Seward, NE: Spring Babies

We had some visitors this week! Baby goats and baby ducks! Two Nigerian dwarf kids and Pekins chicks from B and C Farm in Raymond came to Seward to give and receive love and snuggles. Residents took turns holding the twin two week old baby goats. Owner, Becca Monroe said that they haven’t named the […]

Seward, NE: Cupid’s Heartbreak

Our residents were all very curious about the “Cupid’s Heartbreak Game” that was on their calendar and daily chronicle. “We’re throwing arrows at a heart!” Residents gathered around a bunch of balloons in the shape of a heart. Each had a turn to throw the arrow hoping to “break” Cupid’s heart. Each balloon had a […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Sip and Paint

Mia Nguyen of Too Blessed Mia Arts came to us to lead a Sip and Paint party. If you’re not familiar with what a sip and paint party is, it is a painting class where students follow step by step directions and create their own beautiful masterpieces, all while enjoying something to sip on. Mia […]

Seward, NE: Our Bulldogs are Champions!

We attended last nights match up between our beloved Bulldogs and the Doane Tigers. The women of the Bulldog basketball team have spent time getting to know our residents through playing basketball with us, joining us for BINGO, and even coming to paint fingernails. We were thrilled to have another opportunity to cheer for our […]

Seward, NE: Strike! Strike! Strike!

There is a new bowling champion at Ridgewood. Teddy bowled three strikes in a row last week and was named the new Ridgewood Bowling Champ! We bowl twice a month, and the traveling trophy had been staying with John, who was this week’s second place winner. John, however, picked up a spare after two 7 […]

Seward, NE: Songs and Valentines

The fourth grade class from St. John Lutheran School visited our residents on Friday. They sang a song about the 50 Nifty United States. It was impressive to hear them sing and list all of the Unites States in alphabetical order. And we agree, Nebraska is the best! After that, they brought along supplies to […]

Seward, NE: Dessert and Dancing!

Saturday was Ridgewood’s Valentine Dessert Social. Residents and family members were invited into our Community Hall for a time of music, laughter and delicious desserts! The day before, some residents helped to make centerpieces for the social and they added so much to the atmosphere of the event. Music was provided by Clifford Lowell, who […]

Seward, NE: What a Game!

On January 10, several of our residents took a trip down to Concordia University, to watch the women’s basketball team beat Briar Cliff in an exciting game. A week before, the team visited us at Ridgewood and spent some time shooting baskets with us. It was so fun to watch coach Drew Olson win his […]

Seward, NE: Our Redeemer Lutheran School visits for National Lutheran Schools Week

Happy National Lutheran Schools Week! We are glad the weather didn’t stop our friends from visiting us! Today students from Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Staplehurst visited us as a part of their week of celebration. Our residents colored pictures, played Uno, Dominoes and other games with the children who visited. It was a great […]

Seward, NE: Hawaiian Music and Hula!

Today the afternoon entertainment was Ka’ala Kaio singing Hawaiian music, and his daughter, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Anuhea Corbin, dancing the hula. Anuhea has been dancing hula from the age of five and has enjoyed sharing that part of her culture with others. As a special treat, Jeanne Schoen, DON, Amanda Wassinger, Staff Development/Infection Prevention, and […]

Seward, NE: We Had A Ball

The Concordia University Women’s Basketball team visited us today. They started by introducing themselves and then gave us a little example of some of the warm up drills they do for practice. After that, the shoot out began. Our maintenance team made our basketball hoops, and there were beach balls being shot from every direction. […]

Seward, NE: Christmas Fishing

Our residents went fishing this week, but we were indoors, and our hooks and our catch were the Christmas treat, candy canes! Residents took turns challenging one another to see who could hook the most candy canes at once and who could catch the most in the least amount of time. We sang Christmas carols […]

Seward, NE: Veterans Sharing Stories

In November we asked Infection Prevention Nurse Amanda W. to share about her experience during her time of service in the Army National Guard. Amanda shared a video from basic training and talked about her time in Louisiana with Hurricane Katrina relief, where she worked as security. Some residents also shared some of their memories […]

Seward, NE: Nebraska National Guard Museum Visit

After having Gerald Meyer visit us at Ridgewood in May to share about the work he is doing at the Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward, some of our residents took a trip to visit the museum and see it for themselves. Gerald gave us a guided tour of the museum which also included a […]

Seward, NE: Gingerbread Houses with the Builders Club

We love having community groups visit us at Ridgewood! The Seward Middle School Builders Club visited us to build gingerbread houses together. It took lots of teamwork, and trial and error, but both residents and students enjoyed working together to make these sweet projects! What a great way to get ready for the holidays. We […]

Seward, NE: Fun in the Sun with Concordia Volleyball Team

The Concordia University Volleyball team came to Ridgewood to join our residents for some Fun in the Sun! One of our favorite activities, Fun in the Sun is a game using pool noodles and balloons. The volleyball team was great at keeping the balloons from hitting the floor. Our residents get hand eye coordination practice […]

Seward, NE: Crafting Stars

Today we had UNL Art student, Emma Orwen invite us to participate in a public art project. Emma is taking a sculpture class and is incorporating work from different groups in the community. She thought our residents would be a great group to start with. We used different shades of yellow yarn and wrapped them […]

Seward, NE: Thanking our Soldiers

Residents gathered in the Life Enrichment room today to write letters to soldiers overseas. We used the IN2L to access, a website that sends letters and packages to soldiers who don’t often receive mail. This month we selected an Army Sargent and his unit. Each resident wrote a card of thanks and encouragement, and […]

Seward, NE: The Races at Ridgewood

There were two Kentucky Derby races at Ridgewood in Seward. To prepare for the races, some residents made flowered hats to wear. At the race, residents chose their race horse, and then rolled a dice to see how many spaces forward their horses would go. The winner of the first Race was Jenny M. with […]

Seward, NE: A Hollywood Night in Seward!

The red carpet was rolled out for the residents, family members, staff and volunteers on Friday Night. It was the first ever prom to be held at Ridgewood with a theme of “A Hollywood Night.” Each guest who arrived at prom was given a corsage or boutonniere made of roses. These were donated by Ridgewood […]

Seward, NE: Easter Family Fun!

The Easter Egg-Stravaganza was full of games, egg hunting and carrot nibbling! Ridgewood residents helped to host this Easter event for families of residents and employees. The craft station was run by Teddy G. Children decorated flower pots and took home a bag of potting mix and a few seeds to plant. The games were […]

Seward, NE: Souls Fed by Needle and Thread

“You didn’t even need our quilts!” exclaimed Marian Fosler, Blue Valley Quilting Guild member. There were so many residents who brought in special quilts and special stories to the Quilt Show on Wednesday. Members of the Blue Valley Quilt Guild were also invited to share quilts with the residents. There were quilts that were over […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Poets

Ridgewood’s Poetry Coffee House was quite a success. Prior to the event, residents were invited to work on poems to share, or find some of their favorites. Students from Concordia University hosted the Poetry Coffee House providing music, serving drinks and cookies, and sharing some of their favorite poetry as well. One of the favorite […]

Seward, NE: Working Together

The cold didn’t keep hard working members of the Ridgewood Leadership team out of the courtyards. One might say, “Many hands make light work,” but residents enjoyed watching People Development Coordinator, Staff Development/Infection Preventionist and Dietary Coordinator help our hardworking Maintenance team by working hard to beautify the grounds. There were even smiles and laughter […]

Seward, NE: Time for Tea

The ladies at Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center gathered for a new activity. While the men visited with a local farmer at Guys Coffee Hour, ladies chose from different flavored teas, and enjoyed little sandwiches and cookies while learning a bit about one another. This month, Social Services Coordinator, Ashley Bergman, hosted Ladies Tea Time. […]

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 […]

Seward, NE: Valentine Dessert Social – A Delightful Time For All!

With the help of some fantastic Concordia University Bulldogs, everyone had a special someone at our Valentine Dessert Social on Saturday. Sweet desserts, including red velvet cakes, petit fours and chocolates were served as family and friends were treated to piano music provided by one of the football players from Concordia. Many family members spent […]

Seward, NE: Roses and Champagne

How is 59 years of devoted love and companionship expressed, when your loved one is caring for your every need and devoting her life to your comfort and wellness? You do it with surprises of roses and champagne of course and lots of love and thanks. Arnold Boldt and his wife Sharon celebrated their 59th […]

Seward, NE: Resident Honored By Veteran Pinning

One of our very own residents, Richard Rishel, was honored by Aseracare Hospice with a veteran pinning. Aseracare took this opportunity to thank Richard, his sister, and his brother in law for their service in our military. During Richard’s time in the Air Force, one of his memories included being stationed at a former resort […]

St. Edward, NE: Cloverlodge Celebrates 2 Years Injury Free

All of the hard work, dedication, and team work paid off. Cloverlodge celebrates 2 years injury free! Our employees and safety committee constantly strive to make Cloverlodge a safe and enjoyable place to work. With mouthwatering food and good conversation among staff members; it was a great way to spend the afternoon. A special thank […]

Seward, NE: Certified Nursing Assistants Review the Basics and the Four Promises

In learning to provide dedicated personal care and services Ridgewood’s Certified Nursing Assistants spent a few hours on July 19 and 22 reviewing and completing competencies in resident centered cares. It was a time of learning and reflecting on the importance of Quality Care in order to provide a Quality Life for our residents. We […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Awards Scholarships

Heather Hallsted and Sandy Stockwell were recently chosen as recipients of Vetter Scholarships. These two ladies are much loved CNAs here at Ridgewood. Heather has been a CNA for 6 years and has been part of our Ridgewood family for a little over 2 years. She is a mother of three girls, aged 8, 6, […]

Seward, NE: Bud Pearson Honored For Serving 70 Years

Laurence “Bud” Pearson has been a part of the Ridgewood family for several years. Bud was just recently recognized as serving continuously for 70 years in the American Legion Post 230 in Thedford NE by his pastor Ron Masten. Pastor Masten drove 4 hours to present the award to Bud in an impromptu ceremony. As […]

Seward, NE: Annual Community Grill Out Serves the Community

At Ridgewood we held our annual community grill out on a wonderful and perfect picture night. The perfect temperatures and no rain were on our side. We served hamburgers, hotdogs, cookies, baked beans, and chips. We had over 300 community guests attend the grill out. While parents and grandparents visited and listened to a local […]

Seward, NE: Happy Residents Cook At Ridgewood

What do you get when you have very dedicated maintenance men, residents, and food? Happy residents who experience purpose in life.  Here at Ridgewood, our maintenance men, Chris and Scott, made time to help a resident to make a casserole she always made for her children when they were young. Not only did Scott and […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Invited Funshine Daycare to Help Us Celebrate National Nursing Home Week

Ridgewood started National Nursing Home Week by inviting a local daycare, Funshine Daycare, to our opening ceremony. We celebrated this event by having a parade with the residents, the team members, the children, and our families. During this time, balloons were released into the sky. The children gave each resident a handmade flower. We also […]

Seward, NE: Ridgwood Residents Go To Prom

The community senior citizen prom sponsored by the school happens the day before the high school prom. The local high school invited the community senior citizens to prom. During the prom, residents were able to dance, listen to music and socialize with friends, family, and the students. Of course, one of our residents had his […]

Seward, NE: Resident Choice Award Goes To…..

During our Resident Council last month, the residents recognized Chris Wright and Scott Nitz for their hard work at Ridgewood. Chris and Scott were chosen to receive the Resident’s Choice Award. Our maintenance men have a Yes I Can attitude and enjoy taking care of the residents’ maintenance needs as well as going above and […]

Seward, NE: World Class Charge Nurse Retreat

VHS mission, vision and values led the way as the charge nurses at Ridgewood were treated to a day away to attend a World Class Nurses Retreat. The Retreat was held to pass along information and used a way to get to know their fellow nurses. They were able to share their strengths and discover […]

Seward, NE: Local Brownie Troop Gives a “Gift To Share” to The Ridgewood Residents

At Ridgewood, we were honored to be the recipients of the Girl’s Scouts “Gift to Share. Gift to Share is a program allowing the children to receive a free box of cookies for selling several boxes of cookies. Heather Hallsted, one of our own team members’ daughter is a member of the Brownie troop that […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood is Making Room for Residents’ Families

At Ridgewood we have had the opportunity to host many family get-togethers for our residents and their families. Family is very important to all of us and those that come into contact with those who work, visit, and live at Ridgewood believe that we are one big family. On March 27, Ridgewood were able to […]

Seward, NE: Easter Celebrations at Ridgewood

At Ridgewood, residents have enjoyed several great activities. With Easter being just a few days away, residents and team members have geared up for a wonderful Easter this year. Several activities were lead by residents and their families. Resident Bettie Koch lead a group of residents in Easter egg coloring. Pastor Bob & Bettie Koch, […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood’s Pep Club Heading in the Right Direction

Here at Ridgewood we have recreated our Pep Club to incorporate all team members in all departments under the direction of Erika Rolf, our People Development Coordinator. Each group: Nurses, CNAs, Dietary, Housekeeping/Laundry; Life Enrichment; and Leadership have been assigned two months out of the year. Each group will plan activities to boost the morale […]

Seward, NE: Veterans Celebrated and Honored at Ridgewood

On Monday November 9, 2015, Ridgewood and Asarecare Hospice partnered together to celebrate our veterans. Asarecare Hospice is an official member of the “We Honor Our Veterans” Program. With their help, we at Ridgewood were able to pin all six of our veterans. Those 6 veterans are: Willis Bloyd, Air Force; Bud Pearson, Army; Noral […]

Seward, NE: Kathy Policky Retires After 23 Years

On November 5, 2015 Ridgewood hosted a retirement party for Kathy Policky. Kathy Policky has been a part of Ridgewood for 23 years. Many residents and present and former team members came to wish Kathy a wonderful retirement. From Home Office, Andy Fuston and Ron Seipold were present to wish Kathy a farewell also. Of […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Gives to Kiwanis Backpack Program!

Ridgewood along with Gary Rolf from Cattle National Bank hosted a Cruisin’ Car Show at Ridgewood. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, many came to check out the variety of makes and models of cars. With the help of the Thrivent program where Thrivent members can receive money to cover a fundraiser’s expenses, all proceeds from […]

Ridgewood Receives the MyInnerView Employee Recommendation Award!

Patrick Fairbanks, representing Vetter Health Services and Jack Vetter, presented Ridgewood with MyInnerView Employee Recommendation Award. This award is given to MyInnerView participators across the nation who are in the top 90% of facility whose employees would recommend the facility to others as a place to work. As part of the presentation Patrick read a […]

Seward, NE: First Annual Safety Fair at Ridgewood

The Safety Fair provided an opportunity for full-time and part-time team members to refresh and to learn more about the necessary topics required by the regulations and policies. The topics included Resident Rights; Fire, Tornado, and Elopement Procedures; Dementia; HIPPA; Lockout Tagout, Hand-washing; and many more. Kathie O’Dell, our Staff Development Coordinator, spent a lot […]

Seward, NE: VHS’s 40th Anniversary: One Decade at a Time 1990’s

Residents and team members of Ridgewood celebrated the 1990s decade for the Vetter Health Services 40th Anniversary celebrations. During this party, we celebrated by watching a 1990s slideshow and eating frosted cookies with phrases on them from the 1990s including Y2K, Whatever!, and Phat!. We also enjoyed listening to some 1990s music including some of […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Hosted Annual Fall Festival

On October 8 Ridgewood hosted a night of fall fun for children 12 and under. Family and friends of Ridgewood worked together to make this night a complete success. One group worked very hard to decorate the facility into a very colorful Fall Extravaganza. Others made Rice Krispie bars for the crowd to enjoy. Some […]