Garnett

Garnett, KS: Sharing, Learning, Growing with Take Time To Care

We finally had all the preparations done, prizes gathered, and schedule figured out for everyone to go through the Take Time To Care Program. It took 3 weeks to work everyone in, but it was time well spent. You could just watch some of the folks that don’t like to talk start to open up […]

Garnett, KS: Fun Fall Travels

We love this time of year at Parkview Heights. The leaves are falling, the fall tours to Pome on the Range and to Louisburg Cider Mill are always on the list of fun activities for the residents. At Pome on the Range the can purchase apples and take tours through their orchard. At Louisburg Cider […]

Garnett, KS: Veteran’s Day Celebration

We were excited and proud to hold our annual Veteran’s Day Celebration. Crossroads Hospice always puts on a very nice presentation for our Veteran’s and the wives of Veteran’s here at Parkview Heights. The DAR local group also comes to share pins and poppies with the residents. It’s just a small token of our appreciation […]

Garnett, KS: The Message of “Hope” Through Pink Pumpkins

We discussed one day about decorating pumpkins and using the Breast Cancer Awareness Month as our theme. Well not much more needed to be said and the pumpkins arrived!!! The fun soon began….painting them all shades of pink and white one day and then decorating them the next. There were all kinds of fun Halloween […]

Garnett, KS: It’s Not Fall Without a Hayrack Ride!

Oh the building was a buzz the whole day of the Hayrack Ride! The weather was kind of rainy and the forecast was saying that it would be clearing off, but it is Kansas so you never know. But as luck would have it, the rain stopped and they got to go on their ride. […]

Garnett, KS: Back to the Farm and More!

At Parkview Heights, we are proud to be dedicated on our goal of helping provide rehabilitation that leads to greater levels of independence.  We work with individuals post-surgery, post-trauma/accident, and through comprehensive and interdisciplinary rehabilitation we help to achieve incredible outcomes.  Henry’s story is one of hard work, perseverance, and a positive outlook on life.  Henry […]

Garnett, KS: Finding Loved Ones Through the IN2L

(Leola) is one of our residents, earlier this year her sister passed away. Anna (her sister) and her husband are buried in the Lakeview Memorial Garden. Leola knew that she couldn’t make the trip to Texas for the service so we accessed the IN2L, which allowed her see where her sister and brother-in-law lay to […]

Garnett, KS: Ice Cream Social

DeMott’s Ice Cream came to our facility and made their homemade Ice Cream Wednesday evening. The girls had made some brownies, peanut butter bars, chocolate chip bars, and confetti cake with a variety of yummy toppings to accompany the delicious ice cream. The residents and their families came out to enjoy the beautiful Kansas evening, […]

Garnett, KS: Not Quite Totality but Total Fun!

The day finally arrived, the search for enough protective glasses was over. We could finally get outside and take a peak at a very rare opportunity to see the Solar Eclipse they had been so anxiously awaiting. So with our glasses in place it was time to look to the sky and through the clouds […]

Garnett, KS: Employees to the Rescue!

In our Beauty Shop we have several beauticians that come in on a regular basis to keep everyone looking and feeling great. One of them does 85% of our residents hair, from wash, color & set to new cuts and perms of course. She fell and broke her wrist about a month ago, so the […]

Garnett, KS: Food and Fun for Nursing Home Week

The residents have had a great time all week long. I had written about our Olympiad on Tues. The rest of the week has been filled with receiving all kinds of extra bonus prizes for Bingo, they have had music entertainment along with home made funnel cakes. More music on Friday with an (indoor) picnic […]

Garnett, KS: Annual Olympaid

To help us celebrate Nursing Home Week, our Life Enrichment Department has held an Olympiad for 19 years now. We have all the surrounding facilities in our area come to participate in various events. They have a nice variety of events to pick from like basketball hoops, bean bag toss, horseshoes, ring toss, ball throw, […]

Garnett, KS: Monopoly In-Service Fun!

It was the time of year to do our 6 different stations of knowledge and training, like Hand Hygiene Competency, Pushing residents in wheelchair-Foot Petal Training, Transferring properly and gate belt training, lock out- tag out, Hazard Communication and Personal Protective Equipment training. Sorry but it sounds a little boring right? So the front office […]

Garnett, KS: New Beginnings- “Go Live” Day at Parkview Heights

The big day was finally here! The worry and anxiety would be put to the test that day! I can say with much excitement that on May 1st, everyone at Parkview Heights had done their homework, and had made their preparations and the day went exceptionally well. We couldn’t be more proud of all the […]

Garnett, KS: An Exciting Day!

The Junior Class has a contest every year and the winner decides where they want to go in the community to share their time. For 2 years now the winners have picked us at Parkview Heights! We have 2 sets of kids that come through and we play games and sing karaoke with our IN2L, […]

Garnett, KS: The Easter Bunny Visits Parkview Heights

We had an Easter Party this year instead of an Easter Egg Hunt. The residents worked so hard for weeks to get the Easter Bunny Bags ready for the young visitors we would have for our party. They filled the bags with goodies of all sorts and of course candy. The residents all gathered in […]

Garnett, KS: Senior Prom

Whether you are young or old, we all look forward to a lot of the same things, maybe for different reasons, but we all still look forward to the opportunity to be with family, and friends, doing different things. It’s helps us get away from our daily routines. It could be going to Prom, getting […]

Garnett, KS: Story Time with Friends of the Library

Our local library has a program called Friends of the Library. One of their members comes by a couple times a year for story time that usually includes a craft at the end to go with the story. Some of the Friends of the Library come with their children to listen to the story and […]

Garnett, KS: The Best Type of Therapy (Pets)

Dena in our Therapy department had purchased a Nigerian Dwarf goat. Her name is Annie and they brought her home when she was only 9 days old. Annie only weighed approximately 2 pounds and will only reach around 25 pounds at full grown. The day after Annie had a new home, Dena was telling her […]

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 […]

Garnett, KS: Fun, Family and Merry Memories

Our Christmas party was a big hit again this year! The dietary department prepares the meat and the potatoes, and all our residents families bring in side dishes or a dessert of their choice. This makes for a great time with family, friends, and some amazing family favorites to eat. A time to reminisce the […]

Garnett, KS: Fun at Work–What???

Every facility has it’s share of in-services right? It is a part of what we do, the criteria that needs to be covered yearly etc. Well this time we decided to change all that, we had an in-service set up that was totally just for fun, yes FUN! We had several silly games that we […]

Garnett, KS: Thank You to all of our Hometown Heros and their Wives

On Veteran’s Day we had quite a celebration for all our veteran’s and the wives all the men that had defended our great country. Kevin from Crossroads Hospice did a beautiful job with the ceremony, he thanked each and everyone of them for fighting for our country and defending it’s great honor. His speech was […]

Garnett, KS: How Kids Make This A Merry Season!

Throughout the whole month of December we have had all kinds of 4-H groups, church groups, and school groups come through to help spread the holiday cheer. It has been so much fun preparing for Christmas, so all of our residents may enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. We have had the pleasure […]

Garnett, NE: Dairy Queen Makes Any Day A Little Better

Every month Sharon our Dietary Manager has Food Council with some of our residents that want to be involved. This is such a great activity for them to be able to have input and be a part of the decisions, just like home. We also have buffet every month, they have started to help decide […]

Garnett, KS: Getting To Do What He Loves Once Again!

Chuck stepped back in time to do what he enjoys the very most, singing! Not just singing, but performing at the Senior Center Birthday Lunch for his friends, like he always used too! This was a great and successful day for Chuck and everyone who got to enjoy his music. It was our intent to […]

Garnett, KS: Revealing New Name and Celebrating 30 Years Service

We have been extremely blessed to serve our elderly for 30 years as Vetter Health Services. Our celebration for this accomplishment was amazing. So many family, friends, co-workers and our great support staff from Home Office helped us celebrate. Father Jerry blessed the event, Jack shared his inspiration with all of us, and what an […]

Golden Heights Becomes Parkview Heights

Thirty years ago Jack Vetter took ownership of Golden Heights Living Center. Jack and the VHS team saw potential in the small, vacant building with an out-dated interior and traditional nursing home layout. Because of their vision and hard work a large, modern skilled nursing and rehabilitation center serves the community of Garnett, Kansas with […]

Garnett, KS: Our Very Own Singing Sensation

You all know by now that I periodically keep you updated on Chuck, and how far he has come in his recovery from a stroke. Well, he is still amazing us with his musical talent. One morning they were having a Sing-a-Long with Chuck. He was doing such an incredible job along with the In2L […]

Garnett, KS: Let the Good Times Roll!

All the residents sure had a good time on their Fall Hay Rack Ride! One of our local gentlemen in town (Rick Feuerborn) has revamped his Hay Rack Wagon to hold old school bus seats and it makes for a great way to transport everyone on a first class Hay Rack Ride. They picked up […]

Garnett, KS: Grandparent’s Day

Grandparent’s–A lot can be said for Grandparent’s with their help in raising us, guiding us, teaching us family values, listening to us when we couldn’t talk to our parents, the list could go on and on. So what better way to show our appreciation for them than to celebrate with them on their special day. […]

Garnett, KS: A Ride to Remember

We had a couple of motorcyclist from the group called Brothers of the Third Wheel come to give motorcycle rides to our residents. And the motorcycle fever took over from there. Many of our residents were very excited to get their chance to ride, maybe a little nervous but excited for sure. Thank you to […]

Garnett, KS: Showing our Support for Law Enforcement

With the violence with and against law enforcement we decided to honor our local law enforcement and invite them to our facility. We gathered our residents around them with our blue ribbons displayed around the outside of our facility to show our support. Our dietary Manager fixed up a couple of boxes of Blue Cookies […]

Garnett, KS: Money Raised for the Good of our Community

Our spring bake sale money was raised to help support GAPP, which is Garnett Area Paint Project. Our local Christian Church has started participating in this great organization. They are a group of 250 to 500 teenagers (the number varies from year to year) and their sponsors that travel as a missionary group, their mission […]

Garnett, KS: Celebrating Our Independence

We celebrated our nations independence with family, friends, co-workers, neighboring facilities and people from around the community. We all enjoyed music, laughter, a picnic style dinner, and many fireworks for the kid in all of us. We had a few entertainment surprises too. Chuck one of our residents that has come so far in his […]

Garnett, KS: Celebration for JoAnne’s 30 years of Service

We recently held a 30 years of service reception for JoAnne Highberger. She is our Life Enrichment Supervisor. JoAnne has helped with many aspects throughout the facility over the years. She absolutely loves our residents and their families, and the chance to work for Vetter Health Services. This was so evident the day of her […]

Garnett, KS: Staying Connected

During Law Enforcement Week, we treated our local Police Station and Sheriff’s Office to some of Debbie’s goodies that she had made. Madalene and Charlotte, two of our residents, went along to help deliver these wonderful treats. They were excited to see the smiles on the faces of all the officers on duty. They couldn’t […]

Garnett, KS: Great Connections Are Made with Animals

One of favorites, Cindy the Miniature Horse made her appearance again this year, the residents were so excited to see her walk in the door with all her fancy shoes, ribbons and bows all down her mane. Her owner Rae Warren from Ottawa answered the many questions that the residents asked about Cindy. The most […]

Garnett, KS: The Joys of Digging in the Dirt

Every spring we engage our residents that like to dig in the dirt to help with our spring planting of some of our flower beds. This year we added a vegetable and herb container garden, for the kitchen to use. We didn’t have as many wanting to help this year but they enjoyed being able […]

Garnett, KS: Golden Heights Events for National Nursing Home Week

I just can’t tell you how much fun and excitement there was in the building throughout Nursing Home Week. We have Bingo twice a week and JoAnne and Sharon had exceptional prizes for the occasion including beanie babies and Solar Dancing Flowers that the residents just love. We held our annual Olympiad, which we invite […]

Garnett, KS: Time to Celebrate Mom’s

We had lots of family come to spend time with their Mom’s on Mother’s Day this year. They all enjoyed a nice lunch and a wonderful visit with family and friends. It’s a good reflection day for most of us. If you stop and think about how much our Mother’s influenced our lives, how we […]

Garnett, KS: Helping the Summer Mission Project with our Bake Sale

We held our spring bake sale and it’s always a great success. The residents the day before enjoy preparing some of the baked goods that we offer. There are always many stories, many laughs, and just an overall good time had by the ones that work so hard to make this a success every year. […]

Garnett, KS: 1 Year Injury Free Celebration!

On February 17 we crossed the finish line for being 1 year injury free! As most of you know that means a fabulous celebration with our Home Office Team. We so enjoy it when they come to visit, especially when they prepare such an amazing lunch for us, you have to admit it’s pretty fun […]

Garnett, KS: The Love of Animals

Although our newest pet is not real, I’m not sure it’s even been named yet, but the residents are in love! We purchased a mechanical cat. It’s awesome, it will purr and it meows, it even rolls over for lots of enjoyment for everyone. It’s amazing to watch the residents interact with the cat though, […]

Garnett, KS: Valentine’s Day Party

Valentine’s Day is always one of those special days that is enjoyed no matter what age you are. The residents made heart decorations for their doors, they made Valentine’s Day Cards with Paula, now we have the cup cakes decorated, the day of celebration was finally here. They all gathered to listen to Sharon sing […]

Garnett, KS: Decorating—Doing What She does Best!

Martha, one of our much loved residents has decorated many of cakes during her lifetime and that hasn’t stopped yet. She decorated many cakes for weddings and lots of other occasions throughout the years. We recruited her to decorate the cupcakes for the Valentine’s Day party that we are going to have. It was just […]

Garnett, KS: Mardi Gras Celebration

Another great event that you can always count on is the Mardi Gras Celebration. Everyone gets to wear their shiny and/or feathery masks and eat, eat and well eat! The residents enjoy music and all kinds of fun activities. JoAnne in Life Enrichment prepared all kinds of delicious treats for the them this year as […]

Garnett, NE: Annual Pancake Race

Every year we hold the much anticipated Pancake Race. This year we had a great time even with a smaller crowd. Some years when it was time for the race we would have Nursing students in the building, so that made for a lot more commotion during the race. So as the races began, you […]

Garnett, KS: Homemade Butter-Nothing Better!

Our Resident’s and Life Enrichment girls decided they were going to make homemade butter. So the ingredients went into the jars and the shaking started. I’m not sure if all of them had made butter like this in the past but the stories and the laughs soon began. The best treat of all was that […]

Garnett, KS: The Best Things in Life are Made by Hand

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Vi is one of our residents, she has been here for several years. You will find her at all the activities, playing cards or crocheting. She will be 98 years old so I asked her one day to tell me a little bit about how she got started crocheting. Her 1st husband actually is the […]