Wahoo, NE: South Haven’s Pumpkin Patch

What happens when you take pumpkins, a variety of paint, add in sequins, hats and whatever you can find from other projects. Add some creative residents and team members from South Haven. The results are amazing! Among the creations were a pineapple, Frankenstein, a latte and a nurse. South Haven’s Pumpkin Patch was exceptional this […]

Wahoo, NE: Spooks, Goblins and Treats at South Haven

Halloween brought out lots of fun and creative characters at South Haven. Team members were asked to pair up with residents for the Halloween Parade. The Therapy Department also joined in the fun with amazing costumes for themselves and many residents. A Halloween Party with festive treats and a scary video completed the afternoon. Later […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Disaster 2017 “Drill

A Collaboration with all health system is what it takes to make a disaster seem manageable and creates lasting relationships with those who support our communities during a time of need. On 10/12/2017 South Haven participated in a County wide disaster drill. Our drill started out as a simple email from Kathie our administrator to […]

Wahoo, NE: Cancer Awareness at South Haven

In observance of Cancer Awareness Month South Haven residents and team members had a “Pink Out” day by wearing pink. Residents were given luminary bags to decorate to remember their loved ones who have battled cancer. Team members, by making a donation, could wear jeans with their pink shirts and decorate luminaries. The large assortment […]

Wahoo, NE: Fish, Music & Fun at South Haven

On a warm, but slightly breezy, September evening South Haven hosted its annual Fall Fish Fry. A lovely group gathered with their loved ones to enjoy the fish, fries & cole slaw. A local polka band added to the festive atmosphere. Sno Cones were served and clowns painted the faces of residents, guests and team […]

Wahoo, NE: Dreamweaver, Husker Football & Mary!

Our resident Mary Ramsey has always been a huge lifelong Husker fan. When our therapy team learned that the last time Mary had been to a Husker game, it had cost her only 10 cents to get in, they did some creative thinking and submitted her story to the Dreamweaver Foundation. Mary’s nomination was selected […]

Wahoo, NE: A Day At The Zoo For South Haven Residents

On Wednesday September 13th South Haven headed to the Henry Doorly Zoo with 26 residents, 19 staff, 5 of their kids, and 1 family member. There is no way that we could have pulled off such an adventure without the complete support of our amazing team members! South Haven is so blessed to have so […]

Wahoo, NE: A Sweet Goey Treat at South Haven

South Haven residents were surprised with a special treat on Labor Day! A S’mores Bar! Music, drinks, and the opportunity to roast your own marshmallow brought back the smells, tastes and memories of Labor Day weekend camping for our residents! Do you think some camping stories were shared? Thank you so much to Life Enrichment […]

Wahoo, NE: Viewing The Eclipse At South Haven

After enjoying an early lunch of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, South Haven residents went out to view the eclipse. With everyone wearing their special protective eyewear we relaxed and waited for the show to begin! Out in the beautiful weather the residents reminisced about seeing the last one in 1979 with pin holes in paper. […]

Wahoo, NE: Keeping Up The Parade Tradition

On a nice summer evening, South Haven residents gathered to watch the Saunders County Parade in Wahoo. Residents ate an early supper then rode on buses to our designated spot along the parade route. It was fun to see the color guards, bands, old cars and tractors. We also enjoyed the floats and fire trucks […]

Wahoo, NE: Classic Cars & Tractors at South Haven

A Classic Car and Tractor show was the highlight of the week for many South Haven residents. The parking lot was filled with a large variety of cars, tractors and trucks on a warm, but not hot, summer day. The residents enjoyed reminiscing and chatting with each other about the cars and tractors and team […]

Wahoo, NE: Celebrating America’s Birthday at South Haven

South Haven residents had gathered in front of the building in anticipation of the bright lights and loud noises. As the fireworks started on July 3rd there were many ooh’s and ah’s. The display was amazing as one after another shot into the air. We even were able to see some of the neighbor’s fireworks! […]

Wahoo, NE: A Sparkling Pond At South Haven

As our Outstanding Facilities Vision states “We develop buildings and grounds that enhance quality life and are recognized as attractive landmarks in the community.” Maintaining those buildings & grounds is also a stalwartly part of our Vision. Recently South Haven’s Maintenance Dept. and our Administrator Kathie O’Dell took on the challenge of cleaning the duck […]

Wahoo, NE: The Early Days of Haven City

With the “Spirit of The Old West”, and a lot of imagination, South Haven team members built “Haven City” with what they had available. Just like in the ol’ west Haven City had a Saloon and at least one Outhouse! A Sheriffs Office and Jail are also needed when you have “Gangs” of cowboys, shady […]

Wahoo, NE: All In A Day At “Haven City”

“Haven City”, aka south Haven has seen a flurry of activity on Main Street as National Nursing Home Week continues. A Mother’s Day Tea brought the youngin’s in to spend time with their moms and grandmas. Local Girl Scouts spent time with our residents a’gluin & a’cuttin to make dream catchers. We also held a […]

Wahoo, NE The Maiden Voyage of Live Well, Go Fish & South Haven!

South Haven was honored to be a part of the Grand Opening and on the maiden voyage of the Live Well.Go Fish. pontoon boat at Lake Wanahoo on Wednesday May 17th as part of our National Nursing Home Week Celebration. Live Well. Go Fish. Is a non- profit organization started by David and Katherine Ruder […]

Wahoo, NE: Haven City & The Spirit Of The Old West

“Haven City”, aka South Haven, came to life during National Nursing Home Week. New Main Street businesses now include a Saloon, the Sherriff’s Office & Jail and a Photo Booth. Life is challenging at Haven City as several shady looking “Gangs” of residents and team members have been trying to grow their cattle herds throughout […]

Wahoo, NE: Blue Skies, Warm Breezes & Kites

What’s a perfect thing to do on a warm, sunny and slightly breezy spring day? Fly a kite of course! And that is the Alden residents at South Haven did recently! Several residents took turns flying the kite and watched as the kites whipped around in the breeze. The kite’s tails caught everyone’s attention as […]

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 […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Welcomes Kathie O’Dell

WAHOO – A long-term care facility that is well connected with the community was the top priority for Kathy O’Dell as she began her search for an administrative position. O’Dell found that at South Haven Living Center south of Wahoo. She began her administrative duties Feb. 13 with a resident and staff breakfast. “You can […]

Wahoo, NE: March Into Fashion with South Haven

Recipe for “March Into Fashion”…Materials allowed: plastic tablecloths, plastic garbage and shopping bags, staples and duct tape. Mix in a little creativity and a lot of imagination. Results? At South Haven amazing things! Residents and team members created their one of a kind fashion and then walked the runway at our fashion show “March Into […]

Wahoo, NE: The Life & Times of Jalene Carpenter

South Haven could not let our Administrator head out to her new position at Home Office without a “proper” send off! Jalene Carpenter was honored with a going away reception that included refreshments, a name tag cake, and a skit that honored the life and times of Jalene here at South Haven. Highlights of the […]

Wahoo, NE: No-So-Wintery February Fun at South Haven

It was a lovely spring day (in February) when South Haven residents enjoyed lunch at Zesto’s! Zesto’s is a favorite local hamburger and ice cream gathering place. After South Haven residents were filled with burgers and all the trimmings, a drive was taken around Wahoo, and Lake Wanahoo. It was a wonderful way to spend […]

Wahoo, NE: Fat Tuesday Fun & Games

Residents at South Haven observed Fat Tuesday with typical hoopla and fun. Residents and team members were able to enjoy pancakes and sausage at noon. The room was decorated and there were beads everywhere and masks were available too! Residents and team members played games such as “Stack The Pancakes” and the “Pancake Toss” which […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Shows Its Love

Love is always in the air at South Haven. On Valentine’s Day it was even more apparent! Resident’s had decorated little boxes and inserted candies inside to give to special people of their choice. Team members, Bob Barry and Candace Cruickshank, were chosen Valentine King & Queen. Our Dietary folks prepared a wonderful lunch! Among […]

Wahoo, NE: Snowstorm Fun at South Haven

A January snowstorm hit South Haven this year. Only this time it was inside! Teams formed with residents and employees designing scenes with the snowball “people” they had created. Teams hunted for snowmen while they hoped their own snowmen would not be found! Teams enjoyed a snowball fight with team members clipping snowballs onto other […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Earns The Silver Quality Award

South Haven Living Center recently earned the silver National Award for Quality Care from the AHCA/NCAL. “We are honored to receive this award,” said Jalene Carpenter, Administrator of South Haven Living Center. “This recognition is a testament to the commitment of everyone at South Haven Living Center to ensure the highest level of care for […]

Wahoo, NE: Family Time for Alden Residents

Christmas is a time for families. And this year’s Alden Family Christmas Soup Lunch was no different. Our families joined us and enjoyed soup, sandwiches and yummy desserts together. Our Alden residents had practiced several Christmas songs to perform for our families. Family pictures were also taken to share with everyone. Spending time with loved […]

Wahoo, NE: Baking Pies at South Haven

South Haven’s Prep Club has made a variety of items. They recently made Mason Jar Lid Pies. The pie crusts were cut to fit the individual Mason jar lids. The fillings we used were apple, cherry, peach, and pumpkin. As we made the pies, we all shared stories of our past successes and those that […]

Wahoo, NE: Pennies Do Add Up!

South Haven Staff and residents came together for a common goal of raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Staff participated in “$5 to wear jeans on Fridays”, made baked goods for bake sales, and did a couple of Rueben fund raisers for the Wahoo community. Staff and residents worked together to decorate wreaths that were […]

Wahoo, NE: A Tribute To Our Vets

Our Veteran’s at South Haven are special! So naturally on Veteran’s Day they were honored with special events. Lunch was brought in from Chips for them to enjoy. Then a Veteran’s Memorial Program with a local color guard was presented for everyone at South Haven. The Veterans were given a certificate in appreciation of their […]

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Wahoo, NE: A Time To Remember In Saunders County

The Saunders County Veteran’s Memorial has been the destination of many South Haven residents recently. The memorial is built on the corner of the county courthouse in Wahoo. Names of 110 county residents who died in service are etched upon the military tombstones that are a part of the memorial. The memorial also features 11 […]

Wahoo, NE: Wine and Cheese Tasting At The Vineyard

On a warm fall afternoon, South Haven residents toured James Arthur Vineyards located near Raymond Nebraska. They were able to sample the various products of the vineyards. One resident made quick friends with the facility cat! It was a treat to visit in the fall to see all the beautiful fall colors. Residents were able […]

Wahoo, NE: Annual Fish Fry Another Success!

South Haven’s Annual Fish Fry was another success despite Mother Nature providing a rainy, cool day. Moving the event inside for first time in 5 years provided a dry setting for all as they enjoyed the fish cooked by Dennis & Dale Vanek and the Malmo Fire Department. Clowns painted faces of the youngsters and […]

Wahoo, NE: Gold Medals Are Earned At South Haven Olympics

It was a week of exciting new experiences during Olympic competition at South Haven. Each day there were several competitions. “Soccer” had teams matching pairs of socks in the quickest time. “The 100 Yarn Relay” had teams unwind, wind up, then unwind spools of yarn. In “Boxing” teams raced to unwrap several boxes, then complete […]

Wahoo, NE: Cruisin’ On A Summer Day

A warm, sunny summer day is a great time to go cruising in a convertible. That is exactly what several South Haven residents did when Marcia, Guest Relations, brought her convertible for rides. They had specific destinations in mind such as Lake Wanahoo, the Veteran’s Memorial at the Courthouse and of course home. Still others […]

Wahoo, NE: A Summer Evening at the Rodeo

It was a warm summer Nebraska evening; well actually it was a hot summer Nebraska evening. But that did not stop South Haven residents and the others in the grandstand from enjoying the rodeo at the Saunders County Fair. The clowns and their shenanigans can always make us laugh! As we dodged the mud and […]

Wahoo, NE: Volunteering with FROGS

Our volunteer group FROGS, at South Haven, have opened The Lily Pad Gift Shop. FROGS, (Friendly Retired Old Guys/Gals Serving), recently held a fundraiser. Their goal was to raise enough to sponsor a local youth with a scholarship to participate in the Winifred Production, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They were so successful they […]

Wahoo, NE: Seeing the Result of our Labors

South Haven residents enjoyed seeing the Winnifred Production of Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Thirty three area youth attended the three week camp. The scholarships that the South Haven FROGS raised funds for enabled two local youth to participate in this production. After easily topping their goal, the FROGS will continue to raise funds […]

Wahoo, NE: Fishing…Still A Wonderful Pastime

A sunny warm June morning at Lake Wanahoo was enjoyed by South Haven residents as they threw their fishing lines into the lake. They rose very early one day to get there “when the fish were biting”. Everyone caught at least one fish so the trick worked (at least that day)! Some fishing stories were […]

Wahoo, NE: New Therapy Gym Officially Opens!

A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the new Therapy Gym at South Haven in May. Jack and Eldora Vetter joined us for the big event! The 3,600 square foot therapy gym opened ahead of schedule to the delight of all. In addition to typical equipment, the gym includes a residential-style kitchen with working appliances, washer […]

Wahoo, NE: The Joy of New and Familiar Things

National Nursing Home Week’s “It’s a Family Thing”, brought Wayne Miller back to South Haven. Our family of residents love accordion music and Wayne is a favorite. Like food at a family reunion, the sound of his accordion draws our residents to Town Hall. We also enjoyed the presentation by the Henry Doorly Zoo. They […]

Wahoo, NE: Traveling the Oregon Trail With South Haven

Picture yourself as a pioneer traveling the Oregon Trail. Would you build a raft or trudge across the Platte River? When reaching the mountains and needing to lighten the load, would you keep or discard the family china and your mother-in-law? Would you be able to escape the Indian attacks? These are all things our […]

Wahoo, NE: “It’s a Family Thing” at South Haven

What’s almost as big as Christmas? At South Haven it is National Nursing Home Week! This year’s theme was “It’s a Family Thing”. We invited family members and team members to share family pictures. We scanned the pictures, enlarged some and used them as decorations. Everyone enjoyed looking at the pictures and sharing stories about […]

Wahoo, NE: Kapple Still Finds Joy in Work

WAHOO – Not everyone can say they love their job, but the love of the job has kept Michele Kapple with South Haven for 30 years, as of last week.  Kapple, known only as “Bugs” to what she calls her family at South Haven, started out at the Haven House in 1986.  She said she […]

Wahoo, NE: An Amazing 30 Years With Vetter Health Services!

Recently Michele Kapple, aka Bugs, was honored with a party for her 30 years with Vetter Health Services. An excellent team member, she is a great example of the Vetter’s Mission, Vision and Values way. She treats the residents as family and always has a “Yes, I Can” attitude. Bugs started as a CNA and […]

Wahoo, NE: 104 And Going Strong!

South Haven Living Center helped a very special lady, Irene Marshall, celebrate her 104th birthday! She enjoyed a “big chunk” of cake with “lots of frosting” per her request. Irene’s grandson joined her for the party. She shared pictures of her life and family with her South Haven friends. A lively and spirited lady, Irene […]

Wahoo, NE: Dogs & Puppies Loved At South Haven

The Alden Neighborhood observed National Pet Sitting Week by inviting dogs to come visit. They had made special dog treats to give the dogs. We had several dogs visit throughout the week. Bri, a team member, brought her litter of puppies to visit also. Many of our residents held and cuddled the puppies. “Animals are […]

Wahoo, NE: Mentoring – Do It Right! at South Haven

South Haven Administrator, Jalene Carpenter, attended the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit in San Antonio, TX. Jalene presented one of the sessions explaining the basics of Vetter Health Services Mentoring – Do It Right! Program. Attendees learned about the responsibilities, expectations and qualities of a good mentor. It also explored the importance of communication and adult learning […]

Wahoo, NE: The Easter Bunny Arrived Early at South Haven!

The Easter Bunny arrived early at South Haven. The St Wenceslaus Preschoolers participated in an Easter Egg Hunt. When the preschoolers asked the Easter Bunny what his favorite Easter candy is, the bunny replied “Well blue peeps of course!” The children also learned he lives in a big old tree at Lake Wanahoo. The Easter […]