Elkhorn BSM

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 […]

Elkhorn, NE: Annual Celebration of Life

As we all know, sometimes our business is not for the faint of heart. While we joyously celebrate on many occasions with our residents, there are also days when we see their struggles and our hearts weep for them. And ultimately some of them will take their last breaths while in our care. We take […]

Elkhorn, NE: Tea, Women and Friendship

On November 11th we hosted one of many more Women’s Tea. With a little touch we transformed the private dining room into a little oasis with fine china (each person having a different tea cup) and various silver items that make a tea special. The woman came from various hallways so that they could make […]

Elkhorn, NE: Ice Storm 2017

What does the worst storm of winter mean to our Brookestone Meadows family? Teamwork! As our city braced for the ice last weekend, Brookestone Meadows began preparations last week in anticipation that roads and services may be…well, out of service. Team members did what it took to ensure the safety and comfort of our residents. […]

Elkhorn, NE: Marilyn Retires to the Big Apple

For 9 years and 4 months Marilyn Feola has worked with the dietary team to serve up plates of delicious food with a side of sense of humor! Every day, she has been an anchor in one of our satellite kitchens, cooking up a storm and passing her beautiful smile and positive energy through the […]

Elkhorn, NE: Floral Blessings

We were thrilled to receive a call from Baker’s in Pepperwood Village, a local grocery store, who said they had 35 centerpieces to donate and would we perhaps be interested in them? The answer was a resounding, YES! These beautiful floral arrangements were peppered throughout the building for many to enjoy. A select few were […]

Elkhorn, NE: Santa and Mrs. Claus

We were so tickled that Santa and Mrs. Clause were able to spend an evening with us delivering gifts and tidings of good cheer! We know Santa had some very busy nights ahead so were so grateful he and the Mrs. were able to make the stop. Each resident received personalized gifts and thoroughly enjoyed […]

Elkhorn, NE: Police Officer Survival Kits Presented

We always love having the opportunity to give back to our community. Our first responders are so important to us and it was our pleasure to present them with care packages to be distributed to those that serve us in Omaha. The Brookestone Meadows O.W.L.S. (Older Workers in the Lords Service) assembled these care packages […]

Elkhorn, NE: And the Decoration Winner Is…

We have been very busy decking our halls in preparation for the holidays. This year’s neighborhood decoration competition was very heated as creativity flowed throughout the building. Categories being judged included Originality of Theme, Creativity of Décor, Team Member Involvement and Resident Involvement. Team members came in on their day off to contribute their time, […]

Elkhorn, NE: Breakfast is Served

Brookestone Meadows welcomed 100 Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce members today to enjoy a full breakfast buffet, compliments of Brookestone Meadows. The giveaway basket was a cozy themed basket full of goodies to keep the winner warm inside and out, including a warm throw blanket and Tastefully Simple mixes. We are so blessed to […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Multitude of Gratitude!

We are wrapping up November on a very grateful note with a multitude of things to be thankful for. November 17th we were blessed to host our 9,000 patient! We are so proud to have had the opportunity to care for so many wonderful people over the last nine years. Our marvelous team hosted our […]

Elkhorn, NE: God Bless America!

What.A.Week! Patriotism was woven throughout our building this week between hosting Election Day as a polling place and honoring our Veterans in two special ceremonies. With the tumultuous energy surrounding this year’s election, we strove to create an environment of peace, joy and pride for each person that walked through our doors. As people lined […]

Elkhorn, NE: It’s Not JUST Wine & Cheese

We may have a tendency to allow our scheduled calendar events to feel like a routine ritual. We have grown to count on them, but they have the potential to lose their luster. This month’s Wine and Cheese was a phenomenal reminder that an event that holds a monthly place on our calendar, actually provides […]

Elkhorn, NE: iN2L Unexpected Moments

This morning my goal was to do the competency fair and go home. My day instead took a different direction. I found myself having breakfast with a few of the residents where we laughed, and enjoyed the morning. I then took the iN2L for a little stroll down Lodge Pole to see who might want […]