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200 7th Avenue SW Altoona, IA 50009

(515) 967-4267

Success Stories

The Care Team at Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community

I sat down with a hospice nurse that has been coming to Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation for many years. She really wanted to talk about our nursing team and the compassion and care the team provides for hospice residents.

This nurse was proud to tell me today that one of our residents is graduating from hospice, after four years! The prospect that this resident would one day be able to graduate from hospice was highly unlikely. She had many wounds that were very large and deep, bouts of pneumonia and other health issues that made her very vulnerable and our staff was there for her every step of the way.

The team at Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation deserves so much credit for always lending a hand to the hospice providers that work in our building. Our Certified Wound nurse Shannon, worked tirelessly with this hospice nurse to take care of our residents’ wounds. Shannon played a major role in her recovery.

Our medical team was always available for orders when it came to the care of this resident. Whenever a family asks about going into a community this hospice nurse does not hesitate to tell them Altoona Nursing and

We work as a team and truly care about the residents and the families we are here to serve. Everyone should be very proud of the work done at Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Michelle Kelsey
Marketing Director

John admitted to Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation after a short stay at the hospital. John is receiving Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapies.

He is very active in his community of Anita, Iowa. John is very independent and tries to stay busy. We are happy that he chose Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation for his rehabilitation needs.

He is very proud of his grandchildren and loves to hang out with them, especially when they go boating! ZuZu, his Dachshund, also keeps John on his toes!

“Therapy is really working me hard, but I need to do the work to get home and resume my life! Your therapy gym is something to be very proud of! My stay here has been a 7 or an 8 out of 5 stars!”

We will miss John because his spirit lifts everyone up and you can not talk with him and not laugh or smile! His laugh is infectious! John, we wish you the best on your return home!

John at Rehab Gym

Today is such a beautiful day, perfect day to finish therapy and head home tomorrow. I really did not know what to expect because I have never been to a facility for therapy! I would hate to have to pick just one person from the staff and therapy to say they were the best, because everyone was so kind. I would give you all a 5 in care and also a 5+ for therapy! Of course the scale is 1-5, 5 being the best. Therapy has put up with my being hard of hearing and we still have gotten the job done! I am glad that I choose Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation for my recovery needs.

My family is so wonderful. The picture of me with the baby Yodas is fun! 1 of my 12 grandchildren sent that to me, he will do anything to make me smile! I have 3 children, my family means the world to me. Thanks to everyone for all of the support and encouragement.


Altoona Rehabilitation Center Success Story

Hello my name is Joyce!

I came to Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation for a short Rehab to Home stay. I had a terrible fall and broke both shoulders. I live in the Mitchellville area with my husband and I have 3 sons, all of their names start with R’s! I love being with my family, they mean the world to me. Last year we went camping over the 4th of July and had close to 400 family members camping! It was fantastic.

My family and I own an excavating company, so I can not wait to get my shoulders healed so I can operate the heavy equipment, one of my favorite things to do! I also have been teaching water aerobics at the Altoona campus for over 20 years. Therapy has been hard, but the team is patient and we take time outs if I am in pain.

Everyone here is doing their best to make my stay comfortable, and that includes a frosty a day! Thanks for everything to the therapy team and staff. This has taught me that I have to learn to be tough to fight back from this.

Skilled Resident: Joyce 6/20

Meals on the Go! Testimonial: Thanks for Sunday lunch!  You suggested I freeze some of the lovely meals you brought to our home shortly after Herb was discharged so I did.  The potpie made the meal really easy–cottage cheese with chopped fruit and fresh homemade snickerdoodles. He is improving a lot.  OT is finished and I suspect PT may end soon but we keep doing the exercises daily.  Nurses probably will continue until it’s advisable for him to have catheter changes done outpatient again.  He’s had telemedicine appointments and calls with his primary physician–dropped the one med that was adding to his confusion, and tweaking others since his pulse has been hovering in the 40s.  We are both very happy he is home!  Thank you again, personally, and the staff in general for caring -Alice Barrett

Hello, my name is Joann.  I had two broken legs, both breaks involved my femur.  I had to have 2 operations, back to back. I was in the hospital for 10 days, then they accepted me at Altoona.

My daughter works at Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation and she said this was the best place to go for therapy, and I say “OK”.  I have been working with therapy every day and everyone has been there for every one of my needs. Whenever I need something, people are there!  Everyone has been excellent, and so very good to me. The people and the patients are very nice.

I do recommend Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation for care and for therapy.  I will have much success because of the care I have received at Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation!


After a few short weeks working with our therapy team, Tom is ready to head home! Tom is looking forward to getting back to his own space and routine! It was our absolute pleasure to get to know you, Tom!

“The entire staff was more than willing and capable of helping me reach my goals ahead of schedule!”

– Tom

After a few short weeks working with our therapy team, Robert is headed back home to the routine that he loves. Robert, it was our absolute pleasure getting to know you!

“Blake and his therapy team supported me so I could reach my therapy goals!”

– Robert

After a few short weeks working with our therapy team, Karen is feeling like she’s ready to get back home and see her friends! Karen, it was our absolute pleasure getting to know you!

“I feel like everyone helped me get stronger so I could get home and see my friends!”

– Karen

After a few short weeks working with the therapy team, Bea is headed home to family, friends and her routine! Bea, it was our absolute pleasure to get to know you!

“Everybody has been so nice. They all go out of their way to help you!”

– Bea

After a few short weeks, Betty is heading home.  She’s looking forward to seeing her friends again at the senior center for lunch!  Betty, it was our absolute pleasure getting to know you!

“The therapy here helped me so much!  It strengthened my legs and arms and I feel strong because I have more muscles!

– Betty

After a few short weeks with us, Sherry is excited to get back home.  She looks forward to spending time with her husband and getting back into her routine.  Sherry, it was our absolute pleasure to get to know you!

“The therapy team made me the strongest I’ve been since high school.  They tailored a plan just for me and pushed me through it.”

– Sherry

After a few short weeks with us, John is excited to get back home to his wife.  He’s looking forward to being home, more road trips and visiting the farm!  John, it was our absolute pleasure to get to know you and your family!

“We couldn’t have been treated better here!  Everyone was kind and respectful!  Thank you!”

– John

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Life at Altoona

Rehabilitation Services​

Rehabilitation Services

At Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, our therapy team can provide services for both long-term residents and short-term rehab to home. We can perform a home evaluation prior to discharge to ensure all goals have been attained for the safest return home.
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Skilled Nursing

Skilled Nursing

The number one priority at Altoona Nursing & Rehab is the comfort, safety and the well-being of each of our residents and peace of mind for their families. Come for a tour. Our attractively landscaped, wooded setting sets the tone for the warm welcome you'll receive inside.
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Special Services​

Special Services

The Special Care Unit offers a comfortable, nurturing and safe atmosphere for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. This secure unit was completely designed to provide a convenient and comfortable setting in an open, active environment.
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Our goal is to make sure all of your questions about Altoona Nursing & Rehab are answered. Request more information today to learn about our community! 

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