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About the Shady Rest Care Center.


Since 1972, Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa, has provided compassionate care to area residents. Owned and operated by Shady Rest, Inc., with oversight by a 6-member board of directors, it was originally established as a for-profit enterprise and presently has more than 100 shareholders, many of whom live in the community of Cascade. 

1970. The brainchild of Dr. William Mehrl, planning for the Shady Rest Care Center began in 1970 when Dr. Mehrl saw the need for long-term geriatric care within the Cascade community. Collaborating with four other community leaders (Herb McNally, Francis Till, Carl Cigrand, and Lucy Green) funds were raised, land was purchased, blueprints designed, and a building constructed. [more ...]



The staff at Shady Rest Care Center has a long, established history of commitment to the compassionate care of its residents. [Please click here to learn more about the qualifications, education, experience, and background of the Shady Rest management staff.]

Administrator. Kristie Kremer.

Office Manager. Cindy Selle.

Director of Nursing. Connie Starks RN.

Social Services Coordinator. Leisa Osterhaus.

Medicare Coordinator.  Karie Kuntz, RN.

Activity Coordinator. Gloria Otting.

Food Service Supervisor. Kathy Gehl.

Environmental Supervisor. Anne Knepper.


Board of Directors.

Area community members are committed to ensuring quality care of Shady Rest residents as well as the fiscal integrity of Shady Rest, Inc. [Please click here to learn more about the experience and background of the Shady Rest leadership group.] 

President. Kenneth J. McDermott 

Vice President. Ann Reid.

Secretary. Jean Lynch.

Treasurer. Lorraine Takes

Board Member. Bill Gehl.

Board Member. Carl Kelchen.

Board Member. Gerald "Jerry" Volk.




We regularly hear from grateful family members about the care their loved ones receive at Shady Rest. Here are a few notes of appreciation — used with permission — that we have received...


Our hearts are full of gratitude for the love and care you showed for Andy and Lillian. Thank you for all you did and all you do.

- The Family of Andy and Lillian Strittmatter


Dear Shady Rest staff,

Thank you for the masses and for your support at this difficult time. We appreciate the truly professional care Noel received at the care center. Although his time there was short, we had peace of mind knowing he was well cared for.

-The family of Noel Callahan
 (Rita Callahan, Curt and LuAnn Callahan, Dave and Donna Manon and family)




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