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Please, enjoy the video that was taped at the Barthell OES Home on July 4, 2013.

We would like to THANK Ellen Drewes-Stoen and Trek for all their visits!

Barthell O.E.S. Home
911 Ridgewood Drive Decorah, IA 52101

Laurie Kreul, Administrator

Phone: (563) 382-8787 Fax: (563) 382-8788

The Mathilda A. Barthell OES Home, located in Decorah, IA, was made possible through a bequest from Sister Mathilda A. Barthell in 1967. She was a lifelong Eastern Star member.
This Home, completed in 1969, is situated in a peaceful setting overlooking the Upper Iowa River valley. Originally, only Mason and Eastern Star members were accepted; now it is open to all qualified persons, with priority going to Mason and Eastern Star members.

In 1993, the Mathilda A. Barthell OES Home was reincorporated as the Barthell OES Home. We are a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, and is managed by a five-member board. We [depend solely on resident fees for survival, but do encourage tax deductible donations. These donations are used to upgrade our facilities, equipment, and other items that would enhance the life of our residents. A recent example is the new emergency generator and sprinkler system in the nursing home, paid for with a donation received.

The nursing home is licensed as a 46-bed intermediate care facility. It has 18 single rooms and 14 double rooms. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated, with adjoining bathrooms and individual call systems.




On the complex, we also have six licensed independent living apartments, and 32 assisted living apartments, including a guest room for family members. We have two vans, used to transport residents to medical, laboratory, and therapy appointments, as well as social outings.

The nursing home has qualified, caring nurses and CNAs on duty 24 hours a day. The assisted living has attendants on duty 24 hours a day and a registered nurse five days a week. A full-time social worker and activity director are on staff, along with a food service supervisor and contracted registered dietician. We also have available contracted physical and occupational therapists, and speech pathologists.

Barthell O.E.S. Nursing home is 100% private pay! Barthell O.E.S. home is neither Medicare (Title 18); nor Medicaid (Title 19) certified. We do accept private long term care insurance. We do not up-charge supplies or services but provide them at cost. We are truly a non-for-profit facility and we enable the extension of income and assets for care provision while providing optimal care. We are experts in elder care representing over 250 years of combined experience. We invite your inquiries and look forward to providing your care. Your local SHIIP counselors are a tremendous resource for answers to questions.
Prior to nursing home admission these requirements must be met:

  1.  Either a chest x-ray or T.B. test within six months must be on record
  2.  A Physician’s history, physical, and orders including medications must be obtained

Our goal is to provide quality care in a family-like atmosphere, promoting the health and happiness of our residents and their families.


Barthell OES Home adheres to HIPAA guidelines.

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