships. Or perhaps it’s visiting the museum, playing bridge, shooting pool, volunteering to help improve your community, or reading your favorite novels, again. line¶ Our independent retirement lifestyle leaves you in control, making the choices that are right for you. And with all the “little things” like grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the house taken care of; you have the time and energy to focus on enjoying your retirement. That’s the way it should be. We call it the “Holiday Touch”. It’s a rewarding and satisfying lifestyle characterized by friendship, belonging, and genuine understanding. line¶ We hear it from residents all the time—how they wish they’d made the move to Holiday Retirement for senior living years earlier. The all-inclusive independent senior lifestyle is irresistible to be sure, but there’s something very special about life at Holiday Retirement that makes it unlike any other place on earth. It’s the warm, accepting community of neighbors who feel like family. It’s the devoted staff who see this as more of a calling than a job providing unrivaled service and compassion. And it’s the unique feeling of being right where you belong—a feeling of being home. We call it “The Holiday Touch”, and it’s what makes the independent senior living community at Holiday Retirement so special.
Most utilities, heating and air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and cable TV included. Telephone hookups are provided.
No more vacuuming, no more dusting, and no more loads of sheets and towels. Let us take care of the housework and laundry. We provide our residents with weekly housekeeping and linen service. Our communities provide our residents laundry facilities with washers and dryers conveniently located throughout the property and free of charge! We will also do your laundry for an extra fee per load.
Every Holiday Retirement community offers a wide variety of activities. Our objective is to provide life-enriching activities and events that will benefit our residents in every aspect of living—physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, creatively, spiritually, and vocationally. We love coordinating opportunities for residents to discover purpose and passion through participating and volunteering, enriching their lives as well as those they serve.
Expand your horizons! It’s a proven truth—engaged seniors lead richer, more satisfying lives. So, at Holiday Retirement, we’ve put together a comprehensive program of activities and events designed to stimulate the seven dimensions of wellness (physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, creative, social, and vocational).
Physical—By providing fun and innovative physical activity, residents stay physically active and healthy. You’ll enjoy 5 – 7 activities like Tai Chi, yoga, chair fitness, Wii sports, balloon volleyball, and many more every week. Our residents frequently play bean bag baseball, a simple yet highly entertaining game.
Intellectual—At Holiday Retirement, we aim to keep our residents intellectually stimulated. Activities such as brainteasers, spelling bees, board games, puzzles, and many more will keep your gears grinding daily.
Social—We host a variety of social events so you can connect with other residents and build new meaningful relationships. Join our coffee klatch, happy hour, or one of our weekly socials, and start getting to know your neighbors.
Emotional—At Holiday Retirement, we aim to create a strong family feeling for all our residents. This is a natural extension of the Holiday Touch. So, share your story during a circle group or enjoy a local animal group’s pet visits—anything you need to emotionally connect to others.
Creative—We know that many of our residents were once teachers, artists, and poets and that they bring many talents to our communities. We love the opportunity to help everyone showcase their talents. Whether it’s photography, knitting, or painting, we’ll gladly adapt our weekly activities to suit your interests.
Spiritual—Spiritual needs mean different things to different people. Our communities offer church services, prayer groups, bible study, and hymn singing.
Vocational—Holiday Retirement is full of residents that held prestigious careers within their lifetime, and some may still volunteer within their professional circle. We know it’s important to create opportunities for residents to be a part of public speaking, creative writing, journalistic writing, and other relevant business avenues.
Beyond just games and puzzles, our activities are part of a holistic wellness approach you’ll only find at Holiday Retirement, designed to help seniors live more robust, fulfilling lives. Holiday provides unique opportunities you won't find anywhere else.
The best part is residents are free to choose how much they wish to participate. It’s your retirement, after all, and you have the freedom to focus on what’s most important to you.
Comfortable senior living apartments in a variety of sizes that allow you the freedom to furnish in any style that appeals to you with no buy-in fees or long-term leases. We know how much seniors value their freedom, so we offer short-term and month-to-month leases with no long-term commitments. Enjoy this all-inclusive lifestyle on your terms.
The joy of an all-inclusive independent senior lifestyle is writing just one check a month and having life’s daily details taken care of for you. So, what exactly does your Holiday rent include? Your own private suite with multiple floor plans and options to choose from.
Walden Place community amenities include activity room, billiards lounge, chapel, computer room with Internet access, common area Wi-Fi, community grounds, fitness equipment, game room, barber/beauty salon, large screen TV lounge, laundry facilities, library, lounge area, parking, private dining room, resident kitchen, covered parking available, restaurant style dining room, community fireplace, patio area, and walking paths.
Walden Place apartment amenities include private apartments, cable TV, Wi-Fi, carpet and window treatments, personal emergency response device, wheelchair accessible units, kitchenette in units, patio or balcony, telephone hookups, heating and air conditioning, and most utilities included.
There’s a tremendous sense of security and peace-of-mind that comes from living in a community designed for your safety and comfort. From senior-friendly architecture and floor plans to 24/7 emergency response services, we make sure our residents live a life free from worry.
The apartments, dining rooms, and common areas at every Holiday Retirement community were designed around the needs of seniors. They feature easy-to-maneuver floor plans with wide hallways, handrails, and strategically placed furniture to make life easier.
From personable managers and pleasant housekeepers to attentive servers at mealtime and helpful maintenance technicians who are there when you need them, our communities are the new extension of your family. We're here to make your life easier in any way we can.
Holiday provides 24/7 emergency response services to all residents. Safety and security are our primary concerns. We encourage our residents and their families to talk with us if they have any concerns, no matter how large or small.
Our award-winning volunteer program, Seniors Serving Seniors and Society, helps residents get involved and make a difference. Holiday residents volunteer for worthy causes like teaching children to read, helping animals, supporting our troops, or anything they feel passionate about.
Don’t just live with us, serve with us! Seniors Serving Seniors and Seniors Serving Society (SSS) is an international award-winning volunteer program developed by Holiday Retirement. The purpose is to engage residents by providing opportunities to enrich the lives of others and enhance the purpose and passion in their own lives. Studies have shown that senior volunteers enjoy a better quality of life than the average non-volunteering senior.
Organizations that Holiday Retirement communities love to support include The American Red Cross; The American Cancer Society; Habitat for Humanity; March of Dimes; and local food banks, schools, police and fire departments, and senior centers. Holiday Retirement has joined forces with the American Red Cross during natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The Seniors Serving Seniors/Seniors Serving Society (SSS) program was named “Most Innovative” program in 2007 by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA).
Let's Talk Seniors®—Our senior residents are lifelong learners. Holiday Retirement extends the chance for residents to expand their horizons and attend seminars and talks on subjects relevant to seniors. We also welcome the local community to participate.
Holiday's Let's Talk Seniors® program coordinates activities and events with local professionals on topics that are important to seniors. These events empower and educate residents while opening the doors to residents' friends, families, and the local community.
Popular Let’s Talk Seniors® events held at our communities include toastmasters, laughter yoga, flower arranging classes, fall prevention seminars, pet health tips, many others. Our Let's Talk Seniors® seminars are engaging, instructive, and help local businesses get to know our communities and our residents. It's our way of opening our communities up to the local neighborhood.
Holiday Retirement's seniors are always up for adventure, whether they are touring the U.S. using Holiday Retirement's innovative Travel Program or participating from the comfort of their community. The Adventure Travel program takes seniors on an intellectual (and gastronomical) adventure around the world.
Adventure Travel Program—Stimulation of mind, body, and soul! Adventure Travel Program residents at Holiday Retirement communities lead rich, satisfying lives by participating in robust, stimulating activities like the Adventure Travel Program. Fun, educational activities are planned around destinations residents are most interested in. Residents who were born in or have visited the chosen destination are encouraged to share their experiences and souvenirs.
A destination-specific video or PowerPoint is played on the big screen, and sometimes travel agencies join to share information. The executive chef takes advantage of highlighting cultural delicacies and when possible, introduces display cooking.
Popular travel destinations include Greece, Mexico, England, Australia, and Scotland. The best part of the Adventure Travel Program is that anyone can participate, regardless of their physical capability or financial situation.
Many communities invite residents and seniors in the neighborhood by distributing personalized invitations as airline tickets. Participating residents describe their experience as a fun, social, and educational endeavor and always look forward to the next travel adventure.
Walden Place provides complimentary, scheduled transportation. Let our staff drivers transport you to appointments, to run errands, and to off-site destinations for planned activities. For residents who choose to bring a car with them to Holiday, we offer convenient parking for them and their guests.