Elkhorn BSM

Elkhorn, NE: Sharing the Love with Open Door Mission

During the month of February our Brookestone Meadows O.W.L.S. wanted to share the love with Open Door Mission. They had a cold-weather clothing drive that brought in bags and bags of coats, hats and gloves. They also had a bake sale with delicious homemade cookies, beautifully decorated cards and Valentines decorations, all proceeds also benefiting […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident Photographer Shares His Art

There are a lot of talented residents at Brookestone Meadows and we love the opportunity to show off their work. One of our residents, Bob H., has been a hobbyist photographer for many years. He has enjoyed visiting small towns and taking pictures of architecture and people. For the past few months we have had […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident is now a Published Author

Carolyn Howell, Brookestone Meadows resident is now a published Author! Carolyn came to live at Brookestone Meadows 10 years ago. Her book focuses on her life story of faith and how God has inspired her to continue to serve Him, despite many hardships and heartaches. She did not allow physical limitations to set her back […]

Elkhorn, NE: We ‘Flip’ For the Night Shift!

We love our team and appreciate every opportunity to thank them for all they do. This month PEP club did made-to-order omelets for the night shift. The group arrived at 4:30am to be sure things were set and ready for the team to enjoy before their shift ended. Most of the omelets made it through […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Leadership Retreat

The Brookestone Meadows Leadership team enjoyed their 2018 Kick Off Retreat on February 15th. This was an opportunity to reflect on the many successes that took a lot of teamwork in 2017 and to look ahead to dream big for 2018. Each of the exercises were designed to have the team focus on personal and […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Receives the Bronze Award

Brookestone Meadows was honored to receive the 2017 American Healthcare Association’s Bronze Commitment to Quality award. The Bronze Award is a National award given to facilities that show a commitment to the pursuit of outstanding health care outcomes. As described by the AHCA , “Bronze recipients are recognized for having made the first step on […]

Elkhorn, NE: Dr. Malloy, Medical Director Honored

January 12, 2018 Dr. Timothy Malloy was recognized for 10 Years of Service as Medical Director at Brookestone Meadows. Glenn Van Ekeren, President of Vetter Senior Living, presented him with a certificate of achievement for his dedication and service to the elderly. Over 10,000 patients have been admitted to Brookestone Meadows since the doors opened […]

Elkhorn, NE: It’s All In The Family

Brookstone Meadows loves our motto of Family Serving Family, but we are also Family Serving WITH Family! We have three members of the same family serving in three departments here at Meadows. Nicole has been with BSM for almost 9 yrs. She began as a Receptionist, and moved from reception to the Scheduling Coordinator position. […]

Elkhorn, NE: 10,000!

Time flies when you are having fun. It also flies when you are admitting 80 – 100 patients every month! Wednesday December 20, 2017 Brookestone Meadows welcomed our 10,000th patient. The countdown began early in 2017 as we projected that our 10,000th patient would arrive close to our 10 Year Anniversary on November 5th. We […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter Scholarship Awarded at Brookestone Meadows

Vetter Senior Living is dedicated to assisting team members with furthering their education and personal growth. Each year they provide several $1,000 scholarships to team members throughout the company. Scholarship applications are submitted to Home Office and a committee meets to review and select recipients. This year a Brookestone Meadows team member, Michele Magner, was […]

Elkhorn, NE: Christmas Carols and Celebrations

Our halls have been filled with much Christmas merriment and joy with many loved ones coming to visit and celebrate, in addition to the wonderful celebrations planned by our Brookestone Meadows family. One of our blessings has been to have multiple groups come and sing Christmas carols with us. From old favorites like White Christmas […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident Council Meeting

Dear Friends, Here at Brookestone Meadows, at our latest resident council meeting on December 11th, we had the pleasure of having Charlie Olson as a speaker representing the NorthStar Foundation. He is the director of donor relations foundation and we presented him with a donation to help with different programs. He explained to us how […]

Elkhorn, NE: Santa and Mrs. Clause Visit

Brookestone Meadows was thrilled to have Santa and Mrs. Clause stop by for some pre-Christmas treats of cookies and homemade cocoa. Everyone made the “Nice” list this year and received a beautifully wrapped personalized gift. We even had some special little visitors who bravely shared their wish list with Santa! Our building has been buzzing […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Week Long Celebration

Dear Friends, I wanted to share the special events that everyone enjoyed recently at Brookestone Meadows in Elkhorn, NE. The employees and residents celebrated our 10th Anniversary! My name is Carolyn Howell and I am one of the 10 residents that have lived here for the past 10 years. Our Public Relations Coordinator, Michele Magner […]

Elkhorn, NE: BBB Present on Seniors and Scams

Retirees and Seniors with their financial assets, life style changes and isolation have become key targets for the Scammers. Two of Omaha’s Better Business Bureau provided helpful hints to Phone and Computer Scams. It was noted that our security depends on us and not someone else. The bad guys out there are good at what […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Celebrates 10 Years of Serving our Community

November 5th marked the 10th Anniversary of our first patient at Brookestone Meadows. During the last 10 years we have had the honor to serve almost 10,000 people in our community! Maintaining a World Class WOW experience, the building celebrated in many ways throughout the week, the largest events being two open houses. Over 300 […]

Elkhorn, NE: Holiday Shopping

Brookestone Meadows has hosted another successful Holiday Boutique! Twenty-Four vendors set up throughout the Community Room and Grand Foyer to share their talents and passions with us this year. There were several new vendors this year including Hunter Bee Honey, Kay’s Cards, Pour Wine Girl, Essential Oils, Melissa’s Custom Tee Shirts, LuLaRoel, Fala’s Treasures & […]

Elkhorn, NE: 33 Team Members Celebrate 10 Years

Brookestone Meadows kicked off our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration week by honoring over 30 team members who have been with us since our doors opened. The Rehabilitation (East) side opened in 2007 and the Long-Term Care (West) side opened in 2008. Our first patient was welcomed on November 5, 2007. Jack Vetter presented each person […]

Elkhorn, NE: Dreams Do Come True!

Betty has always let us know that there is no doubt about it, Garth Brookes is the man of her dreams. When Diana Dakan, Brookestone Meadows Life Enrichment Coordinator caught wind that Garth was coming to town, she wasted no time in reaching out to Dreamweaver to help make Betty’s dream come true! Dreamweaver’s Executive […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Receives the 2017 Bright Star Award

Brookestone Meadows receives the 2017 Bright Star Award for our Police Officer Survival Kits! The Brookestone Meadows O.W.L.S. (Older Workers in The Lords Service) put together police officer survival kits that were distributed to first responders around the Omaha community. This project, spearheaded by resident Carolyn H., is one of the many community services projects […]

Elkhorn, NE: Music the Spans Generations

It’s not every day that you have a world-renowned Orchestra Conductor perform for you! Brookestone Meadows was honored to host The Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha with Conductor Chuck Penington, of Manheim Steamroller, last weekend. This 50 piece orchestra is composed of musicians that are under the age of 25 or 50 years and over. They […]

Elkhorn, NE: FaceTime to the Rescue!

Life does not always go as planned. It was with great excitement and anticipation that Gary looked forward to attending his daughter’s wedding in Mexico when an unforeseen medical situation occurred. Just a week before the wedding, he found himself at Brookestone Meadows instead. Once it became clear that traveling was not an option, the […]

Elkhorn, NE: Here Comes the Bride

Our Brookestone Village Team Member, Brittany Southall, was looking forward to having her wedding and reception at Brookestone Village, when she realized that there would be a conflict due to a remodel. She gave us a call to see if our chapel and community room were available for her to celebrate her big day. With less […]

Elkhorn, NE: 2017 Alzheimer’s Walk

The 2017 Omaha Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held Sunday September 24th in Turner Park. Our Brookestone Meadows team raised almost $500! Brookestone Meadows also proudly partnered with the Association to provide treats to the attendees of the Champion’s tent. Champions are the people and teams that raised $500 or more for this important cause. […]

Elkhorn, NE: Tailgate Season

Saturday afternoon, around 2:30 p.m., a sea of red lined the hallways here at Brookestone Meadows. The residents were making their way to our beautiful Community Room where the Husker vs. Rutgers game was being displayed on the large movie screen. As the Husker’s warmed up on the field, our residents helped themselves to some […]

Elkhorn, NE: Virtual Reality

Finding new and exciting things for the residents to do can be a challenge. Everyone has different hobbies and interests. A wonderful CNA, Paul, from Brookestone Meadows stepped forward to offer the opportunity for the residents to use his virtual reality computer program. Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment […]

Elkhorn, NE: Butterflies are Back In Town

 Yippee! Monarch butterflies have come to Brookestone Meadows in Elkhorn, Nebraska. But have they? No, these are called painted ladies and they are distant relatives of the monarch butterflies. There are very many of these painted ladies everywhere and they arrived here because of all the rain in California last spring. Last spring a few […]

Elkhorn, NE: The Versatility of the iN2L System at Brookestone Meadows in Enhancing Quality of Life

Saturday mornings at Brookestone Meadows have our residents excited weekend after weekend. Saturdays mean Bingo! Although the event starts at 10:00 a.m., we have residents arriving over a half hour before it starts to pick their cards, find a place, and socialize. The Bingo event and its successes would not be possible without our iN2L […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Fall Clean Up Day

Have you ever been to Brookestone Meadows? It’s a pretty big place, there’s a lot of ground to cover! By the end of the summer there’s also a lot of “ground cover” that needs to be cleaned up. Today our departments came together to dig, pull and chop our way around our beautiful property for […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident Tour of Home Office

Resident Tour of Home Office Recently on the Brookstone Meadows Power Wheel Chair Group WalkAbout, we made a visit to Vetter Senior Living Home Office. The group was met in the Lobby by Melinda Higgins and given a tour by Karla Wishon. We were shown the modern lobby, large Conference Rooms and hallway points of […]

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Elkhorn, NE: Eclipse 2017

The Brookestone Meadows Life Enrichment team had a spectacularly unprecedented turn out for our afternoon activity yesterday. About 200 people came together to watch the solar eclipse! Team members all pitched in to help transport residents and patients, distribute chairs, hand out glasses as we prepared for the celestial event. Everyone eagerly watched the skies […]

Elkhorn, NE: Bacon & Bloody Mary’s

We’re in the dog days of summer with the heat index climbing to over 100 degrees daily. That’s H.O.T. hot! Things have been heating up inside for our leadership team as our census has also been climbing. What better way to beat the heat than with Bacon and Bloody Mary’s?! Well, there are probably a […]

Elkhorn, NE: Omaha’s Choice for Short Term Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing

Brookestone Meadows is Omaha’s Choice for Short-Term Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Home Care! We are honored to have won the Omaha World-Herald’s contest as Omaha’s Choice for Short-Term Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care. People voted once a day over several weeks. This is the second year for the contest which is quickly gaining popularity in […]

Elkhorn, NE: Retail Therapy for a Great Cause

Brookestone Meadows hosted Collective Goods (formerly ‘Books are Fun’) for a one day super sale to benefit Chariots 4 Hope. A large variety of items were available to purchase including graduation and Father’s Day gifts. A steady stream of people shopped throughout the day knowing with every purchase they were helping a great cause. Chariots […]

Elkhorn, NE: Heisman Worthy Fundraising Event

Brookestone Meadows recently hosted their very first fundraising dinner & silent auction benefiting The Vetter Foundation. The evening was a smashing success! Forty attendees were honored to have Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers, 1972 Husker Heisman trophy winner, come and share inspiring stories about reaching goals and team work. The meal began with a beautiful charcuterie […]

Elkhorn, NE: Sneak Day

Nine team members experienced the first ever Brookestone Meadows sneak day! The group was selected from a variety of departments for an afternoon of team building on the town. The day started with a catered breakfast and a team building activity at Brookestone Meadows. The first stop was Brookestone Village, where they toured the building […]

Elkhorn, NE: National Nursing Home Week-Hit It Out Of The Park

You never know who is going to storm through our building! To wrap up National Nursing Home week, Stormy and Casey from the Omaha Storm Chasers (KC Royals AAA team) visited us to dole out high-fives and smiles. They were eager to be part of Brookestone Meadows Excellent Team and jumped right in to lend […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Proper Welcome Home

The final Omaha Vietnam Veteran’s Honor Flight took off on Monday, May 1st with our very own Chaplain, Tom Meradith, on board. Today, the Brookestone Meadows family gave Tom the welcome home he deserved, but had never received. One hundred residents, patients and staff members lined the halls speckled with yellow roses, American Flags and […]

Elkhorn, NE: World Class Guests

We love having guests visit our building and what a treat it was to have recent guests from around the world! Columbia, Japan, Benin, India and Oman were all represented with this year’s UNO International Business Development students. These students are medical and business professionals in their home country. They participate in an 8-week program […]

Elkhorn, NE: Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. Most notably, that Passover meal was when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in an extraordinary display of humility. (http://www.christianity.com/christian-life/what-is-maundy-thursday-11628350.html) Four of our residents partook in this ritual foot washing provided by our […]

Elkhorn, NE: Charlie’s Deja-Vu

Occasionally people have a very familiar feeling about a place or situation leading to a sense of Deja-Vu. One of our beloved residents Charlie, who recently passed on, shared the circle of life as his Deja-Vu. This touching poem is a strong reminder that the time we have is fleeting. Charlie’s memorial service was a […]

Elkhorn, NE: Stephen Center Outreach

The Brookestone Meadows O.W.L.S (Older Workers in the Lords Service) was honored to present the Stephen Center in Omaha a check for $300 to support their mission of aiding the homeless. Carol Patrick, Stephen Center Representative, joined us after our Resident Council meeting to accept the donation. Items in the Nest are either donated or […]

Celebrating How Our Heroes Touch the Lives of Others

Vetter Health Services has been delivering quality care to seniors for over 40 years. We pride ourselves on providing quality living options and care to seniors throughout all of our 30 locations. We celebrate the heroes that work for us and dedicate their lives in caring for others. Charles Devlin said it best in the following quote, “Every day […]

Elkhorn, NE: Carlos Around Town

Have you ever gone on a trip and come back feeling like a new person? Our mannequin Carlos spends quite a bit of time traveling around to different VHS facilities and frequently comes back with a whole new look! It’s hard to confirm the details, but the changing wardrobe and name tag gives us a […]

Elkhorn, NE: Puppies, Lambs and Hail Stop By

Despite the bizarre Nebraska spring weather yesterday, Scatter Joy Acres was still able to come visit with some furry friends in tow. Sully the lamb was eager to say hello and give a kiss while puppies Nolan & Nuttera were sleepy guests. We were so grateful that even though the forecast was questionable our furry […]

Elkhorn, NE: Happy Hearts Dinner

Love was in the air at Café de Meadows during our elegant Valentines dinner. The menu included a signature cocktail “Forbidden Love”, which perfectly complimented the Authentic Thunderbird Salad (originated from the Omaha Press Room), oysters ala Meadows, and filet of beef with an asparagus crab risotto. The meal was completed with a trio of […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vendor Appreciation Breakfast

Over the years we have had the opportunity to serve almost 9,300 patients and families! This success has been in great part due to the many wonderful companies that we work with on a daily basis. Home health to uniforms, marketing and advertising to medical equipment, food suppliers to bankers are just some of our […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Valentine’s Day Serenade

Brookestone Meadow’s newest addition Aimee Middleton, Administrator, received some love from her old friends at Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center on Monday, February 13th when the Sarpy Serenaders stopped by for a visit. Aimee and the Brookestone Meadows family had a lot of fun and enjoyed two wonderful songs from the Barber Shop Quartet. […]

Elkhorn, NE: Cooking – Challenge Accepted!

http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Nursing-home-Chopped-413727663.html Our four talented cooks competed in a cooking challenge today in our chapel which had been transformed into a live cooking set. They had to create a beautiful and delicious meal in 40 minutes with five ingredients from a mystery basket including salmon, Cheetos, stone ground mustard, strawberry licorice and green beans. Whoa! A […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Theatrical Celebration

Thank you for calling Brookestone Meadows…this is Paula! If you have ever called our building there is a good chance you’ve been on the receiving end of this friendly welcome. Paula’s bright smile shines right through the phone. Today she took center stage as the star of the returning hit “Birthday Celebration”. Our very talented […]