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 the fastest. We sang Christmas carols to keep time and […]

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 […]

Seward, NE: Residents Have Halloween Fun in Therapy!

Our therapists helped residents Mary, Erma, David, and Bess with their rehabilitation by baking. While working on their goals, these residents made some Halloween treats to share. These treats included ghosts (Nutter Butter cookies dipped in almond bark with chocolate chips as eyes) and monster teeth cookies (graham crackers with marshmallows as teeth and red […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Supports the Alzheimer’s Association

Ridgewood has participated in many activities supporting the Alzheimer’s Association. These activities include monetary donations by holding bake sales, selling Promise Flowers, and the contributions of many individuals. Our residents even participated by making Puppy Chow and cookies for the bake sale. Also, Ridgewood as a group participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s that […]

Seward, NE: Trick or Treating at Ridgewood

On Saturday October 31st, Ridgewood hosted a Trick or Treating event for the local community children. Residents enjoyed seeing the many children and their families who dressed up for Halloween. Some were superheroes. Others were characters from the Harry Potter books. Several witches were present. The most adorable costumes were worn by three little girls. […]

Seward, NE: Lance’s Journal: Filming of Clara’s Story

Lance Schwartz from 10-11 news visited Ridgewood to do a story on Clara Janssen for winning the NHA’s Hero Award. He wanted share with others the reason why Clara won the award — her outstanding dedication to the residents. Lance was here for several hours recording different scenes with Clara and her residents. Some of […]

Seward, NE: Clara Janssen Wins NHA’s Hero Award

Clara Janssen from Ridgewood was chosen as NHA’s Hero for 2015. She was nominated for the NHA Hero Award for her outstanding ability to always put the residents first by her supervisor, Catherine Pearson, Life Enrichment Coordinator. She is always striving for Quality of Life for our residents. Here is an excerpt from the application: […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Team Member Mary Buls Retires!

Ridgewood celebrated with one of our team members Mary Buls on her retirement. Mary has worked at Ridgewood for 14 years in the Laundry department. Her co-workers and supervisor describe her as dedicated, loyal, and always striving for Quality of Life for our residents. Some of her team members created a gift from all of […]

Seward, NE: Mabel Kubes’ 95th Birthday Party

Mabel had two days of celebration for turning 95. Ridgewood and AseraCare partnered together to throw a party for Mabel. Mabel’s daughter, Georgette and Mabel’s “family & friends” at Ridgewood and AseraCare came to wish her a Happy Birthday! the day before her birthday. Music was provided by AseraCare. The location and cake were provided […]

Seward, NE: Residents Submit 4-H Projects at the Fair

With the help of Clara in Life Enrichment, Jim Manke and John Binger submitted their tomatoes for the county fair 4-H exhibit. The tomatoes submitted where grown in pots in the Ridgewood courtyards. Jim and John worked together to ensure that the tomatoes would grow this summer. They both won first place blue ribbons for […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Residents Shucked Corn

A few day ago, the residents at Ridgewood were able to shuck corn. This was something that many of them did in their younger years and still enjoyed. Corn on the cob still is a favorite for many including our residents. Working for it is not a problem for most of the residents especially when […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Has Their Own Fair

The fair came to Ridgewood this year. In a two week span residents participated in activities that included fair games, clowns, cotton candy, 4-H exhibits, and an outing to the county fair. We set up game booths. At each booth residents could win tickets which were redeemed for something at Dairy Queen. A group of […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Goes To The Fair

At Ridgewood, we went to the Seward County Fair. We tour one of the buildings that has lots of vendor booths, open 4-H exhibits, and homemade pies. This building gave us a snapshot of some of the activities going on at the county fair. Before the day was over, we had taken 23 residents to […]