Barthell O.E.S. Home, located in Decorah, Iowa, was made possible through a bequest from Sister Mathilda A. Barthell in 1967. She was a lifelong Eastern Star member. O.E.S. stands for the Order of the Eastern Star. Completed in 1969, the Home is situated in a peaceful setting overlooking the Upper Iowa River valley. Originally, only Mason and Eastern Star members were accepted for admission. Now, it is open to everyone, with priority going to Mason and Eastern Star members.

In 1993, the Mathilda A. Barthell OES Home was reincorporated as the Barthell O.E.S. Home. We are a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, and are 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.

The nursing home is licensed as a 46-bed nursing facility, with private, semi-private, and private suites available. A construction project, occurring in 2019, is expanding and remodeling the nursing home.

Arlin Falck Assisted Living was built in 2000, with 16 apartments. In 2003, 16 more apartments were added for a total of 32 apartments. Apartments are bright, spacious, and include full kitchens. Reserved parking and enclosed garage stalls are available for tenants. An affordable guest room is onsite for family members to rent, and a large multipurpose room is also available for use.

The Independent Living was also built in 2000 and consists of a fourplex and a duplex.

The Barthell Bluffs townhomes were completed in 2019, consisting of eight 2-bedroom and 2-bathroom units.

Waiting lists are maintained for each of our facilities.

Barthell O.E.S. Home is 100% private pay, and does accept payment from long-term care insurance companies. We do not accept payment from Medicare or Medicaid. You will find that our rates are affordable and competitive in comparison to other facilities.

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


To provide

Grace in this season of life

Joy in the little things

Hope in times of uncertainty &

Comfort as people transition from independence to support

By providing loving care to those we call our family.